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Players celebrate inclusion at USA Hockey Sled Classic

Game brings together those with different backgrounds, skill levels at tournament presented by NHL

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- The crate was wheeled into the Center Ice Meeting Room at Plymouth Ice Center, and the anticipation began to build.

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American coach on mission to help grow women's hockey in China

After 22 seasons at Brown University, Murphy takes on new challenge overseas

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Digit Murphy motions to follow her, down the stairs, around the corner, past a row of portraits. Her own -- face a little younger, hair a little longer -- hangs in the center. Three to the left; three to the right. She points at the pictures.

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Hockey Fights Cancer sparked by 'call to arms' 19 years ago

Joint initiative by NHL, NHLPA has raised $18 million, increased awareness

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Paul Stewart remembers well the introductory news conference during the 1999 NHL All-Star Weekend.

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Nolan Patrick gets assist from family entering 2017 NHL Draft

Father, uncle of potential No. 1 pick played in League

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Nolan Patrick will attract plenty of attention at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo beginning Monday. It shouldn't be too overwhelming.

After all, the center for Brandon of the Western Hockey League is surrounded by a family of exceptional athletes who have experienced the spotlight.

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Joe Louis Arena 'beautiful in its simplicity'

Inside walls, unique history of beloved home Red Wings are leaving

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DETROIT -- Joe Louis Arena sits in a spot on the Detroit River that would be nice if not surrounded by a convention center, a freeway, a parking structure and an apartment complex.

The roads around it are falling apart. The sidewalks are cracked. The metal is rusting.

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Flyers have had feisty 50 years

Looking back at memorable chapters in Philadelphia's unlikely NHL history

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hockey never should have worked in Philadelphia.

When Ed Snider helped assemble the ownership group that landed an NHL expansion team in 1966, he had no idea about the city's hockey teams that had come before.

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Six WHL prospects to watch

Scouts assess 2017 NHL Draft candidates

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2017 NHL Draft is three months away (June 23-24 in Chicago), and the full-time scouts at NHL Central Scouting are hard at work.

In addition to charting players within their respective regions throughout the course of the season, two of those scouts, David Gregory and Matt Ryan recently took a 13-day trip through the Western Hockey League to evaluate the top prospects available in the area.

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On road with NHL Central Scouting

Inside look at League's well-traveled talent evaluators in action

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

REGINA, Saskatchewan -- David Gregory and Matt Ryan of NHL Central Scouting arrived in the lobby of their hotel with no time to spare.

Gregory, who had just driven 225 miles here in just under four hours from Brandon, Manitoba, approached the receptionist, provided identification, got his room key and asked, "When does the kitchen close?" She responded, "Fifteen minutes."

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Montreal spotlight can be positive, negative

Current, former Canadiens players, coaches discuss pressure of performing in 'hockey heaven'

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Twenty-four.

It is a symbolic number in Montreal for two reasons: It is the number of Stanley Cup championships the Montreal Canadiens have won in their 107-year history that predates the NHL, and it is also the number of years since they last won the Cup in 1993.

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Phil Esposito, Tony Esposito share stories, laughs

Brothers, Hall of Famers discuss memories from childhood, NHL, beyond

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- So where do you begin with brothers Phil Esposito and Tony Esposito, the Hockey Hall of Famers who are sitting in a quiet corner of a hotel restaurant, spinning one fabulous yarn after another for 90 minutes?

You could start with the adolescent joyride they took in their hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; two teenage boys, neither with a driver's license, tooling up and down the main drag in their father's nearly new 1956 Mercury Monarch, cruising for girls with their baby sister, Terry, howling in the back seat because Phil had accidentally safety-pinned her cloth diaper to her skin.

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