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Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 2:30 PM

By NHL Green -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

NHL Green Legacy Tree Project set for Friday

At the 2012 NHL Draft in June, NHL Green announced the launch of the Legacy Tree Project, an initiative designed to help revitalize urban environments supporting premier NHL events. On Friday October 19, volunteers will gather to line the streets in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood with 30 mature trees donated by the NHL Foundation.

In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh and TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, the trees will be planted a few blocks from the Consol Energy Center, host facility for the 2012 NHL Draft and the first NHL venue to achieve LEED Gold certification.

"We believe these trees serve as a visible reminder of the NHL's commitment to our local environment," said Bernadette Mansur, Executive Director of the NHL Foundation. "The NHL Green Legacy Tree Project is an example of our efforts to enhance the health, livability, and long-term sustainability of NHL communities."

More than 40 volunteers from the community, including Penguins staff and employees at the University of Pittsburgh, plan to participate. A variety of species, including evergreens, elm, Japanese lilac and hornbeam, were chosen for the site by Tree Pittsburgh's staff arborist.

The tree-lined streets, parks and hillsides of Pittsburgh are not only a point of community pride, but they also offer benefits to residents -- helping to reduce local carbon dioxide levels, improve air quality, and mitigate storm water runoff. When fully mature, a single tree can absorb approximately 180 pounds of particulate pollution per year. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, a mature tree can store up to 100 gallons of rainwater during a large storm, preventing that water from overflowing city sewer systems.

The trees will be planted adjacent to the Hill House, a non-profit which combines health, education and human services agencies under one roof, serving as an effective advocate for more than 70,000 local residents annually who are seeking to improve their lives.

Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City's vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a campaign to plant 20,000 trees throughout the Pittsburgh region in order to improve quality of life and the environment. Together, these organizations will coordinate the planting, care and maintenance of the trees.

Fans who wish to participate or donate can contact Tree Pittsburgh ( to volunteer. Tree planting will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 2:08 PM

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

Cedar Rapids' McLaughlin scores spectacular goal

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders center Dylan McLaughlin went between his legs to register his candidacy for goal-of-the-year honors, 2013 NHL Draft prospect division.

McLaughlin, an 18-year-old native of Buffalo, made his third goal of the season a fantastic one. In the second period of Saturday's game against the Green Bay Gamblers, McLaughlin skated down the right wing while linemate Alec Marsh carried the puck down the middle of the ice.

Marsh slid a pass across to McLaughlin, and the left-shot forward played it on his backhand. Running out of space as he entered the right circle, McLaughlin dropped the puck between his skates, stuck his stick between his legs and lifted a forehand shot that beat Green Bay goalie Richard Sabol over his blocker.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 12:30 PM

By NHL Green -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Welcome to the NHL's Sustainability Blog

The sport of hockey was born outdoors on frozen ponds. As Stanley Cup champion goaltender Mike Richter once put it, "the beauty of a frozen lake is more than free ice time; it is freedom itself. The game is at its best when young players, limited only by their imagination, develop their true genius for the sport."

In order to protect this rich tradition for the next generation, the NHL and its 30 member clubs are taking steps to combat major environmental concerns that affect our ponds, our communities and the health of our young athletes. We are pursuing technologies and practices that lessen our environmental impact, actively addressing issues such as climate change, water pollution and freshwater scarcity through operations that reduce energy consumption, cut waste to landfill and minimize water usage.

This is NHL Green Slapshots™, the NHL's new sustainability blog. Here, you will find content that captures the sustainability work of the League, member clubs, their facilities and our partners. We will highlight sustainability achievements around the League and explore how those tied to the game are becoming more responsible stewards of the planet - by reducing, reusing, recycling and replenishing natural resources and assets.

The NHL is profoundly affected by environmental issues and we take seriously our responsibility to preserve the conditions that fostered our game. As fans, we ask for your help in preserving our great natural outdoor rinks for future generations. To suggest greening ideas to the League or Clubs, or to show how "green" of a fan you are, please send us an e-mail at

- The NHL Green Team
Posted On Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 2:46 AM

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

The growth of hockey in the U.S. is impressive

DALLAS, Tx. -- The growth of hockey in the United States is alive and well according to 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy recipients Dick Patrick and Bob Chase-Wallenstein.

"Hockey has grown tremendously the past 30 years or so," Patrick said. "When [U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee] Mike Modano was coming up through the system, the best players in the United States were from Minnesota and Detroit, but now they're coming from all over, including Washington, California and Dallas."

Modano can vividly recall the first time he learned how Americans were viewed overseas.

"I didn't know the impact it had until I went to Moscow in 1987 to play in the World Junior Championship and see the impact, internationally, that we had and how people viewed American hockey players," Modano said. "That perception they had about us … we were so young at the time that we wanted to change that perception. It was almost like the Europeans didn't think we belonged on their level. We always wanted to prove to other countries that we could play with anyone."

