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After facelift, BC Place ready to host Heritage Classic

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Shortly after updating its private suites and concessions in the first phase of a major renovation, BC Place hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The global events were a landmark for the city. But for Vancouver's largest local venue, the best was yet to come.

Following the Olympics, the stadium was shut down to undergo the second and final phase of its reconstruction. When that was completed in 2011, the original building was replaced by a revitalized, state-of-the-art facility. That building will be on full display Sunday when it plays host to the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"We have an amazing retractable roof you can actually color to reflect the event you have in the building," said Graham Ramsey, BC Place director of sales and marketing. "For example, when we hosted Paul McCartney here last year we did a large Union Jack on the roof, so when he was flying in to Vancouver he looked at BC Place and saw the Union Jack. You'll see some of that leading up to the Classic here in Vancouver."

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Penguins defenseman Martin had surgery on hand

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin had successful surgery to repair a broken hand he sustained playing for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Coach Dan Bylsma announced that news at Soldier Field in preparation for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (NBC).

"Upon further review by our doctors, they felt surgery on his hand was best for his recovery and he had that done [Thursday]," Bylsma said.

The Penguins expect the 32-year-old will need 4-6 weeks to recover.

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Canucks issue fan reminders for Heritage Classic

VANCOUVER – The National Hockey League®, Vancouver Canucks, and BC Place would like to remind fans attending Sunday's 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ game between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators about traffic impacts and weather precautions on game day, as well as ticket and security matters.

Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT on Sunday. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid anticipated last minute crowds at the gates and to enjoy pregame festivities inside and outside the stadium. Parking lots around BC Place will open at 9:30 a.m. PT and gates to BC Place will open at 11:00 a.m. PT.

The 2014 Canadian Tire NHL Spectator Plaza, a free outdoor hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages, opens to the public at 9:00 a.m. on game day. It is located across the street from BC Place at the Plaza of Nations.

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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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