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Nicholson named CEO of Oilers Entertainment Group

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 4:20 PM / News

EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON – Daryl Katz, Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today Bob Nicholson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Nicholson, who joined the organization as Vice-Chair in June of 2014, will take over an expanded set of responsibilities within OEG that includes authority over all aspects of business and hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Mr. Nicholson will continue to serve as an Alternate Governor for the Edmonton Oilers on the NHL Board of Governors.

"Since joining OEG, Bob has devoted his time to assessing all aspects of the organization," said Mr. Katz. "Going forward, he will have clear responsibility for OEG's growing sports and entertainment business, and all the support and latitude he needs from me to lead the Oilers back to being a Stanley Cup contender. Bob is the ideal person to lead the organization forward. He is a bold thinker, a strong consensus builder and a very fine individual."

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, April 19

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 2:30 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

BENNETT NETS GAME-WINNER TO GIVE CALGARY 2-1 SERIES LEAD
Sam Bennett scored the eventual game-winning goal at 2:14 of the third stanza – the first goal of his NHL career – to propel the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 18 years, 303 days old, Bennett became the second-youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal. Jarome Iginla holds the franchise record when he scored on April 23, 1996 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (2-1 3OT L) at 18 years, 297 days old.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, April 18

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 12:24 PM / News

NHL.com

DUCKS MOUNT ANOTHER THIRD-PERIOD COMEBACK

Trailing by one goal after 40 minutes for the second straight game, the Anaheim Ducks scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the third period – including forward Jakob Silfverberg's game-winning goal with 21 seconds left on the clock – to take a 2-0 series lead over the Winnipeg Jets.

* The Ducks faced a 2-1 deficit after two periods in Game 1, but scored three unanswered goals to pull ahead in the series. The Elias Sports Bureau said this is the first time in NHL history that a team has held a 2-0 series leads when trailing at the start of the third period in each of the first two games.

* During the regular season, Anaheim set an NHL record for wins when trailing at any point in the third period (18). The Ducks also matched a League record with 12 victories when trailing after two periods (12-23-0).

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Flames coach Bob Hartley fined $50,000

Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 5:15 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Calgary Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley has been fined $50,000 for his responsibility for the incident that took place with 1:17 remaining in regulation of the first-round playoff game in Vancouver on Friday, April 17, the National Hockey League announced today. The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.

In addition, the National Hockey League announced that the game misconduct penalty assessed to Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of regulation has been rescinded.

Hartley was fined $25,000 for a similar incident during the 2013-14 regular season.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, April 17

Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 2:27 AM / News
GALCHENYUK POWERS CANADIENS TO 2-0 SERIES LEAD WITH EARLY OVERTIME-WINNER

Alex Galchenyuk scored at 3:40 of overtime to power the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators and a 2-0 lead in the series.

* The marker was Galchenyuk's second career playoff overtime goal; the other came on May 22, 2014 vs. the New York Rangers (3-2 OT W).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 21 years, 64 days old, Galchenyuk became the second-youngest player in franchise history to score his second career playoff overtime goal for the Canadiens. Claude Lemieux had his second career postseason overtime-winner at 20 years, 293 days old on May 5, 1986 at the Rangers (4-3 OT W).

* David Desharnais (0-2—2) recorded his second career multiple-assist playoff game. His other such performance was on May 25, 2014 vs. the Rangers (3-2 OT L).

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Berube fired as Flyers coach after two seasons

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:58 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers on Friday fired coach Craig Berube after two seasons.

"In a nutshell, I just didn't feel he got enough out of our group collectively," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in making the announcement.

Berube got the Flyers into the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, but they finished 14 points out of a playoff spot this season.

Hextall said he made the decision Thursday and informed Berube on Friday.

"It's just a process that I went through," Hextall said. "I wanted to make the right decision. Once I put all the facts together, then you go with your gut and I came up with the decision last night."

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Stars sign Klingberg to seven-year contract

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 11:00 AM / News

NHL.com

The Dallas Stars signed defenseman John Klingberg to a seven-year contract Friday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Dallas Morning News reported it has an average annual value of $4.25 million.

Klingberg, 22, led NHL rookie defenseman with 40 points and was second with 11 goals. His 21:50 average ice time in 65 games was third on the Stars.

"John is a very special player, possessing a creativity and skill level that few in this League can match," general manager Jim Nill said. "He fits in perfectly with where our core is at age-wise and his impact on our team was felt immediately. We expect him to build off of his rookie season and continue his development towards becoming an elite all-around defenseman."

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Jaroslav Holik, former Czech star forward, dies at 72

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 9:54 AM / News

NHL.com

Jaroslav Holik, who helped his native Czechoslovakia win the Olympic bronze medal and World Championship gold in 1972, died at age 72, the Czech Ice Hockey Association announced Friday.

Holik is the father of former NHL center Bobby Holik.

Jaroslav Holik won seven Czechoslovakian league titles with HC Dukla Jihlava. He was a regular on Czechoslovakia national teams from 1964 to 1973, scoring 57 goals in 142 international games. He won a bronze medal at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics and months later won gold at the 1972 IIHF World Championship. He helped Czechoslovakia win silver medals at the World Championship in 1965 and 1966, and bronze medals in 1969, 1970 and 1973.

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Chiarelli fired as Bruins GM after nine seasons

Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 6:32 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Stanley Cup Playoffs won't include the Boston Bruins for the first time in eight years, but CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely said Wednesday the decision to fire general manager Peter Chiarelli after nine seasons was about more than the Bruins' 41-27-14 season and ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

"I can appreciate the fact that our fans would probably like us to get a little more specific as to why," Neely said during a press conference at TD Garden, "but we believe that we made the decision moving forward to help improve the hockey club. I don't want to take away anything that Peter accomplished here. I mean, he's going to go down in history as the GM that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston, the first time in 39 years, so that says a lot about his abilities as a general manager.

"You know, we just felt, and it's not just this particular year not making the playoffs … we just felt moving forward was the best thing for us to do. It was not an easy decision to come to. A lot of conversations about it, but we felt it was the best thing to do moving forward."

The Bruins went 386-233-85 after Chiarelli was hired in the summer of 2006. Chiarelli's tenure included the Stanley Cup championship in 2011, a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013 and a Presidents' Trophy for the 2013-14 season.

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Sharks coach McLellan needs time to ponder future

Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 5:33 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks cleared out their lockers Wednesday, but coach Todd McLellan's future with the organization remained unclear.

McLellan, the winningest coach in Sharks history, has one year left on his contract. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson plans to review McLellan's performance before making a decision, and McLellan said he still needs to further discuss with his family before he decides what he wants to do.

"I need a little more time," McLellan said. "I'm sure the organization needs a little more time."

McLellan was named Canada's coach for the 2015 IIHF World Championship earlier this week. He said he expects a decision on his fate with the Sharks well before he leaves San Jose on April 24 to join the Canadian team.

Wilson, on the other hand, said there is no timetable for making that decision.

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