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Asham helping grow youth hockey as part of Learn To Play

Longtime NHL forward leading initiative to build sport on Long Island

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Arron Asham hasn't played professional hockey since 2014, but he remains passionate about the game and is doing everything he can to help grow the sport.

Asham is the lead New York Islanders alumnus associated with the Learn To Play program, which was developed jointly by the NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding.

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Vancouver Eclipse prove Hockey Is For Everyone

Blind ball hockey team receives $5,000 grant from Canucks

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Watching goaltender Gary Steeves shift his body into a save on a rising short-side shot during a game of ball hockey at the NHL Centennial Fan Arena on Sunday was impressive.

Finding out after the game that Steeves is totally blind made it even more remarkable.

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O'Ree drops ceremonial puck at Blue Jackets game

First black player in NHL in Columbus to speak on League's Hockey Is For Everyone initiative

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Willie O'Ree is approaching 60 years since he became the first black player to play in the NHL, but his enthusiasm for hockey and his desire to see the sport attract a broader following hasn't waned.

O'Ree, 82, is in Columbus through Wednesday morning as the NHL's Diversity Ambassador. He dropped the ceremonial first puck to a standing ovation prior to the Columbus Blue Jackets game against the Los Angeles Kings at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

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Lundqvist rides bike in Times Square to raise money for cancer research

Rangers goalie participates in Cycle for Survival event in New York @NHL

Henrik Lundqvist used his morning bike ride to fight cancer in New York on Wednesday.

The New York Rangers goalie pedaled on a stationary bike as part of the Times Square Takeover for Cycle for Survival, which raises money to research rare cancers.

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Ovechkin joins youth players at Centennial Fan Arena

Capitals forward takes part in game with friends from American Special Hockey Association

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin's appearance Friday was supposed to be a surprise, but some of players from the American Special Hockey Association had suspected that the Washington Capitals forward was going to show up.

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McDonald among NHL greats at unveiling of 'Play Finds A Way'

Program will help Canadian children with disabilities get more access to sport

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / Columnist

"Sport," Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald says, "really sets you up for the rest of your life. You feel that you're a part of a team. It's all about feeling good about yourself. You find out where you fit in, and when you fall down, your teammates help pick you up and you're back in the game again."

So it was with great pride that McDonald was among a galaxy of legends from a wide spectrum of sports who attended a Toronto news conference to unveil an ambitious new program with far-reaching benefit for children who need it most. On Tuesday, Canadian Tire Corporation announced a $50 million commitment over five years to its Jumpstart Charities, with the goal of giving greater access to sport and play to Canadian children with disabilities.

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Monahan, Giordano among Flames to march in Calgary Pride Parade

Will be joined by other amateur, pro athletes in support of LGBTQ

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames will celebrate the LGBTQ community by participating in the 27th annual Pride Parade here Sunday.

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Ekblad shows continuing support for LGBTQ community

Panthers defenseman remains vocal leader in fight for equality in sports @NHL

Aaron Ekblad plays for the Florida Panthers, but he is becoming perhaps the NHL's most visible member of team equality.

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Boeser, Gardiner enjoy special game against fans

NHLers hit ice alongside Minnesota players with disabilities at Da Beauty League

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

EDINA, Minn. -- Ask 22-year-old Jessica Boeser who the better hockey player is between her and her brother, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, and she'll proudly tell you he is.

However, Jessica is the one who starred during a 10-minute 5-on-5 game at Braemar Ice Arena on Monday, scoring one goal and one assist, besting her little brother, who had no points. 

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Panthers to Host Ice Hockey Clinic at Icetopia Skating Rink in Barbados

Alex Petrovic and Ian McCoshen to head the NHL's first ice hockey clinic in the Caribbean

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SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the club will host an ice hockey clinic at Icetopia Skating Rink in Wildey, Barbados on Tuesday, August 22 as part of the Panthers youth hockey and community outreach initiatives. The NHL's first ice hockey clinic in the Caribbean will feature Panthers defensemen Alex Petrovic and Ian McCoshen as head instructors.

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