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Zach Werenski On A Similar Path As Jack Johnson

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Zach Werenski met Jack Johnson several years ago on a recruiting trip to the University of Michigan. Details of that autumn afternoon were clear for one, a bit hazier for the other.  

Johnson was an established NHL defenseman hanging out at the Wolverines-Notre Dame football game with his younger brother, Kenny, also on an informal visit that day.

“Jack was someone I kind of looked up to growing up,” the 19-year-old Werenski said. “He went to the (USA Hockey National Team Development Program) and Michigan. It’s a similar path I went on.

“He probably doesn’t remember, but I remembered. I knew who he was.”

The two Michigan men were introduced as a pair to Blue Jackets fans on Thursday night in Nationwide Arena. How would a Wolverine tandem play in Columbus?

Quite well, actually.


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Report- Coming Soon, An Enhanced Mobile App For The NHL

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from Danny Ecker of Crain's Chicago Business,

Major League Baseball's fingerprints are starting to show up more clearly on the NHL.

In one of the first major new product launches since MLB Advanced Media took control of the NHL's digital assets, the league next week is expected to roll out a new mobile app called "Arena" that is modeled after the "Ballpark" app that MLBAM introduced in 2012, according to sources close to the leagues.

Specific details of what the new app will include are under wraps, but it stands to be a substantial in-stadium smartphone tool if MLBAM puts as much emphasis on "Arena" as it has on its baseball version.

When MLBAM launched the "Ballpark" app in 2012 (then called "At The Ballpark"), it was designed to be a useful second-screen tool for fans in the stands with team and league content, social media and the ability to check-in at games. MLB has since beefed it up, adding the ability to purchase and manage tickets, upgrade seats and even buy food and beverages from your seats at some ballparks.

The "Arena" app will add features over time in a similar way and may not be used by all NHL teams to start, one source said.


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Morning Line- Steve Simmons

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“The best thing I saw, other than the kids, was (Sidney) Crosby’s first goal the other night. It reminded me of ’72 when Espo knocked the puck to Henderson. That and the three minutes of overtime between North America and Sweden. That was it for me.

“A lot of hockey this time. Not much that anyone will remember.”

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more, mostly on the 1972 Summit Series.

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Kraft Hockeyville USA Comes To Marquette

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from David Satriano of NHL.com,

Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Michigan, was named winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016 in April, but because of a bad internet connection, it almost didn't happen.

Dr. Frederick Hoenke, who submitted the winning essay, almost didn't send it a second time after his first attempt accidentally was deleted.

"I voted for the rink, not knowing what exactly it was, and then it said 'Why your rink should win,' so I pounded out a quick little entry and hit send and it deleted," Hoenke said. "A few hours later, I got back to my office and something in the back of my head was bothering me, so I said, 'I'll try one more time.' I tried to remember from memory what I said, did it quickly and hit send. I still really didn't know what I had entered."

Marquette and Lakeview Arena finished ahead of more than 1,000 communities, including runner-up Rushmore Thunderdome in Rapid City, South Dakota. A total of $335,000 was awarded to the top 10 finishers, including $150,000 to Marquette, which also will get to host a nationally televised preseason game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN)....

"I had never heard of [Kraft Hockeyville] before," Hoenke said. "I didn't even know what it was when I applied for it. Our hockey association sent a request to all the parents, 'Will you vote for this thing?' I said 'OK, fine.' I can click a button and vote for this thing like anyone else can."


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No Retirement Talk From Clarke MacArthur

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from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

The calls for Clarke MacArthur to retire have already been heard since he suffered his fourth concussion in 18 months Sunday.

He wants everybody to know he intends to be back as soon as he can.

As the Senators prepared to face the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre in a pre-season game, the veteran winger took to his Instagram account around lunch time to say he’s on the road to recovery and he’s hopeful if all goes well he’ll be able to play again soon.

Helped off the ice, and looking dazed, after being hit in the corner by blueliner Patrick Sieloff on Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre as part of a Red and White scrimmage being held during Fan Fest, MacArthur has a long road ahead if he’s going to pull on the No. 16 jersey again.

The 31-year-old MacArthur — who suited up for only four games last season after suffering a concussion on Oct. 14 against the Columbus Blue Jackets — wanted to let people know the severity of this concussion hasn’t been nearly as bad as some he has dealt with in the past.


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Team Canada Run Continues In International Play

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Greatest hockey team ever?

Let the argument begin.

With apologies to the great Soviet national teams of yesteryear that were simply outstanding but didn't get to regularly test themselves against NHL players, Team Canada circa 2014-16 might go down as the most dominating squad to ever hit the ice in the modern era.

A perfect 12-0-0 between the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the World Cup of Hockey -- with Thursday night's thrilling 2-1 victory over Europe at Air Canada Centre as the finishing touch -- is a stretch of hockey we won't soon forget.

"It's pretty special," said World Cup MVP Sidney Crosby. "It's not easy to do, and for a good chunk of us, a lot of us were together there in Russia.

"Everyone understands playing for Team Canada, you're willing to do anything to win."


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NHL Short Notes- World Cup Edition

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Home Team in Caps
Team Canada 2, TEAM EUROPE 1
Down 1-0 late in the third period, Patrice Bergeron tied the game at 17:07 of the frame and Brad Marchand scored a shorthanded goal with 43.1 seconds remaining in regulationto power Team Canada to the World Cup of Hockey 2016 championship.

* Team Canada captured its sixth victory in the World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup, adding to its championships in 1976, 1984, 1987, 1991 and 2004. It also finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0-0 record; the only other time Team Canada won all of its games at such an event was the most recent iteration, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (also 6-0-0).

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The World Cup Of Hockey Is Over - Team Canada Wins

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Brad Marchand with a very late shorty gets the game winner.


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Sergei Bobrovsky Hopes Weight Loss Will Eliminate Groin Injuries

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Sergei Bobrovsky said in the offseason he lost “eight kilos,” which for the metrically impaired translates to 17 pounds.

The Blue Jackets’ fitness fanatic wasn’t close to overweight. But in an effort to curb his rash of groin injuries, the goaltender chose to reduce the muscle mass he had built over the past few years.

“That was one of the purposes coming into the season,” he said Wednesday. “I feel good now. We’ll see.”

The club is yet to release the official weights of players – Bobrovsky was listed at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds in the spring – but coach John Tortorella acknowledged the goalie is one of several Blue Jackets to shed significant pounds. Winger Nick Foligno and defenseman Dalton Prout are among others who will look leaner in the team photo.


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A Heartwarming Night For Jacques Demers

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from Stu Cown of the Montreal Gazette,

If there is a nicer gentleman in the world of sports than Jacques Demers I have yet to meet him.

In fact, it would be hard to find a nicer man anywhere. So it was fantastic to see Demers’s smiling face again Wednesday night as he was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. It was also difficult to see him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, paralyzed on his right side. But it could have been much worse after the last Canadiens coach to win a Stanley Cup suffered a stroke in April.

Demers, 72, loved to golf as a member of the Whitlock club in Hudson and has always loved to talk, as anyone who knows him will tell you. He can no longer do those two things, but his wife Debbie says he does have some feeling in his right leg and doctors think he will eventually be able to walk with a cane. He’s also working on his speech.

But as anyone who has a family member who has suffered a stroke knows, the future is always uncertain.

“It’s a slow, long process and time will tell,” Debbie said over the phone from their West Island home Thursday morning.


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