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Capitals' Mahoney promoted to assistant GM

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 9:26 AM / News

The Washington Capitals on Monday promoted Ross Mahoney to assistant general manager.

Mahoney, who served as director of amateur scouting for the Capitals the past 16 seasons, will assist and advise new general manager Brian MacLellan in all player-related matters. Mahoney also will oversee the club's developmental programs and the organization's amateur scouting staff.

"Ross is an excellent judge of talent and the success he has enjoyed on the amateur scouting level speaks volumes of his expertise," MacLellan said. "He is a great asset for our hockey operations staff and someone I greatly respect."


Finnish goalie Husso used draft snub as motivation

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Goalie Ville Husso of HIFK in Finland considered it a pretty humbling experience when he wasn't one of the 211 players chosen at the 2013 NHL Draft.

He only dwelled on it for about a millisecond, however. He thought the best tonic was to focus on doing whatever he could to re-establish himself as a legitimate top prospect for the 2014 draft, to be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

"Not being drafted gave me so much motivation; I practiced harder and gained more speed," Husso said. "I thought I played well and took some big steps."


Family dynamic part of Dal Colle's relentless drive

Monday, 06.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Not a day goes by that Michael Dal Colle doesn't consider himself fortunate to have an opportunity to do what he enjoys most: play forward for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

It's something he understood early in life and won't ever take for granted.

His role model is his older brother, Jonluca Dal Colle, who is autistic. His hero is his mother, Wendy Dal Colle, who seven years ago was diagnosed with breast cancer but fought the fight and has been cleared since 2009.

"My mom is a huge role model for me in my life after all she's been through, in raising her kids, a special-needs son; it's pretty powerful," Michael Dal Colle told "Obviously, in the back of my mind, everything I do is for her. I hope I can help her even more in the future."

Dal Colle has two siblings, Jonluca and a sister, Daniela, who played NCAA Division I hockey at Niagara University.

"Jonluca is a great guy and the other role model in my life," Dal Colle said. "He's had it hard, growing up. It's tough, but it has made us a stronger family. It makes me a better person. It's different, but I'm so used to it now and he's someone special in my life for sure; an important addition to the family."


Avalanche to take O'Reilly to arbitration: report

Sunday, 06.15.2014 / 6:44 PM / News

The Colorado Avalanche have decided to take forward Ryan O'Reilly to club-elected salary arbitration, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Sunday.

O'Reilly, 23, could become a restricted free agent on July 1. A finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, he led the Avalanche with 28 goals and finished third on the team with 64 points. O'Reilly had two penalty minutes in 80 games this season.

O'Reilly signed a two-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Calgary Flames in Feb. 2013, which the Avalanche matched. He had six points (two goals, four assists) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games this spring. Colorado lost to the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round.


Brendan Lemieux proud to model game after father

Sunday, 06.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Left wing Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts considers himself the silent but deadly type.

As the son of former NHL player and four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux, that shouldn't come as a surprise. The family patriarch made a living out of making life miserable for the opposition whenever he stepped on the ice, and it usually worked.

Does dad notice similarities between his style and the way his son now attacks the game?

"Yes, Brendan plays a very similar style of hockey that I did back when I played," Claude Lemieux told "Having said that, it's hard to compare playing today's game versus the old NHL of the '80s and '90s. The game today is less physical and much more of a skill game played at a faster pace, so Brendan is forced to be different than I was because of the way the game is played."


Portland coach Johnston talks to Canucks: report

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 9:24 PM / News

Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston has interviewed to become coach of the Vancouver Canucks, general manager Jim Benning said Friday, according to the Vancouver Sun.

"He has done an excellent job the last five years with Portland," Benning told Team 1040 Radio. "They play an up-tempo, skilled game and he has a history with the Canucks and the organization, so he understands the market. He is going to be a candidate. ... He coaches the style we want our team to play. The interview went well."

Johnston was an assistant under Marc Crawford with the Canucks.


Red Wings sign Czech Republic forward Nosek

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:58 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Tomas Nosek to a two-year entry-level contract, the team announced Saturday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nosek, 21, played his third season for HC Pardubice in the Czech ExtraLiga. He led the team with 44 points (19 goals) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.


Canadiens sign coach Therrien to contract extension

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:52 PM / News

The Montreal Canadiens signed coach Michel Therrien to a four-year contract extension Saturday, general manager Marc Bergevin announced.

Therrien completed his second season in his second stint with the Canadiens. The Quebec native coached parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins before returning to the Canadiens for 2012-13. Montreal has a record of 75-42-13 in the past two seasons.

Therrien has one year remaining on his contract, and the extension will take him through the 2018-19 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Teams that have success in the National Hockey League have stability. It's an important message to the players," Therrien said Saturday. "We all want the team to progress, and the fact the organization acted to show stability in its coach like this, I take this as a nice vote of confidence."


Kings center Kopitar proves to be elite player

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:28 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- For the victors in the Stanley Cup Final, that first moment when they receive the big silver trophy and thrust it as high into the air as they can, is pure, unfiltered bliss.

What follows is only slightly more organized than chaos. Family, friends and media turn the playing surface into a crowded bus station, if that floor was covered by ice.

Everyone is searching for someone or something, trying to get to a place in the opposite direction of the person coming toward them. The people with media credentials are following the Los Angeles Kings, waiting for them to exhale and try to formulate coherent thoughts when delirium and exhaustion are in play.

The players are congratulated by people they love and people they don't know, and eventually their focus zeroes in on that big silver thing again.

Every player gets a chance in the aftermath of the original celebration to spend a couple more minutes with the Cup on the ice, and this is the chance for photos with family and particular sets of teammates.


Five reasons why the Kings won the Stanley Cup

Saturday, 06.14.2014 / 8:19 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three seasons for a variety of reasons that became evident throughout their epic 26-game march to the 2014 title.

The Kings needed every advantage and edge they could muster to pass through the Western Conference and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. They had to win three Game 7s, all on the road, including one against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings also had to navigate their way back from a 3-0 series deficit against the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

Somehow, Los Angeles found a way each time it needed to. The result was a Stanley Cup Final matchup against the New York Rangers.

It again proved to be about finding a way in the final round. The Kings rallied to win three of the five games played in the Final, taking the crown with an Alec Martinez goal in double overtime of Game 5 at Staples Center.

Here are the five main reasons the Kings will be celebrating a second championship in three years with a parade in downtown Los Angeles on Monday afternoon:

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