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Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 11:25 AM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Warm welcome for Islanders at Barclays Center

BROOKLYN -- The New York Islanders enjoyed a unique start to their 2013 training camp, as they boarded a Long Island Railroad train from Long Island. Their final destination Thursday morning was the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the building scheduled to become their new home in 2015. It will host the team's preseason game on Sept. 21 against the New Jersey Devils, the first-ever NHL game played in Brooklyn.

Upon their arrival in Brooklyn, the players and coaches received a particularly warm greeting.

"First and foremost, welcome to your new home. We're thrilled to have all of you with us today," Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark told the team. "Congratulations to you on a great last season. I'm sure you're going to replicate that effort this season."


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.21.2013 / 7:06 PM

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

Mayers celebrates with Stanley Cup in St. Louis

Veteran forward Jamal Mayers didn't dress for the Chicago Blackhawks during their playoff run to the Stanley Cup Final, where they defeated the Boston Bruins in six games. But the Toronto native's leadership in his quest to win the Cup for the first time proved crucial even if he didn't get to play.

That leadership was rewarded Wednesday when the 38-year-old enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup in St. Louis, the adopted hometown where Mayers spent his first nine NHL seasons.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.03.2013 / 4:47 PM

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

Blackhawks CEO McDonough spends day at park

Chicago Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough spent 24 years working for the Chicago Cubs before joining the Blackhawks in 2007. So it seems somehow appropriate McDonough would take the Stanley Cup to the park where he grew up playing Little League baseball.

That's what happened Saturday, when for the second time in three years McDonough brought the most iconic trophy in sports to a public event held at Brooks Park in the Edison Park neighborhood of northern Chicago.

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Posted On Friday, 08.02.2013 / 5:15 PM

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

Sharp takes Stanley Cup home to Thunder Bay

For the second time in four seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. That means forward Patrick Sharp got to bring the iconic trophy to Thunder Bay, Ontario for the second time since 2010.

In what citizens of Thunder Bay hope will continue to be a tradition, Sharp brought the Cup to his hometown, which is located roughly 900 miles northwest of Toronto.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.01.2013 / 9:25 PM

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

New Maple Leaf Bolland takes Cup home to Toronto

Less than a week after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Final, forward Dave Bolland started a new chapter in his career when he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks.

The move surprised many, but it made Bolland's day with the Stanley Cup on Thursday extra special -- one of the newest members of the Maple Leafs got to bring the iconic trophy to Toronto.

The day proved to be a whirlwind for the center, who also brought the Cup to Toronto when he won it with Chicago in 2010. The highlight was a parade through the streets of the Toronto neighborhood of Mimico, where Bolland grew up. Through a crowd conspicuously made up of Maple Leafs fans, Bolland, in a blue t-shirt and riding atop a fire truck, carried the trophy through town.

"Having some fun today, trying to enjoy it," Bolland said, according to the Toronto Star. "It’s great to bring it back and have fun with the crowd. Whenever we bring the Cup, it’s always a good time. It’s a bunch of hardworking people who like to have fun."

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.30.2013 / 5:38 PM

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

Blackhawks chairman Wirtz takes Cup to Vegas

As president of the Wirtz Corp. and chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, Rocky Wirtz is certainly entitled to his time with the Stanley Cup. The man responsible for overseeing all aspects of the club's day-to-day operations, Wirtz enjoyed a two-day, three-city trip with the Cup and fit in as many activities as possible.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.21.2013 / 3:44 PM

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

Hawks assistant Kitchen enjoys parade with Cup

Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, about 30 miles north of Toronto. He even spent close to a decade as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. So it was quite a triumphant return for Kitchen on Sunday when he brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown for an eventful day of giving back to the local community.

The morning started with a parade taking Kitchen and the Cup through the streets of nearby Schomberg. The victory procession delivered Kitchen and the Cup to the Trisan Center, home of the minor hockey organization that the longtime NHL assistant first became involved with as a child.


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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 5:24 PM

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

Toews eager for games in hometown Winnipeg

WINNIPEG -- It seemed only fitting that the NHL released its 2013-14 schedule on the same day Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown.

The League's realignment for the upcoming season moves the Winnipeg Jets into the Central Division alongside Toews' Blackhawks. Chicago's Nov. 2 visit to MTS Centre will be Toews' first game in Winnipeg as an NHL player. It's a game he's already looking forward to.

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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 4:27 PM

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

Jets legend Thomas Steen praises Toews

WINNIPEG -- When Jonathan Toews brought the Stanley Cup to Winnipeg in the summer of 2010, the city renamed the Dakota Community Center in his honor. Friday, when the Chicago Blackhawks captain brought the Cup to the arena that now bears his name, he may have received an even greater honor.

In front of hundreds of locals clamoring for an opportunity to meet Toews and see the Cup, Chicago's star center was introduced by another Winnipeg hockey legend. Longtime Winnipeg Jets star Thomas Steen, who now serves as a city councilor in the area, did not mince words as he welcomed Toews to the stage.

"You are making everybody here proud," Steen told the two-time Cup winner in front of the cheering crowd. "Many young kids come here filled with the same dreams you once had and can sit in the same locker room carrying the same dreams."

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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 12:42 PM

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

Toews visits community in early portion of Cup day

On the day the city of Winnipeg welcomed back prodigal son Jonathan Toews, the Chicago Blackhawks captain made sure to take time to give back to the city's children.

During his day with the Stanley Cup in Winnipeg, Toews started it with a special appearance with city officials at the local Canadian Tire department store. In a presentation outside the storefront, Toews gave out complementary Blackhawks t-shirts to the children in attendance before answering some questions.

One curious boy got a nice cheer from the partisan crowd after asking Toews which team he would want to play for other than Chicago.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres