The full schedule for the 2017-18 Euro Hockey Tour has been announced, the highlights being the moving of the Sweden Hockey Games to April (due to this year’s Olympics in February), and the addition of teams from Canada, Switzerland and Korea, all preparing for the Games in Pyeongchang.
Netminder Ján Lašák, a mainstay in the net for Slovakia for nearly two decades, announced his retirement from pro hockey, instead opting to help overhaul a Slovak Hockey Association heading in a new direction under the leadership of former teammate and national team GM Miroslav Šatan.
The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2018 World Championships in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against Belarus, while hosts Denmark open the tournament against Germany on opening day.
04:38 – PEN – Howden, interference
06:33 – PP GOAL – J. Anderson (Harper, Fox)
12:22 – PEN – Fox, tripping
12:43 – PP GOAL – Kyrou (Steel, Raddysh)
16:27 – PEN – Dubois, cross checking
16:27 – PEN – Frederic, cross checking
16:39 – GOAL – Smith (Thomas, Stanley)
17:22 – GOAL – Fox (Mittelstadt)
19:53 – PEN – Dubois, elbowing
Canadian forward Mike Fisher, who captained the Nashville Predators to within two games of a Stanley Cup, announced his retirement from professional hockey after an 18 year career.
The Euro Hockey Challenge will return in the lead-up to the 2018 World Championships this season, with yet another scheduling reformat thanks to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, with national teams fine-tuning their rosters before heading to Copenhagen and Herning.
The schedule for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York is highlighted by the first ever outdoor game in IIHF competition, a tilt between defending champs Team USA and their cross-border rivals, Canada, on December 29, at New Era Field in nearby Orchard Park.
Speedy Russian forward Alexander Syomin, a star of both the NHL and KHL, recently announced his surprise retirement from Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, instead opting to return to his education, ironically in the study of metallurgy.