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Posted On Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 12:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Quenneville, Stanley Cup host Whalers reunion

During a party along Lake Michigan with the Stanley Cup on full display, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hosted some familiar faces. After carrying the Cup around Chicago, including stops at a local post office where he posed for photos, the man known as Coach Q ended the day with a big boat party on Lake Michigan.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville celebrates the Stanley Cup with former Hartford teammates Ron Francis (behind Cup) and Kevin Dineen (far right) (photo courtesy @KeeperoftheCup)

The party gave Quenneville an opportunity to enjoy a small reunion with his former Hartford Whalers teammates. Before embarking on his successful coaching career, Quenneville played seven seasons in Hartford. The club never won the Stanley Cup in Hartford, although the franchise enjoyed its first Cup win in 2006 as the Carolina Hurricanes.

With Quenneville and the Cup playing host Monday night, a number of former Whalers enjoyed a night on the lake. Those in attendance included longtime captain and current Carolina vice president of hockey operations Ron Francis, and Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen.

Prior to spending the day with Quenneville, the Cup was in Europe for a couple of weeks before spending this past Sunday with Jay Blunk, the Blackhawks executive vice president.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 12:00 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Fuel cells provide Ducks an energy boost

The Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks, announced this week a partnership with Bloom Energy to install on-site, solid oxide fuel cell technology.

The 750 kilowatt project, which will begin producing power prior to opening night of the 2013-14 NHL regular season, will generate 80% of the arena’s base load power and 25% during a Ducks game or concert.

The power is generated by multiple fuel sources, including natural gas and renewable fuels such as biogas, and will account for 51% of the total power required annually for the arena.

On average, the arena expects the project to offset 2 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually.

The Honda Center is the second NHL arena to deploy such technology, following the Sharks’ SAP Center at San Jose. Click here to learn how solid oxide fuel cells work.

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Posted On Monday, 08.19.2013 / 12:00 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

60 Days of #NHLGreen

During the offseason we introduced a new campaign from the @NHL Twitter account blasting out fun facts on all things NHL Green. From upgraded, efficient arena cooling systems to improved recycling practices, all 30 NHL clubs are leading some incredible environmental initiatives.

If you are a hockey fan, an environmentalist, a teacher, or anything in between, we hope you enjoy the 60 Days of #NHLGreen and continue to keep up with the campaign. Below are some of our favorites thus far... and let us know if you think we missed any too. We always love to hear from our fans, so send us a Tweet to @NHL.


Check back with the Green Blog throughout the off season. We will have some more events and updates down the road, including coverage of the Green Sports Alliance Summit (August 26) and the Beyond Sport Summit (September 9-11), as well as a special NHL Green Twitter Takeover.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.17.2013 / 10:51 AM

By Risto Pakarinen -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup spends eventful few days in Sweden

When players get their day with the Stanley Cup, they always, without exception, take it back to where they started. Square one. The four Swedish members of the Chicago Blackhawks who had a date with the Cup this summer gladly continued that tradition.

Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya greeted the Stanley Cup at the Stockholm airport Sunday then rushed it to a dinner with family and friends, guys he's played with since he was a kid. By 10 the following morning, he was hoisting the Cup in Zinkensdamm, his childhood rink in downtown Stockholm, just like he used to hoist red pylons as a child, imagining this moment would come someday.

After that, Oduya took the Cup to the outdoor rink next door, where hundreds of people lined up to take photos with the most iconic trophy in sports.

"I hope that seeing the Cup will inspire them. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I saw the Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame, maybe 12, but I remember it was cool," Oduya told Hockeysverige.se.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.13.2013 / 10:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup makes stops in Sweden, Slovakia

The Stanley Cup continued the European part of its summer with stops in Sweden and Slovakia over the past couple of days.

Forward Viktor Stalberg had the trophy in Gotherburg, Sweden on Tuesday after it spent time with forward Marcus Kruger, who celebrated with friends and family at The Soap Bar in Stockholm.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 8:32 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Sutter happy with changes for Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Heading into this week, Canada coach Brent Sutter said he had a feeling the game Saturday against United States had a chance to be a rough one for his team.

"It's Day 5 or Day 6 of a training camp," Sutter said following his team's 5-1 loss. "These kids have two practices come in here and play three games in four days. I was worried about this game going into it with our mental and physical side of it. Usually that Day 5 or Day 6, a player kind of hits a wall a little bit and I thought we hit a wall today with it a little bit. Some players' play was not at the level you wish it would have been."

However, Sutter wasn't going to let one bad game ruin what he believed was a positive week as far as the early stages of evaluating the players that ultimately will make up the roster of the team that represents Canada in Malmo, Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

This week also marked a shift in philosophy for construction of the team, as Hockey Canada elected to move away from past practices of bringing in two teams' worth of players and having them play against each other in high-intensity intrasquad games. Instead, after two days of practicing in Brossard, Quebec, the team shifted here for games against the United States, Finland and Sweden.

