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2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

Keegan Lowe following in his father's footsteps

Wednesday, 08.18.2010 / 4:32 PM / 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- It was only eight years ago that Keegan Lowe, the son of six-time Stanley Cup champion and current Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, was assigned to be a runner for the Oilers during the NHL Entry Draft at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

His duties included fetching drinks and snacks for the scouts and club officials at the draft table while player evaluations and selections were made over the course of the two-day event. It was a job that ultimately had a profound effect on his playing career.

"I can't remember whether I was 8 or 9 years old, but that was great seeing the guys putting on their jerseys for the first time," Keegan Lowe told NHL.com. "That's when I started to dream … I wanted that to be me one day."
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Bettman as eager as fans to see tests in action

Wednesday, 08.18.2010 / 3:45 PM / 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is intrigued by the potential of seeing 3-on-3 played in overtime if no goals are scored in 4-on-4 play. He's also interested in the hybrid icing rule that was tested Wednesday at the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled By G Series, as well as the concept of starting a faceoff with the puck on the ice instead of in a linesmen's hands.

"I think we're going to see a lot of things and then we're going to have to digest them," Bettman said when he met with the media at the Maple Leafs' practice site Wednesday between sessions of the RDO Camp. "If there are changes that we want to pursue it'll go through the usual procedures -- general managers will consider it first, ultimately the Competition Committee and then the Board of Governors."
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Changes on faceoffs drawing differing opinions

Wednesday, 08.18.2010 / 3:40 PM / 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"A big part of faceoffs is being highly competitive. You want to talk about a system in place that gets manipulated by the players -- that's the faceoff. The older players are best at figuring out what works best outside the rules, so there is cheating. I think that's why this has been suggested. I'm not sure what to think about it right now, though."
-- Sabres GM Darcy Regier

TORONTO -- Veteran coaches Ken Hitchcock and Dave King learned to play by the rules on the opening day of the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled By G Series here at the Toronto Maple Leafs' practice facility Wednesday.

Both coaches were behind the bench, instructing 33 of the top 2011 Entry Draft-eligible prospects, and all the while, testing various possible rule changes and strategic innovations with an emphasis on offensive play and creative scoring opportunities.

One of the most intriguing rule changes implemented during Wednesday's morning session was the face-off variation.

Instead of having both centermen take their typical positions, the puck was placed on the face-off dot and the draw commenced on the official's whistle. The rationale behind the idea, which was the first of three face-off variations that will be tried over the two-day camp, was to restore the fairness and integrity of the draw.
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NHL still checking other contracts

Wednesday, 08.18.2010 / 1:20 PM / 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"We're at a different stage now that the contracts have been registered so there is a different procedure that we would have to employ if we ever wanted to do anything with these contracts, and I don't want to create the perception or expectation that we are. It's just that these contracts continue to be under investigation."
-- NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly

TORONTO -- NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Wednesday that the contracts of Marian Hossa, Chris Pronger, Roberto Luongo and Marc Savard remain under investigation by the League and are subject to penalties that could include de-registration if the findings determine there was a violation of the circumvention provision written into the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Daly said at the time those contracts were registered an advisory letter was sent to the clubs notifying them that the League was going to investigate "the circumstances under which the contracts were negotiated to see if there is potential circumvention." There is no time limit to those investigations.

He added that deregistration is just one of several penalties that could be enacted, per Article 11 of the CBA. Other penalties, as outlined in Article 26 of the CBA, include fines against the club and/or the player, reducing the club's payroll for the following season, forfeiting draft picks, forfeiting games affected by the circumvention and suspensions of club officials, the player and his certified agent.
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Shanahan interested in seeing ideas brought to life

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Brendan Shanahan is right in the conservative middle when it comes to the debate on no-touch icing. He'll have a better idea by Thursday afternoon if he's for it, against it or at least willing to see some modification on what currently exists in the NHL.

Examining the way icing is called in the NHL is just one of several items on the agenda over the next two days at the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled By G Series. The on-ice testing will happen at the Toronto Maple Leafs' practice site in suburban Etobicoke, Ont.

