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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 3:21 PM

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

Erie's McDavid named OHL player of the year

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the winner of the 2014-15 Red Tilson Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League player of the year, as voted by the writers and broadcasters that cover the league.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the Warner Theatre Grand Lobby in Erie, Pa.

"It's really hard to put into words what this means," McDavid said. "To be a part of this group of guys and … I might be the guy standing up there but this is the definition of a team award. Makes it a lot easier when you're playing with the league leading scorer [fellow 2015 draft prospect Dylan Strome] and the league's rookie of the year [Alex DeBrincat]. … It's a very special day to be recognized as the league's MVP. It means the world to me."

Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 10:07 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Kopitar resigns as coach of Slovenia national team

Slovenia coach Matjaz Kopitar resigned Tuesday after five seasons as coach of the national team.

At the 2015 IIHF World Championship, Slovenia finished eighth in Group B with three points (1-0-0-6) and was relegated to the Division I Group A level for the 2016 tournament. Slovenia lost its first six games, all in regulation. Its only win came Monday against Denmark, a 1-0 victory in its tournament finale.

Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 6:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Monday, May 11

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



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Chris Kreider
Left Wing - NYR
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Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 5:59 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Rinne sets World Championship record in Finland win

Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators) broke the record for longest shutout streak at the World Championship and Finland defeated Belarus 3-2 in a shootout in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Evgeni Kovyrshin's goal 5:09 into the third period was the first allowed by Rinne in 237:05, breaking the post-war mark of 206:26 set by Slovakia's Jan Lasak in 2004.

"Rinne has been unbelievable," Finland captain Jussi Jokinen (Florida Panthers) told the IIHF website. "Playing the way he has gives our team so much confidence. We will need him for sure the rest of the way."

Posted On Monday, 05.11.2015 / 10:21 AM

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

McDavid looks to rebound against Oshawa in Game 3

Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was held without a point in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs first time on Saturday in a 5-1 loss against the Oshawa Generals in Game 2 of the OHL championship round at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.

McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, had scored a point in 16 straight games before being denied on Saturday. McDavid entered the championship series with 19 goals and 42 points in 15 games but has one assist and a minus-4 rating in two games against the Generals.

Oshawa leads the best-of-7 series 2-0. Games 3 and 4 will be held in Erie, Pa., on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. The Otters are 7-1 at home in the playoffs.


Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 5:27 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Couturier leads Canada to win against Switzerland

Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers) had two assists and was one of seven players to score a goal for Canada in a 7-2 win against Switzerland on Sunday in a Group A preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship played at O2 Arena in Prague.

Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars) and Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers) each had a goal and an assist. Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) each scored a goal.

"We've got a team that can roll four lines pretty easily," Seguin told the IIHF website. "It's very evident on our roster. It's easy to put a bunch of stars together, but you've got to come together as a team, and we've done a good job of that thus far."

Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 5:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Nelson, Eichel lead U.S. to win against Slovenia

Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) had two goals and an assist to help the United States to a 3-1 win against Slovenia on Sunday in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Jack Eichel, NHL Central Scouting's No. 2-rated North American skater in its final rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, also had a goal. Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles Kings) had three assists, and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) made 21 saves.

"Our line [Nelson, Lewis and Eichel] has been working well for quite a few games now," Nelson told the IIHF website. "I don't know what the secret is. It would be nice if we did. But I think we've played well from the get-go to create chances and capitalize on them. When you get a few early goals you build that chemistry."

Posted On Sunday, 05.10.2015 / 1:15 PM

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

Top 2016 prospect Tkachuk signs with London

Matthew Tkachuk, a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, has signed to play with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2015-16 season.

Tkachuk, a 6-foot, 188-pound left wing, was second on the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team this season with 38 goals and 96 points in 65 games. At the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship he had 12 points in seven games to help the United States win the gold medal. Tkachuk tied for third at the tournament in points and his 10 assists tied 2015 draft prospect Jeremy Bracco for the tournament lead.

"I was leaning to this place a little bit more," Tkachuk said Friday, according to the London Free Press. "I made my decision when I started talking to my mom and dad after the U-18 world championship. I really just got to know the pros and cons of all the decisions. This place stood out to me after I talked to Dale [Hunter, London coach] and his track record. I'm really excited about being with this organization."

Posted On Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 7:07 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Seguin, Canada stay perfect with win against France

Forward Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers) scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to give Canada a 4-3 win against France on Saturday in a Group A preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at 02 Arena in Prague.

Forward Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) scored twice and goalie Martin Jones (Los Angeles Kings) made 18 saves for Canada (5-0-0-0, 15 points); Ronan Quemener made 39 saves for France.

Seguin and Eberle scored 66 seconds apart in the first period to give Canada a 2-0 lead. Seguin scored a power-play goal halfway through the period that was assisted by forward Jason Spezza (Stars) and defenseman Tyson Barrie (Colorado Avalanche).

Posted On Friday, 05.08.2015 / 6:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

U.S. edges Demark at World Championship

Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) made 21 saves and forward Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) scored in the second period to lead the United States to a 1-0 win against Denmark on Friday in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The United States (4-0-0-1, 12 points) moved back into first place one day after losing for the first time in the tournament, 5-2 to Belarus. The U.S. outshot Denmark 41-21, but goaltender Sebastian Dahm kept his team in the game with 40 saves.

"Too many time tonight looking for the extra pass and it led to turnovers," U.S. coach Todd Richards said, according to the IIHF website. "They played hard, they came after us and forced us into turnovers. We did not manage the puck the way we need to. We were fortunate to get out with a 1-0 win."

Nelson scored his team-high fourth goal of the tournament 7:54 into the second period, beating Dahm on a wraparound.

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I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.

— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82