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Memories of father help guide Chiasson brothers

Sunday, 07.27.2014 / 10:30 AM / NHL Insider

Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Despite being the middle of summer, the Carolina Hurricanes locker room is buzzing with an unusual kind of hockey energy. The players there, for the most part, are not ready for the NHL, draft picks and camp invitees finishing their first day of prospect development camp. They are wide-eyed and enthusiastic, hustling to get ready for a team dinner.

But just outside the dressing area two players clearly are on another wavelength. They are holding court with Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis, who gives the two young men his undivided attention. The scene looks a bit unusual: Two teenage players driving the conversation with a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The two up-and-comers are brothers Mike Chiasson and Ryan Chiasson. They earned their invitations to camp, just as they did their audience with Francis. Yet if there is the sense Francis is giving extra care to these two players in particular, it's because he is.

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Flames sign defenseman Cundari to one-year contract

Saturday, 07.26.2014 / 1:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

Defenseman Mark Cundari signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames, the team announced Saturday.

Cundari, an undrafted player, appeared in four regular-season games with the Flames last season. He had six shots on goal, 10 hits and four blocks averaging 10:46 of ice time. The native of Woodbridge, Ontario had nine goals and 23 points in 56 games with the Abbotsford Heat and Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

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Bruins prospect Donato eager to uphold family name

Saturday, 07.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- It's a challenge for any athlete to live up to the reputation forged by a father who's excelled at sports' highest level.

For Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Donato, the challenges don't end there.

Boston's second-round pick (No. 56) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Donato attended Bruins development camp at Ristuccia Arena and has to follow in the footsteps of his father, Ted Donato, who played in 796 NHL games, including more than 500 with the Bruins.

Not only is Ryan competing for the same organization that drafted his father in the fifth round (No. 98) of the 1987 draft, but the Massachusetts native was raised in the area and last season attended the Dexter School in Brookline, Mass.

It all adds up to some mighty high expectations for the 18-year-old.

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