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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 9:32 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Shanahan dedicates induction to his father

TORONTO -- The final inductee to be honored Monday night was Brendan Shanahan.

The only player in NHL history with more than 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes, Shanahan began his speech by thanking Pat Quinn, Jim Gregory and Kelly Masse from the Hockey Hall of Fame for what he called a "whirlwind weekend."

He congratulated the other inductees, noting that Scott Niedermayer was so competitive and "isn't that nice of a guy" because when all of the inductees tried to flip a puck in the air with a stick the other night, Geraldine Heaney caught it ... and Niedermayer quickly knocked it off with his stick.

Shanahan told an emotional story about his parents. His father passed away when he was 21, and his mother got her driver's license when his dad got sick and would drive long distances to his junior games.

Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 8:53 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Ray Shero: Flyers, Fred will walk together forever

TORONTO -- After NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke about each of the honorees, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero went to the podium to speak about his late father, Fred, who was a legendary coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

Ray Shero began by talking about what his father was like. He quoted Bobby Clarke's eulogy from when Fred passed away in 1990.

He said his father was always preaching the importance of education. He said when others were threatening to leave for the WHA, Fred threatened to leave for law school. Ray also said Fred claimed to be the only card-carrying member of the New York Public Library on the New York Rangers' roster.

Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 8:10 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Chelios praised as a 'war horse'

After James Duthie welcomed everyone to the proceedings at the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Ken Dryden narrated a tribute to members of the military on Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States.

The first Hall inductee to be honored was Chris Chelios. Pat Quinn called Chelios a "defensive war horse" in the introduction to the evening. Chelios spent parts of 26 seasons in the League, playing more than anyone in history save for fellow Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe.

Chelios was a larger-than-life figure in the NHL, and many of his famous friends were here for the ceremony. Among those here to celebrate with Chelios and walking the red carpet before the ceremony were Tony Danza, Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Cusack, John McEnroe, D.B. Sweeney and John McGinley.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 1:46 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Kesler healthy, eager to play for Tortorella

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Training camp is going to be a little different for the Vancouver Canucks this season with new coach John Tortorella in charge.

It is also going to be different than recent ones for center Ryan Kesler, mostly because he will be participating in it. Kesler missed camp for the 2011-12 season because of hip surgery. He wasn't able to take part last season because he was still rehabbing after shoulder surgery.

"Put the past couple of years behind me is the key phrase," Kesler said. "It was a tough, tough two years. This summer was amazing. Being able to work out fully again and train and skate with the guys and really to have my first training camp in two years is exciting. I'm excited to get back at it."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 1:01 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Memorable meeting for U.S. Olympic hopefuls

ARLINGTON, Va. -- When Brian Burke spoke of his favorite memory from the 2010 Winter Olympics, it wasn't watching the team he constructed beating Canada in the preliminary round or winning a silver medal.

His favorite memory is when members of the Wounded Warriors program spoke to the United States team. Members of the military who take part in the Wounded Warriors program were able to spend lots of time with the U.S. squad in the lead-up to the 2010 Games and in Vancouver, and it was a memorable part of the experience for players on the team as well.

"The last camp and Olympics they were around with us and it was really special," Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said. "It was great to hear their stories, and they would get us pretty jacked up before the games. When we think we're making sacrifices, it is not even close. It's not even the same stratosphere. We have a great deal of respect for them and what they do.

"It makes it personal. You get to hang out with them and ask so many questions, sit and eat with them, have them come to practice. We are just as interested in what they have done as they are in what we've done. It makes it really cool, and you can make legitimate friendships instead of just saying, 'Hey, thanks for the talk.' It is a great experience and a thrill that USA Hockey does it."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 12:36 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Star-studded unveiling as U.S. shows Olympic jerseys

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp concluded Tuesday with the introduction of all 48 players who participated and the unveiling of the United States jersey for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The new logo is a shield with "USA" written in white with a blue background above red and white vertical stripes. There are also matte stars on the blue shoulders that are more noticeable when the sweaters move in the light.

"I think it is classy and humble and something we can stand behind -- that shield," St. Louis Blues captain David Backes said.

Posted On Monday, 08.26.2013 / 8:47 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Stastny eager to rebound to Olympic form

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Colorado Avalanche will be hoping to rebound in 2013-14 after a three-season absence from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A return to form by Paul Stastny would be a big help.

Stastny had 79 points in 81 games in 2009-10, when he represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as a 24-year-old center. But Stastny's offensive production has slipped in each of the past three seasons. He had 24 points in 40 games in 2012-13 as the Avalanche finished last in the Western Conference.

Posted On Monday, 08.26.2013 / 7:33 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Stepan not worried about contract status

ARLINGTON, Va. -- There are 48 players at the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp, but Derek Stepan is unique.

He is the only one who doesn't have a contract for the 2013-14 season. Stepan is a restricted free agent, and he has not come to terms on a new deal with the New York Rangers.

Posted On Monday, 08.26.2013 / 3:50 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Miller reflects on play that led to Crosby golden goal

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Ryan Miller was one of the biggest reasons the United States came within one goal of claiming the gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Buffalo Sabres goaltender was the named the most valuable player in the tournament for his stellar play, but the final, indelible moment of the overtime loss to Canada in Vancouver remains.

"I haven't come to terms [with it]," Miller said. "We went there to win."

Miller joined 47 other American hopefuls at the United States Olympic orientation camp Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, and while much of the media focus was on the forthcoming competition for the three goaltending spots on the U.S. roster that will travel to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, it was also a time for Miller to reflect on the experience in 2010.

Posted On Monday, 06.24.2013 / 9:44 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Blackhawks captain Toews playing in Game 6

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is playing in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins on Monday (NBC, CBC, RDS).

Toews scored for the Blackhawks 4:24 into the second period to tie the game 1-1.

He was held out of the third period in Game 5 on Saturday but took part in the morning skate Monday at TD Garden and pronounced himself fit for duty as the Blackhawks try to claim the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons.

"I feel great. I'm excited. There's no question about where I am physically," Toews said. "I think that was just the coaches being cautious, not letting me get back on the ice in the third period the other night. We got to the point where I was ready to go again. I'll be ready to go tonight."

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