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  • IIHF grants Korean hockey teams automatic entry into 2018 Olympics

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago

    When PyeongChang, South Korea hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics, their men's and women's hockey team will be able to ice teams in their respective hockey tournaments after the IIHF granted the country automatic entries.

    Last April, the IIHF expressed to the Korea Ice Hockey Association their desire to see the country make "progress in performance." That progress, at least on the men's side, meant seeing the team rise to 18th in the IIHF world rankings, a tall task after recently being relegated to Group B in the Division I World Championships.

    The IIHF Congress decided on Friday that the Olympic hosts should be able to participate after the KIHA presented a four-year development plan that will see $20 million invested into the national team program.

    From the IIHF:

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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Los Angeles Kings

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago

    (The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)

    Ho-hum. Nothing big happened in Los Angeles.

    Well, not during the regular season, that is.

    The Kings used the regular season as a tuneup for the playoffs. They finished with a 46-28-8 record. In the Western Conference, a 100-point season like LA’s will get you a No. 6 seed in the playoffs. No biggie for the Kings because the playoffs is when the magic happens.

    For their first act, the Kings performed a disappearing act. LA vanished in the Aztec Tomb, falling down 0-3 to the San Jose Sharks; only to make a historic come back and win four-straight. Next they went toe-to-toe with freeway frenemy Anaheim. In a series that took only 20 years to come to fruition, the Kings and Ducks battled to a seventh game. Anaheim proceeded to lay down and get run over repeatedly like two-day old roadkill.

    In a thrilling seven game series, Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup after defeating Chicago in overtime.

    Oh wait. My mistake. They had to play a team from the Eastern Conference to win the Cup.

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