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Posted On Thursday, 11.29.2012 / 12:00 PM

By NHL Green -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

Nolan scores one for habitat preservation

Retired NHL All-Star Owen Nolan has announced the transition of his 1,157 acres in Mt. Hamilton Range (California) to organizations devoted to the environmental protection and preservation of lands. This unique partnership protects prime Alameda Creek Watershed habitat from future development through a conservation easement and paves the way for future plans to open up the property to public recreation.

"I'm proud to be part of the effort to expand Joseph D. Grant County Park and help protect clean drinking water and recreational opportunities for future generations," said Owen Nolan, property owner and former San Jose Sharks captain.

"I love the outdoors,” Nolan told the San Jose Mercury News. “It's not just hunting and fishing. It's getting outside," he said. "There's a lot of pressure that comes with being an athlete. Getting outside has always helped me get peace of mind."

“This property acquisition creates the only county park that is more than 10,000 acres in size,” said President George Shirakawa, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “The addition of this landscape to the county’s park system will not only increase opportunities for future trail development but also support 70 miles of wild lands from Pleasanton to the Pacheco Pass and connect it to several thousand acres of Lick Observatory lands on top of Mt. Hamilton by the University of California.”

Located within the southern Alameda Creek Watershed, the property includes approximately five miles of Sulphur and Smith Creeks that drain to Isabel Creek and the Arroyo Hondo, which flows directly into the SFPUC’s Calaveras Reservoir.

“Calaveras Reservoir is our system’s largest Bay Area reservoir and is a crucial source of drinking water to our 2.6 million customers,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly, Jr. “By protecting the land and the animals and plants that depend upon it, we also protect the quality of a major Bay Area water supply.”

The Nature Conservancy, through an endowment funded by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), will monitor the conservation easement in perpetuity. Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will own and manage the property as part of Joseph D. Grant County Park.

Read the entire article on The Nature Conservancy’s website, here.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.28.2012 / 2:56 PM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to / - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan staying positive through busy month

Sean Monahan is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound forward was a second-team OHL all-star last season after scoring 33 goals in 62 games, and he added 15 points in 18 playoff games. A highly regarded prospect, Monahan has offered to maintain a monthly blog for that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hello everyone. The month of November was a pretty busy one for our team. It was a little bit of a change for us, as we normally play all weekend games. However, we had a lot of games during the week this month. During that time we had a tough stretch which included a seven-game losing streak. Of course, it's no fun losing, but as a leader on this team I have to stay positive and lead by example. We got a win Nov. 20 which ended the losing streak.

The only downside now is not being able to help my teammates keep their winning ways going. I was suspended for 10 games on Nov. 23 for a check to the head during a game Nov. 18. It was an unfortunate incident for me, the player from the Plymouth Whalers I hit and my team. However, I accept my punishment and will learn from it, and do my best to help the team while I'm out in any way I can.

The good part is I'll return in time to compete for a spot at the World Junior Championship. Earlier in the month I was lucky to take part in the Subway Super Series against the Russians in Guelph. It was an incredible experience playing with such talented and top players from the league. It was also a great experience to share with my teammates, Cody Ceci and Tyler Graovac, who were there with me. Myself and Graovac actually connected for a goal on the penalty kill, which was pretty special for us. Unfortunately we did not end up getting the result we wanted, but it was another great learning experience for myself and made the rivalry against Russia that much stronger.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.28.2012 / 10:35 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Illness will sideline European prospect Barkov

Forward Aleksander Barkov, considered by many to be the top European prospect on the board for the 2013 NHL Draft, will be sidelined at least one game with an illness.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound left-hander, who plays for Tappara in the Finnish Elite League, will miss Wednesday's game against Karpat.

"I talked to the coach and he told me he'd miss his first game [Wednesday] and might miss Nov. 29 [against Jokerit] and Dec. 1 [against Lukko]," Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told via email. "It is nothing serious."

In 26 games for Tappara this season, Barkov has produced 13 goals, 27 points and a plus-10 rating.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 1:10 PM

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

Hasn't taken long for Jones to impress Portland coach

Mike Johnston has coached Seth Jones for only three months, but the big defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks has already made an impression.

"I'm a big believer in having the right role models in your room," Johnston told on Tuesday, "and he's a very good role model for the players."

In his first Western Hockey League season, Jones has lived up to lofty expectations. In 24 games, he has 17 points and a plus-17 rating, and has been a big factor in the Winterhawks' current 16-1-0 run, which included a 12-game win streak. During that span, Jones has six goals, nine assists and a plus-18 rating.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 9:50 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Shinkaruk hopes to return to lineup this weekend

Top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers is hoping to return to the lineup at some point this weekend after missing four games with a lower-body injury.

Shinkaruk, who suffered a skate cut that required 14 stitches in the first period of a loss to the Portland Winterhawks on Nov. 17, finally resumed workouts Monday. The 5-foot-10.25, 181-pound center admitted he felt good and is itching to resume his season.

"The injury is healing up well," Shinkaruk told "I saw the doctors for the second time [Monday] and the healing is right on pace. [Monday] was the first day I could actually do a workout since the injury and kind of get some mobility back.

"My goal is to be ready for Friday [at Red Deer]. If not Friday, then sometime this weekend, but we'll see."

Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 7:33 PM

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

Cammarata earns USHL top-forward award

Top 2013 NHL Draft prospects Taylor Cammarata of the Waterloo Black Hawks and Youngstown Phantoms teammates Ryan Lowney and Sean Romeo were among those honored by the United States Hockey League on Monday.

