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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 7:48 PM

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

'Best hockey night' is underway

TORONTO -- The 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony has started.

"This is the best hockey night on the calendar," TSN host James Duthie said in his opening remarks. "Tonight we celebrate the game, it's legacy, and the individuals that make the game so great."

Duthie continued in his remarks by going through the list of legends being honored -- Pavel Bure, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic and Adam Oates.

"They have earned this moment, hockey immortality," Duthie said before turning the microphone over to Hockey Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO Bill Hay.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 6:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Ostlie, Lindgren honored by USHL

A pair of 2013 NHL Draft prospects, Ben Ostlie of the Omaha Lancers and Charlie Lindgren of the Sioux Falls Stampede, were among the weekly United States Hockey League award winners.

Ostlie, a 6-foot-1.25, 187-pound defenseman, was named CCM Defenseman of the Week after totaling three assists and a plus-four rating in two games last week. He had a pair of assists Friday in a 6-1 win against the Waterloo Black Hawks, and then he had an assist in a 3-1 win Saturday against the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. He also was part of a penalty-killing unit that stopped eight of nine opposing power plays in two games.

On the season, Ostlie has a goal and four assists in 15 games.

Lindgren was named co-winner of the Reebok Goaltender of the Week award after stopping 44 of 46 shots in two games last week. On Friday, he stopped all 18 shots he faced in a 5-0 defeat of the Tri-City Storm, earning his first USHL shutout. One night later, he made 26 saves in a 5-2 defeat of the Lincoln Storm.

For the season, Lindgren is 6-3-1 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. He's fifth in the USHL in wins, and ninth GAA.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 3:50 PM

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

Hall call makes for some unique stories

TORONTO -- The phone call is one every player with Hall of Fame credentials waits for on that June day, when the Selection Committee meets and decides on the next class of legends to be enshrined in Toronto.

Where the inductees are when they get that call is always interesting.

Adam Oates has the best story this year, because the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 was notified on the same day that he was hired to be the head coach of the Washington Capitals. So, not long after he was notified by Capitals GM George McPhee that he was getting the job in D.C., Oates had a number with a 416 area code calling him.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 3:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Shawinigan's Cupper honored by QMJHL

Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Marvin Cupper, a 2013 NHL Draft prospect, was honored by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Wednesday as Telus Third Star of the Week.

The 18-year-old goalie, in his first season in North America, stopped 64 of 68 shots in two games last week. He made 27 saves on 29 shots Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, but returned one night later to stop 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 defeat of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

The solid week could be a good sign for Cupper and the Cataractes, who have struggled after winning the Memorial Cup last year. In 18 games this season, Cupper is 4-11-2 with a 3.64 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. Shawinigan enters the week 17th in the 18-team QMJHL, and their 37 goals (in 20 games) are 19 fewer than the second-lowest scoring team.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 2:15 PM

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

Inductees rank honor of making the Hall

TORONTO -- The question of what means more, a Stanley Cup championship or an Olympic gold medal, is tried and true and asked and re-asked in hockey circles across the globe.

There is no right or wrong answer.

On Monday, though, some of the Class of 2012 inductees were asked how getting into the Hall of Fame differs in terms of personal accomplishments such as winning the Cup, winning a gold medal, scoring 60 goals, or centering not one but two guys that scored 50 goals in 50 games.

For Joe Sakic, who has two Cup rings and an Olympic gold medal, the Hall of Fame is better than anything else.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 1:49 PM

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

Roberts: Sundin was workout warrior

TORONTO -- Joe Sakic was known for his wrist shot. Pavel Bure made headlines with his speed and hands. Adam Oates' passing ability set him apart.

But what was it that pushed Mats Sundin into the Hall of Fame?

Gary Roberts, Sundin's teammate in Toronto from 2000-04, believes it was the power that the Swedish star got out of his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame.

"I think it's the ability to skate with the puck and get to the net with two or three guys climbing on him," Roberts said. "I remember many nights he'd just say to me, 'Robs, meet me at the net.' I knew eventually he'd get there with two or three guys on his back. He was just a workhorse. The more he played the better he played.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 1:20 PM

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

Beyond Sport United meeting to address concerns

Beyond Sport United will bring together professionals in the sports industry Tuesday night in New York to discuss the business advantages of working to address specific community, social and environmental concerns through panels, speeches, workshops, interviews and other activities.

