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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 10:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Team WHL lineup for Super Series Game 5

Here is the lineup Team WHL will use in Game 5 of the CHL Super Series against Team Russia:

Adam Lowry - Mark McNeill - Colton Sissons

Hunter Shinkaruk - Brady Brassard - Michael St. Croix

Sam Fioretti - Graham Black - Mitchell Holmberg

Travis Ewanyk - Sam Reinhart - Curtis Lazar

Duncan Siemens - Ryan Murray

Griffin Reinhart - Mathew Dumba

Morgan Rielly - Ryan Pulock

Laurent Brossoit will start in goal, with Eric Comrie the backup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 3:35 PM

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

McCoshen discusses college choice, USHL season

Ian McCoshen is in his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. The 6-foot-2.5, 207-pound defenseman, regarded as an A skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2013 Draft, has produced one goal, four points and a plus-13 rating in eight games this season. McCoshen has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com all season long leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Last week I committed to play college hockey at Boston College following this year. I am really excited about the opportunity to play for the best program in the country. I visited the school during the beginning of one week in mid-October. Boston was really nice; I had never been there before. The city has a rich history, especially in sports…while we drove from the airport to campus, Fenway Park was right there, just on the left side of the highway. Northeastern, Boston University, and Boston College are all within six miles of each other. Boston is really a college town with great atmosphere for college hockey.

On campus, I went to a Tuesday morning literature and composition class with defenseman Mike Matheson. There were only 20 or so students taking the course. It's nice knowing that the classes are small. Once the class was over, I was able to see how small the school actually is. It is a tight-knit campus with beautiful facilities.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.13.2012 / 9:00 AM

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

NHL set to attend Beyond Sport United

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday, November 13, the National Hockey League will join MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL and WNBA as an official Founding Supporter of Beyond Sport United, a one-day global gathering, exploring opportunities for leagues, teams and their partners to make a positive impact in their community and the local environment. The conference will take place at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

NHL Green has teamed up with Sterling Planet and Bonneville Environmental Foundation to help mitigate the environmental impact of Beyond Sport United 2012.

Sterling Planet, the nation's leading retail provider of environmental assets for corporate, utility and government clients, will donate all environmental assets needed to counterbalance the estimated carbon emissions resulting from electricity consumption during the conference, based on conservative projections of the expected carbon footprint. Accordingly, Sterling Planet will provide the event with 111,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) in the form of Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) from U.S. wind projects. The RECs will create a benefit of more than 143,529 pounds of avoided emissions of carbon dioxide.

The League worked with Sterling Planet to balance the carbon emissions associated with arena electricity usage and team air travel throughout the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as the League's estimated 2012 electricity usage at its New York City headquarters. To that end, Sterling Planet supplied 9.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) and 97 metric tons of verified emission reductions in total.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a nonprofit provider of energy, carbon and water solutions, will balance the water footprint of the conference. Based on projections of the expected water usage for both Yankee Stadium and attendee hotel rooms, BEF will restore 45,000 gallons of water to critically dewatered ecosystems in Colorado, Montana, Arizona, Utah and/or Oregon through BEF's Water Restoration Certificate® program.

Additionally, the League's 2012 and 2013 water consumption at its New York City headquarters, estimated at six million gallons over two years, will be counterbalanced as part of the NHL Water Restoration Project.

The League launched the NHL Water Restoration Project with BEF in June 2011, focusing sustainability efforts on the issue of freshwater scarcity and its effect on fans, communities and the game of hockey. BEF, on behalf of the NHL, has replenished North American watercourses with over 18 million gallons of water since the project's inception.

Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to drive positive social change around the world. Beyond Sport United will bring together professionals in the sports industry to discuss the business advantages of working to address difficult community, social and environmental concerns. The event will be a sharing of best practices tackling issues of education, health, sustainability, social inclusion, natural disaster response and more.

In 2011, Beyond Sport celebrated the League as the Sport for Environment winner for a League-wide food recovery program, in cooperation with Rock and Wrap it Up!, which has diverted over 210 tons of waste from landfill and provided local shelters with more than 320,000 meals since the initiative began in 2010. Also in 2011, the NHL was nominated for Beyond Sport's Federation of the Year award. In 2012, the League was again nominated as Sport for Environment, this time for the NHL Water Restoration Project.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 10:03 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

OHL hangs on for 2-1 win in Super Series Game 4

The Ontario Hockey League select team did not have a third-period letdown this time around, but Russia certainly made it interesting.

The OHL entered the final period with a 1-0 lead for a second straight game in the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario on Monday night, but instead of allowing Russia to score twice to steal a win like in Game 3, the home team built on its lead to secure a 2-1 win in Game 4.

The OHL's victory tied the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series at 2-2, with the final two games against the Western Hockey League slated for Vancouver on Wednesday and Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday.

New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs scored a first-period goal and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Frank Corrado of the Sudbury Wolves provided what turned out to be the winner in the third as the OHL bounced back after losing the league's first Subway Super Series game to Russia on Thursday night in Guelph, Ontario.

