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Posted On Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 7:10 PM

By Noah Hanifin -  Special to / - Noah Hanifin blog

Hanifin: Batting practice was unique experience

Noah Hanifin, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, completed his freshman season at Boston College in Hockey East in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound left-shot defenseman had five goals and 23 points in 37 games. He also represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team in 2013-14. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. His latest entry comes from Marlins Park in Miami.

Greetings from Marlins Park.

We just got done batting practice here. It was the first time I've swung a bat since the summer going into my freshman year of high school. So the first two balls, I hit grounders. Then I hit a ground-rule double, right off the wall. I almost got one out; I think if I had pulled it a little more to the right it would have been out.

Lawson Crouse was the only one to hit a home run. He went first and he set the bar really high for us. But he's just a really big, strong guy. We kind of expected, if one guy was going to put one out it would be him.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:44 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Crouse among prospects invited to Canada WJC camp

Eight skaters ranked in the top 30 by NHL Central Scouting in its final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft were among the 40 players invited by Hockey Canada on Tuesday to attend a tryout camp in Calgary for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The camp will be held in Calgary from Aug. 1-6, and feature practices and exhibition games against the Czech Republic and Russia.

Among those invited to the camp were Kingston Frontenacs left wing Lawson Crouse, who was part of the team that won the gold medal at the 2015 WJC in Canada. Playing in mostly a fourth-line role, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound forward had one goal and two assists in seven games.

Crouse had 29 goals and 51 points in 56 games for Kingston this season and is No. 5 on Central Scouting's final ranking.

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Posted On Monday, 06.22.2015 / 2:32 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Predicting NHL award winners

After another amazing season, a thrilling Stanley Cup Final and the anointing of a dynasty in the Chicago Blackhawks, it's time to honor all of the incredible performances from 2014-15. Wednesday night, the who's who of the NHL will gather in Las Vegas for the 2015 NHL Awards.

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Posted On Sunday, 06.21.2015 / 11:05 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Vermette's baby girl introduced to Stanley Cup

What a week for Chicago Blackhawks forward Antoine Vermette.

Five days after winning the Stanley Cup in Game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at United Center, Vermette and his wife Karen welcomed a baby girl, Emilia, into the world on Saturday.

On Sunday, Emilia was introduced to the Stanley Cup.

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Posted On Sunday, 06.21.2015 / 2:57 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks take Stanley Cup to U.S. Cellular Field

The Chicago Blackhawks took the Stanley Cup to the south side of town on Sunday, to U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.

Forward Andrew Shaw held the Cup over his head and walked to the pitcher's mound with defenseman Michal Rozsival and coach Joel Quenneville, who were all in White Sox jerseys. They took a photo with White Sox players prior to the start of their game. Before going on to the field, Shaw took swings in a batting cage.

The Blackhawks won the Cup with a 2-0 victory in Game 6 at United Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

"What a thrill to win it at home and celebrate on home ice, it was a spectacular playoff run," Quenneville said on WGN during the game. "It was a tough series. You can look at all four of them but the last two were off the charts. Tampa Bay, I don't think anyone thought they were that good. Oh my, was that a tough series. Every shift was tough."

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Posted On Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 12:22 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks bring Cup to Mumford & Sons concert

The Chicago Blackhawks continued their victory tour with the Stanley Cup on Friday night when they brought it to a Mumford & Sons show at Montrose Beach.

The crowd at the concert roared when the Blackhawks carried the Cup onto the stage.

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Posted On Friday, 06.19.2015 / 6:15 PM

By Staff -  / - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Friday, June 19

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written content.


Strome, Marner top centers after McDavid, Eichel 
Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel aren't the only talented centers up for grabs in the 2015 NHL Draft; Dylan Strome and Mitchell Marner also rate as elite.

Underrated playoff standouts to target in fantasy Fantasy Insider Pete Jensen identifies under-the-radar playoff performers who are worth keeping in mind for drafts next fall.


Stars will not re-sign forward Horcoff: report
The Dallas Stars will not re-sign forward Shawn Horcoff, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, general manager Jim Nill said Friday, according to Stars Inside Edge.

Flyers will retain assistant coaches
Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol will retain assistant coaches Gord Murphy, Ian Laperriere and Joe Mullen.

Hockey stars align with entertainers for 2015 NHL Awards
On Wednesday, June 24, NHL legends and hockey fans from the world of entertainment will join host Rob Riggle and Daughtry for the 2015 NHL Awards.

Trophies on display in celebration of NHL Awards
NHL Trophies to be displayed at MGM Grand in Las Vegas during 2015 NHL Awards

Maple Leafs acquire rights to Hyman from Panthers
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired the rights to unsigned center Zach Hyman and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Florida Panthers on Friday in exchange for center Greg McKegg.

Red Wings hire Nelson as AHL coach
The Detroit Red Wings on Friday named Todd Nelson as the new coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Terreri to return as Devils goaltending coach
Chris Terreri will return as the New Jersey Devils goaltending coach, joining assistant coaches Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine on John Hynes' staff.


