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Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 6:24 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Blackhawks bring Cup to Notre Dame football game

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews attended his first college football game on Saturday, and he brought the Stanley Cup with him.

Toews and several teammates, including defenseman Duncan Keith, were in South Bend, Ind., with the Cup to watch Notre Dame host Georgia Tech. The Blackhawks are holding training camp at Notre Dame for the third consecutive year.

"It's been a blast," Toews told NBC Sports during the game. "We've been [practicing at Notre Dame] for three years and this is finally our first chance to take in a game so, it's pretty amazing. It's worth all the hype that you hear about all the time."

Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 5:58 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Red Wings center Helm to miss 2-4 weeks

Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm will miss 2-4 weeks because of a grade 1 slight shoulder separation that he sustained during a collision with prospect Jerome Verrier during practice Friday.

Helm, who also sustained a concussion, will likely miss the entire preseason. Detroit opens its regular season on Oct. 9 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena. Helm, 28, had 15 goals and 18 assists in 75 games last season.

Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 5:27 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Devils' Henrique 'feels great' after wrist surgery

New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique said he "feels great" following wrist surgery five months ago and will be in the lineup in the preseason opener against the Boston Bruins on Sunday in Providence, R.I.

Henrique, who scored a goal during a scrimmage Saturday, had surgery on April 16 to repair two torn ligaments in his left wrist.

"It feels great," Henrique told The (Bergen) Record. "It's nice to be able to shoot the puck, but it feels good on the ice. No issues, so I'm very happy with how everything has been going. We took care of everything over the summertime. It's just nice to be able to be back on the ice with the guys."

Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 4:46 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Khokhlachev hoping to spend more time with Bruins

Boston Bruins prospect Alex Khokhlachev appears to be losing patience with the team that selected him in the second round (No. 40) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Despite leading Providence of the American Hockey League in scoring (15 goals and 43 points) for the second straight season, the 22-year-old has played four NHL games over the past two seasons.

According to CSN New England, Khokhlachev was particularly upset last season when Bruins center Ryan Spooner was promoted from Providence in the second half.

"I've been waiting two years so [the Bruins] should make a decision: give me a chance [in the NHL] or ... I don't know," Khokhlachev told Saturday. "We'll see what they do. I'm not a young guy anymore. I'm 22 already. If they don't give me a chance to play while I'm here ... I won't play in Providence all of my life. I'm still waiting for [my chance]."

Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 4:08 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Kings forward Pearson healthy, eager to return

Had the Los Angeles Kings qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, forward Tanner Pearson was hoping he'd be able to play after sustaining a broken lower fibula on Jan. 10 in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

"Yeah, it was still kind of up in the air once the season was over," Pearson told LA Kings Insider on Saturday. "But if I had to go, I would've gone for sure, there's no question about it. I wanted to get back playing as soon as possible. There were obviously some situations that held me back from playing, but right now I'm a hundred percent and ready to go."

Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 10:20 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Ducks' Bieksa happy to be reunited with Kesler

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa spent 12 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks organization before being traded June 30. The 34-year-old took the ice with his new teammates for the first time Friday when the Ducks opened training camp, and there was one familiar face who was happy to see him.

Bieksa's longtime friend, center Ryan Kesler, is beginning his second season with the Ducks after being acquired from the Canucks last summer.

"We grew up together in this league," Kesler said. "To be a year apart was weird. For him to get traded here was awesome. We're both excited and happy to be on the same team again.

"He just brings that leadership, accountability and meanness. He's going to be good for this group."

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 7:53 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Lightning publicist takes turn in goal

The Tampa Bay Lightning were without injured goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy (blood clot) and Kristers Gudlevskis (upper body) when they opened training camp on Friday in Brandon, Fla. That left them shorthanded for drills, so public relations director Brian Breseman put on the pads to help out.

Breseman manned one of the goals for the first group of skaters. He played goaltender while growing up, including for the club team at East Carolina University, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 7:35 PM - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Red Wings' Helm, Verrier injured in camp collision

Detroit Red Wings forwards Darren Helm and Jerome Verrier sustained injuries when they collided Friday during a drill on the first day of training camp in Traverse City, Mich.

Helm was taken to a hospital for the NHL's concussion protocol, and coach Jeff Blashill said he'll miss at least a week. “With the concussion protocol he’ll be, I guess we say day to day but it’s probably a little bit longer than that,” he said when asked about Helm’s return, according to the Red Wings website.

Verrier had to be removed from the ice on a stretcher and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken leg and will have surgery on Saturday.
Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 5:30 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Jamie Benn on ice with Stars at start of camp

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, was on the ice with his teammates Friday for the start of training camp in Cedar Park, Texas.

"Coming off surgery it felt a little different," Benn told the Stars website. "I was wondering how it was going to go out there but I'm pretty happy with how it went. I felt pretty good and I'm just trying to build here each and every day."

Benn, had surgery in late April on one hip and in May on the other. He has been rehabbing all summer.

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 4:32 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rangers face potential dilemma with McIlrath

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault isn't asking too much of defenseman Dylan McIlrath when he says he wants him to finally show that he can be an NHL player.

McIlrath, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2010 (No. 10), ought to be able to be one by now.

"We all know the toughness part, we need to see if he can play at this level," Vigneault said Friday. "Can he play against the third and fourth lines of other teams and be a dependable, physical, safe defenseman? That's what we need to find out during training camp."

McIlrath is entering his fourth professional season and has played three games in the NHL, but 182 in the American Hockey League with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Vigneault said last season, McIlrath was Hartford's top defenseman and penalty killer from Christmas through the end of season, according to Hartford coach Ken Gernander and assistant Jeff Beukeboom.

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