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Sunday Long Read

Sunday Long Read

Sharks headed for playoffs, new identity minus Marleau, Thornton

Postseason will be major test for San Jose without mainstays

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Brent Burns is on a roll. He's riffing, and the smile is creeping across his face, his missing teeth flashing and his beard flying. He's laughing, amused at himself and his teammate and all the possibilities.

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Sunday Long Read

Hischier, Zadina prepared for NHL Draft with same Halifax host family

Surrogate parents housed, bonded with potential top-five pick for second straight season

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

There was a moment at the 2017 NHL Draft when Ash and Mandy Phillips might have been mistaken for Rino and Katja Hischier.

After New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero announced Nico Hischier as the No. 1 pick onstage at United Center in Chicago, television cameras panned to commotion in the seats. A group of people was cheering with such excitement that it was logical to assume they had to be related to the Switzerland-born teenager.

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Sunday Long Read

World's Longest Hockey Game enduring passion for Oilers optometrist

Players compete for 251 hours on his rink in latest record-setting cancer fundraiser

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

STRATHCONA COUNTY, Alberta -- It all began with a promise.

Not long before Terry Saik died of colon cancer in 1991, he made a request of his son, Dr. Brent Saik.

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Sunday Long Read

Barkov brings unique two-way game to Panthers, game film shows

Viewing video with Florida coaches reveals what makes center so effective

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

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The first video clip runs for a few seconds. Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner spots something already.

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Sunday Long Read

Jets keeping closer eye on prospects with AHL affiliate in-house

Say improved logistics make for better player development in new NHL model

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Here is one way to almost guarantee a hockey season full of travel nightmares: having players fly dozens of times between Winnipeg, in the center of Canada, and St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador at the easternmost point of the country, with no direct flights.

Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the Winnipeg Jets and their American Hockey League affiliate at the time, the St. John's IceCaps, carried on their business this way, at times defying the travel gods in winter weather, separated by 2 1/2 time zones and, as the crow flies, 2,004 miles.

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Sunday Long Read

Lightning owner building legacy of winning, community involvement

NHL All-Star Weekend chance for Vinik to showcase investment in team

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Jeff Vinik has returned to his hotel suite for a 30-minute respite.

The popular 58-year-old chairman and governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning is between meetings with the NHL's Board of Governors on an early December afternoon in Manalapan, Florida. Stacks of papers cover the table near the living room, some neatly piled, some strewn about, all important to any number of his business ventures. The Sports Business Journal is sitting next to the stacks of papers. His laptop is open to the NHL.com stats page. Lightning forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos are at the top as the League's leading scorers with 40 and 38 points, respectively.

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Sunday Long Read

2017 was Centennial year to remember in NHL

Looking back at celebration filled with hockey legends, historic events, lifetime's worth of memories

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Glenn Hall was looking around the Toronto hotel ballroom last New Year's Eve, the NHL's year-long Centennial celebration quietly underway with an elegant dinner hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and the man known as Mr. Goalie was softly taking inventory of four men.

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2008 NHL Winter Classic: An oral history

Key figures share stories behind inaugural game in snowy Buffalo

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Dan Craig knows exactly what was going through his mind the instant photographer Dave Sandford snapped a picture of him at the first NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2008, one of the most important days in NHL history.

Craig is sitting rinkside on a chair, his frigid, swollen and numb hands covered by a towel. He's looking up at the 71,217 fans watching the Buffalo Sabres play the Pittsburgh Penguins on a makeshift rink built under his supervision inside Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.

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Sunday Long Read

Savard, Hull, Esposito, Mikita reconnect with Blackhawks

Legends thrilled to bridge past, present for Chicago fans as ambassadors

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks were in disarray in the fall of 2007, having qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs once in the past nine seasons and ranking 29th of 30 NHL teams in attendance in 2006-07.

Fresh in the owner's suite was Rocky Wirtz, son of late owner Bill Wirtz, and unpacking in the president's office was John McDonough, who had been lured to the Blackhawks after 24 years with baseball's Chicago Cubs.

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Sunday Long Read

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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