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Kicking Off The China Games

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

SHENZHEN, China -- 7The teenager stood, half his body suspended over the railing. He waved his arm, over and over, calling for attention.

"Brad Marchand!" he yelled. "Brad Marchand!"

In front of him, the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames had just taken the ice for warmups at Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, their usual routine transformed for their first preseason game of the 2018-2019 season. Instead of an arena in North America, the Bruins and Flames were halfway around the world, 30 minutes away from the start of the first game of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, which the Bruins would win in a shootout, 4-3.

The kid wore a Bruins jersey with a No. 15, Milt Schmidt's retired number. Next to him stood a man in a newly minted John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, and nearby a neon P.K. Subban Nashville Predators edition. A Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers jersey could be seen a few sections over, and the concourse revealed Daniel Alfredsson and Ken Dryden and Milan Lucic and Joffrey Lupul.

These were the people who already knew, and loved, the game.

But there were others, the ones with no history and no allegiances, with no sense of hockey's past that the NHL wants to be part of its future. For them, there came an announcement after the two teams left the ice: They would be explaining the rules of hockey to the assembled crowd.

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Chinese Businessman Idolized Bobby Orr

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

Zhou Yunjie points to his eyes. He explains, in Chinese, that he nearly cried when he met his idol almost two years ago, on a night in Boston that was the culmination of a childhood dream.

Bobby Orr was in Boston, set to drop the ceremonial puck alongside Milt Schmidt. Later, in a suite, Zhou met the man that had introduced him to hockey.

It was emotional then. It feels almost emotional now.

"It was quite exciting," Zhou said, through a translator. "I almost burst into tears. Because Bobby Orr was my idol since [I was a] child."

Zhou has become a towering figure in the bid to introduce hockey to China, using his O.R.G. Packaging to bring the NHL to his home country. That includes this week when the Bruins and Calgary Flames play two preseason games in China, the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, with the first at Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen on Saturday (2:30 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN) and the second at Cadillac Arena in Beijing on Wednesday (7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

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All About The NHL Preseason Games In China

SHENZHEN (Sept. 6) – The Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames are set to face off in the third and fourth preseason games played in China in the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™. On Sept. 15, the Flames will play host to the Bruins in Shenzhen·Longgang at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center at 2:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Shenzhen will be broadcast on NHL Network™ in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and CCTV in China. The clubs will travel to Beijing to play the second preseason contest at Cadillac Arena on Sept. 19, where the Bruins will play host to the Flames at 7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Beijing will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, NBCSN in the United States and CCTV in China. 

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A Six-Year Deal For Noah Hanifin In Calgary

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to a six-year contract.

Hanifin, a 21-year-old native of Boston, Massachusetts, was drafted fifth overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2015 NHL Draft. In his three seasons with the Hurricanes he has scored 18 goals along with 65 assists for 83 points in 239 games and led all blue-liners on his team last season with 10 goals and 22 assists.

Contract Status: Six years                          

AAV: $4,950,000

BORN: Boston, MA DATE: January 25, 1997

HEIGHT: 6'3'' WEIGHT: 215 lbs.

SHOOTS: Left

DRAFT: CAR - 1st round, 5th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft

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Live Stream- Jarome Iginla Announces His Retirement

The ceremony is scheduled to start at 12:30pm ET.

Watch below and a direct link is included in case you have an issue.

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Jarome Iginla Will Announce His Retirement On Monday

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames will be hosting a press conference on Monday, July 30th with former Flames captain, Jarome Iginla. Iginla will be announcing his retirement from the National Hockey League after playing 20 seasons (16 with Calgary).

Iginla, the 18th captain in franchise history amassed 525 goals, 570 assists, and 1,095 points in 1,219 games as a member of the Flames while establishing himself as one of the best power forwards of his generation. Iginla reached the 30-goal mark 11 times – four of those surpassing 40 goals and twice reaching 50 while wearing the flaming ‘C’.

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A Six-Year Deal For Elias Lindholm In Calgary

 

 

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James Neal Headed To Calgary With A Five-Year Contract

from TSN,

The Calgary Flames landed the biggest fish left on the free agent market Monday.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the Flames have signed to a five-year contract.  He notes the contract will carry a cap hit of roughly $5.75 million.

In 71 games last season for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, Neal had 25 goals and 19 assists. His career-high in goals came during the 2011-12 season when he scored 40 for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Calgary/Carolina Trade

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added 2:12pm, Calgary and Carolina releases is below.

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The NHL Is Returning To China For Preseason Games

NEW YORK/TORONTO (May 2, 2018) – The National Hockey League will return to China in September for a pair of preseason games between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames as part of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced today. On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Flames will play host to the Bruins at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, and on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Bruins will play host to the Flames at Cadillac Arena in Beijing. The matchups in September will be the third and fourth preseason contests played in China following the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, which included games in Shanghai and Beijing between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

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