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Posted On Thursday, 08.28.2014 / 12:00 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Lewis brings Stanley Cup back to Utah

The only native of Utah to win the Stanley Cup twice, Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis brought it home again Wednesday.

"All my family and friends are here," Lewis told Good4Utah.com. "So there is no better place to bring it back to. I've seen all the support I had last time, and seeing it again is great."

More than 6,000 people were on hand at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, according to the Deseret News.

"It's crazy and unreal," Lewis told the newspaper.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.27.2014 / 10:09 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Eichel tops list for All-American Prospects Game

Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel headlines the list of invites to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Eichel is one of 42 American-born 2015 NHL Draft prospect scheduled to participate in the game. The 17-year-old center is expected to be one of the top two picks at the 2015 draft.

Last season he led the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team with 38 goals and 87 points in 53 games. He also had one goal and four assists for the U.S. at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. He's expected to play a major role for the United States at the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto. He impressed U.S. national junior team coach Mark Osiecki at USA Hockey's evaluation camp earlier this month.

"Jack Eichel is an offensive player and we have to hold him accountable offensively," Osiecki said. "He's a special player and we have to lean on him offensively to be that difference maker, be a player that can make everyone around him better; offensively for sure."

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Posted On Monday, 08.25.2014 / 10:41 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Defenseman Alec Martinez brings Cup to Texas

Defenseman Alec Martinez, who scored the overtime goal that gave the Los Angeles Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, celebrated with his family Monday at his home in Allen, Texas, near Dallas.

While assistant coach Davis Payne, who had the Cup on Sunday in Kamloops, British Columbia, filled it with cheeseburgers, Martinez opted for Fruit Loops instead.

Martinez scored 14:43 into the second OT of Game 5 of the Final to give the Kings a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers. He also scored the overtime winner against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

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Posted On Monday, 08.25.2014 / 3:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Kurker leads Sioux City at Junior World Cup

Samuel Kurker, a 2012 second-round pick (No. 56) of the St. Louis Blues, had one goal and two assists as the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League beat Swedish junior club Malmo 5-1 in a Junior Club World Cup game Monday at Sports Palace Ufa in Ufa, Russia.

Sioux City leads Group B with a 3-0 record and is the only undefeated team in the 10-team tournament.

Forward Joe Snively, a 2015 NHL Draft prospect, had one goal and one assist for Sioux City, and Adam Johnson added one goal and two assists.

Goaltender Collin Olson, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, stopped 26 of 27 shots.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.24.2014 / 5:24 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings assistant Payne returns home with Cup

Still basking in the glow of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time, Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Davis Payne wanted to bring hockey's ultimate prize back home to Kamloops, British Columbia. He received his opportunity this weekend when he returned to the place he still considers his hometown despite spending most of his time in Southern California.

"It's a chance now to pay it back and celebrate and share all this stuff with everybody that was an important part of it all the way along," Payne told KamloopsThisWeek.com in June. "All the coaches in Kamloops, all the friends and teammates that I have that are still there,"

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Posted On Friday, 08.22.2014 / 4:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Ranford, nephew celebrate two championships

Thursday was a memorable day in the life of Los Angeles Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford. He had two reasons -- and trophies -- to celebrate.

Ranford spent the day with not only the Stanley Cup he and the Kings won in June, but with the Calder Cup; his nephew, Brendan Ranford, won the American Hockey League championship with the Texas Stars.

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Posted On Friday, 08.22.2014 / 10:30 AM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Niemi vs. Stalock

The clock is ticking for San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, and Alex Stalock appears ready to pounce on any opportunity that comes his way.

Niemi, who turns 31 next week, is entering a contract year off a second consecutive Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. But unlike the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when Niemi put his team in position to take the series (two goals or fewer allowed in six of seven games), the Sharks' latest exit came in the worst fashion imaginable.

The Sharks took a 3-0 series lead against the Kings but failed to close the deal with four straight losses. Los Angeles became the fourth team in NHL history to win a series when facing such a deficit and went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Make no mistake, factors such as defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic's injury and the Kings' ability to dictate puck possession and lock down defensively certainly determined the result of the series. That said, much of the blame could be pinned on Niemi.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 2:31 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings goalie Jones brings Cup home to Vancouver

Los Angeles Kings goalie Martin Jones enjoyed a homecoming with the Stanley Cup when he returned to his native North Vancouver for a celebration at the North Shore Winter Club, where Jones played minor hockey.

Founded in 1958, the club's alumni feature current NHL players including Jones, Evander Kane (Winnipeg Jets), Kyle Turris (Ottawa Senators) and Drayson Bowman (Carolina Hurricanes). The NSWC and its members welcomed Jones home with a parade through town during which he showed off the Cup while atop a Zamboni.

"I remember playing here for four years and those were some amazing memories I had here, so to come back and have that kind of welcome was awesome," Jones told the Vancouver Sun. "I think that's what's so special about this thing, when you're able to share it, especially at a place where you spent a lot of time as a kid. And to come back and give back a little bit it's fun for them and it's fun for me as well. There's some happy kids out there, so that's what it's all about for sure."


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Posted On Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 12:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Mitchell takes in a day of fishing with Stanley Cup

Former Los Angeles Kings and current Florida Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell enjoyed fly fishing with friends in Pitt River, British Columbia, during his day with the Stanley Cup this week.

Mitchell's fishing trip was tame compared to his first experience with the Cup in 2012, when he ascended Mount Benedict to meet his wife, Megan, for a champagne toast.

Mitchell, 37, has played in 795 NHL games for five teams. In 89 Stanley Cup Playoff games he has 16 points, including a goal and three assists with a plus-10 rating in 18 games to help the Kings to their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Ward vs. Khudobin

When Cam Ward missed the last 27 games of the 2012-13 NHL season with a sprained MCL, the Carolina Hurricanes went out to shore up their goaltending by adding Anton Khudobin to a mix that already included Justin Peters.

When Ward went down again last season in October (missed 10 games) and in January (missed 13 games), the Hurricanes were better covered in net.

Ward's October injury coincided with Khudobin being sidelined for 32 games with a lower-body injury. Peters went 4-6-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .921 save percentage during that time. When January hit, and the Hurricanes were hovering around the bottom of the standings, Khudobin took charge.

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