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Jagermeister Is Now The “Official Shot Of The NHL”

NEW YORK (September 18, 2018) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and Jägermeister have entered into an agreement in which Jägermeister will become an official partner of the NHL in the U.S with the designation of “official shot of the NHL.” As part of the partnership, Jägermeister will create compelling and engaging 360-degree, integrated programs that will be supported across various retail, in-venue and on premise channels as well as consumer activations at the NHL Winter Classic®, the NHL® All-Star Weekend and other NHL marquee events. This collaboration allows consumers and hockey fans alike the opportunity to partake in shared, ice cold moments with premier brand integration and exposure.

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Vegas Golden Knights Announce A Partnership With A Sports Book

VEGAS (September 18, 2018) – William Hill US, the world’s leading sports book operator, and the Vegas Golden Knights today announced a landmark, multi-year partnership, the first-ever between an NHL team in North America and a sports book.

“We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights.  We are headquartered in Las Vegas and have seen first-hand what this team has done for our community,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.  We appreciate the leadership of Bill Foley and his Golden Knights management team in bringing a winning franchise to Las Vegas and always working to make the in-game experience the best anywhere.”

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Video- The NHL Plan For International Growth

via CNN,

The NHL has ambitious plans to expand & grow in international markets, beginning with China. Don Riddell speaks to Gary Bettman and others to find out more.

Watch below.

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The NHL Introduces An Information Website

via the NHL PR department,

Today, the National Hockey League took another step in providing fans unprecedented access to its rich hockey history by introducing a new information website, records.nhl.com. The new site builds on last season’s momentum with the online addition of one hundred years of statistical game data.

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The Changing Goalie Equipment

from Nicholas J. Costonika of NHL.com,

The process began three years ago when the late Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, spoke at a Competition Committee meeting in New York. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association had been discussing ways to improve the game, and Snider focused on a big issue: goalie gear.

"He made an impassioned plea to the group to say, 'Guys, we can still do more in this area. We think they're still too big,'" said Kay Whitmore, NHL vice president of hockey operations. "I think we owed it to him to follow through and get it done once and get it done right."

First, leg pads and pants were streamlined. Now, as NHL teams open training camps this week, chest and arm pads have been as well to comply with a detailed new rule developed by the NHL and the NHLPA.

The goal isn't more goals, exactly. It's for goaltenders to make saves because of ability, not equipment. They should wear equipment that fits properly -- enough to protect them, but not extra to stop the puck. A 200-pound goaltender should not look like a 250-pound goaltender.

"The assumption is that it's primarily to increase goal-scoring, and it is," said Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr. "We'd be lying if we didn't say that was a big part of it. But I think the fairness is certainly a close No. 2 on that list. We're trying to come up with rules and guidelines that don't give players a distinct advantage because of their equipment."

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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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Talk Regarding The Next CBA

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

In fact, if I’m reading the tea leaves right, I believe the NHL’s Board of Directors before the Sept. 1, 2019 deadline, will vote not to re-open the current deal.

“Look, I’m not going to make the Board’s decision, and that decision doesn’t have to be made for a year,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “There are always things that can be improved and you want to improve in a CBA, but generally, I think the system has worked the way we hoped it would. It’s produced a great product on the ice, it’s produced unbelievable competitive balance, and I would say generally speaking, I think our Board is pretty satisfied with how the CBA has worked.’’

If indeed the owners vote to stay in the current deal, that will put the focus squarely on the players, who have until Sept. 15, 2019, two weeks later, to announce their intentions.

And that’s where it gets interesting.

“It is fair to say that the players understand the magnitude of the concessions that were made last time around,” said NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr. “And it’s front and centre in their memories.’’

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City Of Seattle Says No Construction On Arena Until The NHL Approves Expansion Team

from Chris Daniels of K5 News,

Construction on the new arena at Seattle Center will not begin until an NHL expansion team is awarded to the City of Seattle.

That was the substantial and surprise change to the final transaction and integration documents reviewed Friday by the Seattle City Council. Marshall Foster, who is leading the city's negotiations on the deal, said it was a change made after negotiations between the city and the Oak View Group (OVG) and the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Foster told KING 5 it was important to include that clause as a way of verifying the financial wherewithal and backing of OVG, which the city would be in business with for the next four decades at least.

Foster says OVG was amenable to the change and it wasn't a substantial hangup in the negotiations.

Simply put, as it reads in the black and white of the "development agreement":

"The NHL Board of Governors shall have approved the application for and awarded the thirty-second (32nd) NHL expansion franchise to Seattle Hockey Partners LLC to be located in the City of Seattle, and delivered notice of same to the City, and Seattle Hockey Partners LLC and the NHL shall have executed the expansion franchise agreement."

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Bill Daly On Slava Voynov And Austin Watson

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday the league has started a formal investigation into former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 2015 domestic-abuse conviction to determine whether he should be allowed to return to the NHL.

“There were discussions over the course of the summer, including an in-person meeting the player had with Gary (Bettman) where the process started, but not in a formal way,” Daly told USA TODAY Sports. “There were some discussions over the parameters by which he could potentially return, but they didn’t prove fruitful. So we are now engaged in an investigation.”

Daly also said the NHL has completed its investigation into Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson’s no-contest plea to misdemeanor assault for reportedly swatting his girlfriend. He said an announcement of the league's ruling will come before training camp.

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NHL Players Respond To NFL Player Who Says He Could Play In The NHL After 6 Months

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

After taking verbal shots at New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and about half the NFL's quarterbacks this summer, Ramsey told ESPN that he's so confident in his athleticism that he could likely make an NHL roster in six months if he trained.

"I think it's insulting to our league," Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel told ESPN. "For us as players, we've dedicated our lives to be playing in the NHL. To think after six months you could come play arguably one of the hardest sports in the world? I mean, I think it's ridiculous he would say that. It's ignorant."...

NHL players pointed to one key fact in Ramsey's argument.

"He's said he's never skated before," Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin said. "So there's no chance."

Said Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones: "You can't even learn to skate in six months."

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