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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 1:59 PM

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

Grzelcyk, Burakovsky score early in scrimmage

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- After one period in the first exhibition game at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation camp, USA White and Sweden are tied 1-1.

USA White's Matthew Grzelcyk, a Boston Bruins prospect, opened the scoring 3:28 into the game with a power-play goal set up by Michael Brodzinski.

Just more than two minutes later, a penalty on USA White let Sweden tie the game on a power-play goal by Andre Burakovsky, the Washington Capitals' first pick at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Posted On Saturday, 08.03.2013 / 4:47 PM

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

Blackhawks CEO McDonough spends day at park

Chicago Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough spent 24 years working for the Chicago Cubs before joining the Blackhawks in 2007. So it seems somehow appropriate McDonough would take the Stanley Cup to the park where he grew up playing Little League baseball.

That's what happened Saturday, when for the second time in three years McDonough brought the most iconic trophy in sports to a public event held at Brooks Park in the Edison Park neighborhood of northern Chicago.

Posted On Friday, 08.02.2013 / 7:25 PM

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

U.S. World Junior camp starts this weekend

The first step in picking the teams for the 2014 World Junior Championship starts this weekend, when the United States, Finland and Sweden arrive in Lake Placid, N.Y., to take part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The teams will practice and play exhibition games from Aug. 3-10 on the Herb Brooks 1980 Arena ice at the Olympic Training Center.

Canada will join them in Lake Placid after a two-day camp Aug. 4-5 in Brossard, Quebec, at the Montreal Canadiens' training site.

Posted On Friday, 08.02.2013 / 5:15 PM

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

Sharp takes Stanley Cup home to Thunder Bay

For the second time in four seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. That means forward Patrick Sharp got to bring the iconic trophy to Thunder Bay, Ontario for the second time since 2010.

In what citizens of Thunder Bay hope will continue to be a tradition, Sharp brought the Cup to his hometown, which is located roughly 900 miles northwest of Toronto.

Posted On Thursday, 08.01.2013 / 9:25 PM

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

New Maple Leaf Bolland takes Cup home to Toronto

Less than a week after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Final, forward Dave Bolland started a new chapter in his career when he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks.

The move surprised many, but it made Bolland's day with the Stanley Cup on Thursday extra special -- one of the newest members of the Maple Leafs got to bring the iconic trophy to Toronto.

The day proved to be a whirlwind for the center, who also brought the Cup to Toronto when he won it with Chicago in 2010. The highlight was a parade through the streets of the Toronto neighborhood of Mimico, where Bolland grew up. Through a crowd conspicuously made up of Maple Leafs fans, Bolland, in a blue t-shirt and riding atop a fire truck, carried the trophy through town.

"Having some fun today, trying to enjoy it," Bolland said, according to the Toronto Star. "It’s great to bring it back and have fun with the crowd. Whenever we bring the Cup, it’s always a good time. It’s a bunch of hardworking people who like to have fun."

Posted On Wednesday, 07.31.2013 / 8:20 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Bollig returns to roots with Stanley Cup in St. Louis

ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Born and raised in suburban St. Louis, there are several places Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig could spend his day with the Stanley Cup.

Sure, there are favorite local establishments Bollig has frequented in his time, but more obvious would be the Gateway Arch, St. Louis' greatest landmark, along with Busch Stadium, home of Bollig's favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sure enough, Bollig was able to get to both Wednesday, but two other special spots didn't involve anything lavish. For the 26-year-old, spending Wednesday with children in the hospital, as well as visiting the place where his hockey roots were built, was enough satisfaction.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.30.2013 / 5:38 PM

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

Blackhawks chairman Wirtz takes Cup to Vegas

As president of the Wirtz Corp. and chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, Rocky Wirtz is certainly entitled to his time with the Stanley Cup. The man responsible for overseeing all aspects of the club's day-to-day operations, Wirtz enjoyed a two-day, three-city trip with the Cup and fit in as many activities as possible.

Posted On Saturday, 07.27.2013 / 11:38 AM

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

Cup is guest of honor at Blackhawks Convention

On a team consisting of several star players, it was the Stanley Cup that was the guest of honor as the Chicago Blackhawks opened their annual team convention Friday at the Hilton Chicago. To open the three-day event celebrating the team, the Cup was brought out at the convention's opening ceremony, where it received thunderous applause from attendees.

From there, Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison sang another thunderous rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as team officials and some military veterans looked on. And with that, the sixth annual Blackhawks convention was underway, this time with a very special guest who had been noticeably absent the previous two years.

Posted On Friday, 07.26.2013 / 9:00 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Who has edge -- Bishop or Lindback?

Last season was not a banner year for any goalie that manned the crease for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning finished 26th in the NHL with a team goals-against-average of 3.06 and tied for 24th in the League with a .899 team save percentage. Tampa Bay was also one of four teams to have four different goalies suit up last season, with Anders Lindback playing the most (24 games and 21 starts).

The team acquired Ben Bishop from the Ottawa Senators for Cory Conacher on April 3 and after six starts with the team, Bishop was signed to a new two-year contract extension.

Posted On Thursday, 07.25.2013 / 1:50 PM

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

Surprise party caps trainer's day with Cup

So far this summer, Chicago Blackhawks players and staff have hoisted the Stanley Cup all over North America. Wednesday, one of the team's longest-serving employees took the opportunity to bring the Cup back to Chicago.

Blackhawks head athletic trainer and Chicago native Mike Gapski brought the Cup to the suburb of Crestwood, Ill., giving several local fans the chance to see the most iconic trophy in all of sports.

A long day with the Cup started early in the morning at Incarnation Catholic Parish, where Gapski is a parishioner. Gapski, entering his 26th season with the team, brought the Cup to the church when the Blackhawks won it in 2010, and fans started camping outside the building at dawn for a chance to see the trophy this time around. After a morning spent at the church, the scene shifted to a much larger meet-and-greet.

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