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Lack adds Swedish Chef to Luongo on new mask

Wednesday, 09.16.2015 / 6:14 PM / News

David Satriano - Staff Writer

Eddie Lack needed a new goalie mask after being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in June. He made sure it included a familiar face: former Vancouver Canucks teammate Roberto Luongo, and he's added The Swedish Chef character from the Muppets.

"This time the Swedish Chef shows up on the mask itself! Ready to fix some tacos for Eddie!" artist David Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. "And on the backplate of the mask another buddy of Eddie shows up."

Canadiens' Subban pledges $10 million to hospital

Wednesday, 09.16.2015 / 5:10 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- As P.K. Subban walked into the atrium of Montreal Children's Hospital for what would be the most important announcement of his life Wednesday, he looked up in the giant room he was entering and it hit him.

Up on the wall, in giant letters, were the words "Atrium P.K. Subban," a recognition of the $10 million donation Subban and his foundation were making to the hospital, but also a culmination of a life's work, in a sense.

Those words are visible from three floors of the new hospital, floors that were packed with staff gathered to watch Subban speak Wednesday, as well as from the sun-drenched room that welcomes patients and staff when they use the back entrance to the building.

The words are front and center, much like Subban often appears to be when he is playing defense for the Montreal Canadiens, and just like he was Wednesday in making the announcement of a donation the hospital called "the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history."

3-on-3 OT format to get expanded preseason look

Wednesday, 09.16.2015 / 1:12 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

The National Hockey League has designated 45 games on its upcoming 2015 preseason schedule in which the participating teams will play a five-minute, sudden-death overtime period using the new '3-on-3' format -- regardless of the score at the end of regulation time. The overtime period will be played with each team at 3-on-3 manpower (plus goaltender).

This preseason mandate will provide all participants -- players, coaches, management and on-ice officials -- an expanded opportunity to test the new format in advance of its introduction to regular-season play when the 2015-16 NHL season opens on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Preseason games tied at the end of regulation will use the same extra-time procedure as during the regular season -- a five-minute, sudden-death overtime period using the new 3-on-3 format, followed, if still tied, by a shootout.

Patrick Kane on Blackhawks' training camp roster

Wednesday, 09.16.2015 / 12:05 PM / News

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane is among the players listed on the team's 2015 training camp roster, which was released Wednesday.

Kane is the subject of a police investigation and a grand jury in Hamburg, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo.

The Blackhawks will hold the first part of camp at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Players arrive Thursday and will take the ice for the first time Friday.

McDavid likely to play for Oilers rookies in exhibition

Tuesday, 09.15.2015 / 10:48 PM / News

Forward Connor McDavid is expected to be in the lineup when the Edmonton Oilers rookies play the University of Alberta in an exhibition on Wednesday.

The game will be played at Rexall Place (9 p.m. ET), home of the Oilers. The previous 24 games in the series were played at Clare Drake Arena, the university's 2,700-seat rink.

"I know a lot about the Bears and you hear a lot more about them lately, them being one of the top programs in the country," McDavid told the Edmonton Sun. "They have a good team for a reason. It'll be very good, I've played CIS teams before and with the World Junior team, we played a CIS all-star team. It's always a good game; they're good players, it'll be good."

Adidas to become official NHL outfitter in 2017-18

Tuesday, 09.15.2015 / 4:25 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The NHL and adidas on Tuesday announced a seven-year partnership that will make adidas the official outfitter of on-ice uniforms and official supplier of licensed apparel and headwear for the League starting with the 2017-18 season.

Reebok, a brand owned by the adidas Group, is the NHL's current official outfitter.

In addition, the NHL, NHL Players' Association and adidas announced a partnership for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey that makes adidas the exclusive outfitter for authentic and replica jerseys for the eight-team tournament that will take place in Toronto from Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016.

"As important as the excitement for the season is, having a great partner like adidas is what we're all about," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Teaming up with adidas continues our strategy of aligning with major partners who not only share our vision for growing the game and the League, but also putting innovation at the forefront of what we do for our players and our fans.

"This is a big deal for us and we know it is for [adidas]."

Buffalo, Pittsburgh, St. Louis finalists for 2018 WJC

Tuesday, 09.15.2015 / 2:53 PM / News

Buffalo, Pittsburgh and St. Louis were announced by USA Hockey on Tuesday as the finalists to host the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

A final decision on the host is expected to come by the end of the year after officials from USA Hockey visit each of the three cities. Chicago and Tampa Bay, in the original group of candidates to host the tournament, did not make the cut.

"We look forward to this next step in our selection process," said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey. "It was extremely difficult to get down to three. All five of the cities we were considering made a compelling case."

NHL, NHLPA bolster concussion-evaluation process

Tuesday, 09.15.2015 / 2:20 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The NHL and NHL Players' Association have amended the spotter program in the NHL Concussion Evaluation and Management Protocol to guarantee the inclusion of concussion spotters employed and trained by the League at every game in an attempt to further strengthen the program.

"The spotter program is not new, it has been in existence as part of our Concussion Protocol for some time now; the thing that is changing is how we are allowing clubs to deal with the responsibility," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. "By introducing League-employed-and-trained spotters, we are simply providing our clubs with another alternative to adequately and properly execute the spotter responsibility."

As has been the case under the protocol, each team maintains the right to designate its own concussion spotter for each game. In such cases, the team's concussion spotter will be considered the on-duty spotter for that game. However, the NHL has designated a network of people, two at each arena, to serve as League-designated spotters.

Simon Gagne retires following 14-season NHL career

Tuesday, 09.15.2015 / 2:12 PM / News

Simon Gagne, who scored 601 points and won the Stanley Cup during a 14-season NHL career, announced his retirement Tuesday.

Gagne was the 22nd pick in the 1998 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and played 691 of his 822 regular-season games with them. The left wing helped the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final in 2000 and 2004, and to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.

Gagne, who later won the Cup with the Kings to add to the Olympic gold he won with Canada at Salt Lake City in 2002, said the 2010 run with Philadelphia was among his fondest memories in hockey. The Flyers rallied from a 3-0 series deficit against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with Gagne returning from injury to win Game 4 with an overtime goal and score the series-clinching goal in the third period of Game 7, which the Flyers had trailed 3-0 in the first period.

"I have so many good memories with the Flyers, it's tough to remember all of them," Gagne said, "but definitely the playoffs in 2010, the way things happened, breaking my foot, coming back in Game 4 and scoring the OT goal and then after that slowly coming back in that series … it was a team effort."

National Hockey League, adidas announce partnership

adidas, NHL Players' Association and NHL also to partner on 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Tuesday, 09.15.2015 / 2:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK/TORONTO – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and adidas today announced a seven-year partnership in which adidas will become the authentic outfitter of on-ice uniforms as well as an official supplier of licensed apparel and headwear for the League starting with the 2017-18 season. adidas Group-owned CCM will remain an official on-ice equipment supplier, delivering world-class product for NHL players, including sticks, skates, helmets, gloves and goaltending gear.

The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), NHL and adidas today also announced a partnership for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in which adidas becomes the exclusive outfitter of both authentic and replica jerseys for the eight-team tournament next September. The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016 and be comprised of eight teams – Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America. More than 150 NHL players will compete in a best-on-best international hockey championship.

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