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Posted On Sunday, 08.26.2012 / 5:18 PM

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

Cup's Ontario odyssey ends with Richardson, McCauley

The journey through Ontario that started more than a week ago with Mike Richards in the westernmost part of the province ended today with former Kings' player and current team scout Alyn McCauley.

Following two days in London with Los Angeles teammates Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter, the Stanley Cup swung over to Eastern Ontario on Saturday for a day with Kings center Brad Richardson in Belleville. The following day in Gananoque with McCauley marked the end of a nine-day journey through the province for the Cup in which it was hosted by seven players before joining the Kings' scout.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.25.2012 / 8:53 PM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Sudbury defeats Belarus; prepares for Waterloo

Hi everyone.

[Friday] was an off day for the team. We went to the rink to start packing up as we are leaving the Blinov Arena now for the Semifinal at the Omsk Arena. We went to a mall for an hour. It was a lot like home with North American stores. We didn’t really buy much, but it was nice just to walk around.

After the meal we had a trip to a Russian Army Tank College. It is where soldiers from all over Russia come to learn how to operate tanks. It was pretty cool. We got to see them drive around their training range and then did a tour of their tank museum.

After the Tank College we went back to the hotel and then the team went to a local arcade for a couple of hours. It was a close contest but I beat Derek Schoenmakers [@dschoe8] in arcade basketball, 380-365.

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Posted On Friday, 08.24.2012 / 3:36 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

No shortage of photographic moments

LONDON, Ontario -- After a sleepy morning at his parents' home, Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter brought the Stanley Cup out for a brief tour of the city after making a public appearance Thursday.

About 100 employees at EllisDon, where Jeff's mom Sue works, lined up for pictures with Jeff and the Cup on a sweltering hot day. The Clarence Campbell Bowl was also on hand for the festivities.

The only other public stop before a private party at an uncle's house was Stronach Arena, where Carter played his first hockey as a 7-year-old. The ice was replaced with a sport court for summertime ball hockey, so the Cup was set at "centre ice" for some fun pictures.

Carter posed for shots in almost every jersey he's ever worn -- including one he wore when he was 7 that wasn't as ill-fitting as you'd think. Some children passing by saw the Cup and got some unexpected shots with it too.

Check back later for the full story of the day.

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Posted On Friday, 08.24.2012 / 10:08 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Report: Doan will make decision by Sept. 15

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan will make a decision where he'll play in 2012-13 by Sept. 15, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reported Thursday night.

Doan, who turns 36 in October, became an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has been waiting to see if Greg Jamison can close a deal to purchase the Coyotes. The Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise is the only one Doan has played for since being selected by the Jets in the first round (No. 7) at the 1995 NHL Draft. The power forward has reportedly received multiple offers this summer to play elsewhere.

"Shane is going to sign a contract before the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) expires on the 15th," Doan's agent, Terry Bross, told McLellan. "(Ownership has to) be done before the 15th, otherwise we're signing somewhere because we don't know what the new CBA is going to look like, and I don't know if it's going to limit any scope of a contract, so we want to make sure we sign before then.

"I guess from that respect, time is ticking."

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Posted On Friday, 08.24.2012 / 9:52 AM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Cup continues London trip as Carter takes control

LONDON, Ont. -- The handoff of the Stanley Cup between London boys and Los Angeles Kings teamates Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter took place at about 8:30 a.m. this morning, with the Hall of Fame's Mike Bolt driving the Cup across town to Carter's parents' house.

Carter has nothing public planned with the Cup today. He and Doughty shared the spotlight Thursday at a ceremony at City Hall and John Labatt Center, home of the London Knights.

Friends, family and Carter's billet family from his time at Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL are enjoying a quiet party in the back yard. The Cup will make a trip to the workplace of Jeff's mom, Sue, and make another trip the home of Jeff's uncle for a private get together.

There will also be a stop at Stronach Arena, where Jeff played as kid.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 3:15 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Doughty takes Cup for a trip down memory lane

LONDON, Ont. -- The final leg of Drew Doughty's tour took him to his parents home on the other side of town and was a walk down memory lane.

