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For Canucks' Kassian, outdoor play rite of childhood

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- For Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian, growing up in southern Ontario on the shores of Lake Erie meant building a rink and playing a lot of outdoor hockey every winter.

It also meant coming up with creative ways to maintain the ice.

"We built a rink every year," Kassian said. "We used to get out there with our shovels and clean it every night and then we'd even drill little holes so some water would surface to kind of re-flood itself."

Kassian said they used a regular drill with a thicker, longer bit to drill deep enough into the ice each night that the pressure would force water up onto the surface and ensure a smooth sheet the next morning, effectively acting like Mother Nature's Zamboni.

"It took care of itself overnight," Kassian said.

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Canucks' Weber has Heritage Classic experience

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VANCOUVER -- Growing up in Switzerland, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber skated on all sorts of different ice surfaces, from lakes and ponds to outdoor rinks.

He'll add another unique ice pad to his resume Sunday when he skates onto the ice at BC Place in Vancouver for the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS) between the Canucks and Ottawa Senators.

However, it won't be the first time Weber has played in a Heritage Classic. Three years ago, Weber was a member of the Montreal Canadiens when his team played the Calgary Flames in the 2011 Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. He's the only member of the Canucks or the Senators who played in that game.

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Sarah McLachlan, Tegan and Sara to headline entertainment for 2014 NHL Heritage Classic

Chart-topping duo Tegan and Sara to give pre-game and first intermission performances

NHL.com

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Eight-time Juno Award and three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan and 2014 Juno Award nominees Tegan and Sara will headline the musical performances at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ between the Vancouver Canucks® and Ottawa Senators® at BC Place in Vancouver on March 2 (1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN), the National Hockey League announced today. McLachlan will perform the Canadian national anthem, accompanied by choir members from the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, while Tegan and Sara will perform before the game and during the first intermission.

Joining McLachlan for the national anthem will be the Canadian Armed Forces Flag Party of the 39 Canadian Brigade Group comprised of members of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own).

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Etem's road to NHL brings him back home

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 12:37 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

It was during his childhood in his shorefront hometown of Long Beach, Calif., that Emerson Etem of the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals got his unconventional start in the game of hockey.

"I started playing roller hockey when I was three," said Etem, now 21 and in his second season of professional hockey. "There was a YMCA right down the street with a roller rink. My brother tried it out so I just wanted to follow in his footsteps -- it looked fun and I ended up loving it.

"When I was six years old, I moved to ice hockey and it just kind of took off [from there]."

Etem moved to Minnesota at the age of 14 to play for Shattuck-St. Mary's School, where he won a national championship in 2008. He competed for the U.S. National Team Developmental Program from 2008-09 and spent three seasons as a prolific major junior scorer with Medicine Hat in the Western Hockey League.

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Steen, Pavelski among sell-high candidates

Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Decisions - Part 3

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

The NHL Trade Deadline is at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The standard fantasy hockey league trade deadline is the very next day.

In order to have you fully prepared, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with a three-part "Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Decisions" series. Each part will feature a different list of players. Part 1: A list of players who could be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline and how it would affect their fantasy value. Part 2: A list of players Cubeta believes you should be trying to acquire before your deadline -- also known as buy-low candidates (Thursday). Part 3: A list of players you should be trying to trade away before your deadline -- also known as sell-high candidates (Friday).

Remember, when you're trying to make a trade, don't be afraid to start your negotiation off a little higher than what you're hoping to eventually land. You can always lower your asking price, but you won't be able to raise it if the other person you're trading with already accepts the deal.

Sell-high: Players to deal away before your trade deadline

Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues -- 47 games: 28 G, 18 A, plus-14, 34 PIMs, 10 PPP, 155 SOG

Steen arguably has been the biggest surprise in fantasy hockey this season. And I'm not taking that away from him. I've got him ranked inside my top-20 forward rankings, and I do believe he'll still be there by season's end. But if you can acquire a proven superstar for Steen, you should. He has an unsustainable 18.1 shooting percentage when his career mark is 10.0 percent. If he were to continue at that 18.1 clip, he'd end up with 42 goals in 71 games -- that's Alex Ovechkin-like. However, the more likely scenario is that percentage will fall somewhere closer to 15.0 percent (still very high), meaning he'd likely fall short of the 40-goal mark. Again, if we say Steen finishes with 35-40 goals, is anyone really complaining? Of course not. But dangle him to some other fantasy owners for a proven superstar like Claude Giroux, Jonathan Toews or Pavel Datsyuk to see if they bite.

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Chicago's Plain White T's to headline entertainment for 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

Pop/rock band to perform pre-game and during first intermission

NHL.com

CHICAGO – The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ match-up between the Chicago Blackhawks® and Pittsburgh Penguins® at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, March 1 will feature a line-up of performers with ties to Chicago. Pop/rock band Plain White T's and Blues Brothers tribute band, Blooze Brothers, will take the stage pre-game and during the first and second intermissions, respectively, while longtime Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison will perform the U.S. national anthem and The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band will provide accompaniment during Blackhawks and Penguins player introductions before puck drop. The game will be broadcast nationally in the U.S. on NBC at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.

Joining Cornelison for the U.S. national anthem, alongside Penguins and Blackhawks players, will be eight young players from the Admirals United Youth Hockey Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill., as part of the McDonald's In the Line-up. NHL Foundation has pledged $200 per shot on goal to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which will be presented at the conclusion of the game.

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