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 10:18 PM

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

Dick Patrick humbled by Lester Patrick Trophy

Dick Patrick was humbled when told he'd be one of two recipients of the 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy to be awarded on Monday at U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium in downtown Dallas.

Dick Patrick becomes the third family member to receive the trophy, which is named after his grandfather. The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the NHL by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport's development.

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 9:02 PM

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

Rothstein tops USHL award winners

Sam Rothstein stands just 5-foot-8 and 164 pounds, but he Sioux Falls Stampede center stood tall last week, and because of that was named co-winner of the United States Hockey League's CCM Forward of the Week.

Rothstein had three goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in two games as Sioux Falls extended its win streak to four games. He had the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win at the Indiana Ice on Friday, and had a pair of goals and two assists in a 6-5 overtime win Saturday against the Fargo Force.

James Roll of the Des Moines Buccaneers was named CCM Defenseman of the Week after scoring his first two goals of the season last week. The 6-1, 179-pound blueliner had his first USHL goal in a 6-2 win Friday against the Omaha Lancers. He followed that with a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He also played a major role in the Bucs' penalty-killing unit that went a perfect 7-for-7 in the two weekend games.

Roll's teammate, goalie Bill Christopoulos shared the Reebok Goaltender of the Week award with the Waterloo Black Hawks' Calvin Petersen.

Christopoulos made 47 saves for his first USHL win in the 3-2 shootout win against Muskegon on Saturday. It was the most saves by any USHL goaltender this season. He made 19 saves alone in the first period, and stopped two of three attempts in his first shootout.

Petersen, rated as a C-list goaltender in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, made his first start of the season a memorable one, stopping all 25 shots he faced -- including 12 in the third period -- in a 2-0 win against Omaha on Friday, his first USHL shutout.

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 8:27 PM

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

Modano thrilled to return to Dallas as Hall of Famer

Mike Modano still needs to pinch himself when told he'll be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in the city of Dallas.

Modano received quite an ovation when introduced to the stage as one of the three U.S. Hall of Fame inductees on Monday by Master of Ceremonies Steve Levy.

"We never really felt in our heart of hearts that hockey would move down here and thrive like it has and, in the process, turn [the Dallas Stars] into one of the most successful franchises in the League," Modano said. "It's been a remarkable transition the way the game has changed in Dallas. It's been great watching the popularity and the way it has come together."

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 8:05 PM

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

Lamoriello recalls one of his greatest achievements

Lou Lamoriello admits one of his greatest experiences was helping the United States capture the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

"Winning the Stanley Cup and three of them is, without question, the highest honor and it's side by side with the 1996 World Cup with Mike [Modano] and the group we had there and the time we had there," Lamoriello said. "It was all about never letting each other down and we were going to find a way to win."

As the general manager for Team USA, Lamoriello certainly had his work cut out.

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 7:54 PM

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

Emotions in motion for Olczyk

Don't be surprised if Ed Olczyk becomes a tad emotional when he steps to the podium to talk about his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium in downtown Dallas.

During his media availability prior the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Ceremony & Dinner, Olczyk was asked if he would be able to get through his speech without breaking down.

Um, fat chance.

"I cried when I signed my first contract with the Chicago Blackhawks back in 1984," Olczyk said. "I cried when my wife was walking down the aisle in August of '88. I cried when I played my last game in the NHL and cried when all my kids were born. I'm sure [Monday] will be no different, and I know for sure I'll be crying when I'm six feet under."

Posted On Monday, 10.15.2012 / 7:48 PM

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

Andrighetto earns QMJHL First Star honors

Sven Andrighetto had a solid showing last season, his first with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but it wasn't enough to get him drafted by the NHL.

This season, the native of Zurich, Switzerland is doing his best to hear his name called at the 2013 draft. The 5-foot-9.5, 175-pound right wing had four goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in four games last week, earning him the Telus First Star of the Week.

Andrighetto started his week four assists in a 5-4 win against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday, He had a pair of goals and an assist in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Saint John Sean Dogs on Friday and added goals in a 6-3 win against the PEI Rocket on Saturday and Sunday in a 3-2 win against the Moncton Wildcats. The goal against Moncton was the game-winner.

With 22 points in 11 games, Andrighetto is second in the league in scoring, and his 13 assists are tied for the lead.

Victoriaville Tigres center Angelo Miceli was named second star after totaling eight points in three games. He had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday, and had the same output in a 5-4 loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Saturday. He closed his week Sunday with a pair of goals and two assists in a 5-3 defeat of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

PEI Rocket goalie Antoine Bibeau was named third star for stopping all 22 shots he faced for his first QMJHL shutout in a 4-0 win against Saint John. He followed that with 21 saves in a 4-3 PEI overtime victory Friday against Acadie-Bathurst.

They weren't the only QMJHL draft prospects to turn in big performances last week:

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