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Posted On Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 5:03 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller has evening with Cup

When Los Angeles Kings' Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller found out he would be spending an evening with the Stanley Cup, he made sure to invite some longtime friends to the party.

One of the first people he invited to the festivities was Nashville Predators play-by-play man Pete Weber, who served as a Kings television and radio analyst alongside Miller from 1978-81. The longtime friends go as far back as their college broadcasting days when Miller was at the University of Wisconsin and Weber was at Notre Dame.

"He called us when the date was set in stone and asked if we could make it out. We said we'll make it. It might have taken 10 seconds for us to say yes," Weber said. "It was a tremendous situation. And I was very careful, I did not touch the Cup."

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 9:53 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Central Scouting's Bordeleau and MacDonald to retire

Long before Chris Bordeleau and B.J. MacDonald began evaluating talent as full-time employees at NHL Central Scouting, they were skating with and against some of the very best in NHL history.

Bordeleau won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1968-69 while playing in 13 games alongside Hockey Hall of Fame members Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard and "Gump" Worsley.

MacDonald not only helped Wayne Gretzky score the first of his NHL-best 894 goals with the Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80, but he also was part of the second-highest scoring line in the League that season. The G-M-C line, which consisted of Gretzky centering MacDonald at right wing and Brett Callighen at left wing, had 120 goals and 289 points that season.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.07.2014 / 6:13 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Robitaille closes Cup's week in Southern California

After months of crisscrossing the globe to spend time with Los Angeles Kings players and staff, the Stanley Cup made its return to Southern California last week.

It started on Tuesday when the Cup visited South Park Studios, where the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, got to spend some time with the most iconic trophy in sports. The Cup made a similar stop to the South Park offices after the Kings won the franchise's first championship in 2012.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 11:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Olczyk, Grier named coaches for AAPG

NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk and former NHL player Mike Grier will serve as coaches in the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be held Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Each team will feature some of the top American-born players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. Team rosters will be announced at a later date.

Grier spent four of his 14 NHL seasons with the Sabres, including his final two, 2009-11. In 241 games he had 23 goals and 70 points and also 11 points in 31 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the team.

In all Grier, a 1993 ninth-round pick (No. 219) of the St. Louis Blues had 162 goals and 383 points in 1,060 games with the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Sabres and San Jose Sharks.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.02.2014 / 11:44 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

USHL Atlantic Challenge to feature top '15 prospects

A number of top prospects players listed on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List for the 2015 NHL Draft will headline the second annual United States Hockey League Atlantic Challenge preseason showcase, at Twin Rinks Ice Center in East Meadow, N.Y., Sept. 5-7.

The event will feature the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Lincoln Stars and the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team.

Seven players from the USNTDP program are on the Futures List: forwards Jeremy Bracco, Christian Fischer, Jordan Greenway, Brendan Warren and Colin White, and defensemen Nick Boka and Casey Fitzgerald.

Muskegon center Cooper Marody also made the Futures List.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.02.2014 / 9:10 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings GM Lombardi celebrates with Snoopy

Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi put the Stanley Cup in the doghouse over the weekend.

Not just any dog's house, though. Lombardi took the Cup to Santa Rosa, Calif., on Sunday and to the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Schulz is most famous for penning the "Peanuts" comic strip, and Hockey Hall of Fame Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard photographed Lombardi with the Cup in Snoopy's dog house.

Schulz, as Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times noted, was an avid hockey fan.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.28.2014 / 12:00 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Lewis brings Stanley Cup back to Utah

The only native of Utah to win the Stanley Cup twice, Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis brought it home again Wednesday.

"All my family and friends are here," Lewis told Good4Utah.com. "So there is no better place to bring it back to. I've seen all the support I had last time, and seeing it again is great."

More than 6,000 people were on hand at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, according to the Deseret News.

"It's crazy and unreal," Lewis told the newspaper.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.27.2014 / 10:09 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Eichel tops list for All-American Prospects Game

Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel headlines the list of invites to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Eichel is one of 42 American-born 2015 NHL Draft prospect scheduled to participate in the game. The 17-year-old center is expected to be one of the top two picks at the 2015 draft.

Last season he led the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team with 38 goals and 87 points in 53 games. He also had one goal and four assists for the U.S. at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. He's expected to play a major role for the United States at the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto. He impressed U.S. national junior team coach Mark Osiecki at USA Hockey's evaluation camp earlier this month.

"Jack Eichel is an offensive player and we have to hold him accountable offensively," Osiecki said. "He's a special player and we have to lean on him offensively to be that difference maker, be a player that can make everyone around him better; offensively for sure."

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Posted On Monday, 08.25.2014 / 10:41 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Defenseman Alec Martinez brings Cup to Texas

Defenseman Alec Martinez, who scored the overtime goal that gave the Los Angeles Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, celebrated with his family Monday at his home in Allen, Texas, near Dallas.

While assistant coach Davis Payne, who had the Cup on Sunday in Kamloops, British Columbia, filled it with cheeseburgers, Martinez opted for Fruit Loops instead.

Martinez scored 14:43 into the second OT of Game 5 of the Final to give the Kings a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers. He also scored the overtime winner against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

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Posted On Monday, 08.25.2014 / 3:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Kurker leads Sioux City at Junior World Cup

Samuel Kurker, a 2012 second-round pick (No. 56) of the St. Louis Blues, had one goal and two assists as the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League beat Swedish junior club Malmo 5-1 in a Junior Club World Cup game Monday at Sports Palace Ufa in Ufa, Russia.

Sioux City leads Group B with a 3-0 record and is the only undefeated team in the 10-team tournament.

Forward Joe Snively, a 2015 NHL Draft prospect, had one goal and one assist for Sioux City, and Adam Johnson added one goal and two assists.

Goaltender Collin Olson, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, stopped 26 of 27 shots.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres