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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.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Jagr has enough left to help Devils

After the departure of David Clarkson and the stunning retirement of Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils are turning to one of the most accomplished players in NHL history to fill a short-term void on the wing.

At 41 years young, Jaromir Jagr will suit up for yet another NHL team -- and remain a fantasy commodity in doing so.

The Devils came to terms on a contract with the coveted unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, setting up a potential tandem of the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history. With longtime Devils wing and Czech native Patrik Elias (930 career points -- second all-time among Czechs) looking for a new linemate on the right side after Clarkson signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jagr (1,688 points -- first all-time among Czechs) is a candidate to help New Jersey fill that void.

Posted On Monday, 07.22.2013 / 2:29 PM

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

Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks host community greening event

This July, the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks joined the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and partner Constellation Energy to help beautify a community garden (see photos). Hockey great Stan Mikita worked next to a number of young volunteers, as the space was transformed into a garden of fresh vegetables.

Posted On Sunday, 07.21.2013 / 3:44 PM

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

Hawks assistant Kitchen enjoys parade with Cup

Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, about 30 miles north of Toronto. He even spent close to a decade as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. So it was quite a triumphant return for Kitchen on Sunday when he brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown for an eventful day of giving back to the local community.

The morning started with a parade taking Kitchen and the Cup through the streets of nearby Schomberg. The victory procession delivered Kitchen and the Cup to the Trisan Center, home of the minor hockey organization that the longtime NHL assistant first became involved with as a child.


Posted On Saturday, 07.20.2013 / 9:14 PM

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

Toews takes Stanley Cup wakeboarding

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews spent his first day with the Stanley Cup at home in Winnipeg visiting a children's hospital, a community center, a Canadian Tire store, posing for pictures, signing autographs, enjoying a dinner with his family, and hosting a party for 300 friends.

Then he decided to have a little fun.

The man nicknamed "Captain Serious" took the trophy wakebaording in Kenora, Ontario, near the Manitoba border east of Winnipeg. The city is the connection to the Lake of the Woods.

Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 5:24 PM

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

Toews eager for games in hometown Winnipeg

WINNIPEG -- It seemed only fitting that the NHL released its 2013-14 schedule on the same day Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown.

The League's realignment for the upcoming season moves the Winnipeg Jets into the Central Division alongside Toews' Blackhawks. Chicago's Nov. 2 visit to MTS Centre will be Toews' first game in Winnipeg as an NHL player. It's a game he's already looking forward to.

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