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Canucks' Weber has Heritage Classic experience

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VANCOUVER -- Growing up in Switzerland, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber skated on all sorts of different ice surfaces, from lakes and ponds to outdoor rinks.

He'll add another unique ice pad to his resume Sunday when he skates onto the ice at BC Place in Vancouver for the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS) between the Canucks and Ottawa Senators.

However, it won't be the first time Weber has played in a Heritage Classic. Three years ago, Weber was a member of the Montreal Canadiens when his team played the Calgary Flames in the 2011 Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. He's the only member of the Canucks or the Senators who played in that game.

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Candidates named for inaugural Mike Richter Award

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 3:03 PM / News

NHL.com

Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation on Friday announced the 18 candidates for the inaugural Mike Richter Award, to honor the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey.

Candidates for the award were determined by nominations from all 59 NCAA Division I men's hockey head coaches, and based on criteria including skill on the ice, academic standing, sportsmanship and community service.

The candidates combine for a 2.19 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and a grade-point average of 3.12.

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Sarah McLachlan, Tegan and Sara to headline entertainment for 2014 NHL Heritage Classic

Chart-topping duo Tegan and Sara to give pre-game and first intermission performances

NHL.com

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Eight-time Juno Award and three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan and 2014 Juno Award nominees Tegan and Sara will headline the musical performances at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ between the Vancouver Canucks® and Ottawa Senators® at BC Place in Vancouver on March 2 (1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN), the National Hockey League announced today. McLachlan will perform the Canadian national anthem, accompanied by choir members from the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, while Tegan and Sara will perform before the game and during the first intermission.

Joining McLachlan for the national anthem will be the Canadian Armed Forces Flag Party of the 39 Canadian Brigade Group comprised of members of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own).

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Etem's road to NHL brings him back home

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 12:37 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

It was during his childhood in his shorefront hometown of Long Beach, Calif., that Emerson Etem of the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals got his unconventional start in the game of hockey.

"I started playing roller hockey when I was three," said Etem, now 21 and in his second season of professional hockey. "There was a YMCA right down the street with a roller rink. My brother tried it out so I just wanted to follow in his footsteps -- it looked fun and I ended up loving it.

"When I was six years old, I moved to ice hockey and it just kind of took off [from there]."

Etem moved to Minnesota at the age of 14 to play for Shattuck-St. Mary's School, where he won a national championship in 2008. He competed for the U.S. National Team Developmental Program from 2008-09 and spent three seasons as a prolific major junior scorer with Medicine Hat in the Western Hockey League.

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Steen, Pavelski among sell-high candidates

Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Decisions - Part 3

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

The NHL Trade Deadline is at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The standard fantasy hockey league trade deadline is the very next day.

In order to have you fully prepared, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with a three-part "Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Decisions" series. Each part will feature a different list of players. Part 1: A list of players who could be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline and how it would affect their fantasy value. Part 2: A list of players Cubeta believes you should be trying to acquire before your deadline -- also known as buy-low candidates (Thursday). Part 3: A list of players you should be trying to trade away before your deadline -- also known as sell-high candidates (Friday).

Remember, when you're trying to make a trade, don't be afraid to start your negotiation off a little higher than what you're hoping to eventually land. You can always lower your asking price, but you won't be able to raise it if the other person you're trading with already accepts the deal.

Sell-high: Players to deal away before your trade deadline

Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues -- 47 games: 28 G, 18 A, plus-14, 34 PIMs, 10 PPP, 155 SOG

Steen arguably has been the biggest surprise in fantasy hockey this season. And I'm not taking that away from him. I've got him ranked inside my top-20 forward rankings, and I do believe he'll still be there by season's end. But if you can acquire a proven superstar for Steen, you should. He has an unsustainable 18.1 shooting percentage when his career mark is 10.0 percent. If he were to continue at that 18.1 clip, he'd end up with 42 goals in 71 games -- that's Alex Ovechkin-like. However, the more likely scenario is that percentage will fall somewhere closer to 15.0 percent (still very high), meaning he'd likely fall short of the 40-goal mark. Again, if we say Steen finishes with 35-40 goals, is anyone really complaining? Of course not. But dangle him to some other fantasy owners for a proven superstar like Claude Giroux, Jonathan Toews or Pavel Datsyuk to see if they bite.

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Chicago's Plain White T's to headline entertainment for 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

Pop/rock band to perform pre-game and during first intermission

NHL.com

CHICAGO – The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ match-up between the Chicago Blackhawks® and Pittsburgh Penguins® at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, March 1 will feature a line-up of performers with ties to Chicago. Pop/rock band Plain White T's and Blues Brothers tribute band, Blooze Brothers, will take the stage pre-game and during the first and second intermissions, respectively, while longtime Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison will perform the U.S. national anthem and The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band will provide accompaniment during Blackhawks and Penguins player introductions before puck drop. The game will be broadcast nationally in the U.S. on NBC at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.

Joining Cornelison for the U.S. national anthem, alongside Penguins and Blackhawks players, will be eight young players from the Admirals United Youth Hockey Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill., as part of the McDonald's In the Line-up. NHL Foundation has pledged $200 per shot on goal to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which will be presented at the conclusion of the game.

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Daily Primer Feb. 28: Best of the West face off

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks are the last team to take the ice after the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. They'll face a tough assignment when they go back to work.

The St. Louis Blues come to Honda Center on Friday night for a showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference. The Ducks, who haven't played since beating the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Feb. 8, have an NHL-high 87 points. The Central Division-leading Blues have 84 points despite losing 1-0 to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

Here's a look at all of the action Friday:


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Blackhawks' Keith leads race for Norris Trophy

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders. Today we predict the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, an annual award presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association to the NHL's best defenseman.

Duncan Keith's skating, awareness and puck movement have been as good this season as they were throughout the 2009-10 season. The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was good enough to win the Norris Trophy then, just as he is now.

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Modano, Stars get behind Try Hockey for Free Day

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / Hockey Weekend Across America

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Twenty-one years ago, the Minnesota North Stars franchise took a leap of faith by leaving the State of Hockey for uncharted territory in Dallas. That's when Mike Modano took the lead on a grassroots campaign to educate Big D about the game, knowing full well the learning curve would be steep.

Fans grew to enjoy the speed and contact of the game over time, but they had a lot of help along the way. Stars public address announcers noted each time a whistle was blown for offsides or icing. According to Modano, it seemingly took 10 years to explain a plus-minus rating to the new hockey fans.

"Trying to explain the rules and offsides and icing, and people cheering when guys got penalties on our own team … just because they announced our team and our player, they cheered," Modano said. "There was a lot of crash-course teaching we had to do."

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Special bond unites USA Warriors, Blackhawks

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It was six years ago when U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient Paul Schaus was lying in a hospital bed wondering what the future would hold.

"I had a moment there in the hospital where I didn't want to leave the room; just wanted to be a homebody or something. I didn't want to get out," Schaus told NHL.com.

At the time, Schaus was coming off a bilateral above-knee amputation after losing both legs to an improvised explosive device during a routine patrol while serving his country in Afghanistan in 2009.

"We were supporting another patrol and I stepped on the IED, but my whole team remembered their training and took care of me, got me out of there and saved my life," he said. "The men you serve with in the military aren't guys you normally grow up with, but we all have the same mindset, thoughts and go through the same stuff. That's what bonds the group together and becomes a lifetime brotherhood. You don't forget."

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