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Posted On Saturday, 08.01.2015 / 5:25 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Zacha won't participate in Czech Republic camp

CALGARY -- Pavel Zacha, the first-round pick by the New Jersey Devils in the 2015 NHL Draft, will not participate in the Czech Republic's national junior team evaluation camp beginning Saturday in Calgary.

Zacha has not signed a contract with the Devils and opted out of the camp for precautionary reasons.

Posted On Saturday, 08.01.2015 / 5:19 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Versatile Benson impressing at Canada's U-18 camp

CALGARY -- According to Vancouver Giants forward Tyler Benson, the expectations have always been there.

But Benson, named to NHL Central Scouting's Futures List for North America and Europe in June, welcomes them as the potential first round pick awaits the 2016 NHL Draft next June.

"I don't think it makes it any easier," Benson told at Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team selection camp at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. "You have to perform this year. You have to go out there and try to be the best every day. If you're playing to the expectations, you're going to do well."

Posted On Friday, 07.31.2015 / 11:31 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Keith brings Stanley Cup to beach in Corvette

Duncan Keith rode in style to surprise some 100 beach-goers with the Stanley Cup on Friday.

The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, in a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, showed up at Lester Beach, Manitoba, with the trophy in the passenger seat.

"He got out of the convertible and he came down to the beach, I guess it's probably 50 meters or something like that, and as he was approaching the beach he lifted the cup above his head and, of course, there was a big cheer from the crowd," resident Bill Shead told CBC.

Posted On Friday, 07.31.2015 / 10:15 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Chychrun out for Canada at Ivan Hlinka Memorial

CALGARY -- Defenseman Jakob Chychrun will not play for Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup following shoulder surgery.

"He’s injured. He had shoulder surgery in April to repair his shoulder," Hockey Canada director of player personnel Ryan Jankowski said Friday. "We thought maybe at one point he might be all right and we wanted to name him. He's going to be unable to participate through the whole thing, through the camp and the Hlinka. He's out."

The U-18 tournament will be played in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Breclav, Czech Republic, from Aug. 10-15.

In 42 games with the Sarnia Sting last season, Chychrun had 16 goals and 17 assists, and was named a third-team Ontario Hockey League all-star. He missed the final five games of the regular season and did not play in the OHL playoffs.

Posted On Friday, 07.31.2015 / 5:57 PM

By Staff -  / - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Gurianov to join Russia at Canada development camp

Right wing Denis Gurianov, a first-round pick (No. 12) of the Dallas Stars at the 2015 NHL Draft, will come to North American to play for Russia during the Canada National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in Calgary, according to Stars Inside Edge.

Russia, Canada and the Czech Republic will practice together and play exhibition games against each other during the camp, which runs Aug. 1-6. Gurianov will be among 22 players attending the camp that will help establish the roster for Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Posted On Thursday, 07.30.2015 / 5:05 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk takes Cup to Jersey Shore

BRICK, N.J. -- Trevor van Riemsdyk had been smiling and taking pictures for 90 minutes Thursday morning when he and the Stanley Cup finally got a break. This should have been the time when van Riemsdyk, the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman celebrating his day with the Cup, got a coffee, sat down, basically took a load off for a few minutes.

No way. Not on this day.

Van Riemsdyk went back into the Zamboni area at the Ocean Ice Palace around 10:45 a.m., near a garage that opened to a back lot, where his dad, Frans, was running the air conditioner in the black Chevy Suburban that would take him to his next stop, his high school, Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J.

He was still smiling after taking pictures and sharing the Cup with members of Brick Stars Challenger Hockey, a program for developmentally challenged kids that he and his family support, as he stood and conducted the first of his two interviews while Frans was trying to get the traveling party on the road.

"It's all good," van Riemsdyk said to "I've been smiling all summer."

Posted On Wednesday, 07.29.2015 / 2:38 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Saad shares Stanley Cup with Air Force Reserve

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad brought the Stanley Cup back to his native Pittsburgh on Wednesday, when he shared the trophy with approximately 200 members of the United States Air Force Reserve stationed at the 911th Airlift Wing in nearby Moon Township, Pa.

An avid reader of military books, Saad and his family received a tour of the installation and the C-130 Hercules aircraft. He also posed for pictures with members of the unit, whose mission is to organize, recruit and train Air Force personnel.

"This is something I'm into and giving back to the true heroes," Saad said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I'm a big fan of them. It's just been a great day."

Posted On Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 9:52 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Toews meets Blackhawks fan at Machu Picchu

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews can make a fan's day, even in the mountains of Peru.

Toews took the time to pose for photos Monday among the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

"He's definitely my hockey hero, and to have had such an incredible encounter only makes him cooler," fan Ryan Adorjan told

Posted On Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 3:31 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Richards brings Cup home to Prince Edward Island

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Brad Richards brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island on Tuesday.

Richards boarded the family fishing boat with his father Glen, mother Delite, wife Rechelle and son Luca for a parade that ended at the Murray Harbour Community Centre. He signed autographs during the celebration before addressing an estimated crowd of 4,000.

Posted On Monday, 07.27.2015 / 3:56 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Richards, Cup headed for Prince Edward Island

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Brad Richards will celebrate with the Stanley Cup in his home town of Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island on Tuesday, and was on a plane on Monday with his son, Luca, and the Cup, heading there.

There is expected to be a parade in the town with Richards and the Cup on a boat.

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