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Utica Comets to host 2015 AHL All-Star Classic

Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 1:39 PM / News

The Utica Comets will host the 2015 American Hockey League All-Star Classic in late January, AHL President and CEO David Andrews announced Tuesday.

The 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino will be held at Utica Memorial Auditorium. A skills competition and the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 25; the All-Star Game will be played Monday, Jan. 26.

"The American Hockey League is thrilled to be bringing our showcase event to Utica this winter," Andrews said. "Each year, hockey's brightest young stars shine on our All-Star stage in front of capacity crowds and international television audiences. Between the great fans in the Mohawk Valley, the rich history of the Aud and the world-class accommodations at Turning Stone, the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic is destined to be the most memorable All-Star Classic to date."


Oilers name forwards Eberle, Hall alternate captains

Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 1:30 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have named Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall alternate captains for the 2014-15 season.

Eberle and Hall will wear the "A's" for the Oilers on a full time basis alongside captain Andrew Ference.


Rangers name defenseman McDonagh captain

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 8:43 PM / News

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has been named the 27th captain in franchise history, the team announced Monday.

McDonagh, 25, becomes the fourth-youngest captain in Rangers history, and the 11th defenseman in team history to be named captain. The Rangers are now the second franchise in NHL history to have three consecutive American-born captains (along with the Dallas Stars).

"Ryan McDonagh exemplifies what we want a New York Ranger to be," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said. "He has earned the respect of his teammates through his commitment to excellence, both on and off the ice, and the passion with which he plays on a consistent basis. He is the ideal choice to lead our team as its captain."


Hurricanes' Skinner diagnosed with concussion

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 5:02 PM / News

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was diagnosed with a concussion Monday, one day after taking a hit from Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in Carolina's 5-2 loss at Verizon Center.

"[Skinner] will continue to be monitored by our team doctors and go through proper protocols in the coming days," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement.


Panthers sign O'Brien to one-year contract

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:52 PM / News

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed D Shane O'Brien to a one-year, two way contract.

O'Brien, 31, has played in 528 career National Hockey League games for Calgary (2013-2014), Colorado (2011-2013), Nashville (2010-11), Vancouver (2008-2010), Tampa Bay (2007-08) and Anaheim (2006-2007) scoring 13 goals with 78 assists and 911 penalty minutes. He has played in 40 post-season games, registering 5 points (2-3-5).


NHL and Rogers announce media sales partnership

Canadian TV broadcast partner to lead ad sales for NHL digital media assets in Canada

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

TORONTO / NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Rogers Communications today announced their media sales venture in which Rogers will lead all Canadian national NHL® media sales across its owned and operated broadcast and digital platforms as well as ad sales for League-owned digital assets in Canada, including and

This joint venture includes display ads on, its French language counterpart and the 30 NHL member club websites, in addition to mobile platforms and video inventory across all digital subsidiaries.


Rangers trade opens space for prospect Duclair

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 2:53 PM / News

The New York Rangers acquired forward Joey Crabb from the Florida Panthers on Monday for defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan.

What the Rangers also got in the move was an extra slot to add a contract, which will be 19-year-old left wing Anthony Duclair.

Duclair, a third-round pick (No. 80) at the 2013 NHL Draft, led the Rangers in scoring in the preseason with five points in five games. He could have been returned to his junior team but has forced the Rangers to change plans to keep him on the opening-night roster. The two-for-one trade gave the Rangers some room against the 50-contract limit and allowed them to keep Duclair.


NHL unveils new mobile app and Gamecenter Live

Redesigned NHL App offers mobile users seamless navigation and premium content at no additional cost

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

NEW YORK / TORONTO – As anticipation builds for the 2014-15 NHL® season, every aspect of the game will be at the fingertips of hockey fans around the world, courtesy of the newly redesigned, free NHL app available on mobile devices, and the NHL's live cross-platform streaming games service, NHL GameCenter LIVE™. Hockey fans can expect more rich video content, seamless navigation, enhanced social media integrations and improved notifications among the many features that will create a more personalized experience.

The redesigned NHL app also includes a convenient integration for NHL GameCenter LIVE subscribers, which for the first time ever, has multiple camera angles for an enhanced viewing experience.

"When it comes to digital content, we are committed to delivering innovation to our fans based on four key directives – more, better, faster and easier," said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. "The redesign of the NHL app is a direct result of the increasing volume in which fans consume our game on mobile devices. NHL GameCenter LIVE continues to set the standard for live streaming games services. The new NHL app and NHL GameCenter LIVE offer the user experiences hockey fans enjoy most."


Willie Mitchell named Panthers captain

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 12:58 PM / News

Sunrise, FL - Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant announced today that D Willie Mitchell has been named captain for the 2014-15 season. He joins Brian Skrudland (1993-1997), Scott Mellanby (1997-2001), Paul Laus/Pavel Bure (2001-2002), Olli Jokinen (2005-2008), Bryan McCabe (2009-2011) and Ed Jovanovski (2013-2014) as the other team captains in the club's 21-year history.

Mitchell, 37, has played in 795 career National Hockey League games for New Jersey (1999-2001), Minnesota (2000-2006), Dallas (2005-2006), Vancouver (2006-2010) and Los Angeles (2010-2014), scoring 30 goals with 135 assists and 744 penalty minutes. He has played in 89 post-season games, registering 16 points (4-12-16), winning the Stanley Cup twice with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.


Hurricanes forward Skinner leaves game after hit

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

Adam Vingan - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner sustained an upper-body injury in a 5-2 preseason loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday after absorbing a hit from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. He will be re-evaluated Monday and his status for the Hurricanes' regular-season opener Friday against the New York Islanders is uncertain.

The 22-year-old led the Hurricanes with 33 goals last season.

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