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AHL Notebook: Kings' affiliate begins Reign in Ontario

Tuesday, 10.20.2015 / 9:48 AM / AHL Update

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

The Ontario Reign completed a cross-country move this summer, and they brought a Calder Cup pedigree with them.

Playing as the Manchester Monarchs last season, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings won the Calder Cup before relocating to California. The move from New Hampshire put the Reign less than an hour from Staples Center, making for much easier player recalls and regular access for Kings management to keep an eye on its AHL prospects.

The move west has already started to pay off for the Los Angeles organization logistically.

"We've had a lot of communication with the Kings," Ontario coach Michael Stothers said. "It's a lot easier for [management] to get in and just even see a couple of practices. We have [Kings assistant general manager] Rob Blake coming in, [vice president of hockey operations and director of player personnel] Mike Futa coming in, as well as our developmental [staff]."

Ontario is off to a 3-0-0-0 start and has allowed one goal. Imprinting the Kings' identity on AHL prospects remains a key organization point of emphasis.

Twenty years later, Travis Roy still making impact

Tuesday, 10.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Travis Roy had three goals for himself growing up in Augusta, Maine.

He wanted to play Division I college hockey, he wanted to play in the NHL and he wanted to represent the United States at the Olympics. It was a common wish for any young hockey player from New England.

Eleven seconds into his first shift for Boston University, on Oct. 20, 1995, skating on a line with future NHL players Chris Drury and Mike Grier, Roy's life changed forever.

While attempting to check a player on the University of North Dakota in the right-wing corner, Roy went headfirst into the boards and fell to the ice. The impact shattered his fourth and fifth vertebrae, leaving him a quadriplegic.

Roy, who turned 40 years old on April 17, has been in a wheelchair ever since. Tuesday marks 20 years since that injury.

McDavid, Eichel already have had dazzling moments

Tuesday, 10.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

6 Games 5
3 Goals 2
2 Assists 0
5 Points 2
12 Shots on goal 12
27.9 (17/44) FOW% (W/L) 44.1 (26/33)
72 SATF 63
2.79 P/60 1.25
17:56 Avg. TOI 19:14

Now that Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel each have scored their first NHL goal, don't expect the pressure that comes with being the first two players picked in the 2015 NHL Draft to subside anytime soon.

But there has been some sense of relief that the two projected generational talents have cleared that hurdle early.

Eichel got his first, scoring Oct. 8 in the Sabres' season-opener. He took a pass from Marcus Foligno low in the left circle and ripped a high shot into the short-side corner with 10:49 left in the third period of a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The call made by Sabres television broadcaster Rick Jeanneret was as exhilarating as the goal itself.

Five Questions: Panthers' Campbell thinking win now

Tuesday, 10.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer'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 Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell:

Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell has reached the point in his career where he asks himself one pertinent question.

"How many years do I have left in this League?" Campbell said, rhetorically speaking.

The answer is a bit daunting for a 36-year-old who has played in 925 games, including 299 consecutive games since joining the Panthers prior to the 2011-12 season.

"I don't know," Campbell said.

That's why Campbell has one thing in mind this season.

Blues eager for task against undefeated Canadiens

Monday, 10.19.2015 / 9:36 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Players and coaches love to talk about measuring-stick games.

At this early stage of the 2015-16 season, you won't see a much bigger one.

The Montreal Canadiens host the St. Louis Blues at Bell Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, FS-MW, RDS, CITYM), a game featuring the NHL's top two teams in the overall standings, and in many statistical measures as well.

The Canadiens (6-0-0) are the only undefeated team remaining and the Blues (5-1-0) are right behind them in wins and points.

"They're a team that hasn't lost yet," Blues captain David Backes said Monday. "No one's found the kryptonite to put them away and find a way to steal points from them. But we've played pretty good hockey and it should be one heck of a matchup."

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

NHL Public Relations

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 - 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.

Fantasy All-Access: Panarin should gain popularity

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

Every Monday, 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 - 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."

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