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Howe slowed after minor stroke, serious back pain

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 2:59 PM / News

NHL.com

Gordie Howe's health has taken a downturn because of a minor stroke and back pain that is causing his blood pressure to fluctuate into dangerous areas, according to MLive.com.

"The last 10 days have been difficult," Mark Howe, Gordie's son, told MLive.com. "His health is trending in the opposite direction. Right now it's a lot for Dad to handle."

Mark Howe said the 86-year-old Mr. Hockey had a small stroke a week ago and has been bed-ridden since then.

Prior to the latest issue Gordie had been making positive steps after having a major stroke Oct. 26, including walking with assistance.

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Hurricanes mourn death of U.S. Army Sgt. Cathcart

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 1:08 PM / News

United States Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, who skated with the Carolina Hurricanes last season during a practice at Fort Bragg, N.C., died Friday following injuries sustained during combat operations Friday in Kunsuz Province, Afghanistan.

"We are deeply saddened to hear that we've lost Sgt. Cathcart," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis told the Hurricanes website. "The day that Mike practiced with our team at Cleland Ice Rink at Fort Bragg was a very special day for our players.

"People throw around the word 'hero' too easily sometimes, but Mike Cathcart was a true hero. He proudly served our country and died protecting our safety and freedom. We are grateful for that day we were able to spend with him and the impact he left on our team. On behalf of the Hurricanes organization, I send heartfelt condolences to his family and his unit."

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Blue Jackets forward Tyrell sent to AHL

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 11:38 AM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned center Dana Tyrell to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Tyrell, 25, made his Blue Jackets debut November 8 vs. Tampa Bay and has averaged 6:56 of ice time in three games. The Airdrie, Alberta native has also collected five goals and four assists for nine points with six penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating in seven games with Springfield this season. Acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade with the Lightning on Mar. 3, 2014, he has registered 7-17-24 and 26 penalty minutes in 135 career NHL games.

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Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Kelowna

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 11:12 AM / News

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings NHL Network will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 6:30 p.m. ET on CITY and the NHL Network in the United States. This week's location is Kelowna, British Columbia, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Shea Weber is one of the best defenseman in the NHL, but it almost never happened. He went undrafted in the Western Hockey League Bantam draft and was cut from a couple of teams. Everything changed when the Kelowna Rockets took a chance.

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Nov. 15

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 10:52 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

Of the 12 games contested Saturday:

* Ten were tied or within one goal entering the third period.

* Eight saw the winning club overcome a deficit at any point in the game, including one third-period comeback that led to a win when the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime.

* Seven featured one-goal margins, including two that went past regulation, the Kings' defeat of the Ducks and the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 shootout win against the New York Rangers.

* Five saw the game-winning goal scored in the third period, including two decisive goals in the final three minutes of regulation; the Colorado Avalanche's Matt Duchene at 17:07 against the New Jersey Devils, and the Nashville Predators' Craig Smith at 17:58 against the Winnipeg Jets.

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Excellence, longevity mark McCreary's ride to Hall

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

John Kreiser - NHL.com Managing Editor

It's a little more than 40 miles from Guelph, Ontario, to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Making that trip took Bill McCreary more than 26 years and 2,000 NHL games.

McCreary will become the 16th on-ice official to be honored when he and the rest of the Class of 2014 are inducted into the Hall on Monday. It's an honor he said he never thought about when he stepped on the ice to work his first game.

"From the beginning, I always wanted to do well and be one of the best. But I never had the goal of being in the Hockey Hall of Fame," he told NHL.com. "I wanted to do the best that I could … and it was a great way for me to make a living for my family while staying with a wonderful game."

McCreary said he got involved in officiating for a simple reason: He realized he wasn't going to make it as a player.

"I played junior hockey; I wasn't very good. When I returned home to Guelph, I joined the local referees association in Guelph and got involved there," he said. "At the NHL level, we were fortunate that we had [linesmen] Ron Asselstine, Will Norris, Ray Scapinello and [referee] Andy van Hellemond; we had lots of representation in Guelph at the pro level. They encouraged me to get involved with the little kids, the minor hockey kids, which I did, and I really enjoyed giving back to the game. It just seemed to snowball from there."

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Blackhawks call up goaltender Darling, demote Raanta

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 12:32 AM / News

NHL.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled goaltender Scott Darling from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the Blackhawks announced Saturday.

Chicago sent down goalie Antti Raanta to make room for Darling.

Darling, 25, was 2-1-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in three games with the Blackhawks in late October. He is fifth in the AHL in GAA (1.83) and save percentage (.933) in seven games.


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Stars forward Nichushkin to have hip surgery

Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 8:59 PM / News

NHL.com

Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss four months, the team announced Saturday.

Nichushkin, a first-round pick (No. 10) by the Stars in the 2013 NHL Draft, has no points in four games this season. He played the first two games of the season for the Stars, was sidelined for nine games by hip and groin problems that had plagued him since training camp, then returned for two games last week. He hasn't played since Nov. 6 and was placed on injured reserve by the Stars earlier this week.

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Hall of Fame inductees reminisce at fan forum

Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 7:05 PM / Hall of Fame

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Mike Modano is connected to each of his fellow classmates this weekend at the Hockey Hall of Fame in a unique way.

Modano nearly played for coach Pat Burns before his NHL career ever started. One of his highest highs and one of his lowest lows came against Rob Blake and Dominik Hasek. Some of his greatest playoff series came against Peter Forsberg.

Then there is referee Bill McCreary. When the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 gathered Saturday in the Great Hall to tell stories about their careers and answer questions from a room full of eager fans, Modano recalled an important moment early in his career.

"I was a little bit of a whiny, spoiled teenager when I started," Modano said. "Bill came up to me, he pulled me aside and he told me, 'Mike, if you show a little effort to work through some of the clutching and grabbing and not try to show us up as far as embellishing some of the falls out there, we're always going to give you the benefit of the doubt.' I've always remembered that."

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Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Leopold from Blues

Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 3:10 PM / News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the St. Louis Blues for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Leopold was acquired by the Blues on March 30, 2013. He had a goal and seven assists in 49 regular-season games and one assist in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games, but was a healthy scratch in nine games this season. He'll provide depth to a Blue Jackets team that will be without defenseman Fedor Tyutin for four to six weeks because of a knee injury.

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