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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 Monday, 08.18.2014 / 6:40 PM

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

Fraser re-creates family photo on day with Cup

Los Angeles Kings forward Colin Fraser re-created a touching family photo this weekend on his day with the Stanley Cup.

The three-time Cup winner took the Cup to a dock on Sylvan Lake, Alberta, where he, his son and daughter raised the trophy (and replicas) over their heads.

After the Kings' 2012 championship, Colin and his son Calder (then 19 months) each lifted a trophy near the lake. Calder was ill during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, causing Colin to leave the Kings for a brief time.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 6:40 PM

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

Canada wins 7th straight Hlinka gold; U.S. gets bronze

Canada scored four first-period goals and defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 to win the gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Saturday in Breclav, Czech Republic.

It is the seventh straight championship at the tournament for Canada, which outscored its opponents 32-10 this year.

"We knew we had to have a really good start against [the Czechs] because they were playing really well," coach Jody Hull told The Globe and Mail. "Our guys just bought into the process. It's an amazing group."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 5:33 PM

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

Sutter combines Cup with Ice Bucket Challenge

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter combined his day with the Stanley Cup with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at his family's farm in Alberta this weekend.

Sutter held the most iconic trophy in sports while ice water was poured on him from the barn above.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 4:45 PM

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

Canada tops Slovakia, to face U.S. in Hlinka semifinals

The Canadian Under-18 select team closed out its preliminary-round schedule in Group B of the 2014Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup with an unbeaten record following a 5-1 victory against Slovakia on Wednesday at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada, the six-time and defending tournament champion, will face the United States in the semifinal round Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Canada has defeated the U.S. the past two years in the championship game of the Hlinka Memorial. The Americans defeated Finland 9-4 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals.

Canada received goals from five different scorers and goaltender Callum Booth of the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League made 12 saves in his first start of the tournament.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 12:17 PM

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

U.S. defeats Finland to reach semifinals at Ivan Hlinka

The United States Under-18 select team scored five goals on 10 shots in the third period on the way to a 9-4 victory against Finland in preliminary-round action in Group A of the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Wednesday at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

The victory sets up a semifinal-round showdown against rival Canada on Friday at Zimny Stadion. Canada scored a 4-0 victory against the United States in the championship game last year to win a record sixth straight Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. The Canadians also earned a 3-2 victory against the United States in the gold-medal game at the 2012 tournament.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 11:59 PM

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

Kings defenseman Greene takes Cup to UND

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene decided on a new location for his second day with the Stanley Cup.

After starting Monday by receiving the Cup in his hometown of Grand Ledge, Mich., Greene chartered a jet to Fargo, N.D. A veteran of three seasons at the University of North Dakota, he spent some time in the state's largest city before continuing on to Grand Forks, where the UND campus is located.

"It's been awesome," Greene told the Grand Forks Herald. "It's been a lot of fun coming back here. It's been a whirlwind. ... The Cup brings out the crazy in a lot of people."

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 4:00 PM

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

United States rallies to beat Russia at Ivan Hlinka

Right wing Brock Boeser scored three goals to help rally the United States to a 7-4 victory against Russia in Group A play of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Tuesday at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic.

The United States, which held a 46-25 advantage in shots, scored three goals in the third period to snap a 4-4 tie.

"This was an important match for us," U.S. coach Derek Plante said. "Our goal is to get the championship, so we needed a win today. This is a short tournament, so we have to keep getting better really quickly. Russia has a great team, but we had many power plays, which helped us a lot. In the last game against the Czech Republic [a 4-2 loss Monday], we were highly penalized and even though we played well, lost because of that. [On Tuesday], it was a big deal."

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 3:30 PM

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

Canada tops Sweden to stay unbeaten at Hlinka Cup

Center Mitchell Stephens scored two goals to lead Canada to a 5-1 victory against Sweden in preliminary-round play in Group B of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Tuesday at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

The six-time and defending tournament champion, which outshot Sweden 41-28, will look to earn its third straight victory on Wednesday when it faces Slovakia at 11:30 a.m. ET.

"I thought as the game went along we got better as a group," Canada coach Jody Hull said. "We're starting to come together as a team and every player was doing the right thing. Moving forward, that's going to be key."

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