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Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 6:50 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Chase recalls earlier days in broadcasting

For the past six decades, Bob Chase-Wallenstein has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Fort Wayne Komets of the East Coast Hockey League for the 50,000-watt Indiana-based station, WOWO.

He has inspired many young sports enthusiasts to pursue a career in hockey broadcasting, including Mike "Doc" Emrick. That's one reason he'll receive the Lester Patrick Trophy at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday.

Not to be forgotten, however, is the memorable broadcast he presented on March 20, 1954, at the Indiana State High School basketball championship. The game involved tiny Milan High School against mighty Muncie Central, the prohibitive favorite seeking a fifth straight championship.

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 6:19 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Smoskovitz named OHL player of the week

The first-year Mississauga Steelheads earned their first bit of award-winning notoriety as center Dylan Smoskovitz was named Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week on Monday.

The 19-year-old forward helped the Steelheads sweep their three games last week as he totaled five goals, two assists and a plus-5 rating.

Smoskovitz started his week with a power-play goal to open the scoring Monday against the Brampton Battalion, and then he set up the game-winning goal with just 31 seconds left in regulation, helping his team to a 4-3 victory. On Friday he scored Mississauga's first two goals in a 3-2 win against the Ottawa 67s, and closed his week Saturday with a pair of goals and an assist in a 4-3 win at the Erie Otters.

Smoskovitz leads the Steelheads in goals and points (10).

Smoskovitz isn't the only 2013 NHL Draft prospect to have big weekends. Here is how a few others represented themselves:

* Guelph Storm left wing Tyler Bertuzzi, rated a B skater by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary ranking of players to watch, scored his first two goals of the season in a 6-3 loss to Erie on Friday.

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 2:12 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Kamloops' Lipon repeats as WHL player of the week

Kamloops Blazers center JC Lipon was passed over in the 2012 NHL Draft, but he's certainly drawing the attention of the scouts preparing for the 2013 selection process with the start he's having.

The 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound 19-year-old forward had 10 points in three games last week, and on Monday was named Denny's WHL Player of the Week for the second straight week.

Lipon had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against the Victoria Royals on Wednesday, and then got red-hot for the weekend. He netted his first WHL hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Chiefs and had two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win against the Calgary Hitmen.

On the season, Lipon leads the WHL with 22 points in nine games; his 13 assists also lead the league, and his nine goals are second.

Lipon wasn't the only 2013 draft prospect from the WHL to turn in big performances over the weekend. Here are a few other highlight players:

* Portland Winterhawks center Nicolas Petan continues to impress. Rated as a C-list skater by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of prospects for this year's draft, he had two assists in a 5-2 win at Prince Albert on Friday, and a goal and two assists Saturday in a 6-3 win at Swift Current. He's tied for sixth in the league with 15 points in 11 games.

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 2:10 PM

By Staff -  / - Summer with Stanley blog

Kings' Sept. 11 victims get day with Cup

Eleven years after the Los Angeles Kings lost two of their own in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the team made sure the families of Garnet "Ace" Bailey and amateur scout Mark Bavis had their day with the Stanley Cup.

Bailey, the team's director of pro scouting, and Bavis had been heading from Boston to Los Angeles for the Kings' organizational meetings when their United 175 flight was hijacked and crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

On Sunday, the Cup was brought to the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York, where the families of Bailey and Bavis got a chance to take part in the first championship in franchise history. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi was also there.

The Kings arranged to bring the Cup to the memorial in New York and posed it there, next to the engraved names of Bailey and Bavis. Some fans had paid their own tributes to the two soon after L.A.'s triumph in June by putting Kings caps and other team memorabilia near their names at the memorial.

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 1:15 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Like father, like son

DALLAS -- In a span of four months, not only did Ed Olczyk learn he would be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame alongside Mike Modano and Lou Lamoriello, but that his son Tommy would captain the ice hockey team at Penn State University in 2012-13.

When Tommy got word that dad was the newest inductee into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, he was obviously filled with pride.

Tommy took some time to discuss his dad with prior to induction ceremonies on Monday evening at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium in downtown Dallas.

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 10:22 AM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to / - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan excited by bigger role with 67's

Sean Monahan is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound forward was a second-team OHL all-star last season after scoring 33 goals in 62 games, and he added 15 points in 18 playoff games. A highly regarded prospect, Monahan has offered to maintain a monthly blog for that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hello, my name is Sean Monahan. I play In the Ontario Hockey League on the Ottawa 67s. I'm in my third season I'm really enjoying it so far. This season I've been given a bigger role as co-captain, sharing the captaincy with Cody Ceci. It's a huge honor and I was very excited when I found out the news.

