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NHL issues fan reminders for Thursday's 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic


WASHINGTON -- The National Hockey League would like to remind fans attending Thursday's 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® (1 p.m., ET, NBC, CBC, TVA) about some traffic, parking and security matters:

* Gates at Nationals Park will open at 11 a.m. We encourage all fans to arrive early as to allow enough time to proceed through security checks.

* NO bags larger than 16” X 16” X 8” will be allowed into the stadium. All bags are subject to search.

* All guests require a ticket for entry regardless of age.

* No third-party Will Call will be accepted.

* Spectator Plaza presented by GEICO, a free fan festival, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 1 at the Fairgrounds (directly outside the Center Field Gate of Nationals Park) with additional activities on Half Street.

* Be sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.


Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Dec. 30

Wednesday, 12.31.2014 / 8:44 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


In his first start since Nov. 29, Dustin Tokarski made 36 saves through 65 minutes and stopped all three attempts in the shootout to power the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers. Montreal improved to 24-11-2 (50 points) to tie the Tampa Bay Lightning in standings points for first place in the Eastern Conference. With the win, the Canadiens also improved to 7-1-0 over their last eight games.

* Tokarski is 4-2-1 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Tokarski improved his shootout record to 3-1 this season with a .750 shootout save percentage.

* After a scoreless first period, Brendan Gallagher (1-0—1) opened the scoring late in the second period with his 11th goal of the season. Gallagher has netted five goals over his past 10 games and ranks second on the club in goals.

* Lars Eller (0-1—1) had his sixth assist of the season to extend his point streak to three games (1-2—3). The streak ties a season-high for Eller, who also posted a three-game point streak (3-2—5) from Nov. 8-13.

* PA Parenteau netted the shootout winner for the Canadiens.


Year in review: 14 most memorable people of 2014

Wednesday, 12.31.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

There were unforgettable events and memorable moments across the hockey world in 2014, from "The Big House" to Bolshoy Ice Dome, New York to Los Angeles, Montreal to Boston, Toronto, Chicago, and so many other places.

Here are the 14 people who were front and center in those events, seemingly ordinary people doing extraordinary things, making them the most memorable people in the hockey world in 2014:

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins/Canada

Crosby had the best year for a player who didn't win the Stanley Cup, or even get past the second round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He captained Canada to a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, waiting until the most important moment of the tournament, the gold-medal game, to make his biggest imprint. Crosby scored the goal that gave Canada a 2-0 lead against Sweden, all but clinching their second straight Olympic gold.

He cleaned up at the 2014 NHL Awards show by taking home the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and the Art Ross Trophy for leading the League with 104 points, 17 more than anybody else. He received 128 of a possible 137 first-place votes for the Hart Trophy.


Denmark gets first-ever WJC victory; Slovakia wins

Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 11:58 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship


Denmark defeated Switzerland 4-3 in a shootout for its first win at the top level of the World Junior Championship after 15 losses over three appearances.

Nikolaj Ehlers (Winnipeg Jets) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (Columbus Blue Jackets) scored in the shootout for Denmark. Goalie Georg Sorensen made 42 saves and stopped two of three shootout participants.

Kris Schmidli and Kevin Fiala (Nashville Predators) scored in the first period to give Switzerland a 2-0 lead. Bjorkstrand scored with 2:02 left in the period to make it 2-1.


EPIX captures Capitals, Blackhawks at Christmas

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

There are stops along the road to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic that show the true identity and personality of the players and coaches involved. These are stops that go beyond hockey, off the ice, into their homes, their private lives.

Hockey players for the most part like to be seen as ordinary people who can do extraordinary things. Around Christmas their extraordinary gifts melt away as family life takes over and they become ordinary people doing ordinary things with holiday traditions that are no grander than those of the average working family.

The third episode of "EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Winter Classic" brings the viewer in touch with the people many of these athletes and coaches are away from the game.

The viewer got to spend Christmas with Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and his family in Vail, Col., with Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz and his family at their home in Clarendon, Va., with Joel Ward and his girlfriend in New York City, and with Troy Brouwer and his wife and 2-year-old daughter in their home. Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson served as the viewer's host at his Swedish Christmas celebration.

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