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Morning Line- Travis Green

"The responsibility once we leave is, how do we get kids on the ice? How do we get kids playing hockey and falling in love with the game the way it is in North America? It's a great game. It's a fast game, competitive. I think it's a great sport to watch, especially live in person.

"Hopefully we can get people to fall in love with it in China, and the next time we come over there's more people playing the game."

-Travis Green, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks.  Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com has more on the future of hockey in China.

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The China Games Are Complete


added 7:53am, Game highlights are below...

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Video- The Vancouver Canucks Travel In Style

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A Yawner In China

from Nathan VanderKlippe of the Globe and Mail,

When the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings showed up at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for a practice earlier this week, they found an ice sheet shrouded in fog, as cold air inside the arena mixed with the city's humid air to create a scene a few wry fans likened to a horror movie.

By Thursday night, the mist had been vanquished by 25 specially installed dehumidifiers. But as players lined up for the Chinese national anthem, the NHL's Shanghai problems weren't quite over. This time, they came from the stands, where several yawning sections of empty seats looked down on a 5-2 Kings win.

"Personally, I think the NHL blew it," said Phil Esposito, the hockey legend who has become a kind of unofficial ambassador for the game in China.

"You have got to promote. This game tonight – I looked in the papers," he said in an interview before play began. "There wasn't a goddamn word about it. Not one word."


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Video- LA And Vancouver Mascots Explain Penalties To The People Of China

They forgot slashing and faceoff violation!


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The “First Step” In China

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The kids skated out in full uniform and lined up in the corners. Two days ago, they mobbed the Los Angeles Kings for autographs after practice and learned from some of their alumni at a hockey clinic. Now they greeted the Kings and Vancouver Canucks before the first NHL game ever played in their country.

They slapped gloves with the players as they came out, lined up on the blue lines with them for the Chinese national anthem, then took off their skates and helmets and headed up to the third level of Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Still in full uniform, waving rally towels, taking pictures with their smartphones, sitting on the edges of their seats, they watched the Kings' 5-2 preseason win Thursday in the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. Until now, they had never seen an NHL game live, never experienced the skill, the speed, the size.

"They skate one step," said Marco Huo, 8, "and for me, I have to skate five steps."

This was a first step for the NHL.


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The China Games

Game times in ET are- 9/21/17 at 7:30am and 9/23/17 at 3:30am.

HANGHAI (Sept. 19) – The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are set to face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China in the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging. On Sept. 21, the Kings will play host to the Canucks in Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena at 7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Shanghai will be broadcast on NBCSN in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and CCTV in China. The clubs will travel to Beijing to play the second preseason contest at Wukesong Arena on Sept. 23, where the Canucks will play host to the Kings at 3:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Beijing will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, NHL Network™ in the United States and CCTV in China. 

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Training Camp In China For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

It is the end of Day 2 in the Vancouver Canucks great Chinese adventure and Travis Green has been asked a number of questions about the charms of Shanghai without once being asked about the chances of Brock Boeser or Jake Virtanen making his team.

For Green, there are some benefits to holding a training camp on the other side of the world. This might be his favourite.

“I haven’t missed that,” says the Canucks’ head coach with a rueful smile.

As for the downside, well, there are any number of things which take on a different dimension in this, er, non-traditional hockey market. Little things like trying to find practise time for the Canucks’ new third-string goalie, Taylor Sun. And bigger things like the push and pull of trying to sell hockey to a city and country which isn’t vitally invested in the game but is of vital importance to the league and its players.

All this is asked of a coach who’s also trying to turn around a Canucks team coming off 29th- and 28th-place finishes in the NHL over the last two seasons and for whom a quick start to their season is essential to their survival in 2017-18.


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Morning Line- Daniel Sedin

Our hope is that these kids can fall in love with Vancouver the same way we did. It is crazy how quickly the time has gone by. We are not 26, no matter what Henrik says. We’re 36. So you start realizing that your time is coming to an end, eventually. We’re going to take this year and appreciate everything about it, and never look too far ahead. Who knows, we might have a few more years left in us. Maybe we need to speak with Jagr.

But whatever happens, we are Canucks, and we will always be Canucks, and this will always be our home.

-Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.  More from Daniel and Henrik too at The Players' Tribune.

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Bo Horvat Gets His Money

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

He got more than Tyler Johnson did this summer, who’s been among the league’s best playoff performers in recent years and was a season away from unrestricted free agency.

He got more than Alex Galchenyuk, who has 75 per cent more NHL points. It’s more than Mika Zibanejad got with the New York Rangers.

It’s more than the $29.4 million US deal the Columbus Blue Jackets signed with Alexander Wennberg, a centre taken in the same draft as Horvat who has more production and is coming off a 59-point season for a playoff team.

Horvat, who has been a good player on really bad teams, is getting Jonathan Drouin money, a $33 million total deal spread over six years, which means the Canuck are laying out top dollar for his production.

Your take on this depends entirely on how you see these two players. Drouin is potentially an elite first-line winger.

Horvat? Three years into his NHL career, after leading the Canucks in points for the past season and a half, people still aren’t quite sure.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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