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Riley coaching legacy still strong at West Point

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / Hockey Weekend Across America

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The history of college hockey is replete with lengthy tenures by some of the game's great coaches. But for more than 60 years, one family has led the hockey program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. It's a lineage that has outlasted almost every other in the world of sports.

"We feel we have a great deal to offer a young man both on and off the ice. It's more about the opportunities than the challenges. That's what we try to focus on, the opportunities," Army coach Brian Riley said. "They're set up for success once they make that decision to come to West Point."

After serving 14 years in two stints as an associate and assistant coach, Brian Riley took over the Army program in 2004 from his older brother Rob, who led the Black Knights to 257 victories in 19 seasons at West Point. That's an impressive total for any coach at one program, but for Rob Riley, it's not even the most wins by a member of his own family.

That's because when the eldest Riley sibling took over the Army program in 1986, he succeeded his legendary father, Jack, whose 542 victories at West Point still rank 15th in college hockey history. Jack and Rob Riley are the winningest father/son pair in college hockey.

"Now that I can sit back and reflect, you do kind of say wow," Rob Riley said. "When you're in the middle of it, you don't even have time to realize it. There aren't that many guys who are at one place for 20 years. Then Brian comes in and adds more to that. It's something we're all very proud of."

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Sled hockey rejuvenates U.S. coach Sauer

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / Hockey Weekend Across America

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jeff Sauer served as a college coach for over three decades, won two national championships and ended his career near the top of college hockey's all-time wins list.

He thought he'd seen it all as a mentor behind the bench until he received a call from USA Hockey three years ago asking him to consider coming out of retirement to coach the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.

"I kind of hesitated a little bit because I didn't know the players, didn't know what it was all about," Sauer told NHL.com. "But I'll tell you what. I was on the ice for 10 minutes and was hooked. The skill level is incredible and I'm in awe of what some of these guys can do.

"It just rejuvenated me as a coach."

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Blackhawks overcome snow to beat Penguins

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The snow never relented, swirling at times and blowing sideways at others.

It accumulated on the rink inside Soldier Field during the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, creating quite a challenge for both teams -- as well for as the hard-working snow-removal crews.

The conditions begged for a simpler style of hockey and the Blackhawks played that way to near perfection. They even credited their back-to-basics strategy for some of the prettiest goals you'll ever see.


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Blackhawks' Hossa sidelined with upper-body injury

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- First-line right wing Marian Hossa sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at Soldier Field in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Hossa, 35, was hit hard by Penguins forward Craig Adams while playing the puck behind the Pittsburgh net with 6:48 remaining in the first period. He skated slowly to the bench and remained there for the rest of the period before leaving the ice for the final time at the first intermission.

"Hossa might miss some time," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll get a better idea, probably more, on Monday, [a] pretty good idea, but we'll know more in a couple of days. But not long-term."

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Toews outdoes Crosby in first regular-season game

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- It wasn't the performance Sidney Crosby envisioned against good friend Jonathan Toews in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

The first head-to-head matchup between two of hockey's top centers in a regular-season NHL game took place Saturday night in snow-globe conditions before 62,921 at Soldier Field, but it never materialized into the one-on-one battle many had anticipated.

Toews proved to be the dominant force with his first multiple-point game in almost a month to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory. He had two goals and an assist, tying outdoor records for goals and points in a game.

Crosby, who was 47 percent on faceoffs, finished with a minus-2 rating and three shots on goal in 22:02 of ice time.

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