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Your Team USA Captain And Leadership Group

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Joe Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) was named captain today of Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, with Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Ryan Suter (Madison, Wis.) tabbed as alternate captains.

In addition, David Backes (Blaine, Minn.), Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich.), Ryan McDonagh (St. Paul, Minn.) and Zach Parise (Minneapolis, Minn.) will serve as part of the team’s leadership group.

The World Cup of Hockey 2016 is set for Sept. 17 - Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Team USA is currently conducting training camp in Columbus and will play Canada at Nationwide Arena in the first of three pre-tournament games Friday (Sept. 9).

“The great news for us is that we have plenty of leaders in our room,” said John Tortorella, head coach of the 2016 U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team. “In the end, in addition to our captain and alternate captains, we also selected four other players and those seven guys will form an overall leadership group for our team. Our goal is simple and that’s to win the World Cup.”

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George Parros Joins The Department Of Player Safety In The NHL

NEW YORK (Sept. 7, 2016) – Stanley Cup champion George Parros has joined the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety, NHL Senior Vice President Player Safety Stephane Quintal announced today.

An eighth-round selection (222nd overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1999 NHL Draft, Parros also played for the Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens during a nine-year NHL career. Parros scored 18 goals with 18 assists and 1,092 penalty minutes in 474 career NHL games. He was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup-winning Anaheim Ducks.

The native of Randolph, N.J., is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in economics. In four seasons at Princeton, Parros scored 20 goals with 32 assists in 111 career games and was named captain his senior year.

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Video- Rookies Chirping

via Sportsnet YouTube channel,

We miced up a pair of Calgary Flames freshmen at the NHLPA rookie showcase scrimmage. Listen in to hear how Matthew Tkachuk and Jon Gillies chirp their teammates and opponents in this all rookie game of shinny.


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World Cup Of Hockey Coverage From ESPN

from Michael Skarka of ESPN MediaZone,

ESPN’s start-to-finish World Cup of Hockey 2016 telecasts will have all the angles covered through innovative production techniques, top-tier commentary, creative enhancements and studio programming surrounding the games. The puck drops on the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Saturday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET when Team USA takes on Team Europe (ESPN2).  All games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president production and remote events, said, “ESPN’s World Cup of Hockey productions will bring viewers into the arena through a wide range of camera angles and in-depth commentary from experienced NHL voices. World Cups are all about national pride and cheering for your country. We will help elevate fans’ knowledge in this endeavor through our comprehensive on-site and studio coverage.”

Game Coverage:

ESPN will supplement the world feed of 31 cameras with additional cameras to provide more angles for enhanced coverage. One camera will be positioned on the main center ice platform giving ESPN the best access to its between benches reporter and isolation capabilities on both benches and players on the ice. Another will be placed in the slash position (near-side corner about halfway up the stands) and provide an interesting angle for on ice activity.  A handheld camera will travel with on-ice reporter Leah Hextall.

All coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS will also be available to stream live on WatchESPN across computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices via an affiliated video provider.


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Peter Mueller On A PTO With The Boston Bruins

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A New Outlook On Life For Andrej Nestrasil

from Ben Pope of the News & Observer,

Andrej Nestrasil was among a number of Carolina Hurricanes players attending an informal skate for the first time this season on Tuesday, participating in 2-on-1 drills on goaltender Cam Ward and a 3-on-3 half-rink game at Raleigh Center Ice.

Without a doubt, no one enjoyed the light workout more than he did.

“It felt great,” he said, unable to hold back a beaming smile and laugh. “Being back here and being out on the ice today was awesome.”

Six months ago, shortly after suffering a season-ending fractured vertebra that initially seemed career-threatening, it was a lengthy task for Nestrasil to simply sit up.

His progression from that feeble stage to full health in time for Hurricanes training camp became an endeavor that completely transformed his perspective on his hockey career – and on life.


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Players United On Team Canada

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Claude Giroux playfully punched Sidney Crosby on the shoulder between drills Tuesday, producing a smile from the Team Canada captain.

Was it just four years ago these two guys dropped the gloves in a playoff game?

Go around Team Canada's dressing room and you'll find a long list of personal rivalries that have been put on hold for the World Cup of Hockey.

Or you might say, the hatred has been temporarily shelved for a month.

"It's pretty easy," Crosby said Tuesday after Day 2 of camp. "That's just the nature of competing and playing against one another. As soon as you put on that jersey, you're on the same team and you're all trying to accomplish the same thing. It's pretty easy. We played world championships last year and had a great experience there. He's a great player so, yeah, it's fun to play with him."


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Jonathan Huberdeau Getting Closer To A New Deal With The Florida Panthers

added 5:58pm,


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Nazem Kadri Now A Veteran With The Leafs

from Kristen Shilton of TSN,

Since being drafted seventh overall by the Maple Leafs in 2009, Nazem Kadri has grown accustomed to shouldering a certain amount of the spotlight and expectations in Toronto. 
This season is different. Gearing up for his eighth NHL training camp later this month, the projected top-line centre for the Maple Leafs is happy to cede the limelight to the team’s up-and-comers.
“I don’t mind flying under the radar sometimes,” Kadri said after an informal practice at MasterCard Centre on Tuesday. “But at the same time, guys are expected to do a lot — maybe a little more this year than last year. But I think those guys know who they are and they’re ready to take responsibility and take action.”

Kadri intends to be among them. He endured another long off-season with plenty of golf and a trip to Helsinki to attend teammate Leo Komarov’s wedding. Kadri also took stock of his position with the Maple Leafs and how he could improve it for this coming season, the first on his new six-year, $27-million contract.


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Still Hope For The NHL To Participate In The Winter Olympics In 2018

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports,

NHL players' potential participation in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is a spicy topic again because of the imminent World Cup of Hockey, which makes its return this month in Toronto after a 12-year hiatus.

Just because Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Anze Kopitar and others will be going head-to-head in this best-on-best tournament, which opened the training camp doors on Monday, doesn't mean the Olympic spirit is dead when it comes to the NHL.

This dance of whether or not NHL players will skate in South Korea in 18 months began shortly after Crosby and company arrived in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games. Back then, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly predicted a decision on Pyeongchang would be made within "six months."

But here we are more than two years later and no verdict has been rendered.


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