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  • October 10, 2018 11:24 PM EDT

    VANCOUVER -- Losing some of its top executives leaves Hockey Canada with some big skates to fill. Jared Veldheer Broncos Jersey . But Canada has the depth of talent to remain a winner on the international stage, says the man who coached the mens team to back-to-back Olympic gold medals. "I am really confident," Detroit Red Wing coach Mike Babcock said Monday. "The group at Hockey Canada have done great things and have lots of different people. "Thats part of it. Different people get opportunities. They grow from it and they move on. A new group will get an opportunity and thats great." Steve Yzerman, Team Canadas executive director at the last two Winter Olympics, has already said he will not lead the team at the 2018 Games at Pyeongchang, South Korea. Bob Nicholson, who spent 16 years as president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada, stepped down in May to take a job overseeing business operations for the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. Under Nicholson, Canadian hockey teams won seven Olympic gold medals. Brad Pascall, Hockey Canadas vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, has joined the NHLs Calgary Flames as an assistant general manager. Yzerman said Nickolson always stressed that Hockey Canadas role was to develop people for the next level. "Not only for players, but also for coaches, for managers, for all people," said Yzerman, the former Detroit star who is now general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I think Bobs great legacy at Hockey Canada is the structure he set up and the mentality of what we are trying to do in Canada with hockey. Great people will fill those shoes. With Bob Nicholson, those are big skates to fill. But I have no doubt there are tremendous people in this country with a passion and drive. The program will continue to succeed." Babcock and Yzerman were in Vancouver as part of the Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic. A Monday night gala paid tribute to the 2014 Order of Hockey Canada honourees coach Clare Drake, player France St-Louis and Yzerman. Also attending were members of the Olympic champion mens team, the womens team that won gold at the Sochi Olympics in Russia and the team that won the womens under-18 championship in Budapest. Babcock said Canada can be proud of its Olympic success but must continue to work hard if the country hopes to remain on top of the podium in four years. "You take a lot of pride in being the best," he said. "In order to be the best you have to find the best to win. "Were going to have to continue to grow our game over the next four years. If you want to have success at the next Olympics, 2014s effort wont be good enough to win the next one. We have to keep getting better." The NHL hasnt committed to sending its players to the 2018 Games. Among the leagues concerns are a 12-hour difference between Pyeongchang and the Eastern Time Zone, taking a break in the middle of the regular season, and the danger of players being injured. Sidney Crosby, the Canadas captain in Sochi, understands the problems but still thinks the Olympics are worth the effort. "I go back to my two experiences," said Crosby, who scored the Olympic winning goal in overtime in 2010 in Vancouver. "They were pretty good. "To think of all the things that had to happen to make them work, especially in Russia, it would be a similar case, maybe even a little more difficult the next one. Like I said, representing your country and to have those opportunities, I dont think that ever gets old, no matter what the situation. As a player, you want to be part of that." As a possible alternative to the Olympics, the NHL is discussing with the NHL Players Association about holding a World Cup of Hockey tournament in 2016. Yzerman said a World Cup has the potential to gain the same prestige as an Olympics. "It will take some time," he said. "The Olympics have been around for a long time on the world stage. If done right, I can see it being really successful." Babcock said the Olympics "are so special" because they are watched by people who are not even hockey fans. "My mom never watches sports but she watches the Olympics Games," he said. "People who are not interested in sport still follow it. "I think its the greatest opportunity, best-on-best, to celebrate the sport. Its something you want to be part of and you want other people to be part of. Its a thrill of a lifetime." All three people named to the Order of Hockey in Canada were recognized for their contributions to the game. Yzerman played 22 seasons in the NHL and played for Team Canada eight times, including at two Winter Olympics. As a member of Canadas national womens team St-Louis won five world championships and a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics. In 28 seasons as head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears Drake led his teams to six national championships and 17 Canada West titles. Babcock compared Drake to legendary NCAA basketball coach John Wooden. "He is one of the builders of hockey in Canada," said Babcock. "Clare is a gentleman who shared everything he had. He tried to make us all better. "He led the way so guys like myself, who werent NHL players, could one day coach in the NHL." Marquette King Broncos Jersey . - Skiing far more aggressively than in her season debut a day earlier, Lindsey Vonn was in provisional 10th place after the first 45 skiers in a World Cup downhill on Saturday. Bradley Chubb Broncos Jersey .J. -- Patrick Sharp is on one of those streaks.Iowa City, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Frank Kaminsky scored 24 points and Nigel Hayes added 14, leading fifth-ranked Wisconsin to a 74-63 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Josh Gasser and Sam Dekker each chipped in 11 for the Badgers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten), who have won four straight since a stunning loss at Rutgers on Jan. 11. Kaminsky, who missed the game against the Scarlet Knights because of a concussion, also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds on Saturday while making half of his field goal attempts and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Wisconsin has won 12 of its last 13, including a season sweep of Iowa. The Badgers rolled to an 82-50 rout of the Hawkeyes just 11 days ago in Madison and have won five straight in the series. Ive always thought we played well away from home because of our attention to detail, said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan about his teams 6-1 road record. For us to get back-to-back (wins) at Michigan and Iowa is huge. Aaron White scored 15 to lead Iowa (13-8, 4-4), which has lost three in a row. White had played just seven minutes in last weeks loss to Purdue because of a stinger. Gabriel Olaseni contributed 12 points for the Hawkeyes, who shot just 30.4 percent in the second half after a 64 percent effort in the opening 20 minutes. Neither team led by more than three in the first half until an 11-3 run gave Wisconsin a 28-20 edge with just over nine minutes to play. Dekker scored the last four of that burst, but Iowa did not wilt and pulled within 32-30 a few minutes later after a 3-pointer by Peter Jok. Gasser followed with a three-point play for the Badgers, who then carried a 42-36 advantage to the break. A treey by Kaminsky to open the second half and a layup from Bronson Koenig extended the margin to 11. Josey Jewell Broncos Jersey. The Hawkeyes got as close as five on a free throw by Olaseni, but it came during an Iowa field goal drought of nearly six minutes. Mike Gesells layup with 9 1/2 minutes remaining ended the dry spell, but Gasser followed with a contested 3-pointer as the shot clock wound down to extend the Wisconsin lead back to 11 at 58-47. We kept plugging defensively, said Ryan. Id like to say we were playing good defense to get it back, but they had some shots that just didnt go down, that do go down at times. Iowa got only as close as eight from there and trailed by as many as 15 down the stretch. Wisconsin held a 35-24 advantage on the boards and finished with 15 offensive rebounds. If youre going to look at one thing that was the difference in the game, it was offensive rebounding, said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Normally if they make seven 3s, youve got a shot, but not if you look (at the box score) and see 35-24 (rebounding), 15-7 (offensive rebounding). Thats a recipe for disaster. Game Notes The Badgers made 21-of-26 free throws and 7-of-19 from 3-point range ... Iowa was just 13-of-20 from the stripe ... White has 1,617 career points and moved into sixth place on Iowas all-time scoring list, surpassing Jess Settles (1,611) ... Wisconsin leads the all-time series, 82-79 ... Iowa was trying for its 1,000th home victory and will have another chance at the milestone next Sunday against Maryland. The Hawkeyes will first visit Michigan on Thursday ... 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