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A Six-Year Extension For Zach Whitecloud

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VEGAS (October 28, 2021) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, October 28, that the team has signed defenseman Zach Whitecloud to a six-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season worth an average annual value of $2,750,000.

Whitecloud has appeared in 72 career games for the Golden Knights and has recorded 14 points (2 G, 12 A) to go with 30 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Vegas, recording seven points (3 G, 4 A). He has appeared in four NHL games this season, collecting one assist.  During the 2019-20 season, the Brandon, Manitoba native appeared in 35 games for the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves and had seven points (2 G, 5 A) to go with 18 penalty minutes. During the 2018-19 season with Chicago, Whitecloud recorded 28 points (6 G, 22 A) to go with 52 penalty minutes in 74 regular-season games in his first full professional season. In the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs, Whitecloud posted 15 points (3 G, 12 A) to go with 15 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games. He made his NHL debut with the Golden Knights at the Edmonton Oilers on April 5, 2018. Whitecloud signed with the Golden Knights on March 8, 2018 after finishing his collegiate career with Bemidji State University.

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Video- Saves Of The Week

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Ten of them.


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The NHL Is Committed To Inclusion, Safety And Respect For All

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from TSN,

In the midst of two days of news that shook the hockey world, the National Hockey League sent a memo to its clubs on Wednesday, stating the league’s commitment to “inclusion, safety and respect for all.”

Titled “Fostering A Safe and Inclusive NHL Culture,” the three-page memo from commissioner Gary Bettman states the league’s commitment to having a culture that is “safe, inclusive and free from abuse, harassment and all forms of unethical behavior or misconduct…”

“…As stewards of the game, our ownership, executives, staff, Players, fans and broader industry ecosystem expect that we, as leaders, ensure environments that represent and reinforce our values and standards,” the memo reads. “Each day, all of us represent the NHL Shield. This is true regardless of whether your work function puts you in the locker room, on the ice, in an office or elsewhere.”

Addressed to all team governors, assistant governors, presidents, general managers and coaches, the memo was sent on the same day former Chicago Blackhawks first-round draft pick Kyle Beach identified himself in an interview with TSN as the player known as “John Doe” in a lawsuit against the Blackhawks for mishandling his sexual assault allegations against a former team video coach.


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Video- Recap Of The Five NHL Games Played Last Night

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Two minutes to watch.


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Joel Quenneville Should Not Coach Again This Season

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Joel Quenneville’s season should come to an abrupt end on Thursday.

And when it resumes – assuming it resumes – should be in the hands of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Quenneville was coach of the eventual Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks of 2010, and he like general manager Stan Bowman, like senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac, like then team president John McDonough was made aware of the sexual assault allegations against video coach Brad Aldrich.

And all of them chose to look the other way.

Bowman has since resigned or been fired, often there is little difference between the two in professional sports. MacIsaac is out as well as every other front office Blackhawks employee who was part of the team in 2010. Quenneville was the head coach, he worked closest with Aldrich, and he now plays the part of Roger Clemens among witnesses – remembering next to nothing when interviewed by the law firm of Jenner and Block.


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Confidence Growing For The Wings

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“It shows a lot of character,” Adam Erne said. “They’re a highly-skilled team with a lot of big names. We just stuck with it, stuck to the gameplan. Eventually it paid off.”

Erne scored at 9:17 of the second period and assisted on Robby Fabbri’s tying goal at 2:03 of the third.

Thomas Greiss made 26 saves and shut out the Capitals over the final 37:37.

“I think our goaltending is strong,” Erne said. “We are confident that they are going to shut the door for us. I think we have the skill to score 2-3 goals a night. If we do that, we’ll win a lot of games.”...

“We have a better hockey team, so you have a better chance to come back, and with that you have more belief, and belief that you can come back in those types of situations,” Blashill said. “I didn’t feel any frustration or panic on the bench at all. We just kept playing.

“To come back and have a chance to win in overtime you need good goaltending against that team. They have a lot of talent, and they make plays out of nowhere.”


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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A Character Win For The Wings

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings continue to intrigue in these opening days of the regular season, and possibly no more than Wednesday in Washington.

Dylan Larkin capped a Red Wings rally in overtime with a 3-2 victory over the Capitals.

In overtime, Lucas Raymond carried the puck through the zone and dished it to Larkin near the dot. Larkin wristed a shot past goaltender Vitek Vanecek, Larkin's third goal, and sending the Wings to an impressive victory.

And, again, that was rookies Raymond and Moritz Seider drawing assists during three-on-three overtime on the game-winning goal.

"They're important for growth but that's not why we had them out there," said coach Jeff Blashill of having his two rookies on the ice with Larkin. "We think they give us a chance to make a real good hockey play."


Below, watch the extended highlights.

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NHL Short Notes

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Cam Atkinson scored his fifth and sixth goals in a Flyers uniform to help Philadelphia become the first team to defeat Edmonton in 2021-22.

* The Red Wings and Maple Leafs became the sixth and seventh teams to erase a multi-goal deficit and win this season.

* The 5-0-0 Blues and Hurricanes eye another victory when they square off with the Avalanche and Bruins, respectively.

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Don Fehr Statement

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TORONTO (Oct. 27, 2021) – National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Director Don Fehr issued the following statement today:

“Kyle Beach has been through a horrific experience and has shown true courage in telling his story. There is no doubt that the system failed to support him in his time of need, and we are part of that system.

In his media interview, Mr. Beach stated that several months after the incident he told someone at the NHLPA the details of what happened to him. He is referring to one of the program doctors with the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. While this program is confidential between players and the doctors, the grave nature of this incident should have resulted in further action on our part. The fact that it did not was a serious failure. I am truly sorry, and I am committed to making changes to ensure it does not happen again.”

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Videos- Post Game Talk After A 3-2 OT Win In Washington

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First up is Dylan Larkin, below the Paul Boyer hook and coach Blashill.  added 10:19pm, highlights are below.  added 2:48am `0/18/21, Adam Erne and Blashill in one video is below...


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