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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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A Six-Year Deal For Bo Horvat In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed centre Bo Horvat to a six-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $5,500,000.

"Bo has quickly become a foundational player on our team and we're thrilled for him to be a part of what we're building here long term," said Benning. "His commitment and work ethic have helped his game improve each season. He's already a leader on our team and a young player fans can be excited to watch for years to come."

"It's a great feeling to be able to continue my career for six more seasons in Vancouver and I'm grateful to the Aquilini family and Canucks management group for making this possible," said Horvat. "Since being drafted by the Canucks, I have been welcomed by fans with open arms and I'm incredibly proud and fortunate to call this city and province home. I couldn't be more excited to help this team win."

Horvat, 22, registered career-highs in goals (20), assists (32) and points (52) in his third season with the Canucks in 2016.17. The third youngest player to lead the team in scoring and the eighth skater to reach 20 goals before the age of 22, Horvat appeared in his first career NHL All-Star Game this past year, collecting three points (1-2-3) in the Pacific division's first contest against the Central and one goal in the final versus the Metropolitan. Horvat also ranked 12th in the League in faceoff win percentage (50.5%) among players that took over 1,480 faceoffs and 19th in total faceoff wins (756).

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Not The Way To Sell A Rebuild In Vancouver

via Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Assuming they sign Bo Horvat before their season-opener, you can find 15 forwards the Canucks have under contract before you get to Brock Boeser, Jake Virtanen or Nikolay Goldobin. That group includes the Sedin twins, who turn 37 at the end of this month, 33-year-old Thomas Vanek, 32-year-old Loui Eriksson, 28-year-old Sam Gagner and 28-year-old Brandon Sutter, who all figure to play key roles with the team.

Of the projected top nine, only three are 25-and-under: Horvat, Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund.

And this is a team that is trying to sell a rebuild.

Look, we understand this season can go a number of ways and, by February, Boeser, Virtanen and Goldobin might be regulars in the Canucks’ lineup. But this is also an organization which is trying to keep its fan base engaged and it’s hard to see where the Canucks’ opening-day lineup is going to do that.

Put it this way. A 20-goal season from the newly signed Vanek isn’t going to excite anyone. A 20-goal season from Boeser will.

The Canucks maintain they want to build a competitive environment which will bring out the best in their younger players. The problem is that competitive environment is being supplied by average veterans who are largely in the decline phase of their career.

The faithful have already suffered through two excruciating seasons. Sitting through another losing campaign without seeing what’s coming is asking an awful lot.

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Thomas Vanek Headed To Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Thomas Vanek to a one-year contract worth a value of $2,000,000.

"Thomas has been a prolific scorer throughout his career and we're excited to add his offence and experience to help with the continued growth of our forwards," said Benning. "His skill and ability to contribute on the scoresheet, combined with his lead-by-example style will help our team this year, and will benefit our younger players as they continue to develop their game."

Thomas Vanek, 33, recorded 48 points (17-31-48) in 68 games split between Florida (2-8-10 in 20 games) and Detroit (15-23-38 in 48 games). His 15 goals ranked seventh among Red Wings skaters on the season. Since entering the League in 2006.07, the 6-2, 218-pound forward has ranked 10th in goals (333) and second in powerplay goals (129).

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Tickets Available For The NHL China Games

Tickets are priced from $24 to $192.

NEW YORK (Aug. 25, 2017) –Tickets to the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging in Shanghai and Beijing between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks are available to the public for purchase today, August 25. 

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Establishing A Long Time Relationship Between The NHL And China

from Murray Greig of the China Daily,

Tickets for the inaugural NHL China Games went on sale via en.Damai.cn on the weekend, with seats for the preseason clashes between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings scaled from 220 - 2080 yuan ($32.50 to $307) for Sept 21 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, and from 160 - 1880 yuan ($23.60 to $278) for Sept 23 at Wukesong Arena in Beijing....

In announcing the games during his visit to Beijing in March, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league had struck a long-term deal to work closely with the sponsors and government bureaus to develop grassroots programs and support Chinese hockey development at all levels.

One of the first initiatives is to provide schools with training and instructional content to implement hockey programs that promote physical education, sportsmanship, teamwork and fitness.

"I knew when we came to China, based on all the reports I was getting, that there was a great deal of interest in hockey," Bettman said during his media conference.

"Still, the high level of that interest has surprised me, and it's particularly exciting because this is a great opportunity to grow the game.

"This is a long-term commitment to develop our sport here. We're barely in the embryonic stages, but the opportunity and the possibilities are limitless."


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