"I think it's a great format for us," Sutter said. "I think the change was great. It's good to do what we did. You get a better read and better feel for guys. From my perspective, you're right with the group all the time, you're coaching the group. You get a better feel on the bench where guys are at and who might fit better with who. It's different when you go to a Red/White format; then your head coach isn't involved with coaching either team because you want to watch. When you're on the bench with the guys you get a better feel. The whole week has been great.

"[Saturday] you lose a hockey game, but at the same time you get to evaluate, too, and see the group do it together the whole week. There was a lot of positives coming out of this for the way it was set up and the format we did."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 8:23 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Sieloff a captain candidate for U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The USA Hockey staff charged with picking the team that will go to Sweden for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship spent this week seeing which players fit into the best roles not only on the ice, but off it as well.

That includes early assessments of who could provide leadership, and among the early candidates for team captain is defenseman Patrick Sieloff.

Sieloff, one of three players from the 2013 WJC team that won the gold medal back for this year's camp (forward Riley Barber and goaltender Jon Gillies are the others), never made it onto the score sheet, but he was the team's most physical defenseman and one of the key parts of a penalty-killing unit that got better as the week went on, culminating in a perfect 9-for-9 performance in a 5-1 win against Canada on Saturday.

Sieloff, a 2012 second-round pick (No. 42) of the Calgary Flames, said he hasn't thought far enough ahead yet to consider himself captain of a team he still hasn't made yet.

"At the end of the day I'm here first to make the team and then just do whatever they ask me to do," Sieloff told NHL.com. "If it comes down to [being captain], than absolutely. I'm here to play my game and see how it plays out."

USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations Jim Johansson, who will serve as general manager of the WJC team, said Sieloff filled a leadership role this week at the national junior evaluation camp.

"He has great leadership qualities," Johansson said. "He's a guy that you end up talking more and more to about getting messages through to his teammates. He does it on and off the ice. He's a guy that we will look for for leadership. … Sitting here today, he's a candidate to fill that role and be a guy that helps lead this team."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 8:22 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Finns celebrate win against rival Swedes

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The rivalry between Finland and Sweden is a deep and sometimes bitter one when it comes to hockey. That's why there was some extra yelling and cheering from Finland after their 3-2 shootout defeat of Sweden on Saturday.

For the group of 1994- and 1995-born Finnish players, it was the first time in five years of top-level international hockey, dating to under-16 tournaments, that they had beaten their counterparts of the same age from Sweden.

"It felt great," Juuso Ikonen, who scored the winner in the shootout, told NHL.com. "It was a good game for us. This wasn't a big tournament, but it still feels good."

Teuvo Teravainen, who scored a pair of goals, each of which tied the game, said the post-game celebration in the locker room was extra loud and long.

"It's always a big thing to beat Sweden," he told NHL.com. "They're tough battles every time. I think we haven't beaten Sweden so much. It was an awesome win."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 7:32 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Canada's Paterson focused on strong start to secure WJC spot

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- When Canada coach Brent Sutter assessed his three goaltenders here at the national junior evaluation camp, he said Eric Comrie, Zachary Fucale and Jake Paterson were starting on an even playing field.

However, Paterson does have one advantage on the competition -- he's the only one of the three to have played on a world junior championship team.

Paterson, a 2012 third-round (No. 80) pick of the Detroit Red Wings, was the third goaltender on Canada's WJC team that finished fourth at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. While he never dressed for a game, he said he did learn something from going through the process.

"It's how tough the tournament is to win," he said. "It's a one-game elimination. I learned last year you have to be at your best every single game."

He might not have been at his best Saturday, allowing five goals on 25 shots in a 5-1 loss to the United States, but Sutter said no result one way or the other in August was going to sway his decision on the final roster he'll lead at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden.

Paterson will return to his club team, the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, knowing what's really important is how he starts the 2013-14 season.

"The biggest thing is trying to develop my game as much as I can and try have a good start to the season," he said. "It [WJC] is going to be in the back of anyone's head, that someone might be watching you. You're trying to make the team through the first four months of the season. I'm just looking forward to having a good start and everything will take of itself.

"Canada is filed with a bunch of good goaltenders so I know it'll be tough, but I'm looking forward to it."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 7:31 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Finland beats Sweden in long shootout

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Juuso Ikonen scored in the 10th round of a shootout as Finland ended with a 3-2 win against Sweden in the final game of the national junior evaluation camp this week.

Ikonen skated hard up the middle of the ice, deked and lifted the puck high under the crossbar, past goalie Oscar Dansk.

Finland had tied the game early in the third on Teuvo Teravainen's second goal of the game, but that's where the scoring stopped for a while.

A scoreless overtime saw Finland goalie Juuse Saros make four saves, while Dansk made three.

Back with more from both locker rooms.

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