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Hockey is for Everyone

NHL, USA Hockey team for Come Play Hockey Month

Try Hockey for Free Day, Sled Classic among this year's efforts

Tuesday, 11.01.2011 / 12:09 PM / Hockey is for Everyone

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) and USA Hockey announced today the inaugural Come Play Hockey Month initiative, a nationwide effort designed to increase participation in the sport of ice hockey in the United States.  Come Play Hockey Month is a component of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) program, which provides children of all backgrounds the opportunity to play hockey.

The nation's youth hockey community and many U.S.-based NHL clubs, players, alumni and fans will support Come Play Hockey Month with a slate of activities -- including Try Hockey for Free Day™ on Saturday, November 5, on which more than 430 local ice rinks across 47 states are expected to conduct a free one-hour clinic to introduce nearly 10,000 kids to the sport of hockey.
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Willie O'Ree to lead NHL delegation at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference

First black player in the NHL to attend gathering Sept. 21-24 in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 12:30 PM / Hockey is for Everyone
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced plans to send representatives and hockey ambassadors to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 41st Annual Legislative Conference, marking the first time the hockey community has had a formal presence at the annual public policy gathering.

Among those in attendance will be NHL legend and Hockey is for Everyone™ Ambassador Willie O'Ree, NHL Vice President of Community Affairs Kenneth Martin, Jr., NHL Network analyst and NHL alumnus Kevin Weekes and local Washington, D.C., youth hockey coaching legend and 2010 Bridgestone Mark Messier Leadership Award recipient Neal Henderson. Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward is scheduled to attend the Phoenix Awards Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 24.
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U.S. Congressmen Capuano, Lynch celebrate 2011 Stanley Cup Final at the U.S. Capitol Building

Friday, 06.03.2011 / 2:55 PM / Hockey is for Everyone

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Representatives Michael Capuano (MA-08) and Stephen Lynch (MA-09) celebrated the Boston Bruins participation in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final at the Samuel Adams statue, on Friday, June 3rd.

Congressmen Capuano and Lynch both represent the City of Boston and are founding members of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support youth hockey in America, particularly programs for disadvantaged and disabled youth who might not otherwise be able to afford to play hockey -- including support for the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ and NHL Street™ programs and USA Hockey’s youth hockey initiatives. 
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Hasek's Heroes to host 2011 O'Ree Skills Weekend

NHL legends Hasek, Fuhr, O’Ree and Bowman to attend

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 4:47 PM / Hockey is for Everyone

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Hasek's Heroes will host the 2011 Willie O'Ree Skills Weekend March 17-20 in Buffalo, NY. Sponsored by the National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres, this exclusive event will bring together more than 45 boys and girls from youth hockey organizations throughout North America, including those based in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Each youngster will represent an affiliate of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative.

Participants will enhance their skills through USA Hockey and NCAA Division I presentations during the on-ice drills and skills showcase and join an on-ice clinic conducted by NHL alumni. At Canisius College, guest speakers will provide valuable information about safety, goal setting and academic achievement and advice on what it takes to get to the next level.  Buffalo mayor Byron Brown also will address participating youngsters.
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Yankee Doodle Dandies: U.S. Paralympic gold revisited

Friday, 07.02.2010 / 2:47 PM / Hockey is for Everyone

John McGourty - NHL.com Staff Writer

When it comes to monumental accomplishments, the milestones most cited are Tiger Woods' 15-stroke victory in the 2000 U.S. Open; the 1972 Super Bowl-champion Miami Dolphins' 17-0 record; and Secretariat's 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

Add to the list the United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won the gold medal in March at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver by going 5-0 and outscoring its opponents, 19-0. Japan, which upset 2006 winner Canada in the semifinal, won silver and Norway beat Canada for the bronze.

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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh