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Hockey world reacts to passing of Beliveau

Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 11:40 AM / News

NHL.com

The passing of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau on Tuesday at the age of 83 was met with reaction from throughout the sport.

Here is a sampling of sentiments expressed on Twitter:

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Islanders recall Reinhart; Boychuk, Visnovsky to IR

Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 10:46 AM / News

NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Griffin Reinhart has been recalled under emergency conditions from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The club has also placed defenseman Johnny Boychuk on injured reserve, retroactive to November 27, and Lubomir Visnovsky on injured reserve, retroactive to November 28.

Reinhart, 20, appeared in his first three National Hockey League games earlier this season with the Islanders. The North Vancouver, BC, native has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 15 games with the Sound Tigers this season.

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Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Dec. 2

Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 8:58 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

CANADIENS ANNOUNCE JEAN BELIVEAU DIES AT AGE 83

The Montreal Canadiens announced that Hockey Hall-of-Famer Jean Beliveau died Tuesday at age 83. Béliveau played 20 seasons with Montreal from 1950 to 1971, serving as the longest-tenured captain in team history over his final 10 seasons. He won the Stanley Cup 10 times with the club, including five consecutive championships from 1956 to 1960. He ranks second on the Canadiens all-time regular-season scoring list (1,219 points), third in goals (507) and second in assists (712). In addition, he owns the Canadiens record with 176 career playoff points (79 goals, 97 assists), in 162 contests.

CLOSE GAMES HIGHLIGHT ACTION TUESDAY

Of the 10 games contested Tuesday:

* Nine were tied or within one goal entering the third period (OTT-NYI, NJD-PIT, VAN-WSH, NSH-CAR, TBL-BUF, FLA-DET, ARI-CGY, PHI-SJS, BOS-LAK).

* Seven featured one-goal margins (OTT-NYI, NJD-PIT, VAN-WSH, NSH-CAR, TBL-BUF, FLA-DET, PHI-SJS) and one other contest ended with a two-goal margin following an empty-net goal in the final minute (BOS-LAK).

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Jean Beliveau, Canadiens great, dies at 83

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 11:52 PM / News

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Rare is the talent so great that a sports franchise would buy an entire league to secure his services. Jean Beliveau of the Montreal Canadiens was such a talent.

Beliveau died Tuesday at the age of 83.

Despite being born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Beliveau did not have a burning desire to play for the legendary NHL team nearby. In fact, he spurned several offers from Montreal general manager Frank Selke to sign a contract, choosing instead to play with the Quebec Aces of the amateur Quebec Senior Hockey League. Eventually, Selke had the Canadiens buy the whole QSHL in 1953, turning it into a professional league and securing the rights to Beliveau in the process.

It was one of the great investments in hockey history. The Canadiens have had great players including Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur and Patrick Roy; however, few cast a shadow like Beliveau, known affectionately as "Le Gros Bill."

Beliveau spent 18 full seasons with the Canadiens from 1953-71 after his two amateur tryouts. In 1,125 games, he scored 507 goals, set up 712 others and finished with 1,219 points. He played in 13 NHL All-Star Games, won the Hart Trophy as League MVP twice (1956 and 1964), the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in 1956, and the inaugural Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 1965.

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Penguins forward Kunitz out with fractured foot

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 10:44 PM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz has a fractured foot and will be out a couple of weeks, coach Mike Johnston said after a 1-0 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

Johnston also said defenseman Kris Letang has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.

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Gordie Howe hospitalized, did not have stroke: report

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 9:17 PM / News

NHL.com

Hockey legend Gordie Howe was hospitalized Monday but did not have another stroke, CBC reported Tuesday.

Tests revealed Howe, 86, was dehydrated and fatigued, the report said.

“[It was] likely dehydration with superimposed fatigue,” his son Murray Howe wrote in an email, according to CBC Sports. “Plan to discharge him home tomorrow. He's alert and ate well tonight. I spoke with him briefly on the phone. He's still him. Just worn out.”

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Devils lose forwards Elias, Jagr, Gionta to injury

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 9:08 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- New Jersey Devils forwards Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias sustained apparent injuries during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center.

Jagr was sent into the boards by Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo with 2:03 remaining in the second period. Jagr remained on the ice for minutes as Devils trainers attended to him.

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Lightning sign first-round pick Anthony DeAngelo

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 8:57 PM / News

TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to a three-year, entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

DeAngelo, 19, has skated in 22 games this season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, recording seven goals and 27 points to go along with 52 penalty minutes. He ranks first for points and is second for assists (20) among all OHL defensemen. The Sewell, New Jersey native also led all OHL defensemen for points (71) and assists (56) last season.

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Jets place Enstrom on IR, recall Chiarot

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 5:23 PM / News

WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have recalled defenceman Ben Chiarot from the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. The Winnipeg Jets also announced they have placed defenceman Toby Enstrom on IR retroactive to Nov. 23, 2014.

Chiarot, 23, has played in 24 games this season with the St. John’s IceCaps collecting nine points (4G, 5A) and 21 penalty minutes. The Hamilton, ON native was named by the IceCaps as their Defenceman of the Year for 2013-14 after compiling 20 points (6G, 14A) and a +29 rating, which was the fifth best in the AHL, over 65 regular season games. He also played in his only NHL game last season with the Jets on Nov. 2, 2013 versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Kings fined $100,000 for violating terms of Voynov ban

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 3:14 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings have been fined $100,000 for violating the terms of defenseman Slava Voynov's suspension, the National Hockey League announced Tuesday.

Voynov skated with teammates Tuesday during a Club practice. Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension levied Oct. 20, which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities.

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