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Bob McKenzie Will Receive The Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award And Nick Nickson The Foster Hewitt Award

TORONTO (June 4, 2015) -  Scott Burnside, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that BOB MCKENZIE will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism and NICK NICKSON will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

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Ron Wilson Named Head Coach Of 2016 U.S. National Junior Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Ron Wilson (Riverside, R.I.) has been named head coach of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Wilson, who directed Team USA to the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and ranks eighth all-time in National Hockey League history in wins, will lead Team USA in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship for the first time.

"We're extremely pleased to have Ron guiding our National Junior Team," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey, who will also serve as general manager of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. "His resume speaks for itself, both as a player and a coach, and we know he'll do an outstanding job."

"It is always an honor to serve as head coach for the United States," said Wilson. "The World Junior Championship has evolved into one of the great events on the hockey calendar and with so many highly-skilled players in USA Hockey's player pool, expectations have never been higher.

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Video- Coach’s Corner From Last Night

via Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,

In an appearance on Coach’s Corner with Ron MacLean Wednesday night, Cherry offered high praise for Brent Seabrook.

“I can’t say enough. He hits. He fights, blocks shots,” Cherry said on Hockey Night in Canada. “Why he isn’t considered in the Norris trophy — with all the sweethearts — is beyond me. (He’s) the best defenceman in the league.”...

Cherry also raved about the atmosphere outside of Amalie Arena before Game 1, saying it was a welcome change from the last time the Tampa Bay Lightning appeared in the Stanley Cup Final (2003-04).

"(In 2004), I went out to the parking lot and two or three (fans) would walk in," Cherry said of the underwhelming crowd in Tampa Bay. "It was dead and now they're waiting outside and going nuts out there."

Cherry, who recently spoke about his appreciation for Lightning forward Alex Killorn, also pointed out the secret behind Killorn's amazing first period tip-in goal.

Watch Coach's Corner below...

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A Question For The Players At The Combine

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Taking a magic pill — one not mentioned under NHL banned substances — is going to be dicussed at this week’s scouting combine in Buffalo where 30 teams are interviewing prospective draft picks.

It’s a hypothetical pill that the glory-seeking teens are asked to digest, if it ensured they’d win the Calder Trophy, Stanley Cup, make $5 million in endorsements, but — here’s the downer — they’d have a 50/50 chance of dying at age 30.

Paul Dennis, former team psychologist with the Leafs and Team Canada juniors, came up with the pill question a couple of years ago. It’s designed to circumvent any coaching by agents or advisors, who often urge players to give a stock answsers to all queries to placate inquisitors.

“With the Leafs, we had 300 to 400 potential draft picks,” Dennis told York Univerity Magazine, where he was a professor at the school after leaving the NHL team. “We went through every one with the scouts and had debates about it. The magic pill question was a part of that (process).

“In some ways there was a ‘correct’ or at least a better answer than saying ‘yes, I’ll take it’ and that would have been ‘I think I can accomplish the things you put in front of me without the use of a pill.”


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The Tampa Bay Lightning Feel They Gave Game 1 Away

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

They kept the doors closed a little longer than usual to make sure everyone was aware of the situation.

Having played great for two-plus periods, and squandered a chance to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup opener, the Tampa Bay Lightning had a quick heart-to-heart following Wednesday’s 2-1 loss.

The message? Stay the course, but next time don’t let up.

“It didn’t really need to be said, but it was,” said veteran forward Brenden Morrow. “We’re a team that needs to play with pace and be aggressive. When we hold on good things don’t seem to happen for us.”

Through 40 minutes, this had looked like a statement performance for the Lightning.


added 8:21am, from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

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The Chicago Blackhawks Figured Out A Way To Win Game 1

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

For a while Wednesday night, it appeared as though the Chicago Blackhawks were stuck in the Western Conference finals and forgot they had switched opponents.

Someone had to remind them it wasn’t Game 8 versus the Anaheim Ducks, but rather Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After playing a grueling series with the physically imposing Ducks, perhaps at times a more stationary or stagnating flow because of the hard-earned ice, the Blackhawks looked almost like a deer in the headlights in the opening period and a bit more of Game 1 on Wednesday, the blazing speed and pace of the Lightning was a complete changeup from what they had just lived for two weeks.

The Ducks aren’t slow by any means, but when you’re comparing anyone to the Lightning, well, they’re going to look slower.

The Bolts got to loose pucks, got into lanes and simply just looked faster in the opening 25 minutes or so.

"Yeah, I think we’re going to look to do better next game at the start," Conn Smythe Trophy contender Duncan Keith said after his team’s 2-1 comeback win. "Whether it was having time off or what, we had a slow start. I’m not making any excuses because that team has speed and skill and they make plays. We need to be ready from the get-go. We need to be moving our feet against this team."

And that’s just what the Blackhawks began doing, especially in a third period when they dominated territorially, moving their feet and matching Tampa Bay’s speed and skill.

The beauty of the two-goal third period and comeback victory is that the Blackhawks got to learn their lesson while still enjoying the spoils of victory, having their cake and eating it all at once.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Lightning’s attempt to nurse 1-goal lead bites ‘em in the butt; Teravainen, Vermette help Hawks win

The Tampa Bay Lightning looked like they were going to nurse a 1-0 lead to a Game 1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, but sitting on a lead against the Blackhawks isn't the best defensive strategy, as illustrated by the pair of goals that Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored just 1:58 apart, giving Chicago a 2-1 victory:


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Open Post- Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final - Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Puck drops jsometime after 8:00pm ET and is on NBC, CBC and TVA.

Feel free to discuss the game as it unfolds.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Going Through A Strategic Review

via a Pittsburgh Penguins release,

The Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed today that they have engaged Morgan Stanley to oversee a review of their strategic options.

Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle lead the partnership that has owned the Penguins for the past 16 years – a tenure highlighted by winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 and opening a state-of-the-art arena, CONSOL Energy Center, in 2010.

“We conduct periodic reviews of our business and, because we have received several inquiries about the franchise in recent years, we decided to engage Morgan Stanley for their insight and counsel,” Lemieux and Burkle said in a joint statement. “After buying the team out of bankruptcy, ensuring its long-term future in Pittsburgh and creating a strong foundation for continued success, we believe it is time to explore our options.”

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Videos- Gary Bettman’s Annual Meeting With The Media Today

Gary Bettman answered questions from the media today in Tampa...



His opening remarks are below...

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