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Alan Lyszczarczyk: – I’m glad that coach gave me a chance

We talked with Alan Lyszczarczyk of the Sudbury Wolves about the debut in the National Team of Poland, great performance of the U18 national team, OHL season and the future – mainly related with the draft to the NHL.

Jacek Kopcinski: What do you think about your debut in the National Team of Poland?

Alan Lyszczarczyk: – We won 8:2, so we played good and effectiveness. We played a good game but of course, it could always be better. Coach Jacek Płachta gave me a chance to play today, so I’m very happy. This is an opportunity for me both before the World Championships as well as before the NHL draft.

JK: This game came just after the U18 World Championship. The game against Lithuania was a big change of the levels?

AL: – Well, it was completely different opponent. Games at U18 World Championship were a completely different games; here we practiced different elements before the World Championships div. IA.

JK: At the tournament in Brasov you’ve beat all of the other team. I guess you could not expect so easy tournament…

AL: – Of course, we did not expect such an easy tournament. For every game we’ve approached with humility. From the first to the last minute we wanted to play at 100% and the game we pretend went off a lot of goals. Only in the first periods came out to us a little bit less, but we played better and better every minute.

JK: How other players welcome you in the National Team?

AL: – Everyone welcomed me very nice, although probably most of them remember more my father than me (laughs). We used to joke that I was walking on a representative locker room as there was reaching to their knees. But of course, everyone is very nice, everyone wants to help me.

JK: How do you find your chances to play at World Championship div IA?

AL: – I think we’d have to ask the coach about that. I’m trying to get a place in a team for this event. I want to show the best of me and we will see what will happen next.

JK: NHL draft soon. How do you approach to this event in your career?

AL: – I’m working on it his whole career – it’s a dream come true. So far it is only a list, but I’m proud that I found on them. To draft picks, but still a long way to go. Now I would like to get to the World Cup seniors show up and can thus increase their chance tournament to play in the NHL. Every month ranking changes, so do not look at it that I’m actually lower than I was before. It is managers of teams choosing players. To which the team would like to get? I do not really have a favorite team, because more football than watching NHL (laughs). I just want to get into this league and show what I can do – it’s my dream.

JK: Finally, how would you summarize the season in Sudbury Wolves?

AL: – It was a very great season, I’ve gathered 50 points, so I am very happy. The following season I want to improve this result, so you should wish me luck. The team was young, so we were at the end of the table, but we fought in every game. Each of the players approached the game with the intention of winning it. The next season many guys will stay at the team, so I think that will improve our position in the table.

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Bettman earned $9.6 million in 2013-14 season

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman earned more than $9.6 million in salary in benefits during the 2013-14 season, according to the league’s U.S. tax filings, as first reported by Sports Business Journal on Monday.

Bettman, 63, earned approximately $800,000 more in 2013-14 compared to the previous season. His compensation for 2012-13, which included the full lockout-shortened season, was $8,854,610.

For comparison, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned $44 million in 2012 and $35 million in 2013. Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig reportedly earned $14.5 million back in 2006.

The NFL, like the NBA and MLB previously, dropped their tax-exempt status in 2014, which means they no longer must publicly file financial information. That leaves the NHL as the only major professional sport in North America still tax-exempt.

Bettman’s $9.6 million figure included salary, deferred compensation, other compensation and nontaxable benefits. His base salary was listed at $9,490,438, according to the filing.

Only four NHL players earned more than Bettman during the 2013-14 season: Shea Weber($14M), Sidney Crosby ($12M), Ryan Suter ($12M) and Zach Parise ($12M), according to GeneralFanager.com.

The NHL employed 669 people during the 2013-14 season. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly was the next highest earner at $3.1 million, up from $2.98 million in 2012-13.

As a whole, the NHL reported a loss of $8.47 million for the fiscal year, but the figures do not include team-related business or revenue from NHL Enterprises or NHL Network, which do not require tax-exempt public filings. In this filing, the NHL reported $124.4 million in operating revenue, compared to the approximate $3.7 billion the league generated overall.

During the 2013-14 NHL season, the NHL spent nearly $20 million in legal services on four different firms.

Last week at the PrimeTime Sports and Entertainment conference in Toronto, Bettman said he had no plans to retire any time soon. He has been the NHL’s commissioner since Feb. 1, 1993. Under his watch, annual league revenues have grown from $400 million to a projected $4 billion this season.

“That’s not on my radar screen,” Bettman said of retirement.

High-ranking 2013-14 salaries reported in the NHL’s filings, as per Sports Business Journal:

Gary Bettman (commissioner): $9,617,464
Bill Daly (deputy commissioner): $3,121,594
John Collins (chief operating officer): $2,209,569
Colin Campbell (senior EVP, hockey operations): $1,620,004
Craig Hartnett (chief financial officer): $1,279,276
David Zimmerman (EVP, chief legal officer): $951,006
Joseph DeSousa (EVP, finance): $742,274
David Proper (EVP, media distribution): $602,922
Stephen Walkom (SVP, director of officiating): $547,955

All figures are in U.S. dollars.

 

Frank Seravalli (TSN)

Photo: The Canadian Press

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Tortorella named US head coach for the World Cup

World Cup of hockey is a new-old idea of ​​the International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL. After a 12 year we will again see the best worlds teams at this tournament.

The tournament will be held next year in Toronto, and the participants of the World Cup will be eight teams. Apart from the hosts – Canadians are representations of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and of course the United States. In Canada will also play team of the United States under the age of 23 and … Team Europe – a team made up of the best hockey players from countries that are not participants in the event.

Although the World Cup is less than a year from today we know the name of the United States National Team. The coach of Americans will be  John Tortorrela.

It is an extremely colorful character in the history of the NHL. In 2004, he led a team of Tampa Bay Lighnting to win the Stanley Cup. Still he holds the best record of won games in the National Hockey League among all coaches born in the United States (446 wins). Tortorrela was also the coach of the United States at the World Championships in Quebec in 2008, and assistant Ron Wilson at the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, where the US team won the silver medal.

Despite the huge experience, the choice that Tortorrela will lead the US team can be a big surprise for hockey fans. 57-year old American was without a job from 1 May 2014. The last team he led was a Vancouver Canucks team.

Known for specific post-match speech coach last season spent on … improving his coaching workshop. It was the first season  from 1998-1999 in which Tortorrela did not conduct any team. As he said in a radio interview he spent this year on an analysis of every (!!) goal scored in the NHL last season.

According to the official website of the American association of hockey the selection of 57-year-old was made by the managers of the NHL teams. He was chosen by Dean Lombardi (LA Kings manager), Brian Burke (president of the Calgary Flames) and the president of the Philadelphia Flyers, Paul Holmgren.

Another serious candidate to fight for victory in the World Cup is a Canada. Canadians, however, reveal the name of his trainer until early-October. The most frequently names in the race for this position are Mike Babcock (coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs) and Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks coach).