"I'm like everyone else here -- I'm not going to guess because I want to see it play out," Shanahan, the NHL's Vice President of Hockey and Business Operations, told NHL.com Tuesday. "I'm going to take the information and process it before I decide which I like better."
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NHL RDO Camp, Gatorade G Series is perfect match

Thursday, 08.12.2010 / 4:29 PM / 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"What I like about Gatorade is they don't have one cookie-cutter performance drink. They're doing so much. Now it's just a matter of getting this information to the players."
-- NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development Brendan Shanahan

The NHL is using next week's research, development and orientation camp to make sure the game on the ice continues to stay as strong as possible.

In a similar fashion, Gatorade is doing the same thing with its G Series line of drinks, which is why the sports beverage company has signed on as a title sponsor for the RDO camp.

The 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled by G Series will be held Aug. 18-19 at the Toronto Maple Leafs' practice facility in Etobicoke, Ont.
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Couturier among prospects picked for RDO camp

Thursday, 08.12.2010 / 11:35 AM / 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The cream of the crop for the 2011 Entry Draft will get their first taste of life in the NHL when they report to the Toronto Maple Leafs' training facility in Etobicoke, Ont., to take part in the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled by G Series on Aug. 18-19.

The purpose of the camp is for team officials to get a look at possible rules changes -- with the extra benefit that 33 of the top 2011 Draft-eligible prospects will show off their skills while bringing those changes to life.

"This Camp has the bonus element of giving general managers and their staffs an early season look at many of the players whose names they will be calling out as their teams' top-round selections in the June 2011 Entry Draft in St. Paul," said E.J. McGuire, Director of the NHL Central Scouting. "These are some of the most talented players available to execute the unique skills and strategies which the camp is designed to test and evaluate."
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2011's top prospects will get an early look-see

Wednesday, 08.11.2010 / 12:49 PM / 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

John Dellapina - NHL.com Staff Writer

While the "R & D" will draw the focus of many of the League's top decision-makers and the attention of much of the assembled media, folks like Jim Nill will be there for the "O."

Nill, of course, is the assistant general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. And as player personnel is his stock and trade, it is the "orientation" part of the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled by G Series that will bring him to the Toronto Maple Leafs' practice facility in Etobicoke, Ont., on Aug. 18 and 19.

"I guess there are kind of two sides to this camp," Nill told NHL.com. "We're researching new rules and things to make the game better. And you need good players participating to properly do that, and the roster the NHL has put together is all the top kids eligible for this year's draft. So it's a great scouting opportunity also.
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NHL RDO Camp to test multitude of ideas

NHL.com

The NHL Friday revealed the various potential rule changes, rink modifications and strategic innovations that will be tested during the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series August 18-19 .

The camp, which will comprise four on-ice sessions over two days at the Toronto Maple Leafs practice facility in Etobicoke, ON, will feature more than 30 of the top prospects eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Participating players will be announced next week.
 
"I think everyone involved with the NHL thinks that our game is in really good shape," NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development Brendan Shanahan said. "I think that this is just a way of being progressive and keeping ourselves well informed of not just the fact that things work but why they work. Most companies or industries have research and development and that's exactly what this is: it's studying our own product."
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NHL camp allows officials to help stay in great shape

John Dellapina - NHL.com Columnist

"I think that this is just a way of being progressive and keeping ourselves well informed of not just the fact that things work, but why they work."
-- Brendan Shanahan

The last time Brendan Shanahan played a central role in pulling together hockey's best and brightest to perform an MRI on the game -- in December 2004 -- he was hardly the only one who believed surgery to insert a pacemaker might then be required.

Six years and five NHL seasons later, Shanahan again agrees with the overwhelming majority.

So this time, when Shanahan puts approximately three dozen of the top North American prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft on the ice in suburban Toronto, Aug. 18-19, for two days of scrimmages in front of many of the League's general managers and coaches at the 2010 NHL/Gatorade Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G-Series, the focus will be upon ensuring that the NHL game on the ice keeps soaring, rather than giving it another shot of adrenaline.
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