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Modano, Roenick highlight alumni game rosters

NHL.com

Mike Modano and Jeremy Roenick will be on opposing teams one more time at the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game on Feb. 20 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Modano, the top U.S.-born scorer in NHL history, will lead a team of Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars alumni. Roenick, third among U.S.-born NHL players in goals and points, will be part of a team of Chicago Blackhawks alumni.

The alumni game will be played one day before the Chicago Blackhawks play the Minnesota Wild in a 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game. The full rosters can be found here.

Francis, Kurri, McKenzie named to Hall committee

Tuesday, 12.01.2015 / 11:00 AM / News

NHL.com

Ron Francis, Jari Kurri and Bob McKenzie were appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee on Tuesday.

Francis, the general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, was inducted into the Hall in 2007. Kurri, a member of the Hall of Fame class of 2001, is general manager of Jokerit in the Kontinental Hockey League. McKenzie, who received the 2015 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, is a hockey analyst and writer for TSN.

"I am very pleased and honored to welcome Ron, Jari and Bob to the Selection Committee, as each of them bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will complement the Committee's deliberations in recognition of excellence in the game of hockey," said Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Board of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Alumni Game rosters for 2016 SS-Minnesota event

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL®), the Minnesota Wild® and Chicago Blackhawks® today jointly released the current rosters for the 2016 NHL Stadium Series™ Alumni Game. This special event featuring alumni from the Wild, Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars™ will take place at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. CT, a day prior to the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

Approximately 50 former players and coaches are scheduled to participate in the much anticipated game in this unique outdoor setting. Those returning for the North Stars/Wild include Mike Modano, Dino Ciccarelli, Andrew Brunette and more; Tom Reid and Lou Nanne will serve as Team Minnesota's coaches. Tony Esposito and Pat Foley lead the Blackhawks alumni with a roster that includes Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, and Denis Savard among many other notable names.

Weekes: Condon, Raanta among game's best backups

Tuesday, 12.01.2015 / 9:20 AM / Game Savers

Kevin Weekes - NHL Network Analyst

NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, in conjunction with the new Canada Post goaltender stamp series, provides his insight into the position he played for 11 seasons in the League.

This week, Weekes discusses the best backup goalies in the League.

How important are backup goalies? Last season Scott Darling was 3-1-0 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a. 936 save percentage in five games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and was a key contributor to the Chicago Blackhawks' championship when Corey Crawford was struggling.

And when Henrik Lundqvist missed nearly two months because of a vascular injury in his neck, Cam Talbot kept them afloat, going 16-4-3 with a 2.16 GAA, a .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 23 games and helping them win the Presidents' Trophy.

Five Questions: Tortorella on Johansen, his image

Tuesday, 12.01.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella:

He's been on the job almost six weeks, but Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella hasn't had much time to pick up his head and look around to take in his new surroundings.

Tortorella is so immersed in the job he took over on Oct. 21, after the Blue Jackets' 0-7-0 start, that his daily routine when at home is to make the short walk from his apartment to the rink so he can work for hours before going back home. That's it.

"I'm in this little apartment almost connected to the arena," he said. "We're diving in."

Tortorella's life in Columbus will change slightly next week, when his wife, Christine, arrives in town with the couple's four dogs. She is closing up their home in Stamford, Conn., to come live in Ohio for the rest of the season.

"Then we'll look to get out," Tortorella said.

Probably not too much, though. Tortorella feels he has enough work to do at the rink with the Blue Jackets to keep him occupied for more hours than there are in a day.

Eichel, Larkin set for first pro head-to-head matchup

Tuesday, 12.01.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Dylan Larkin may have been overshadowed by Jack Eichel at their respective colleges last season, but that no longer seems to be the case as rookies in the NHL.

Larkin, selected in the first round (No. 15) of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, is the first teenager to play for the Red Wings since Jiri Hudler in 2003-04. Larkin has spent the majority of the season on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Eichel, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft by the Buffalo Sabres, has teamed with Larkin in the past with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and with several United States teams at international tournaments.

On Tuesday, Larkin and Eichel will go head-to-head for the first time as professionals when the Red Wings face the Sabres at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNO, SNP, MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-D).

AHL Notebook: Penguins affiliate finding ways to win

Tuesday, 12.01.2015 / 3:00 AM / AHL Update

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

Even a 16-2-0-0 start does not mean avoiding some dicey moments along the way for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, American Hockey League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Cruising to a 3-0 second-period lead against the rival Hershey Bears at home last Saturday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton controlled the game against an opponent it had defeated 7-0 on the same ice surface two weeks earlier.

A Hershey goal with 14 seconds left in the second period made it 3-1. Then Penguins rookie goaltender Tristan Jarry allowed a soft goal 5:39 into the third. Suddenly the Bears had the home team in a bind.

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