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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 2:15 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Inductees rank honor of making the Hall

TORONTO -- The question of what means more, a Stanley Cup championship or an Olympic gold medal, is tried and true and asked and re-asked in hockey circles across the globe.

There is no right or wrong answer.

On Monday, though, some of the Class of 2012 inductees were asked how getting into the Hall of Fame differs in terms of personal accomplishments such as winning the Cup, winning a gold medal, scoring 60 goals, or centering not one but two guys that scored 50 goals in 50 games.

For Joe Sakic, who has two Cup rings and an Olympic gold medal, the Hall of Fame is better than anything else.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 1:49 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Roberts: Sundin was workout warrior

TORONTO -- Joe Sakic was known for his wrist shot. Pavel Bure made headlines with his speed and hands. Adam Oates' passing ability set him apart.

But what was it that pushed Mats Sundin into the Hall of Fame?

Gary Roberts, Sundin's teammate in Toronto from 2000-04, believes it was the power that the Swedish star got out of his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame.

"I think it's the ability to skate with the puck and get to the net with two or three guys climbing on him," Roberts said. "I remember many nights he'd just say to me, 'Robs, meet me at the net.' I knew eventually he'd get there with two or three guys on his back. He was just a workhorse. The more he played the better he played.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 1:20 PM

By NHL Green -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Beyond Sport United meeting to address concerns

Beyond Sport United will bring together professionals in the sports industry Tuesday night in New York to discuss the business advantages of working to address specific community, social and environmental concerns through panels, speeches, workshops, interviews and other activities.

The NHL will be represented by 30 delegates who will participate in discussions addressing social inclusion, gender equality, health, education and more. The League is particularly concerned and involved in Beyond Sport's sustainability workshops and panels.

The Sustainability and the Environment Panel, facilitated by Martin Tull, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance, will discuss the current sustainability trends, technologies and initiatives which lessen the environmental impact of sports by reusing and recycling assets and reducing energy, water and waste consumption. The League has been a member of the Green Sports Alliance since July 2011.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:45 AM

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

Bjorkstrand has made smooth adjustment to WHL

Usually there's some time needed for European players to adjust to the smaller North American ice. But for Danish-born Oliver Bjorkstrand of the Portland Winterhawks, the move has looked awfully easy.

The 5-foot-10.5, 167-pound right wing finished his weekend with back-to-back two-goal games as the Winterhawks extended their win streak to 12 games.

After being kept off the score sheet in Portland's 9-5 win in Vancouver on Friday, he had a pair of goals and an assist in a 9-1 win at the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday. And on Sunday, in a match between the top two teams in the Western Hockey League, Bjorkstrand scored a pair of power-play goals in a 3-1 win against the Kamloops Blazers.

For the season, Bjorkstrand leads all WHL rookies with 11 goals, 20 points and a plus-15 rating. He earned a B rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

"This kid is playing really well," Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan told "He finds the holes and he does the little things well. He's always on the puck. As soon as the puck drops, he's got it and something's happening and you notice him. He's just playing really well. I was really impressed with him."

Here is how a few other WHL draft candidates performed over the weekend:

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:40 AM

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

Guertler provides the difference for Fargo

The Fargo Force saw the difference between victory and defeat separated by just three goals in three games over the weekend.

Fargo won two of its three games last weekend, all of them one-goal affairs, with a big reason for their success being center Gabe Guertler, who had two goals and two assists in the two victories.

After being held off the score sheet in a 3-2 loss at the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday, the 5-foot-8.5, 175-pound Guertler assisted on the opening goal of the rematch Saturday, and he scored his 10th goal of the season 30 seconds into the second period of what ended as a 5-4 Fargo win. On Sunday, his unassisted goal late in the first period tied the game and started a four-goal run that sparked the Force to a 5-4 victory at the Tri-City Storm.

For the season, Guertler has 11 goals in 14 games, two more goals than he scored last season in 57 games. He's committed to the University of Minnesota for next season.

Guertler was one of a number of 2013 NHL Draft prospects in the United States Hockey League to have big weekends.

* Indiana goalie Dalton Izyk made 37 saves, including 17 in the third period, in the Ice's 2-1 win Friday against the Green Bay Gamblers.

* Des Moines left wing Luke Voltin had a pair of assists in his team's 3-2 win Friday against Fargo, and had a goal and two assists in Saturday's loss to the Force.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:35 AM

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

Solid return for Quebec's Duclair

Quebec Remparts left wing Anthony Duclair certainly made up for lost time over the weekend.

Duclair, who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, made his return Friday after missing more than a month a successful one, as the 5-foot-11.25, 180-pound forward had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win against the PEI Rocket.

Anthony Duclair

Duclair was kept off the score sheet in the Remparts' 5-4 shootout win against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sunday, but he still has eight points in six games this season.

Here is how a few other 2013 draft-eligible Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players performed over the weekend:

* Duclair's teammate, Jason Houde, had two goals and an assist in Friday's win against PEI.

