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Posted On Friday, 07.03.2015 / 5:53 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup visits legendary goalie shop in Ontario

There was a special piece of equipment on display at Kenesky Sports in Hamilton, Ontario on Friday.

The Stanley Cup made its fifth appearance at the goalie equipment store, this one with Chicago Blackhawks executive Mark Bernard.

"Wherever you go with the Stanley Cup, Stanley is a rock star," Bernard told CHCH. "Very, very fortunate. There's so many great people in this hockey business that we all work in, and that have never had the opportunity to win it once, and I'm just so gracious and proud that we've had the opportunity to do it three times now."

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Posted On Friday, 07.03.2015 / 10:51 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Bickell, Cup visit children's hospital in Toronto

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell and the Stanley Cup spent Canada Day visiting The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Bickell, his wife Amanda and their immediate family showed off the Cup and provided a memorable afternoon for the patients of the facility.

The children not only got to meet Bickell, they were given the opportunity to hoist the Cup.

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Posted On Monday, 06.29.2015 / 6:08 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' Darling parades Cup through hometown

LEMONT, Ill. -- The rain came down in sheets for a few minutes Monday at the Lemont Park District headquarters, soaking a crowd of people and turning Chicago Blackhawks jerseys a deeper shade of red.

Among those caught in the afternoon shower was Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling, who sat in the back of an old-fashioned fire truck with the Stanley Cup by his side. It may have rained on his parade, but no amount of water could dampen the mood for Darling, his family or the hundreds who showed up to watch him give the Cup a hometown hoist.

"He and I have watched those 'Day with the Cup' shows on the NHL Network before and were both like, 'Wow, how cool is that?'" said Scott R. Darling, who watched a long line of people wait to get autographs and photos with his son. "To be able to do it and bring it home and share it, I think that's what the Stanley Cup is all about. It's about sharing it with people in your family and in the community where you grew up, and it's just awesome to see the turnout. We had a heavy rainstorm, so there were a lot of wet people, and Scotty got wet too, but it was awesome."

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Posted On Sunday, 06.28.2015 / 4:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup rides float in Chicago Pride Parade

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Stanley Cup participated in the 46th annual Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday.

Blackhawks representatives and ice crew accompanied the Stanley Cup on the WGN Radio float in the parade, which celebrates Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 10:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Kane takes Stanley Cup to Jimmy Buffett concert

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane surprised "Parrotheads" Saturday when he showed up at a Jimmy Buffett concert in Chicago with the Stanley Cup.

Kane walked on stage at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre with the Cup while wearing a parrothead hat, representing the nickname for Buffett's fans.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 2:31 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Blues goalie pick Opilka thrilled to meet Brodeur

SUNRISE, Fla. -- For goaltender Luke Opilka from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, being drafted by his favorite team, the St. Louis Blues, was a wonderful moment.

But it got even better when the fifth-round pick (No. 146), a St. Louis native, reached the Blues' draft table on the floor of BB&T Center. One of the first team officials he met was assistant general manager Martin Brodeur.

This is the first draft as an executive for Brodeur, the winningest goaltender in NHL history, who ended his 22-season career in January.

"I definitely had chills seeing him," Opilka said. "I was already shocked just being drafted to the home team and then I saw him. I was speechless almost. Couldn't get anything out."

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Posted On Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 11:55 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Sabres get two top performers at Scouting Combine

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Two of the players who performed best during the physical testing at the NHL Scouting Combine earlier this month in Buffalo were Boston University center Jack Eichel and Prince Albert Raiders defenseman Brendan Guhle.

They're now teammates with the Buffalo Sabres, who used the No. 2 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday to select Eichel. On Saturday, they selected Guhle at No. 51 in the second round.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 11:14 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Sharks' Roy proud to be first pick of second round

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Sherbrooke Phoenix defenseman Jeremy Roy was flattered to be the first pick of the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft on Saturday.

Knowing the San Jose Sharks traded up to get him made it an even better feeling.

"It's definitely great," Roy said. "Having a team moving up for you, it shows they really want you. It's a great feeling."

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Posted On Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 9:28 AM

By Kyle Connor -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Kyle Connor blog

Connor: Interviews over, time for fitness testing

Kyle Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, concluded his third season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League in 2014-15. Committed to the University of Michigan in 2015-16, the 6-foot-1, 177-pound center had 34 goals and a League-leading 80 points in 56 games for the Phantoms this season. Connor has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. His latest entry comes from the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.

Hello from Buffalo!

I had a few final interviews with teams here at the Scouting Combine on Friday. I met with 25 teams. It was really good experience. For the most part the teams are trying to get to know you as a person. I think I really expressed who I am well. 

None of the interviews stood out as anything out of the ordinary. No really strange questions. Different teams asked different questions, and some were a little more intense than others. But it was pretty much very straightforward with their questions.

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Posted On Friday, 06.26.2015 / 9:36 PM

By Noah Hanifin -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Noah Hanifin blog

Hanifin: Being chosen No. 5 by Hurricanes an honor

Noah Hanifin , No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, completed his freshman season at Boston College in Hockey East in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound left-shot defenseman had five goals and 23 points in 37 games. He also represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team in 2013-14. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. His latest entry comes after he was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes with the fifth pick.

What an amazing day.

I didn't really get too much sleep last night; so many nerves. You dream of this moment your whole life and this day was pretty surreal. It's definitely a relief to get it over with and know what organization I'll be representing in the future.

I got up probably at 8 a.m. and went downstairs to the breakfast with Commissioner Bettman and all the top guys. We saw the Stanley Cup and some highlights from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that was pretty cool. I met with two teams this morning, Carolina was one of them and it went really well.


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It's very special, obviously; there is draft day and then there's the day that you sign your first deal. It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm very honored to be able to do that."

— Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid on signing his first professional contract