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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.

Modin, Ruutu added to Blue Jackets' staff

Monday, 09.14.2015 / 9:09 PM / News

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have added four individuals to the club's hockey operations staff, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Former Blue Jackets forward Fredrik Modin has been named a special assistant to hockey operations and longtime NHL player Jarkko Ruutu has been hired as the club's first European development coach, while Blake Geoffrion and Rick Knickle have joined the club's scouting staff.

Modin registered 232 goals and 230 assists for 462 points with 453 penalty minutes in 898 career NHL games over 14 seasons from 1996-2011, including 39-46-85 and 110 penalty minutes in 176 games as a Blue Jacket from 2006-10. He added 14-12-26 and 42 penalty minutes in 57 career playoff games and helped the Tampa Bay Lightning capture the 2004 Stanley Cup championship. A native of Sundsvall, Sweden, he was selected by Toronto in the third round of the 1994 NHL Draft and is a member of the exclusive “Triple Gold Club” comprised of players who have won the three most prestigious championships in world hockey – Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and World Championships gold medal.

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Okposo uncertain about future with Islanders

Monday, 09.14.2015 / 8:55 PM / News

Kyle Okposo is set to enter his ninth season with the New York Islanders, one that also marks the final season of his five-year, $14 million contract.

With no new contract on the horizon, Okposo has been forced to wonder whether this will be his final season with the Islanders.

"It's pretty hard not to when you go somewhere and everyone's asking you whether you're going to be traded or not," Okposo told Newsday on Monday. "It's part of the business, and I'm not naive to that. There's a lot of moving parts."

Bellows, Tkachuk highlight prospect game rosters

Monday, 09.14.2015 / 4:40 PM / News

Kieffer Bellows and Matthew Tkachuk, two of the top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, will lead opposing teams at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 42 of the top draft-eligible American-born players, will be Sept. 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Lightning's Vasilevskiy does light skating: report

Monday, 09.14.2015 / 2:39 PM / News

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy did light skating in full pads Monday for the first time since Sept. 3 surgery to remove a blood clot near his left collarbone, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

"I feel good," Vasilevskiy told the Times. "Almost like before surgery."

Vasilevskiy, who's expected to miss 2-3 months, can work out but has to be careful with his left shoulder. He isn't allowed to face shots while he remains on blood thinners.

Capitals invite veteran Roy to camp on pro tryout

Monday, 09.14.2015 / 1:37 PM / News

Veteran center Derek Roy has been invited to Washington Capitals training camp on a professional tryout contract, the Capitals announced Sunday.

"I think he is a guy that as he has gotten older here you can move around too," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan told Monumental Network. "He can play the wing and fill in at center a little bit. I think he is going to be a versatile player. We'll put him in the lineup and we'll put him in different spots. If there is a chemistry there, we will pursue it."

Roy had 12 goals and 32 points in 72 games last season with the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers.

Stars forwards Benn, Hemsky on schedule, GM says

Monday, 09.14.2015 / 12:47 PM / News

Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Ales Hemsky are on schedule as they recover from offseason hip surgery, general manager Jim Nill said Monday, and in a best-case scenario they might return to action by the end of the preseason.

"We're going to monitor them," Nill told Stars Inside Edge. "They are feeling very well, and they are starting to do full practices. They will practice down there [in Cedar Park, where training camp will take place], and we'll play it by ear as far as scrimmages and exhibition games. Very doubtful they'll play the first four or five exhibition games."

Benn, 26, is the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner. He scored 87 points last season on 35 goals and 52 assists, finishing the season on a tear with 12 goals and 23 points in his final 12 games. He had a hat trick as part of a four-point game against the Nashville Predators in the season finale to win the scoring title.

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