Bruins' Sweeney set to make mark in first draft as GM
Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney will be looking for a player at the draft who can help his team right away, like David Pastrnak a year ago.

Flyers view 2015 NHL Draft as critical moment
The Philadelphia Flyers are deep with young defense prospects but could still consider Noah Hanifin or Zachary Werenski in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Bruins working toward new contract for Hamilton
Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said he and his staff are working toward signing defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a new contract.

Senators' Cameron stressing hard work this summer
Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron believes offseason conditioning will be key to the team picking up where it left off this season.

Barzal bounces back from injury, could be top-10 pick
Seattle Thunderbirds center Mathew Barzal could be a top-10 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft despite missing much of the 2014-15 season because of a freak injury sustained roughhousing with a teammate.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 5:52 PM

By Staff -  / - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Thursday, June 18

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written content.


Blackhawks celebrate Cup again, eye future success
After winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks held a victory parade through downtown Chicago on Thursday, followed by a rally at Soldier Field.

Avalanche hope to extend O'Reilly before next season
Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday he remains hopeful of signing forward Ryan O'Reilly to a contract extension before the 2015-16 season.

Senators taking offers for goalies Anderson, Lehner
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is trying to trade either Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner, and perhaps dump some salary too.


Order of selection for the 2015 NHL Draft
The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Sabres face tough decisions after likely pick of Eichel
Heading into the 2015 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have one decision that figures to be easy to make with the second pick, but the rest is up for debate.

Avalanche open to trading first-round draft pick
Though confident the Colorado Avalanche would acquire a good hockey player with the No. 10 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, general manager Joe Sakic would consider trading the selection.

Panthers seek help on wings in first round of draft
The Florida Panthers' biggest need remains on the wing, and general manager Dale Tallon said it wasn't likely he'd stray from that this year.

Hanifin, Werenski among top defensemen for '15 draft
Collegiate players Noah Hanifin and Zachary Werenski are expected to be among the first defensemen off the board at the 2015 NHL Draft.

Juulsen's late-season play earned scouts' attention
A strong late-season push by Everett defenseman Noah Juulsen moved him into a potential first-round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft.

Top prospects highlight USA junior camp roster
Boston University center Jack Eichel, who is expected to be a top-two pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, highlights the list of 39 invites to the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp to be held Aug. 1-8 in Lake Placid, New York.


Wild's Cooke placed on waivers, to be bought out
The Minnesota Wild has placed forward Matt Cooke on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

Senators coach Cameron signs two-year contract
Dave Cameron signed a two-year contract to remain coach of the Ottawa Senators.

Buffalo considering buyout for Hodgson
The Buffalo Sabres are still considering a buyout for forward Cody Hodgson, a new contract for impending free agent Mikhail Grigorenko and how to address their goaltending situation

Sabres hire Terry Murray, Barr as assistant coaches
The Buffalo Sabres today announced that Terry Murray and Dave Barr have been hired as assistant coaches to serve on head coach Dan Bylsma’s coaching staff.

Blue Jackets name McCudden assistant coach
The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Kenny McCudden an assistant coach on Todd Richards' staff.

Hurricanes agree to terms with defenseman Jordan
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with defenseman Michal Jordan on a one-year contract.

Jets agree to terms with defenseman Chiarot
The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Ben Chiarot on a two-year contract.

Penguins hire Sullivan as AHL coach
The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Mike Sullivan coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the team's AHL affiliate.

Coyotes hire Rolston as AHL coach
The Arizona Coyotes have hired Ron Rolston to be the coach of the Springfield Falcons, the team's AHL affiliate.


Blackhawks honor late equipment manager at rally
The Chicago Blackhawks presented a championship belt to the son of their late equipment manager, Clint Reif, at their celebration on Thursday.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 5:48 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Oilers to pick early and often at 2015 NHL Draft

The Edmonton Oilers, who have the first pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, are one of five teams with 10 picks at this year's draft.

The 2015 draft will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first round is June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 will be June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

The Oilers are expected to take Erie Otters center Connor McDavid with the first pick. They also have the No. 16 pick in the first round, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade for forward David Perron.

Also with 10 picks are the Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.17.2015 / 8:40 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Injured Rozsival gets to lift Cup at United Center

Michal Rozsival didn't get to enjoy the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup celebration on the ice Monday, but the injured defenseman got to lift the trophy at United Center on Wednesday.

Rozsival, wearing the Blackhawks' home red uniform, was photographed raising the Cup with his left leg resting on a knee scooter.

Rozsival fractured that ankle in Game 4 the Western Conference Second Round against the Minnesota Wild on May 7 and did not play for the remainder of the season.

"I've been around and enjoying the whole thing," Rozsival told on Wednesday. "It's a great feeling to be around and spending it with the guys, even though I wasn't playing. To be there and kind of celebrating the whole season with the Cup, I've been enjoying it very much."

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Quote of the Day

It's very special, obviously; there is draft day and then there's the day that you sign your first deal. It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm very honored to be able to do that."

— Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid on signing his first professional contract