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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 8:27 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Hockeyville clinics highlight upcoming schedule

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario – The Kraft Hockeyville celebration was only getting warmed up Sunday.

The festivities will continue Monday and Tuesday with skating clinics that will take place from 5:00-7:45 p.m. at the Sterling & District Recreation Centre. They will consist of three, 45-minute sessions and while the participants have already been chosen, they will be open for public viewing.

The clinics will feature children from ages 4-16 whose names were selected at random.

On hand for the clinics will be former Toronto Maple Leafs Gary Leeman, Dan Dauodt and Tom Fergus.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 2:18 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

NHL alums sign autographs at Hockeyville Fun Fair

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- Former NHL players Brad Marsh, Laurie Boschman, Mike Gaul and Jamie Allison signed autographs during the Fun Fair event in the parking lot outside the Stirling & District Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The festivities included the presentation of a $100,000 check for upgrades and renovations to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre and a $10,000 food bank donation. The Stanley Cup was on display for photographs, while fun for the kids included two bouncy castles, an accuracy game for shooting hockey balls, a slide and free Kraft products for everyone.

The musical stylings of Brian Cosbey and Friends filled the air on an afternoon in which potential rain stayed away.

"It's been a good experience for us," said Cindy Brandy, the chairperson who made the push to bring Hockeyville to the town. "I think this past week, with all the advertisement on the radio and the television stations, things improved dramatically. Hence, the crowd today."

A few thousand people are here today with the alumni game set for 7 p.m. at the recreation centre.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 12:52 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Stanley Cup parades through Stirling-Rawdon

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- Hockey's most famous celebrity was on display during a parade through the center of town Sunday morning -- the Stanley Cup.

Fans of all ages lined Front Street for the 30-minute precession that was part of the town's celebration for winning the Kraft Hockeyville competition. It's tough to explain exactly what took place during the parade, so here's a rundown of some its participants.

-- A marching band

-- A fire truck

-- About 100 kids from the town's minor hockey program

-- Five John Deere tractors

-- A blues band, since the town's hockey team's nickname is the Blues

-- "The Stirling Blues Brothers," two gentlemen dressed as Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's "Blues Brothers" characters

-- A teenage boy wearing a clown wig and Alexander Mogilny Maple Leafs jersey who was pulled along by a pony

-- A man who goes by the name "Canadian Bob," who was dressed in red on a motorcycle decorated with Canadian flags and had a black Labrador in a basket resting above the back wheel

And of course, the Stanley Cup, which was the big draw for people gathered to watch the parade.

"It's pretty cool," said Todd Binnie, who was resting comfortable in a chair in his front lawn while wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey. "It's a small town so we don't get to see that type of stuff too often."

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 12:31 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Hockeyville kicks off with figure-skating clinic

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- A group of about 30 girls took the ice for a figure-skating clinic at the Stirling & District Recreation Centre on Sunday morning to kick off the town's Kraft Hockeyville celebration.

Canadian Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Manley served as the instructor for the pair of 45-minute sessions. Nine-year-old Madison Myers took part as a student while her older sister Lindsay Newbury-Myers assisted Manley.

"Liz is just great to have out hear teaching these kids because she works so well with them," said Nick Myers, the proud father who was looking on with his wife, Laurie. The duo will serve as linesmen for tonight's alumni game that will feature Stirling native Rob Ray, Brad Marsh, Laurie Boschman and other former NHL players.

Nick credited the sister of Ray, Cindy Brand, the chairperson for the town's campaign, for making figure skating part of the festivities.

"I'm very grateful to her for getting the ball rolling on getting figure skaters involved," Nick said. "The support from everyone has been amazing."

There will be more clinics Monday and Tuesday with some of the NHL alumni taking part as instructors.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 11:50 PM

By Seth Jones -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Seth Jones Draft blog

Jones: Long trip to Prospects Game was worth it

We just finished a very long day here in Buffalo with a great win.

I got in around 10:15 this morning, came to the rink here, dropped off my gear and settled in. I got to see some of the guys I played with and against, and some of the younger guys I know. I did a little media work, nothing big, about 20 minutes. Then I went back to the hotel, had a pregame meal. I tried to sleep as much as I could, but about an hour is all I did, which isn't much. Then it was back to the rink to get ready for the game.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 8:39 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game Blog

Second period: Jones helps McLanahan to 4-0 lead

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Team McClanahan turned the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game into a bit of a rout with three second-period goals to take a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes here at First Niagara Center.

Seth Jones and Jacob Montgomery scored 2:11 apart early in the second, and Quentin Shore later scored off his own rebound to break the game open.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 7:51 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game Blog

First period: Fasching goal gives McClanahan lead

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hudson Fasching scored the only goal of the first period, giving Team McClanahan a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes at the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

Ryan Fitzgerald carried the puck down the left side into the Team Housley zone and showed great patience waiting for Fasching to find space at the far post, where he tapped the puck past Team Housley goalie Eamon McAdam at 15:54.

Team Housley outshot Team McClanahan 6-4 in the period, and play was fairly even and high-paced.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 7:45 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game Blog

Leafs GM Burke excited to see Prospects Game

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Few NHL officials are as intimately involved with USA Hockey as Brian Burke, and the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager was one of the more than 100 NHL scouts and GMs in attendance for Saturday's inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

Like some others, Burke sees the game as the next logical step in USA Hockey's evolution as an elite developer of future NHL talent.

"I think USA Hockey had a vision 15 years ago when they started the [National Team Development Program]," Burke told NHL.com. "And they've built quality in the under-18s and they've built quality in the World Juniors and they've built quality in the Olympics, and this is the logical next step. Let's take the best kids and showcase them."

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 7:06 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game Blog

Girgensons shares wisdom with teammate Downing

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Michael Downing grew up about five hours away in Canton, Mich., but he'll have a pretty solid cheering section at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, thanks to one of his old teammates.

Zemgus Girgensons, a 2012 first-round NHL Draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, was in attendance here at First Niagara Center prior to heading to Rochester for training camp with the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

Girgensons chatted with Downing briefly prior to Saturday's game and gave him the benefit of his experience in dealing with the pressure of a player's NHL-draft season.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 4:23 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game Blog

Lineups set for All-American Prospects Game

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Coaches Phil Housley and Rob McClanahan have set their lineups for tonight's inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Each team will skate with 11 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders. The teams each are down a forward following injuries this week to Kitchener's Justin Bailey, who would have played for Team McClanahan, and Dawson Cook of the U.S. National Team Development Program, who was on Team Housley's roster.

Here are lineups each team will use:

TEAM HOUSELY

Anthony Louis - J.T. Compher - Ryan Hartman

Tyler Motte - Sean Malone - Ross Olsson

Frank Vatrano - Tyler Kelleher - Evan Allen

Devin Tringale - Will Merchant

Ian McCoshen - Steven Santini

Mike Downing - Keaton Thompson

Scott Savage - Cody Corbett

Eamon McAdam will start in goal, with Hunter Miska replacing him midway through the second period.


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