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Beanpot has truly stirring history

Key figures share memories of storied Boston college hockey tournament

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDITOR'S NOTE: Each February, TD Garden in Boston is the site of the traditional showdown between four of the city's college hockey programs: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern. With the 65th edition of the tournament having been completed this past Monday, NHL.com takes you through the rich history of the event, from its inception through another memorable finish this year, with participants reflecting on the highs, lows and oh-so-predictable snowstorms that make up Beanpot lore.  

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Greg Devorski details life as NHL linesman

Longtime official tells of preparation, travel, adrenaline rush

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Editor's note: The life of an on-ice NHL official can be both thrilling and a grind. It involves pregame rituals, extensive travel and, believe it or not, coming up with creative ways to do laundry.

There is plenty of unseen work to do before and after games, and little glory.

NHL.com spent time with linesman Greg Devorski at three games in January to get an inside look at the life of an NHL official.

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For Wayne Gretzky, history is hockey's cornerstone

'The Great One' reflects on sport's past, his place in it, as NHL100 event nears

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Wayne Gretzky is keenly aware there will be considerable debate Friday, and presumably for much longer, when the League unveils the rest of the 100 Greatest NHL Players.

Given that pitched arguments break out whenever people compare hockey dynasties and eras, it is also a given that emotions will be shaken and stirred about the inclusion or exclusion of a favorite player on such a list

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Hockey legends enjoy legendary night

NHL.com goes behind the scenes at New Year's Eve dinner honoring League's greats

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- The photographs had been taken behind the closed doors of a hotel conference room on New Year's Eve shortly after 7 p.m., the fabulous stories bouncing around as crazily as a warm puck.

And now these five hockey icons were preparing to walk down the hallway with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to a dinner being held in their honor, and that of 28 more of the League's greatest players of all time.

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Greater Toronto Hockey League: Where NHL dreams begin

Youth program in home of Centennial Classic has helped make Maple Leafs what they are today

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

TORONTO -- The game is over. The rink is quiet. Cody Morgan comes out wearing a business suit and a Toronto Junior Canadiens toque. He greets his parents, drops his equipment bag and sits at a picnic table in the lobby. His body, finally, for a few minutes, is at rest. But his heart and mind are still going hockey, hockey, hockey.

When he was younger, his father would take him to see the older kids play. Morgan saw Max Domi, Sam Bennett, Robby Fabbri, Connor McDavid and Mitchell Marner play in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

Now he's 15, a top prospect himself with the Junior Canadiens in the GTHL. He sees those older kids he watched so recently in the NHL already: Domi with the Arizona Coyotes at 21; Bennett with the Calgary Flames and Fabbri with the St. Louis Blues at 20; McDavid with the Edmonton Oilers and Marner with the Toronto Maple Leafs at 19.

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Winter Classic highlights hockey's rise in St. Louis

Brett Hull, Blues alumni network have accelerated sport's emergence

by Shawn P. Roarke @SRoarke_NHL / NHL.com Director of Editorial

St. Louis will take its place at the center of the hockey world on Jan. 2, when all eyes will be focused on Busch Stadium for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The game between the Blues and Chicago Blackhawks at the home of baseball's St. Louis Cardinals will be the exclamation point of a 50-year journey of professional hockey in St. Louis that began when the Blues arrived in the NHL as an expansion team and continues today.

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Hockey in Arizona heating up

Success of Auston Matthews, presence of Coyotes growing sport in Southwest

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Like many kids, 10-year-old Zakhar Dorozhenko of Scottsdale, Arizona, has a poster of his idol on his bedroom wall. It's a colorful image of Auston Matthews in his Team USA uniform. It's even personalized with a note from Matthews, thanking Zakhar's father for his role in his success.

Boris Dorozhenko started working with Matthews on a full-time basis in 2006, before Zakhar was born. Matthews, 8 at the time, was learning the game he would one day come to master.

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ECHL grows into starting point toward NHL

Class AA minor league helped develop more than 600 players

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

In the summer of 1988, Pat Kelly thought he was ready to get out of professional hockey.

After 36 years in the business, including the previous five seasons coaching the Peoria Rivermen of the International Hockey League, Kelly returned home to Charlotte, North Carolina, believing at 52 years old, it might be time to try something new. Then, he got a phone call from Henry Brabham.

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Jaromir Jagr defies his age in younger NHL

44-year-old Panthers forward says he's 'the best I ever felt'

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- It is hard to look away from the bright, the shiny, the new, the sparkling freshness of the latest crop of wunderkinds in the NHL. It is a generation dawning, a movement emerging so fast that at times it seems to have left the rest of the League behind. There they are, scoring four goals in an NHL debut, unleashing a shot reminiscent of Alex Ovechkin, snaking through and around and past defenders who suddenly morph from All-Stars to pylons.

They are next. They are now.

Yet, down in Florida, a relic remains.

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Sunday Long Read

Coyotes bet big on rookies for future success

Infusion of youthful talent vision of 27-year-old John Chayka, NHL's youngest-ever general manager

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / NHL.com Senior Writer

Five co-workers are sitting around a table at a Scottsdale, Arizona, restaurant. They are talking about their new jobs, their future and whatever else young people talk about. Three of them are teenagers. None has a home in the area and only one has a car; the other four share two cars.

It is all going well, and then the bill comes.

Now what?

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