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POSTED ON Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 9:58 AM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Baptiste recaps Sudbury victory over Denmark

Hi everyone!

We had our pre-game meal at 10:30 a.m. before the Norway game, which is a little weird for eating chicken and rice! I had a long nap after the meal and woke up ready to go to the game at 12:45.

We got to the rink and warmed up by playing sewer ball. I got hit in the face by Jeff Corbett [@corbs46] . For those of you that have never played sewer ball, it is just standing in a circle trying to keep a soccer ball up in the air but your opponents [actually my teammates] try to knock you out of the game with bad passes.

The game was outstanding. Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, Josh Levio [@jleivo17] scored a third period hat trick to push us to a 7-2 victory over the Denmark Under-20 Team.

After the game we took the bus to TGI Friday's for another North American style meal, and then were back to the hotel for 9:30 p.m.

We will be back at the rink [Thursday] morning for practice before our game against Sweden [Thursday night]. We have clinched a spot in the semifinals and a win over Sweden would clinch first place in our pool.

Follow Nick Baptiste on Twitter at: @NickBaptiste

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POSTED ON Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 9:47 AM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen recaps opening three games in Russia

Ian McCoshen will be entering his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound McCoshen, regarded as one of the top draft eligible prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft, has produced eight goals and 26 points in 97 career games in the USHL. Waterloo is representing the USHL in the 2012 Junior Club World Cup tournament this week and McCoshen, 17, has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com that will document his stay in Russia.

Hi everyone!

adjusted pretty well to Omsk already, even though we are three time zones away from Moscow and 12 time zones from back in Waterloo.

Overall, this city is not nearly as big as Moscow and it is obvious as soon as you step outside the hotel. Moscow was so robust and had so much going on, much like New York City. I would compare Omsk to be more like Minneapolis back in the United States because it is much calmer. The group is much more comfortable here and I think it is because of the city size. Omsk seems way more down to earth. Moscow was just too big for us with the large group of people we have traveling.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.22.2012 / 6:02 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Broadcasting legend adds to Clifford's day with Cup

What started with a whirlwind tour around town ended with a surprise appearance from a broadcasting legend. It all came together during a day with the Stanley Cup for Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford.

It started at 9 a.m., when Clifford's family and friends were on hand for the Cup's arrival at his family home. After a festive breakfast that included some sips of orange juice from the Cup, Clifford's crew boarded a vintage 1950s-era fire truck for a trip around Ayr, Ontario.

Joined by some children who won a spot on the antique vehicle in a local contest, Clifford spent several hours making a number of stops, including at the grave site of his aunt who passed away during this past NHL season. Following quick stops at local businesses and at the family home of an old friend who had passed away, Clifford made the most iconic trophy in sports available to the public at the North Dumfries Community Complex.

With locals lining up all afternoon for a chance to be photographed with the Cup, there was one last surprise in store for the citizens of Ayr. A local resident, legendary broadcaster Jiggs McDonald, who served as the New York Islanders' play-by-play man for three consecutive Stanley Cup wins, made an appearance, livening up what was already an eventful day for the southwestern Ontario town.

Clifford had one last celebration scheduled in which 150 guests were expected to arrive at his family home.

The Stanley Cup will spend two days in London, Ontario with Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter before moving east past Toronto to Belleville for a day with Brad Richardson.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.22.2012 / 8:35 AM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Baptiste and his team prepare for Denmark

Nick Baptiste will be entering his second season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound right wing, regarded as a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, produced eight goals and 27 points in 64 games last season. This week, Sudbury is representing the OHL in the 2012 Junior Club World Cup tournament in Omsk, Russia. Baptiste has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com that will document his stay in Russia.

Hi all!

[Tuesday] was an off day for the team, so we came to the rink and practiced in the morning. After practice, we went back to the hotel and had a quick snack. We found out that there is a TGI Friday's restaurant in Omsk! We went over there and had some lunch and it was great to have some North American food!

After the restaurant, we walked over to a local mall and checked it out for an hour before we got back on the bus to come back to the hotel.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.21.2012 / 6:08 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup continues long trip through Ontario

After enjoying several days moving through Western Canada, the Stanley Cup's nine-day trip through Ontario began Saturday with Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards in Kenora, a town situated much closer to Winnipeg than Toronto.

