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Posted On Thursday, 08.29.2013 / 10:42 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' Brookbank honored as small-town hero

A small town welcomed a big visitor Thursday.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank led a parade in his hometown of Lanigan, Saskatchewan during his time with the Stanley Cup.

"It really means a lot to know that there's people pulling for you back home and they've always been there," Brookbank told CJME Radio. "I can't say enough about this town, I just love it here."

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.28.2013 / 5:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Bickell gets key to city on day with Stanley Cup

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell received the key to the city of Orono, Ontario, his hometown, during his day with the Stanley Cup on Tuesday. Bickell brought the Cup to Orono when the Blackhawks last won the Cup in 2010. But because the 6-foot-4 forward figured so prominently in Chicago's 2013 run, this visit by the Cup was extra special.

Bickell posed for photos in front of his town's welcoming sign, which now lists him as a Stanley Cup champion. He also took the trophy fishing near Peterborough, Ontario.

"Unfortunately, we didn't catch a lot of fish. But this is part one, so we're going to make part two another day," Bickell said. "It's nice to have Stanley out on the boat and be out there with it."
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Posted On Wednesday, 08.28.2013 / 2:56 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Nabokov aims for third trip to Olympics with Russia

Evgeni Nabokov struggled while playing goal for Russia in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, so he is glad to have been one of five netminders invited to Russia Olympic orientation camp.

But Nabokov, who re-signed with the New York Islanders this summer, said the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February aren't the only thing on his mind as he prepares for the season.

"Everyone understands that this is the year of the Olympics, and the Games are very important for the country," the 38-year-old said this week in an interview with R-Sport. "However, you should understand that playing for our own club is no less important. Moreover, one supplements the other here: If you play badly for the club, you will not get to the Olympics.

"Therefore, each of us thinks about playing the first club game and later we will think about the second game, and then, in February, we will think about the Olympics. Now we have to prove to the coaches that we deserve to play on the national team, and I can only do this with the help of [playing well] with the Islanders. Believe me, I will not be thinking 24/7 about the Olympics."


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Posted On Saturday, 08.24.2013 / 6:37 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' Kane brings Cup back to Buffalo

A magical summer for Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane ended on a high note when the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup on Saturday in his hometown of Buffalo.

As he did when he had the Cup in Buffalo in 2010, Kane took the iconic trophy to Niagara Falls, where he posed for photos with friends and family. The trip this year included the Conn Smythe Trophy, which Kane was given as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after scoring nine goals and 19 points in 23 games.

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Posted On Friday, 08.23.2013 / 9:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Kompon uses day with Stanley Cup to say thanks

Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Jamie Kompon used his day with the Stanley Cup to say "Thank you."

Kompon spent part of his day with the trophy in and around Niagara Falls at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, where his father is recovering from two strokes suffered during the winter.

"Everybody here had a hand in in getting my dad back to where he is," Kompon said to about 100 staff members, according to Niagarathisweek.com. "To see him like this, it means the world to me. … I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart."

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Posted On Thursday, 08.22.2013 / 10:53 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Saad first Pittsburgh-born player to take Cup home

Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad spent his day with the Stanley Cup in a place familiar with the trophy: Pittsburgh.

But according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Saad is the first Pittsburgh-born and -trained player to win the Cup, which has been won by the Penguins three times.

"I'd be lying if I said this whole thing wasn't more than a little surreal," Saad said Thursday. "But it's great."

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 12:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Quenneville, Stanley Cup host Whalers reunion

During a party along Lake Michigan with the Stanley Cup on full display, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hosted some familiar faces. After carrying the Cup around Chicago, including stops at a local post office where he posed for photos, the man known as Coach Q ended the day with a big boat party on Lake Michigan.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville celebrates the Stanley Cup with former Hartford teammates Ron Francis (behind Cup) and Kevin Dineen (far right) (photo courtesy @KeeperoftheCup)

The party gave Quenneville an opportunity to enjoy a small reunion with his former Hartford Whalers teammates. Before embarking on his successful coaching career, Quenneville played seven seasons in Hartford. The club never won the Stanley Cup in Hartford, although the franchise enjoyed its first Cup win in 2006 as the Carolina Hurricanes.

With Quenneville and the Cup playing host Monday night, a number of former Whalers enjoyed a night on the lake. Those in attendance included longtime captain and current Carolina vice president of hockey operations Ron Francis, and Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen.

Prior to spending the day with Quenneville, the Cup was in Europe for a couple of weeks before spending this past Sunday with Jay Blunk, the Blackhawks executive vice president.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.13.2013 / 10:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup makes stops in Sweden, Slovakia

The Stanley Cup continued the European part of its summer with stops in Sweden and Slovakia over the past couple of days.

Forward Viktor Stalberg had the trophy in Gotherburg, Sweden on Tuesday after it spent time with forward Marcus Kruger, who celebrated with friends and family at The Soap Bar in Stockholm.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 9:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Handzus greeted by 10,000 in Slovakia

An estimated crowd of 10,000 attended a rally Thursday for Michal Handzus when the Chicago Blackhawks forward brought the Stanley Cup to his home country of Slovakia.

Handzus took the trophy to his hometown of Banska Bystrica, where the 36-year-old rode through the streets.

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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 11:14 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Report: Sore foot sidelines Drouin at Canada camp

Jonathan Drouin, selected with the third pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2013 NHL Draft in June, sat out the second day of the Canadian National Junior Team's summer development camp on Monday in Brossard, Que.

Drouin, according to TSN.com, will be sidelined the next two days of the camp in Quebec with a sore foot. The camp is the first stage to selecting the team that will represent Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.


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