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NHL, NHLPA Donating $1 million

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Sept. 7, 2005) -- The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today they are joining forces to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross efforts to assist those affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. In addition to the financial contribution, the League and the Players' Association will participate in a unique auction of game-worn Opening Night jerseys to further support the fund-raising endeavor. For the first period of each team's home opener, players will wear a jersey bearing a special patch confirming the Clubs' and players' commitment to the people and communities impacted. The jerseys will be collected and then auctioned by League auction partner Truition Inc., on NHL.com, all NHL member Club websites, and NHLPA.com. Further details will be released as they are finalized. "The National Hockey League Players' Association members have those affected by Hurricane Katrina in their thoughts during this extremely difficult time," said Ted Saskin, Executive Director of the NHLPA. "It is our hope that this donation and the auction proceeds from the players' opening night jerseys will assist the Red Cross in their massive relief effort, and help to ease the burden on the hurricane victims." "While the entire NHL family sends its thoughts, hopes and prayers to those devastated by Katrina and her aftermath, a catastrophe of this magnitude requires more than spiritual support," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Our Clubs, our players and our fans want to take action, and they will do so together through their collections, through their donations, and through the contributions generated by this special auction."

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NHL Rules Video

from NHL.com, Here's a sneak peek at how NHL officials will enforce the new obstruction rules this season. In this video, created by the NHL Hockey Operations department, you'll get an inside glimpse of what will be considered a penalty and what won't. Watch now (will open wmp video).

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Isles Sign DiPietro

from Newsday,

The Islanders on Wednesday have signed goalie Rick DiPietro to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

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Bowman Motivates Irish

from the Observer,

Irish hockey coach Jeff Jackson pinches himself every morning when he approaches campus and spots the Golden Dome gleaming in the early sun, just to remind himself how lucky he is. And everyone in attendance to hear legendary professional hockey coach Scotty Bowman speak at the opening hockey banquet on Tuesday night couldn't help but have the same reaction in the presence of a man so influential to his game. Bowman was asked to speak at the Drop the Puck Dinner to kick off the 2005-06 hockey season by Jackson, where the big-name guest mingled with players and fans alike.

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NHL Gets Outbid In Datsyuk Deal

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The intrigue over the status of the Detroit Red Wings' centre Pavel Datsyuk continues. Two days ago, Datsyuk spurned the Red Wings by signing a contract with Avangaard Omsk, the Russian team owned by billionaire Roman Abramovich. Under the Russian league's player transfer rules, however, Datysuk's former team, defending league champion Moscow Dynamo, had a right to match the contract offer — which they did Wednesday, according to a report on the International Ice Hockey Federation's web site. In announcing that they'd retained the rights to Datsyuk, Dynamo president Anatoli Kharchuk said he needed help from the team's sponsors to satisfy Datsyuk's salary demands.

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What About Messier

from the Star-Ledger,

While the Devils announced the retirement of captain Scott Stevens, the plans of the Rangers' captain are not so clear. According to Rangers team spokesman John Rosasco, Mark Messier "has not decided what his plans are regarding the upcoming season and has not said when he will announce his decision, or where, or how."

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Exposing The Game

The Women's USA Hockey team did a little posing recently.

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Flyers Helping With Relief Effort

from the Phildadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers' exhibition season was not supposed to start until next weekend, but that was before Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and turned a major U.S. city into a Third World-like disaster zone. So the Flyers are adjusting their schedule and will play an intrasquad charity game Sunday at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. All ticket proceeds will go to the flood victims. "I spoke with some of the guys this Saturday, and we decided to hold a charity game for the people down South. God knows they need it," Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin said. "We're just going to shuffle the deck. We're not going to do Flyers and Phantoms, we'll mix them up, play a good game for a good cause and try and raise some money." McCrossin said the game is set for 7 p.m. Sunday and tickets will be $10. McCrossin said coach Ken Hitchcock will arrange to have guest coaches from local radio stations.

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Dynamo Matches Omsk Offer

from Reuters, Pavel Datsyuk, a restricted free agent with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, will remain at Dynamo Moscow for at least another season after they matched the offer of their Russian league rivals Avangard Omsk.

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Give New Rules A Chance

from the Toronto Star,

There is no truth, according to an NHL spokesman, to the rumour that goaltenders will be wearing advertising on their new, slimmed-down jerseys this season. But to hear New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur tell it, it's the blueliners whose uniforms could have something extra, like perhaps a target. With the NHL cracking down on obstruction, taking away the defenders' ability to slow forecheckers, combined with limiting the areas in which goalies can handle the puck, Brodeur figures the defencemen will often be defenceless as they hustle back to retrieve dump-ins. "Guys are going to go back and pick up the puck and goalies aren't going to be able to help them out any more. So I think you'll see a lot more banging and maybe your top defencemen getting hurt because your goalies can't interfere and make plays for your own team," he said. And Brodeur, it must be pointed out, is generally an enthusiastic supporter of giving the new rules and rule interpretations a try. However, if one thing was clear yesterday as 10 NHL players — including Brodeur — took part in a media conference call, it's that it remains very unclear as to how the style of play is going to unfold this season. The game is changing but no one, not even the guys who play it, are sure where it's going.

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