The game marked a homecoming of sorts for Russian captain and 2012 top pick Nail Yakupov, who played his two years of major junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting and received a warm welcome from the crowd when he was introduced prior to the game. The Edmonton Oilers prospect risked being on the wrong end of his biggest highlight when he was the victim of a massive, third-period hit by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:12 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Sundin grateful to Leafs fans for wonderful memories

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin was a hero in Toronto.

Now he's a Hall of Famer in Toronto.

As James Duthie pointed out, Sundin won the admiration of both Leafs Nation and Sweden. He only won a championship with one of them (not the Leafs), but he'll forever be remembered as one of the great Leafs of all time, if not the greatest.

He is the franchise's all-time leading scorer. He's the only Swede to score 500 goals in the NHL.

Sundin opened his speech by using the year 1966 and he reeled off the Hall of Fame class from that year. That same year his dad took his mom on their first date -- a hockey game.

"Five years later, I was born," Sundin said. "Forty-six years after that date, I'm standing here being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame."

He thanked his parents first.

"Without your support, I would not be standing here today," Sundin said.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:00 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Binnington perfect for 30 minutes, OHL leads after two

St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack left the game after 30 shutout minutes and a first-period goal by Ryan Strome remained the difference as the Ontario Hockey League maintained its 1-0 lead against Team Russia through two periods of Game 4 of the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.

Binnington only had to make eight saves for his half shutout before giving way to Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, at 10:32 of the second period.

“All these players are outstanding, both offensively and defensively,” Binnington told Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds. “They did a great job limiting [Russia] to eight shots.”

Though there were no goals scored in the second period, the game had terrific pace with lots of end to end action and some big hitting. A lot of the physical play was being instigated by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson, a Washington Capitals prospect who was hitting anything he could find in a red jersey.

Barrie Colts forward Anthony Camara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, had two of the better chances of the period. The first came when he nearly split the Russian defense to go in alone on goal, but 2013 NHL Draft prospect Mikhail Naumenkov dropped his stick as Camara went by, and the loose stick wound up knocking the puck away before Corrado could get a shot off.

Later, Camara was set up with an open net by London Knights forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith, but his redirection went just wide with a little less than six minutes to play in the period.

Paterson only needed to make three saves in the OHL net over the second half of the period, while Vasilevskiy has stopped 14 of 15 shots through 40 minutes for the Russians.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:52 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

New HHOF member Sakic lived up to the hype

TORONTO -- As TSN host James Duthie talked about in his introduction, Joe Sakic was all hype as a young player in junior hockey.

He lived up to the hype -- and then some.

Sakic won the Stanley Cup twice. He won an Olympic gold medal, scoring four points in the gold-medal game. He finished with 1,641 career points.

Sakic always had a place reserved in the Hall of Fame. Now he is finally going to occupy it.

"Joe belongs to the Hockey Hall of Fame because he is a special player," Patrick Roy said on the TSN broadcast. "He is a player that was a difference maker in our game."

In his first remarks as a Hall of Famer, Sakic congratulated his fellow inductees -- showing his humble, selfless side.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:30 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Bettman: Inductees 'elevated our sport'

TORONTO -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took the podium after the first two inductees.

"Tonight the all-time roster of the Hockey Hall of Fame is further enriched by four remarkable performers," Commissioner Bettman said. "Four legendary scorers. Four outstanding leaders who hail from four different parts of the hockey world."

Commissioner Bettman told the inductees that they "elevated our sport."

"These players earned the reverence of their teammates and the respect of their opponents -- even the defensemen they tormented and the goaltenders they humbled," he said.

Commissioner Bettman said the stat sheets can't measure the millions of fans the inductees thrilled and the memories they created.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:18 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Unscripted Oates thanks many in HHOF speech

TORONTO -- Adam Oates gave so much in his career that finally the Hockey Hall of Fame decided to honor him with a gift.

He gave the puck to Brett Hull, to Cam Neely, to Peter Bondra -- and they all scored 50 goals with Oates as their center. Hull and Neely did it in 50 games or less.

In fact, Oates said centering two 50-in-50 goal scorers is what he loves most about his long career. He dished out 1,079 assists (sixth all time) and even scored 341 times.

Oates, the second inductee in the Class of 2012, was "Gretzky-like" in his vision and passing, according to Hull.

"Adam belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame because he's one of the greatest players to play the game," Hull said on the TSN broadcast.

For his speech, Oates stepped up to the podium and did not have a sheet of paper. He did not read -- he either spoke from memory or simply from the heart.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:08 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Strome gives OHL 1-0 lead after 20 minutes

New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs gave the team representing the Ontario Hockey League a 1-0 lead against Team Russia after the first period of Game 4 of the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.

Strome, the OHL's top scorer with 37 points in 21 games, started the play with a long stretch pass out of his own end to the Russian blue line before skating hard to the offensive zone. After Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel corralled a loose puck, he found the streaking Strome alone in the slot for a one-time slap shot that trickled through Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy at 9:47 of the first.

That goal came about 30 seconds after Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Graovac of the Ottawa 67s hit the goal post to the left of Vasilevskiy, a Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick last June. Vasilevskiy then made a stop on Washington Capitals draft pick Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers to keep the game scoreless, although it was short-lived.

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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