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Potvin got wish when selected by Islanders with No. 1 pick in 1973 Draft

Defenseman hoped to play with big brother in New York, was worried Canadiens would get top selection

by Stan Fischler / Special to

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers each Wednesday. 

With the Upper Deck 2022 NHL Draft taking place this week at Bell Centre in Montreal, Fischler looks back to 1973 when prize defenseman Denis Potvin was certain to be the No. 1 pick. The New York Islanders had the first selection but a melodrama unfolded when the Montreal Canadiens made an all-out attempt to trade for the prodigy.

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Over The Boards

Mailbag: Rangers' trade options, DeBrincat, Malkin futures's Dan Rosen answers weekly questions

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Here is the July 6 edition of the mailbag, where we answer your questions asked on Twitter using #OvertheBoards. Tweet your questions to @drosennhl.

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Grier being named general manager of Sharks 'amazing for hockey'

Black players, coaches, executives praise groundbreaking hire

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / Staff Writer

Mike Grier is aware of the significance of the moment, of the expectations to produce a championship team on the ice and to inspire and help open doors for others off of it.

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Kings shift focus to re-signing Kempe, Anderson after trade for Fiala

Forward, defenseman can become restricted free agents, helped Los Angeles return to playoffs

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Kings have made it a priority to re-sign Adrian Kempe after acquiring Kevin Fiala in a trade last week, general manager Rob Blake said Tuesday.

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Grier doesn't intend to completely rebuild Sharks as new general manager

Will use 2022 NHL Draft, free agency to help end playoff drought

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

Mike Grier said his priorities after being hired as general manager of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday will be dictated by the NHL calendar.

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Matthews' journey from Arizona to Hart Trophy serving as inspiration

Maple Leafs forward paving way for NHL Draft prospects from nontraditional markets in United States

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / Staff Writer

Auston Matthews' journey from the desert to Hart Trophy is serving as an inspiration for kids in nontraditional United States hockey markets.

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Red Wings coach Lalonde knows winning will take time

Former Lightning assistant will try to turn around Detroit by doing it 'his way'

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

DETROIT -- Derek Lalonde held up a jersey after the Detroit Red Wings introduced him as their new coach Friday. Standing to his left with a big smile was general manager Steve Yzerman, and the connection was obvious.

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Bednar gets emotional at Avalanche Cup parade, 'a surreal moment for me'

Landeskog thanks fans for support during Colorado's first championship celebration since 2001

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Bednar's speech to fans

An emotional speech from Jared Bednar

Jared Bednar holds back tears of joy during his speech to the Denver, conveying his appreciation for the fans, players and management

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Jared Bednar almost was in tears as he gave an emotional speech on stage at a rally at Civic Center Park in Denver following the Colorado Avalanche's Stanley Cup championship parade through downtown.

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Pappin dies at 82, credited with Cup-winning goal for Maple Leafs in 1967

Forward scored in Game 6 that gave Toronto its most recent NHL championship

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / Columnist

Jim Pappin will live forever in the lore of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1967 Stanley Cup-winning goal that he did or didn't score.

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NHL Draft

Mock 2022 NHL Draft: Cooley could go to Coyotes, Flyers

Intrigue after Canadiens take Wright at No. 1, Devils select Slafkovsky next @NHLdotcom

The 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be held July 7-8 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The first round will be July 7 (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS) and rounds 2-7 are July 8 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS). is counting down to the draft with in-depth profiles on top prospects, podcasts and other features. Today, writers Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale submit their final mock draft of the first round.'s full draft coverage can be found here.

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