I was born in Brampton, Ont., and grew up playing hockey and lacrosse there. I started both when I was about 3 years old. I loved playing both sports growing up, but as I got older I became more and more passionate about hockey. Hockey started to be a serious part of my life as I began to approach the game very seriously. In minor midget, my OHL draft year, I was playing on the Mississauga Rebels with one of my best friends, Brett Gustavsen. Come draft day the Ottawa 67s selected both Brett and I. We couldn't believe it. We have lived together at our billets the past two years and it's been unreal. Living with such great billets as well as Brett has made the transition of living away from home very easy.

Posted On Saturday, 10.13.2012 / 1:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame to honor many individuals

The 40th U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner will surely be an evening to remember on Monday at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium in Dallas, Tx.

In addition to honoring 2012 U.S. Hall of Fame inductees Mike Modano, Eddie Olczyk and Lou Lamoriello, Lester Patrick Trophy winners Bob Chase-Wallenstein and Dick Patrick and Wayne Gretzky Award winner Murray Costello will also be saluted.

This marks the first time that the State of Texas will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction Ceremony & Dinner, which is slated to begin 8 p.m. ET.

Steve Levy, longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor and hockey broadcaster, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the event. All award recipients will be available to the media in attendance from 5-6:30 p.m. ET at the Dallas Marriott City Center prior to the ceremony.

Keep checking back to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog on for up-to-the-minute reports and reaction from all those being honored on Monday.

Posted On Saturday, 10.13.2012 / 11:52 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

USNTDP forward Compher sidelined by injury

Forward J.T. Compher of the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program will be sidelined this weekend due to an undisclosed injury.

               J.T. Compher, Under-18 USNTDP

Compher, who has two goals and three points in six games for the NTDP this season, is considered by many to be a potential first-round NHL Draft pick in June. He was listed as an A skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list of players competing in the United States Hockey League in September.

The U-18 USNTDP (3-3-1) dropped a 6-4 decision to the University of North Dakota on Friday and is slated to face Bemidji State University on Saturday before returning home to Ann Arbor, Mich., to battle the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL on Tuesday.

The team added 2013 draft eligible forwards Connor Hurley (B skater), Ryan Fitzgerald (B skater) and Frank Vatrano (C skater) to this weekend's roster.

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Posted On Friday, 10.12.2012 / 11:42 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Dazzling plays show why MacKinnon is a top prospect

Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon is regarded as the potential top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft for his incredible offensive skills. The 6-foot, 182-pound center led all first-year players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season with 47 assists, was second with 78 points and tied for third with 31 goals.

He's gotten off to a sensational start this season, with nine goals -- third in the League -- and 15 points in eight games.

His most recent goal might be his most spectacular. In a game Wednesday against the Moncton Wildcats, Halifax led 4-1 and after already scoring one power-play goal, he got another chance when Halifax went on the power play early in the third period.

MacKinnon took a pass at the Moncton blue line and carried the puck into the offensive zone. As Moncton defenseman Cameron McDonald stepped up to defend, MacKinnon slid the puck between McDonald's skates and went around the bewildered blueliner.

The puck rolled on net, where Moncton goalie Alex Dubeau tried to swat it into the corner. He whiffed on the attempt, however, and as the puck bounced off Dubeau's pads, MacKinnon controlled it and shot it under Dubeau.

That goal came one game after MacKinnon put on another show in an 11-2 rout of two-time defending league champion Saint John Sea Dogs. The 17-year-old forward had a hat trick, but the prettiest goal was his second.

Posted On Monday, 10.08.2012 / 10:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

QMJHL draft prospects earn league honors

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles center William Carrier showed why he's an A-list skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft, totaling four goals and four assists in four games to earn the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's First Star of the Week award.

Carrier, a 6-1.5, 198-pound forward, started his week with both Cape Breton goals in a 5-2 loss Wednesday to Rouyn-Noranda. He had a goal in Saturday's rematch with the Huskies, and had a goal and an assist Saturday in a 5-3 win against Val-d'Or. And on Sunday, he had three assists in a 7-3 loss to Foreurs.

Carrier now has a point in a league-high nine straight games, and with 16 points, he's tied for second in the league in scoring.

Another A-rated skater earned the QMJHL Second Star of the Week, as Halifax Mooseheads left wing Jonathan Drouin was honored after totaling seven points in three games. Drouin had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win against Acadie-Bathurst, and followed that with a goal and an assist, plus a game-high six shots, in a 4-3 win against Saint John. And in Saturday's 11-2 rout of Saint John, Drouin had a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating. The three-point game was Drouin's fifth multi-point game in seven this season, giving him 15 points in seven games.

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