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Clarkson suspended two games for illegal check

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 12:31 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for delivering an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka during NHL Game No. 477 in St. Louis on Thursday, Dec. 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 6:28 of the second period. Clarkson was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.


Tapped In: Maple Leafs' Lupul loving life in Toronto

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul is only 30 years old, but he already has a lifetime of hockey memories. In his third season with the Leafs, Lupul is enjoying life as an alternate captain. Off the ice, he is enjoying all the opportunities the city of Toronto offers and, in the process, exploring his passions for food, music and fashion.

Kathryn Tappen: A Fort Saskatchewan kid, living in the big city of Toronto. What was it like growing up in the small town of Fort Saskatchewan?

Joffrey Lupul: I lived there until I left to play my junior [hockey] in Medicine Hat. I have two younger brothers and we grew up playing hockey there. Most of my childhood friends still live there. It is a small city, probably of only about 15,000 people. Every year I would be playing with all the same players. We grew up as best friends and playing on the same team from the time you were about 10 years old. We developed a lot of close friendships that way, and especially being from a small town I've tried to stay in touch with a lot of them, although things are a little different now than they were back then. Some of them have busy lives with their kids, getting married; but I've certainly tried to keep in touch.


U.S. starts bid for WJC repeat with selection camp

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The United States National Junior Team begins defense of its gold medal-winning triumph at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with several new faces looking to create their own mark on the campus at the University of Minnesota beginning Sunday.

The first item on the agenda as the U.S. prepares for the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden, is the 29-player selection camp consisting of five practices at Mariucci Arena as well as a pre-tournament game at Minnesota State University on Dec. 17. All practices at Mariucci are open to the public. After training is complete in Minneapolis, the team will travel to Angelholm, Sweden, to continue the evaluation process from Dec. 19-23. The Americans will play pre-tournament games Dec. 20 against Sweden and Dec. 22 against Finland.

U.S. National Junior Team coach Don Lucia expects to finalize his 22-player roster Dec. 23.

Lucia, who is in his 15th season as the head coach for the Golden Gophers, is excited that the first leg of the evaluation process will be held in Minnesota.


Rochester tops Lake Erie in AHL outdoor game

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 12:27 AM / News


The Rochester Americans defeated the Lake Erie Monsters 5-4 in a shootout Friday night before a packed house at Frontier Field in the sixth outdoor game in American Hockey League history.

The 11,015 fans at the "Frozen Frontier" game in Rochester saw Mike Zigomanis, Johan Larsson and Matt Ellis score on the Americans' final three shootout attempts for the win after Lake Erie forced overtime on Matt Hunwick's power-play goal with one second left in regulation.


Wild's Dumba to play key role for Canada at WJC

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 8:29 PM / 2014 World Junior Championship

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

TORONTO -- Mathew Dumba thought he would have this opportunity much earlier.

That's why not even the disappointment of not staying in the NHL is going to put a damper on his time at Hockey Canada's World Junior Championship Selection Camp this weekend at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence.

Dumba, 19, took the ice for practice Friday in the first of three on-ice sessions before the final team is announced then departs for Malmo, Sweden, the site of the 2014 World Junior Championship.


Toronto's Clarkson to have hearing for hit on Sobotka

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 5:20 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday morning for a hit on St. Louis Blues left wing Vladimir Sobotka in a game Thursday night at Scottrade Center.

At 6:28 of the second period, Clarkson was assessed a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head of Sobotka, who remained in the game.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.


Mazanec keeping Predators afloat without Rinne

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 5:05 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Marek Mazanec said his mother has bombarded him with correspondence from his native Czech Republic.

Thursday, a correspondent who works for a Czech television network arrived here and began sending dispatches back home. The 22-year-old goalie for the Nashville Predators, named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November, said he never expected such success so quickly while playing in his first season in North America.

In all likelihood, his parents didn't either.


Lightning's Stamkos upbeat during rehab process

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 4:21 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

More than a month into recovery from surgery to repair a fractured right tibia, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos has surprised himself by how upbeat and energetic he has been since overcoming the initial shock of the first major injury in his NHL career.

"Initially, I thought I'd be a lot more down and frustrated and asking, 'Why me? Why at this time? Why this year, with it being an Olympic year and with our team getting off to a good start?'" Stamkos told NHL.com. "But I've been pretty positive and excited to come to the rink, to work hard, to work my way back onto the ice."

Stamkos is getting closer, even though he admits he's taking only baby steps each day and sometimes those are hard to quantify.


CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game rosters announced

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 3:15 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Calgary Hitmen teammates Ben Thomas and Jake Virtanen can expect the loudest ovation when introduced to the hometown faithful on Jan. 15 during the 19th annual BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

The Top Prospects Game will showcase the Canadian Hockey League's top 40 NHL draft-eligible players featuring talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The rosters for Team Orr and Team Cherry were released by the CHL on Friday.

Virtanen, a 6-foot-0.75, 208-pound right wing, was given an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft. He is one of 26 players invited to the game tagged with an A rating, or a potential first-round candidate for the draft. There are also 11 B-rated players or potential second- or third-round candidates, and three C-rated prospects.


Wild ride for Rochester's Ruhwedel includes outdoors

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 2:20 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

For most people, the mere mention of Southern California evokes images of sun, sand and surf.

For San Diego native Chad Ruhwedel, his mind has always been on the ice.

"Playing hockey out there, it definitely wasn't the biggest sport," said Ruhwedel, a rookie defenseman with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans. "Ninety percent of the kids didn't play hockey -- it was mostly baseball, basketball, football … the standard sports. My mom and dad threw the skates on me at a young age, and it just kind of stuck. I knew it was the sport I always wanted to put first."

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I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday