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ESPN, Rogers, TVA to broadcast 2016 World Cup

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 2:04 PM / 2016 World Cup of Hockey

NHL.com

The World Cup of Hockey is returning in 2016 and so is ESPN as a broadcast partner with the NHL.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association President Don Fehr jointly announced Wednesday that ESPN has been awarded exclusive media rights in the United States to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will take place Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Bettman and Fehr also announced Rogers and TVA have been awarded the exclusive English and French media rights, respectively, in Canada.

"We are confident that all three of these broadcasters will provide the type of coverage our fans expect and deserve for an event of this magnitude," Commissioner Bettman said. "We are excited and looking forward to a spectacular World Cup."

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Fantasy top 60 'D': Values spike on deadline day

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 12:44 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

The NHL Trade Deadline is in the books, and again defensemen were the currency of the land. That seems to be the case more times than not as general managers look to strengthen their blue lines for the stretch run and Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The final day of trading, which wrapped Monday afternoon, saw 14 defensemen change zip codes. That number doesn't factor in the likes of Keith Yandle, Andrej Sekera, and Kimmo Timonen, who moved in the days prior to the deadline.

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Islanders forward Martin faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 12:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Matt Martin will have a hearing Wednesday for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during a game at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Daley was hit by Martin at 1:48 of the first period in Dallas' 3-2 overtime win. Martin received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.

Daley sustained a lower-body injury on the play and did not return to the game.

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U.S. women's star Knight proud to shoot 'Like A Girl'

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 11:00 AM / NHL Insider

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Hilary Knight was one of an estimated 114 million-plus people in America watching Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1. And like many of those people, Knight was tuned in when Always aired its #LikeAGirl ad, part of its campaign to help instill confidence in young girls and tear down stereotypes.

For Knight, joining in was a logical next step.

"It was sort of a no-brainer to get involved with the campaign," Knight told NHL.com. "When I was growing up, 'play like a girl' or 'you shoot like a girl,' whatever it is, sort of had a negative connotation to it.

"After seeing the Super Bowl for the first Always 'Like A Girl' campaign, it really changed my view on the 'like a girl' phrase, and the tagline that they're using now."

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Sportsnet, TVA Sports awarded exclusive 2016 World Cup of Hockey media rights in Canada

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 10:30 AM / 2016 World Cup of Hockey

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK/TORONTO – Sportsnet has been awarded the exclusive English-language media rights in Canada and TVA Sports the exclusive French-language media rights in Canada to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today. The deal covers all tournament games – round-robin, semi-final and the best-of-three final – for the 2016 tournament and includes television, online and mobile rights.

The World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016. Eight teams, comprised of the world's best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship.

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ESPN awarded exclusive U.S. media rights for 2016 World Cup of Hockey

All tournament games including Final, Semifinals and Round-Robin games to be televised live across ESPN's networks

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 10:30 AM / 2016 World Cup of Hockey

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK/TORONTO – ESPN has been awarded the exclusive U.S. media rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today. The World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016. Eight teams, comprised of the world's best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship.

The deal covers all tournament games – round-robin, semi-final and the best-of-three final – for the 2016 tournament and includes exclusive rights on television and radio, with most games to appear on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN International gains the exclusive rights in over 20 countries served by its Pacific Rim and Latin North networks. Additionally, live access to coverage of the event on ESPN networks will be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider.

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Five things to watch when Red Wings host Rangers

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings were major players at the NHL Trade Deadline earlier this week. Their latest additions will be on display in front of a nationally televised audience Wednesday.

The Rangers, who acquired defenseman Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes and center James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, are one point shy of first place in the Metropolitan Division heading into this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN1).

Yandle, who should give the Rangers' power-play a boost, made his debut in a 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Monday. Sheppard should play his first game for New York (39-17-6) on Wednesday.

The Red Wings (35-15-11), who acquired forward Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars on Sunday and defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils on Monday, trail the Montreal Canadiens by six points for the Atlantic Division lead. Detroit will be seeking its third consecutive win.

Here are five things to watch in the game between the Rangers and Red Wings:

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Rangers' Nash among best pure goal-scorers

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Game after game, New York Rangers radio broadcaster Dave Maloney talks about Rick Nash's ability to check the puck back, to play on the inside, in front or behind the net, to dart around the slot, and to find a way to make a play with the puck in tight despite his size that results in a goal.

Rarely does Maloney have to look around for people helping Nash do what he does, even though they are there. Rarely does Maloney have to give credit to someone else for creating the opportunity for Nash, even though every player needs a little bit of assistance.

"A lot of what Nash gets is the result of what he does," Maloney told NHL.com. "[Derick] Brassard and [Derek] Stepan are smart, really good puck movers, but you could have an all-time puck mover play with Nash and he'd be the same as he is right now."

That makes Nash the most unique goal-scorer in the League and his ability to connect this season has put him in the conversation with Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos as the best pure goal-scorers in the League.

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Price carrying Canadiens, leads race for Hart Trophy

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With three-quarters of the 2014-15 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders.

A goalie has won the Hart Trophy seven times in the 90-year history of the award. It hasn't happened since the 2001-02 season, when Jose Theodore took home hardware for being the main reason a subpar Montreal Canadiens team made the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Though it's obviously rare, if the NHL handed out the trophy today for the most valuable player, it would go to, or at least it should go to another Canadiens goalie.

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Predators' Fisher enjoying new role as father

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 11:50 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher admits there's nothing better than being a father for the first time.

Fisher and his wife, country music star Carrie Underwood, announced on Tuesday the birth of their first child on Feb. 27, Isaiah Michael Fisher.

After discussing what went wrong in Nashville's 3-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday, the 34-year-old veteran was all smiles when asked about the birth of his son.

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