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NHL mentoring twins aiming to inspire women in India

Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 4:40 PM / News

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Nungshi Malik and Tashi Malik are 24-year-old identical twins born in the state of Haryana in the northern part of India. They think big, dream big and have conquered big, literally and figuratively.

They are the youngest of 33 people to have completed the Adventurer's Grand Slam, the successful scaling of the highest peak on each of Earth's seven continents and reaching the North and South Poles. The first of the summits was Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet. The last was Mount Vinson, measuring 16,050 feet in Antarctica. In between was Mount Everest in southern Asia, elevation 29,029 feet to form the planet's tallest peak.

"You're not focused about reaching the summit, you're just focused on reaching one step," Nungshi said. "We kept telling this to each other, just focus on where you're going next, just keep doing that one step-one step and that will become momentum."

To the twins, mountaineering is a metaphor for meeting life's challenges and achieving visions designed to change the world for the better. The quest continues with their participation in the U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program, a collaboration between the U.S. State Department, the University of Tennessee and espnW offering young women across the world the chance to work with American sports properties and consumer brands.

For the third straight year the NHL is a host organization for the GSMP. The Maliks' goal is to learn marketing, sports management and fundraising to promote their NungshiTashi Foundation that empowers girls through mountaineering.

Bruins' Seidenberg to have surgery, miss eight weeks

Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 3:20 PM / News

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will have surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back and is expected to miss eight weeks, the Bruins said Wednesday.

The Monday before training camp opened last week, Seidenberg complained to the Bruins' training staff about some nerve irritation that flared up during an off-ice workout. Seidenberg had been trying to recover from the injury with rest by not participating in training camp, which opened last Thursday. With little to no improvement, the decision was announced that Seidenberg would have surgery Thursday to repair a lumbar spine disk herniation.

Seidenberg was so disappointed about his latest injury that he apologized, according to general manager Don Sweeney.

By the time the 34-year-old's two-month absence is through, one or more of Boston's defensemen who currently lack Seidenberg's NHL pedigree might be thanking Sweeney and Seidenberg for the opportunity to pick up the slack.

Islanders name McPhee special adviser to GM

Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 10:57 AM / News

BROOKLYN – The New York Islanders announced today that George McPhee has been named Special Adviser to General Manager Garth Snow.

"George brings a tremendous amount of experience and insight to our front office," Snow said. "His ability to evaluate players along with his managerial skills, are an asset that we're thrilled to add to our Hockey Operations Department."

"I'm excited to join such a storied franchise," McPhee said. "The Islanders have a great young team and I'm looking forward to contributing in any way I can to help them get to the next level."

Roundup: Kessel scores twice in Penguins debut

Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 1:28 AM / News

Phil Kessel had two goals in his Pittsburgh Penguins debut and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists in a 7-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

Kessel, who was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, had four shots playing on a line with Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

Kris Letang had a goal and three assists, and defenseman Olli Maatta and forward Daniel Sprong each had a goal and an assist.

Johnson signs seven-year extension with Avalanche

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 7:50 PM / News

Defenseman Erik Johnson signed a seven-year contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the contract reportedly has an average annual value of $6 million.

Johnson, 27, is signed through the 2022-23 season. He is entering the final season of a four-year, $15 million contract.

Blue Jackets' Saad to miss games Tuesday: report

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 9:14 AM / News

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad will not play in either of their split-squad preseason games Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

Saad was hit in the mouth by a puck during practice Monday, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Coach Todd Richards said he could return Thursday when the Blue Jackets host the Minnesota Wild.

McDavid has two assists in Oilers win against Flames

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 1:16 AM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid continues to impress in the early stages of his NHL career.

McDavid had two assists and was named First Star in his NHL preseason debut Monday against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place.

The 18-year-old rookie set up Leon Draisaitl's game-tying goal and assisted on Nail Yakupov's empty-net goal in a 4-2 win against the Flames in a split-squad game.

"There was obviously nerves and a lot of excitement going into the game, and it takes a little bit to settle down," McDavid said. "I thought I was a little nervous in the first period and wasn't patient with the puck and wasn't playing my game. I guess that's to be expected, there was so much hype about playing your first NHL game -- although it's not really -- it's still kind of your first taste."

Preseason roundup: Gibbons, Megna lead Rangers

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 12:51 AM / News

Jayson Megna had two goals, Kevin Klein had three assists, and the New York Rangers scored three unanswered goals to defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 at Madison Square Garden.

Rangers forward Brian Gibbons opened the scoring at 1:21 of the first period. He also had two assists, including one on Megna's goal three minutes after his.

Devils forward Jordin Tootoo scored a power-play goal at 7:30 of the first period to make it 2-1.

Sabres' Eichel scores shorthanded in preseason debut

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Less than a week into his NHL career, Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel checked a bunch of firsts off his list in Buffalo's preseason opener against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

There was his first shift about a minute in. There were his first "oohs" and "ahhs," and later in the same shift, his first minus.

But there was also his first point, his first goal and eventually his first win in a 3-2 victory. The first impression he left was a good one too.

With the score still tied 2-2, Eichel, the second player selected at the 2015 NHL Draft, took a breakout pass from defenseman Cody Franson in alone on a shorthanded breakaway. He showed the patience, deking enough to open Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper's legs, then tucked the puck five-hole for the game-winning goal.

"These goalies are so big and athletic these days, you just try to move them and find little holes," Eichel said. "Luckily I was able to find one there."

Oilers' McDavid expecting 'special' preseason debut

Monday, 09.21.2015 / 3:49 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid will make his preseason debut at Rexall Place in a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames on Monday.

The Oilers and Flames are playing two games simultaneously in Edmonton and Calgary to begin their preseason.

McDavid will center the Oilers' top line between Taylor Hall and Teddy Purcell in the game in Edmonton.

"I'm excited. Obviously, anytime you get a chance to do something like this, it's pretty special," McDavid said. "It's going to be fun, and hopefully the building is excited."

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Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.

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