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Posted On Monday, 08.26.2013 / 3:46 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Laviolette still stunned by Giroux's injury

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Time has done little to dull the abject fear Peter Laviolette felt when he answered Paul Holmgren's call two weeks ago.

Holmgren, the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, was calling Laviolette, the team's coach, to inform him that Claude Giroux, the team's captain and best player, had injured his hand playing golf and required corrective surgery on his right index finger.

Posted On Monday, 08.26.2013 / 1:44 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Ball hockey drills give Canada hopefuls a workout

CALGARY -- The cost of insuring the roughly $1.5 billion worth of NHL player contracts here at Canada's Olympic orientation camp was prohibitive, so the players are not allowed to go on the ice. That didn't stop them from getting in a workout complete with drills Monday morning at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park.

The coaching staff broke up the 45 players in camp (Joe Thornton and Claude Giroux were invited but could not attend) into two groups and had them doing ball hockey drills on the Olympic-sized rink, which was covered in boards that resemble an international ice sheet.

The purpose of the workouts was to show the players how Canada plans to play on the big rink in Sochi for the 2014 Olympics and to go over some of the terminology coach Mike Babcock and his assistants will use.

Posted On Monday, 08.26.2013 / 1:18 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Family matter keeps Thornton from Canada's camp

CALGARY -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton was invited but decided not to come to Canada's Olympic orientation camp this week because of a family matter.'s Pierre LeBrun reported on his Twitter account Monday that Thornton remained home because his two-month old boy was in the hospital. LeBrun added that Thornton's baby is now out of the hospital, but Hockey Canada fully understands his reason for not attending the orientation camp.

Thornton joins Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux as the two players not in attendance despite being invited. Giroux is not here because he is rehabbing his surgically repaired finger.

Posted On Sunday, 08.25.2013 / 9:15 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Canada would prefer to skate, but can't

CALGARY -- The one thing missing from Canada's three-day Olympic orientation camp is actual hockey. The players will not be taking the ice as they have in previous camps because of the prohibitive cost of insuring their NHL contracts.

It's actually a bummer to some of them even though it's August and NHL training camps won't open for another 2 1/2 weeks.

"Unfortunately we're not going to be going on the ice, which is a shame a little bit," goalie Roberto Luongo said, "but the fact that we're getting together just gets us excited for what's down the road here."

Posted On Sunday, 08.25.2013 / 8:20 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Canada adds Krueger to help with bigger ice

CALGARY -- Ralph Krueger's extensive experience coaching teams on the larger international ice surface helped the former Edmonton Oilers coach land a job on Mike Babcock's staff for the 2014 Canada Men's Olympic team.

Krueger, who coached the Oilers last season, has been hired by Hockey Canada to serve as an adviser to the coaching staff that will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, when the tournament will be played on rinks that are 15-feet wider than they are in North America. Krueger is from Manitoba but played and coached in Europe for three decades before joining the Oilers staff as an associate coach in 2010.

Posted On Sunday, 08.25.2013 / 8:05 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Bruins forward Bergeron '95 percent' after injuries

CALGARY -- After suffering multiple injuries on the road to the Stanley Cup Final, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said Sunday he is closing in on a complete recovery.

"I feel pretty good," Bergeron said at an introductory press conference for Canada national men's team orientation camp. "I'm pretty much 95 percent to where I'd like to be. [It] took a little time to get back to feeling good and normal, but workouts, and I've been on the ice this week and it's been feeling well, so I've felt pretty good."

Posted On Sunday, 08.25.2013 / 7:35 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

No advantage given to Blackhawks' Olympic hopefuls

CALGARY -- The Chicago Blackhawks participating in Canada's national men's team orientation camp this week will have no competitive advantage when it comes to cracking the Olympic roster, coach Mike Babcock said Sunday.

The chemistry between Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews alongside goaltender Corey Crawford will gain the reigning Stanley Cup Champions no special consideration.

Posted On Saturday, 08.24.2013 / 6:37 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' Kane brings Cup back to Buffalo

A magical summer for Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane ended on a high note when the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup on Saturday in his hometown of Buffalo.

As he did when he had the Cup in Buffalo in 2010, Kane took the iconic trophy to Niagara Falls, where he posed for photos with friends and family. The trip this year included the Conn Smythe Trophy, which Kane was given as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after scoring nine goals and 19 points in 23 games.

Posted On Saturday, 08.24.2013 / 12:54 PM

By Seamus Malone -  Special to / - Seamus Malone draft blog

Malone ready for Jr. Club World Cup in Russia

Seamus Malone is in his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound left wing was part of NHL Central Scouting's Futures List as a player to watch for the 2014 NHL Draft from the USHL. Regarded as a skilled forward, Malone had six goals, 27 points and a plus-12 rating in 50 games for the Fighting Saints in 2012-13. Committed to the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2015, Malone has offered to maintain a blog during his team's stay in Omsk, Russia, while competing in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup that runs Aug. 25-31.


My name is Seamus Malone and I play forward for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. I am a native of Naperville, Illinois, am 17 years old, and am entering my second season with Dubuque. I am committed to the University of Wisconsin.

The Fighting Saints are currently overseas in Omsk, Russia for the 2013 Junior Club World Cup, a tournament in which we will get to square off with some of the world's best junior hockey teams. I was honored and want to thank for allowing me to share my experiences overseas and during this upcoming season.

Posted On Friday, 08.23.2013 / 9:58 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Kompon uses day with Stanley Cup to say thanks

Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Jamie Kompon used his day with the Stanley Cup to say "Thank you."

Kompon spent part of his day with the trophy in and around Niagara Falls at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, where his father is recovering from two strokes suffered during the winter.

"Everybody here had a hand in in getting my dad back to where he is," Kompon said to about 100 staff members, according to "To see him like this, it means the world to me. … I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart."

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