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Canucks have variety of outdoor memories

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Ask Dan Hamhuis about skating outdoors and he doesn't have to think all the way back to his childhood.

The Vancouver Canucks defenseman took his family to his hometown of Smithers in northern British Columbia during the past two Christmas holidays, and skating on the lake behind his house was a big part of the trip.

"I spent a lot of hours out there by myself," said Hamhuis, who began skating there at age 4. "It's a great place just to tinker around with different skating moves or different stickhandling moves and spend a few hours on your own, in your own little world, and just skate."

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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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Rangers, Girardi agree on contract extension

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 5:06 PM / News

NHL.com

The New York Rangers and defenseman Dan Girardi have agreed to a contract extension, the team announced Friday.

Terms were not disclosed, but TSN's Darren Dreger reported it's for six years and $33 million. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reported the contract includes a full no-movement clause in the first three years and a modified no-trade clause in the final three.

"Dan has been a Ranger for his entire career, signing with us as an undrafted free agent and working his way to become a top defenseman in the NHL," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "His dedication to this club, as a leader both on the ice and in the locker room, is invaluable to this team. We are happy to have been able to ensure that he will continue to wear the Blueshirt."

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Canadiens' Price to miss third straight game

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 4:18 PM / News

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Goaltender Carey Price will miss the Montreal Canadiens game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday with a lower-body injury, coach Michel Therrien told reporters Friday.

It will be Price's third straight game out of uniform since returning from his gold-medal win with Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Therrien said Price will accompany the Canadiens on a four-game, western road trip next week and should be back playing soon.

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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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Candidates named for inaugural Mike Richter Award

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 3:03 PM / News

NHL.com

Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation on Friday announced the 18 candidates for the inaugural Mike Richter Award, to honor the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey.

Candidates for the award were determined by nominations from all 59 NCAA Division I men's hockey head coaches, and based on criteria including skill on the ice, academic standing, sportsmanship and community service.

The candidates combine for a 2.19 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and a grade-point average of 3.12.

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