After a day of travel Sunday, the scene shifted to Garden River on Monday, where Kings rookie Jordan Nolan enjoyed his big day.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.21.2012 / 8:42 AM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Baptiste recaps Sudbury shootout loss to Latvia

After a late night last night, we were able to sleep in a bit this morning and go down to the restaurant for breakfast which was our pre-game meal at 10:30 a.m. I found out at breakfast that I wasn't playing against Latvia [a 2-1 loss on Monday]. We brought additional players for this trip, so we are all taking a turn sitting out and it is my game to sit.

We took the team bus over to the arena at 12:45 p.m. Even though I wasn't playing, there is still work to be done at the rink so I worked out with the other guys who were not in the lineup. Our game against Latvia was a really close one. Latvia took a 1-0 lead in the first period and then we tied it in the second period. The third didn't solve anything even though both teams had good chances to score.

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.20.2012 / 11:48 AM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen enjoying time on and off ice in Russia

Hi everyone!

The time in Moscow has been really unique. We played our first game as a team against the Russian junior team, CSKA Red Army, and earned a 4-2 victory. Heading into such a historic arena to play that team was a pretty cool experience … just to think about all the great players who have played there.

   Ian McCoshen (Steph Regenold/Waterloo Black Hawks)

We didn't have the start we wanted but it was a pretty good pace throughout the first period. We started to pick it up and the power-play was working. Our best period was probably the third and we really took it to them. Even though it was an exhibition game, it was a good win for the team to help build some momentum going into the tournament in Omsk.

Their style is a little different and presented some challenges to us defensemen. Coming into the zone, they always had two forwards close together, either looking for a quick shot or a drop-pass for a one-timer, and it was a little tough because we didn't want to have two of our defensemen playing so close together. The Russian team also seemed to look for that long stretch quite often.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 08.19.2012 / 3:29 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Richards pays tribute to 1907 Cup champs

The day after Dustin Penner personally escorted the Stanley Cup through his hometown of Winkler, Manitoba for the second time in five years, teammate Mike Richards brought the Cup to a town that had gone more than 100 years without a Cup celebration. And he made sure to pay tribute to the last group of Cup-winners from his hometown of Kenora, Ontario.

The weekend started with Penner -- who first won the Cup with Anaheim in 2007 -- getting his second day with the Cup in his hometown of Winkler, located about 80 miles south of Winnipeg and just minutes from the border with North Dakota. It was there that the Kings winger enjoyed a day of golf with the Cup before taking a limo to a public event hosted by the Southland Mall. Hundreds of locals, some of whom had been camping out for three hours, descended on the mall for a chance to be photographed with Penner and the Cup. With August 17, 2012 officially declared "Dustin Penner Day," it was another special day in Winkler.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 08.19.2012 / 11:50 AM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Sudbury defeats Finnish team in Junior Cup opener

Its Game Day in Omsk!

All of the guys were really excited to get things going at the Junior Club World Cup with our first game against HIFK of Finland. We woke up early for an 8 a.m. breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, we left for the rink and our morning skate.

All of the Wolves went on the ice for 40 minutes. After leaving the rink we went to a large grocery store that had lots of North American food, it reminds us of home!

We got back to the hotel for our pre-game meal and then had a nap for a couple of hours. Some of the guys are having a tough time sleeping with the 11 hour time difference.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 08.18.2012 / 5:10 PM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Baptiste ready for Jr Club World Cup in Russia

Nick Baptiste will be entering his second season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound right wing, regarded as a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, produced eight goals and 27 points in 64 games last season. Sudbury is representing the OHL in the 2012 Junior Club World Cup tournament from Aug. 18-26 in Omsk, Russia. Baptiste has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com that will document his stay in Russia.

Hi everyone. I'm Nick Baptiste from Ottawa, Ontario, in my second year with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves!

I am really excited to be taking part in this year's Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia. This year is a big year for me with the NHL Draft in New Jersey next June. I am really excited to get the season started and it is great to start with our trip to Russia. I would like to thank the NHL for giving me this opportunity. It's a great way to keep everyone up to date with the Wolves trip to Russia.

We bussed in from Sudbury to Toronto where we met all our teammates at Pearson Airport. It was great to see the guys after a summer at home. Our first flight was from Toronto to Paris. It is my first time overseas and unfortunately didn’t get any sleep on the plane!

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— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory