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NHL named U.S. EPA Green Power partner of the year

League renews partnership with Constellation to improve environmental impact

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 2:46 PM / NHL Green

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NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced today that it has received a 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The League is being recognized for its leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.

"Environmental sustainability is important to the NHL and we are proud to be recognized for our efforts in support of clean energy," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "For the good health of our players and fans, we will continue to support initiatives to keep the air clean and the ponds frozen for future generations."

Top 2016 draft prospect Clague named to Team WHL

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 2:05 PM / 2016 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Kale Clague, a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, was among the 20 players invited to play for Team WHL against Team Russia in the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series.

Team WHL will play Team Russia in the first two games of the series, Nov. 9 in Kelowna, British Columbia, and Nov. 10 in Kamloops, British Columbia. The games are used by Hockey Canada as an evaluation tool for picking the team that will play for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Clague, a 5-foot-11, 177-pound left-shot defender who plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings, earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its September players to watch list. In nine games this season he has five assists and a plus-8 rating. He had four goals and nine assists in 20 games last season. He also had one goal in four games to help Canada win the gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in August.

Price, Seguin and Tarasenko named stars of week

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 18.


Price went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Canadiens (6-0-0, 12 points) to three wins, leading the team to its best start in its 98-year NHL history. He began the week with 31 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 13. With the win, the Canadiens became the third team in League history to begin a season with a 4-0-0 record, with all four of those wins coming on the road (also 1965-66 Chicago Blackhawks and 2001-02 New York Islanders). Price then stopped all 25 shots he faced to record his 35th career shutout (fourth in franchise history) in a 3-0 triumph over the New York Rangers Oct. 15. He closed the week with 21 stops in a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Oct. 17. The 28-year-old Anahim Lake, B.C., native – and reigning Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy and William M. Jennings Trophy winner – has posted a 5-0-0 record with a 1.20 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout in his first five appearances this season.

Fantasy All-Access: Panarin should gain popularity

Sean McCullen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Monday, NHL.com staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups, and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

A disappointing start to the 2015-16 season for some of the top players in the NHL has fantasy owners contemplating moves that can get their team back on track in Week 2.

Sidney Crosby, a top-five draft pick in just about every league, was held without a point through the Pittsburgh Penguins' first five games, matching the longest such streak of his NHL career.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the 2013 Vezina Trophy winner, is 0-5-0 with a 5.07 goals-against average and .835 save percentage after being drafted in the fifth round on average in Yahoo leagues.

Hockey Fights Cancer awareness campaign begins

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 10:15 AM / Hockey Fights Cancer

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK/TORONTO – The 17th annual Hockey Fights Cancer™ campaign, a joint initiative between the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), invites fans to join the fight, Oct. 19 – Nov. 13, 2015. Since its inception in 1998, through the charitable initiative, more than $15 million has been donated, and it has been dedicated to supporting national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Together, the NHLPA and NHL will distribute more than $200,000 in grants to local cancer organizations in all 30 NHL® markets and nationally to the following five cancer organizations:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will use its donation to invest in research to advance therapies and save lives, including targeted therapies and immunotherapies.

Blue Jackets seek first win; Sharks visit Rangers

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / Weekly Primer

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Nobody could have possibly envisioned the Columbus Blue Jackets opening the 2015-16 season with six consecutive regulation losses, but that is the cold, harsh reality staring right in their faces after two weeks.

The Blue Jackets will attempt to put an end to their improbable losing streak when they host the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, MSG+).

New York (3-1-1) is already seven points ahead of Columbus, which was expected to be in the Metropolitan Division race until the very end following the acquisition of forward Brandon Saad and a 15-1-1 finish to last season.

"I don't know what we're waiting for," Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell said Saturday after the latest loss, a 4-1 defeat at the Chicago Blackhawks. "I don't know if we're looking for someone else to do it, if we're easing ourselves into games to wait for something bad to happen. That's what I sense when we get playing. We're just waiting instead of doing and doing the right things."

Sharks goalie Jones making most of shot at No. 1 job

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Marc Crawford remembers the confidence and calmness exhibited by a young Martin Jones. He remembers never seeing the goalie out of breath and rarely out of position. He vividly recalls his post-save recovery being quick, cat-like and effortless.

But mostly, Crawford, like anybody who followed Jones growing up in North Vancouver, remembers the winning. All that winning, from atom to pee-wee to bantam to midget to the Western Hockey League to the American Hockey League, and now to the NHL.

"Martin doesn't know anything but winning," said Crawford, the former NHL coach who watched Jones grow up playing with his son, Dylan, in Vancouver's North Shore Winter Club. "All this kid does is win."

Jones is winning with the San Jose Sharks now, and they're thrilled.

Around the League notebook: Sunday, Oct. 18

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 1:45 AM / News

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The New Jersey Devils (1-3-1) and Anaheim Ducks (1-3-1) each earned their first victory of 2015-16 on Sunday.

* With the score tied at 1-1 through 60 minutes, Lee Stempniak scored at 3:07 of overtime to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers.

* The goal was Stempniak's fourth career overtime goal (Last: Nov. 21, 2008 vs. ANA w/ STL) and his first goal as a member of the Devils (5 GP). Stempniak skated in 53 games with the Rangers in 2014-15.

* Adam Henrique (1-1—2) scored New Jersey's first goal of the contest at 1:52 of the second period and had the primary assist on Stempniak's goal.

Coyotes forward Vitale out with upper-body injury

Sunday, 10.18.2015 / 5:32 PM / News


Arizona Coyotes forward Joe Vitale will be out indefinitely after sustaining an upper-body injury Saturday.

"He's going to miss some time," Arizona coach Dave Tippett told the Coyotes website Sunday.

Vitale played his first game of the season Saturday against the Boston Bruins, a 5-3 loss, and fought with Kevan Miller in the second period. Vitale left the game and did not return. He was taken to the hospital, and Tippett said he was still having tests done Sunday.

Penguins' Dupuis practices for first time since injury

Sunday, 10.18.2015 / 2:20 PM / News


Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, who hasn't played this season because of a lower-body injury practiced on Sunday for the first time since sustaining the injury a few weeks ago.

"I'm right on the schedule of the progress of this injury," Dupuis told the Penguis website. "Today was a good step. If I went out and didn't feel good it would be a step back. The fact that I stayed on and went through practice, did a normal practice and had a big smile on my face and had fun, I think it's the right way."

The Penguins announced on Oct. 8, Dupuis would miss 4-to-5 weeks.

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