* Saint John right wing Devin Oliver-Dares scored two goals in the Sea Dogs' 8-4 win at the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday. Teammate Jakub Izacky had a goal and an assist.

* Sherbrooke defenseman Jeremy Beaudry had two goals and an assist in Friday's loss to Saint John, and had a pair of goals Saturday in the Phoenix's 4-3 win Saturday against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

* Halifax's dynamic duo of Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin combined for four points in the Mooseheads' 5-1 win at Gatineau on Friday. MacKinnon had a pair of assists, while Drouin had a goal and an assist. Teammate Zachary Fucale stopped 20 of 21 shots in the win. Drouin also had a goal and two assists Saturday in Halifax's 5-4 loss at the Victoriaville Tigres.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:30 AM

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

Draft prospects driving London win streak

The London Knights extended their win streak to five games with three wins over the weekend, and a major reason for that was the play of their 2013 NHL Draft prospects.

On Friday, goalie Jake Paterson faced a season-high 42 shots, but stopped a season-high 41 to backstop a 4-1 defeat of the Sudbury Wolves. Teammate center Kyle Platzer had a pair of assists in the win.

Saturday saw left wing Matt Rupert post a hat trick and add an assist in a 5-0 win at Plymouth, while teammate Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist. Rupert, who was passed over in last year's draft, had a hand in the Knights' first four goals.

Rupert was at it again Sunday, picking up a goal and an assist in a 5-3 defeat of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Max Domi had two goals and an assist and Horvat had a pair of assists.

London's draft prospects weren't the only 2013 draft-eligible Ontario Hockey League players to perform at a high level over the weekend. Here are a few others:

* Plymouth Whalers right wing Ryan Hartman had a pair of assists Friday in a 5-3 win against the Windsor Spitfires.

* Ottawa 67s center Sean Monahan had a pair of goals and an assist in his team's 8-3 loss to the Saginaw Spirit on Friday. He added an assist in the 67's 3-2 loss to the Belleville Bulls on Sunday to extend his scoring streak to 10 games.

Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 11:15 PM

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

Stenglein helps U.S. to World Junior A gold

Jeffrey Stenglein's second goal of the game was the game-winner as the U.S. topped Canada West on Sunday to win the gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge.

Stenglein, a center eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, scored off a cross-crease feed from Luke Johnson at 15:15 of the second period to put the U.S. ahead for good in a game played at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Vince Hinostroza had two goals and two assists for the U.S., Cangelosi had a goal and an assist, and Alex Kile also had a goal. Eamon McAdam, a B-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, stopped 26 of 29 shots.

Devon Toews had a goal and an assist for Canada West, and Seb Lloyd, Evan Richardson also had goals.

The title was the fourth in five years for the U.S.

"This was a complete team victory," U.S. coach Brett Larson said. "We got goals from our big scorers, everyone blocked shots and our goaltender made key saves. I thought the turning point of the game was killing the five-on-three in the third period. We stayed composed and disciplined and stuck to our plan to play as a team and it paid off. I'm extremely proud of this group."

It was a game of big swings, as Stenglein and Hinostroza scored the game's only goals of the first period. Canada West answered with three goals in the first 9:31 of the second period to take a 3-2 lead.

Cangelosi scored with a backhander at 12:40 to tie the game, and after Stenglein put the U.S. ahead to stay, McAdam helped protect the lead early in the third as the U.S. had to kill a two-minute five-on-three Canada West power play. Kile and Hinostroza added insurance goals for the U.S.

Hinostroza, a 2012 sixth-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, finished with a tournament-high eight points (six goals, two assists). He's just the second American ever to lead the tournament in scoring.

U.S. defenseman Ian Brady, who had three assists Sunday, set a tournament record with eight.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 10:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Meurs replacing Rupert on Super Series Team OHL

Garrett Meurs, a 2011 fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, has been named to the Team OHL roster for Monday's Subway Super Series game in Sarnia, Ontario.

Meurs, a center currently playing for the Plymouth Whalers, is second on his team with 17 points in 19 games. He replaces London Knights forward Ryan Rupert, who is injured and unable to play.

Monday's game is the fourth of the six-game series, and the second between Team OHL and Team Russia. On Thursday, Team Russia scored a pair of third-period goals for a 2-1 win against Team OHL in Guelph, Ontario. Team Russia improved to 2-1-0 in the series with the win.

After Monday's game, Team Russia will take on Team WHL on Wednesday in Vancouver and Thursday in Victoria, B.C.

Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 5:04 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Salming, Sundin teaming up for charity

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin and Borje Salming were using their fame and their friendship for charity on Sunday.

Both Swedish stars and ex-Maple Leafs greats were using the same type of stick that would go to charity after the Legends Classic, which was played at Air Canada Centre.

The stick, designed by Salming, has a twist on the bottom of the shaft near the toe that is designed for a better release.

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