Taylor Cammarata

Cammarata, along with teammate Zach Stepan (Nashville Predators), was named CCM Forward of the Week after totaling nine points in three games last week. The 5-foot-7, 156-pound player had a goal and two assists last Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to the Des Moines Buccaneers. He celebrated Thanksgiving with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 defeat of the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders on Thursday, and finished his week with his third straight one-goal, two-assist game in a Saturday in a 7-3 defeat of Cedar Rapids. His goal in the third period Saturday was the 100th point of his USHL career, in 74 games.

The big week also extended Cammarata's scoring streak to seven games -- all of them multipoint games -- and he leads the league with 31 points in 14 games. Cammarata is No. 18 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary top 25 ranking of 2013 NHL Draft-eligible skaters in the USHL.

Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 6:31 PM

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

Duclair, Belanger honored by QMJHL

Anthony Duclair of the Quebec Remparts and Alexandre Belanger of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were honored by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday.

Anthony Duclair

Duclair, a left wing for the Remparts, was named Second Star of the Week after totaling two goals, five assists and a plus-5 rating in three games. His week started with a two-goal, one-assist performance last Wednesday in a 9-3 defeat of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Then on Friday he had three assists in a 6-0 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He finished his week with an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

The big week extended Duclair's scoring streak to four games and gives him seven goals and 11 assists in 12 games. He's No. 8 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary top 25 ranking QMJHL skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 9:00 AM

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

Draft-eligible trio playing big role for Portland

The Portland Winterhawks' deep group of NHL prospects has helped the team win 16 of its past 17 games to climb within one point of the best record in the Western Hockey League. But another major factor has been the play of three of its most heralded 2013 NHL Draft hopefuls.

Center Nicolas Petan, right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand and defenseman Seth Jones all played significant roles as the team swept a pair of games this weekend to extend its latest winning streak to four games.

Seth Jones, center, is one of three 2013 NHL Draft-eligible players starring for Portland.

Petan had a pair of goals Friday in a 4-2 defeat of the Kootenay Ice. Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in an 8-2 win at Seattle. Bjorkstrand had a pair of goals in Saturday's game. Jones had an assist in each game, giving him a point in three straight.

Jones, who has 17 points and a plus-17 rating in 24 games, is No. 1 on Central Scouting's top 25 ranking of WHL skaters for this year's draft. Bjorkstrand, who leads all first-year WHL players with 13 goals and is tied for the lead with 23 points, is No. 11. Petan, third in the league with 44 points, is No. 15.

Here is how other WHL draft hopefuls fared over the weekend:

* Prince Albert defenseman Joshua Morrissey, No. 6 on Central Scouting's WHL top 25, had a goal and an assist in the Raiders' 6-0 win Friday at the Brandon Wheat Kings.

* Saskatoon left wing Nathan Burns made his first goal with the Blades since being acquired in a trade a big one, netting the game-winner with 1:01 left in regulation Friday in a 3-2 victory at the Kamloops Blazers.

Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 8:55 AM

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

Cammarata storming back to top of USHL scoring list

When Taylor Cammarata left the Waterloo Black Hawks at the end of October to play for the U.S. team at the World Junior A Challenge, he was leading the United States Hockey League in scoring.

In his two-week absence players passed him, but it hasn't taken the 5-foot-7, 156-pound forward long to reclaim his spot atop the USHL leaderboard.

Taylor Cammarata, Waterloo Black Hawks

Cammarata had a goal and two assists Saturday in the Black Hawks' 7-3 win at the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. Cammarata now has points in seven straight games -- all but one since his return from the World Junior A. He has at least two points in all of them. With six goals and 16 assists in his scoring streak, he has a league-best 31 points in 14 games. He also has an even 100 points in 74 career USHL games.

"He was one of the most noticeable guys on the U.S. team," NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, who watched each game of the World Junior A, told about Cammarata. "Every time he was on the ice he made something happen. … He was around the puck, creating, scoring. He was very noticeable every game, every shift."

Cammarata is No. 18 on NHL Central Scouting's top 25 ranking of skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Here is how a few other prospects for this year's draft fared in the USHL this weekend:

* Youngstown center Austin Cangelosi had a pair of assists Friday in a 6-0 win against Team USA, and one night later he had two goals in the Phantoms' 3-0 win in a rematch with Team USA.

* Goalie Sean Romeo stopped 23 shots Friday for Youngstown in the 6-0 defeat of Team USA for his first USHL shutout. One night later he did it again, stopping all 24 shots in the 3-0 defeat of Team USA.

Posted On Monday, 11.26.2012 / 8:45 AM

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

Moncton's Dubeau outshines Halifax stars in shutout

Moncton Wildcats goaltender Alex Dubeau did something Sunday that no one in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had been able to do in more than a year.

The 18-year-old goalie stopped all 25 shots the Mooseheads threw at him in a 3-0 win. It was the first time Halifax had been shut out in 80 games, dating to Oct. 21, 2011.

Halifax entered the game with a league-high 126 goals in 24 games, an average of 5.25 goals per game, and featured two of the top 10 scorers in the league: Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. However, 5-foot-9, 150-pound Dubeau stood tall to earn his second shutout of the season.

Dubeau is 12-9-0 with a 3.01 goals-against average that ranks as the fifth best in the league, and has an .887 save percentage.

Though Dubeau's performance might have been the most impressive among 2013 NHL Draft candidates in the league, here is how a few other draft-eligible prospects fared this weekend:

* MacKinnon and Drouin weren't shut out on Friday, when they combined for five points in a 4-2 win against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Drouin had a pair of assists. MacKinnon and Drouin are 1-2 in NHL Central Scouting's top 25 ranking of QMJHL skaters for this year's draft.

* Quebec Remparts left wing Anthony Duclair, No. 8 on Central Scouting's top 25, had three assists Friday in a 6-0 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Teammate Nick Sorensen, No. 16, had two goals and an assist. Goalie Zachary Fortin made 24 saves for the shutout.

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