Doughty hopped into his old bed with the Cup. He posed for photos in the bed that features a Los Angeles Kings pillow case and sits next to a nightstand that had a phone with a Kings logo on it.

As if that wasn't enough, Doughty's two jerseys from his days as a small child hung on a dresser -- one of Kelly Hrudey and one of Wayne Gretzky.

Doughty took the Cup into the back yard for more pictures with family members, only this time the Cup had Doughty's gold medal from the 2010 Olympics draped around its neck.

The family took the Cup to its final stop in town -- Forest City National Golf Course. The Cup sat in the clubhouse for two hours for pictures while Doughty signed autographs and posed for pictures of his own.

After that, it was back to Doughty's residence for a private party. More to come later on Doughty's day, including stories from his billet parents and how his grandparents made his career possible.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 12:58 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Fanfare and festivities as Cup tours London

LONDON, Ont. -- Once family time concluded, Drew Doughty shared the Cup with his neighbors. Kids and adults alike took photos in a nearby park and signed autographs as well.

From there, Doughty and his family boarded a bus for city hall, where the town's mayor honored them with a plaque in the shape of the city's emblem. Jeff Carter, also a London native who will have his own day with the Cup on Friday, joined the party with his family.

Doughty and Carter proceeded to climb atop a police rescue vehicle with the Cup and led a small procession to the Joseph Labatt Center, home of the OHL's London Knights.

The Cup was put on display at center ice for the 1,000 or so fans who attended while Carter and Doughty toured the arena and locker room.

There are a few more stops left on a day that's expected to conclude at about 4 p.m.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 10:41 AM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Sudbury suffers loss to Sweden; ready for semifinals

Hi all.

[On Thursday] in Omsk we woke up early and came to the rink for a morning skate before our game against Sweden’s Linkopings. Both teams have clinched a berth in the Semifinals at the Junior Club World Cup but the winner will win Pool B.

After practice we bussed back to the hotel and had our pre-game meal before having a nap this afternoon.

At 4:45 p.m. we got back on the bus and came to the Blinov Arena for our game. This will be our last game at this rink as we will be moving to the Omsk Arena for the playoff round of the tournament.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 10:20 AM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Doughty gets the party started early

LONDON, Ont. -- It's never too early to start a party with the Stanley Cup, and Drew Doughty proved that Thursday.

The Los Angeles Kings' defenseman rolled out of bed to greet the Cup outside his home. Also waiting for him was his grandfather, Edward, with a homemade jug of white wine with a Guelph Storm logo painted on the side of it.

Grandpa implored his grandson to drink from it, and he obliged. The entire family sipped from the Cup in Doughty's kitchen before bringing it poolside in the back yard for some more celebratory imbibing.

Doughty's family -- including his billet family from his junior days in Guelph -- posed for photos with the Cup.

The party is expected to last until about 11 a.m. The group will board a party bus -- no drinking and driving -- that will take everyone to Doughty's youth rink and a nearby golf course where fans can view the Cup.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 9:58 AM

By Nick Baptiste -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nick Baptiste Draft blog

Baptiste recaps Sudbury victory over Denmark

Hi everyone!

We had our pre-game meal at 10:30 a.m. before the Norway game, which is a little weird for eating chicken and rice! I had a long nap after the meal and woke up ready to go to the game at 12:45.

We got to the rink and warmed up by playing sewer ball. I got hit in the face by Jeff Corbett [@corbs46] . For those of you that have never played sewer ball, it is just standing in a circle trying to keep a soccer ball up in the air but your opponents [actually my teammates] try to knock you out of the game with bad passes.

The game was outstanding. Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, Josh Levio [@jleivo17] scored a third period hat trick to push us to a 7-2 victory over the Denmark Under-20 Team.

After the game we took the bus to TGI Friday's for another North American style meal, and then were back to the hotel for 9:30 p.m.

We will be back at the rink [Thursday] morning for practice before our game against Sweden [Thursday night]. We have clinched a spot in the semifinals and a win over Sweden would clinch first place in our pool.

Follow Nick Baptiste on Twitter at: @NickBaptiste

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