The NHL will be represented by 30 delegates who will participate in discussions addressing social inclusion, gender equality, health, education and more. The League is particularly concerned and involved in Beyond Sport's sustainability workshops and panels.

The Sustainability and the Environment Panel, facilitated by Martin Tull, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance, will discuss the current sustainability trends, technologies and initiatives which lessen the environmental impact of sports by reusing and recycling assets and reducing energy, water and waste consumption. The League has been a member of the Green Sports Alliance since July 2011.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:45 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Bjorkstrand has made smooth adjustment to WHL

Usually there's some time needed for European players to adjust to the smaller North American ice. But for Danish-born Oliver Bjorkstrand of the Portland Winterhawks, the move has looked awfully easy.

The 5-foot-10.5, 167-pound right wing finished his weekend with back-to-back two-goal games as the Winterhawks extended their win streak to 12 games.

After being kept off the score sheet in Portland's 9-5 win in Vancouver on Friday, he had a pair of goals and an assist in a 9-1 win at the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday. And on Sunday, in a match between the top two teams in the Western Hockey League, Bjorkstrand scored a pair of power-play goals in a 3-1 win against the Kamloops Blazers.

For the season, Bjorkstrand leads all WHL rookies with 11 goals, 20 points and a plus-15 rating. He earned a B rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

"This kid is playing really well," Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan told NHL.com. "He finds the holes and he does the little things well. He's always on the puck. As soon as the puck drops, he's got it and something's happening and you notice him. He's just playing really well. I was really impressed with him."

Here is how a few other WHL draft candidates performed over the weekend:

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:40 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Guertler provides the difference for Fargo

The Fargo Force saw the difference between victory and defeat separated by just three goals in three games over the weekend.

Fargo won two of its three games last weekend, all of them one-goal affairs, with a big reason for their success being center Gabe Guertler, who had two goals and two assists in the two victories.

After being held off the score sheet in a 3-2 loss at the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday, the 5-foot-8.5, 175-pound Guertler assisted on the opening goal of the rematch Saturday, and he scored his 10th goal of the season 30 seconds into the second period of what ended as a 5-4 Fargo win. On Sunday, his unassisted goal late in the first period tied the game and started a four-goal run that sparked the Force to a 5-4 victory at the Tri-City Storm.

For the season, Guertler has 11 goals in 14 games, two more goals than he scored last season in 57 games. He's committed to the University of Minnesota for next season.

Guertler was one of a number of 2013 NHL Draft prospects in the United States Hockey League to have big weekends.

* Indiana goalie Dalton Izyk made 37 saves, including 17 in the third period, in the Ice's 2-1 win Friday against the Green Bay Gamblers.

* Des Moines left wing Luke Voltin had a pair of assists in his team's 3-2 win Friday against Fargo, and had a goal and two assists in Saturday's loss to the Force.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:35 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Solid return for Quebec's Duclair

Quebec Remparts left wing Anthony Duclair certainly made up for lost time over the weekend.

Duclair, who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, made his return Friday after missing more than a month a successful one, as the 5-foot-11.25, 180-pound forward had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win against the PEI Rocket.

Anthony Duclair

Duclair was kept off the score sheet in the Remparts' 5-4 shootout win against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sunday, but he still has eight points in six games this season.

Here is how a few other 2013 draft-eligible Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players performed over the weekend:

* Duclair's teammate, Jason Houde, had two goals and an assist in Friday's win against PEI.

* Saint John right wing Devin Oliver-Dares scored two goals in the Sea Dogs' 8-4 win at the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday. Teammate Jakub Izacky had a goal and an assist.

* Sherbrooke defenseman Jeremy Beaudry had two goals and an assist in Friday's loss to Saint John, and had a pair of goals Saturday in the Phoenix's 4-3 win Saturday against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

* Halifax's dynamic duo of Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin combined for four points in the Mooseheads' 5-1 win at Gatineau on Friday. MacKinnon had a pair of assists, while Drouin had a goal and an assist. Teammate Zachary Fucale stopped 20 of 21 shots in the win. Drouin also had a goal and two assists Saturday in Halifax's 5-4 loss at the Victoriaville Tigres.

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