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Bruins lose McQuaid with undisclosed injury

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 3:07 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO - Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid left the game Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks with an undisclosed injury in the second period and did not return.

McQuaid played 8:57 and 12 shifts, picking up a secondary assist on the first of two goals by Brad Marchand, before leaving the game. Boston is also missing Dougie Hamilton (concussion) and lost defenseman Dennis Seidenberg for the season in late December to a knee injury.


Crosby named captain of Team Canada

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 1:14 PM / 2014 Olympics


Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was named captain of the Canadian team that will compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The announcement was made by Hockey Canada on Sunday morning.

"It's definitely a huge honor," Crosby said. "I think playing for Team Canada and playing in the Olympics is a great opportunity, but being able to be named the captain, I think, is definitely an honor."

This will be the first time in Crosby's career that he will captain Canada's team during international play. He was an alternate captain for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, when he scored the game-winning goal in overtime that defeated the United States 3-2 and won the goal medal for the Canadians. He was also Canada's alternate captain at the 2006 World Championships, where at the age of 18 he became the youngest player to ever lead the tournament in scoring with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists).


Sunday Long Read: Roots take hold in California

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Emerson Etem could have gravitated toward a number of sports. He sometimes played soccer and tennis when he was younger, and his parents and sister have backgrounds in rowing and swimming.

Actually, if it wasn't for his chosen profession, Etem might not have ended up in sports at all.

"I think I'd be an artist," Etem said. "Or maybe a surfer."

Instead, Etem followed his brother Martin and put on roller-hockey skates at the YMCA in his hometown of Long Beach, Calif.


Alec Martinez: Transplant finds hockey home

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Alec Martinez - Special to NHL.com

Alec Martinez is a fifth-year defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings. He grew up in Michigan but spent his junior-high years playing for the Junior San Jose Sharks and Santa Clara Blackhawks before his family moved back to the Midwest. He was a fixture during the Kings' 2011-12 Stanley Cup championship run.

My father, Frank, worked for General Motors for 30 years and he got transferred. GM had a joint venture with Toyota just outside of Fremont, Calif., and my family had to move out here for two or three years before we moved back to Michigan.

The hockey scene was a lot different. In Michigan, there were a lot more teams and lot more kids played. There were only a select few clubs in Northern California, so you had to come down to L.A. a lot. In Michigan, in terms of tournaments growing up, you don't really have to leave except for Chicago or Toronto. But, really, that's not very far. When you move to California, the tournaments are in Alaska or Las Vegas.


Jonathon Blum: The accidental hockey player

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Jonathon Blum - Special to NHL.com

Jonathon Blum was born in Long Beach, Calif., and grew up in nearby Rancho Santa Margarita. He was a first-round pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2007 NHL Draft. The defenseman played 91 NHL games for the Predators before recently returning to the League with the Minnesota Wild.

Playing hockey where I grew up wasn't traditional at all, for sure. I owe a lot to my parents. It's very expensive playing in Southern California, traveling four or five times a year just to help me develop, paying for lessons. The ice time was $600, $700 an hour back then.

I was probably about 5 or 6 years old when I started. We lived on a cul de sac and there were probably about 10 or 15 kids on my block. When school was done we'd get on rollerblades or sneakers and we'd play street hockey or roller hockey. If we didn't have nets we'd use little sewer holes as nets and try to shoot the balls into them. That's how I started.


Thatcher Demko: A Gull takes flight

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Thatcher Demko - Special to NHL.com

San Diego native Thatcher Demko is a freshman goaltender at Boston College, and he recently represented the United States at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. He was the top-rated North American goaltender in NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft and is considered a strong candidate to be a first-round selection.

The first time I tried going ice skating I was 3 years old. My dad took me to the rink and he said I hated it and was crying and complaining the whole time. So he said we'll wait another year and we'll try it then. Then one day he said he was putting roller skates on me, and got one skate on when the phone rang inside the house. He ran back in to grab the phone and when he looked outside he said I was wheeling around on one skate. That's when he thought I was ready to go back to the ice.


Nelson Emerson: A player pays it forward

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Nelson Emerson - Special to NHL.com

Nelson Emerson is a former Los Angeles Kings player who works in player development for the team. Following a 13-year NHL career as a five-time 20-goal scorer, Emerson spent two seasons as an assistant coach before his current role.

He is involved with the Junior Kings youth program and co-coaches his sons with Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake. Coincidentally, Emerson and Blake were sitting in a dorm room at Bowling Green State University in 1988 when they heard the news that Wayne Gretzky had been traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

I have twin 12-year-old boys who have been playing youth hockey here since 6 or 7. They're both forwards. One's a goal-scorer and the other's a grinder but they don't play on the same line. They started playing on ice. Some kids do start on roller hockey, but I think now, because of the facilities available, they're able to start on ice earlier.


Emerson Etem: Local player makes good

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Emerson Etem - Special to NHL.com

Emerson Etem is one of the more promising young forwards in the Anaheim Ducks organization and likely would be an NHL regular on any other team without the logjam of talented forwards on the Ducks roster. He was the American Hockey League Player of the Month for December.

Etem has a unique background, born from the roller hockey rinks near his hometown Long Beach, Calif., halfway between the locations the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks call home.

My parents put me in roller hockey classes at the local YMCA when I was 3. I don't know why they picked hockey. My brother Martin played and I picked it up. It was just out of curiosity. I played soccer in the summer and tennis when I was younger but I stuck with hockey. I just wanted to try it out and I liked it.


Jagr, Plekanec bank on chemistry for success in Sochi

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

When the Czech Republic announced the team that would represent the country at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, one of the big surprises was that Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec would serve as team captain.

Not that Plekanec is undeserving of such an honor, but considering the other options available to Czech coach Alois Hadamczik, his selection raised a few eyebrows.

Plekanec admitted even he was mildly surprised despite serving as Czech captain at the IIHF World Championships for the past few years. But he doesn't think it holds that much importance on a veteran-laden team.

"It's obviously a great honor and I'm happy about it, but it's just a letter on a jersey," Plekanec said the day he was named to the team. "We need to all play like captains to be successful."


H. Sedin continues streak, but doesn't finish game

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 1:46 AM / News

Henrik Sedin
Center - VAN
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 40
SOG: 80 | +/-: 7
Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin extended his consecutive-game streak to 679 when he stepped into the ice Saturday against the Calgary Flames. But for the second game in a row, he didn't make it to the finish.

"He's day-to-day," coach John Tortorella said after Vancouver's 3-2 shootout victory at Rogers Arena.

Sedin was questionable for the game against the Flames. He left early due to sore ribs after he was cross-checked during the Canucks' 1-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

He played 12:01 against the Flames, but did not take the ice again after ending a shift with 5:59 remaining in the second period.

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