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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 / NHL.com 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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Five Questions with Scotty Bowman

On his 84th birthday, NHL's most successful coach discusses his lifelong passion for hockey

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" will run every Tuesday throughout the preseason and the 2017-18 regular season. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Scotty Bowman, the most successful coach in NHL history with nine Stanley Cup championships to his name, five more as a front-office executive. He is entering his 10th season as senior adviser, hockey operations, for the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Drouin has fun in Canadiens debut of sorts

Forward says scrimmage before crowd estimated at 16,000 'definitely different'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- This was Jonathan Drouin's first day in a Montreal Canadiens game jersey, worn Sunday during the annual Red vs. White fan-friendly intrasquad matinee at Bell Centre:

He was interviewed five minutes before the 1 p.m. faceoff from his bench for the benefit of the crowd estimated at 16,000. The cheers from the young fans nearly lifted the roof off the building;

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Training camp mirrored Beliveau's growth to stardom with Canadiens

Hall of Fame center evolved from nervous teenager to captain, 10-time Cup winner

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- The late Jean Beliveau won 10 Stanley Cup championships as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, known as much for his cool in the heat of action as for his superb skating and playmaking skills.

But in 1950, when Beliveau arrived at his first NHL training camp under often-intimidating taskmaster coach Dick Irvin, he was a sweaty-palmed, wet-behind-the-ears teenager who was so nervous he could barely lace his skates.

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Long road back to Canadiens satisfying for Streit

Defenseman says its 'big honor' to return to Montreal after nearly decade away

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAVAL, Quebec -- Defenseman Mark Streit is entering his second tour of duty with the Montreal Canadiens, so the question had to be asked: 

"Did you keep much Canadiens stuff from a decade ago?" 

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Former Black Hawks captain Pilote dies at 85

Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman won Norris Trophy three times, Stanley Cup in 1961

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- It was four years ago, nearly 60 years after the supposed fact, and with a giant grin Pierre Pilote wanted to clear something up once and for all.

The legendary Chicago Black Hawks defenseman never knocked out both Maurice and Henri Richard, the Montreal Canadiens' iconic brothers, in a single 1950s NHL fight.

The legend of this bare-knuckled feat has lived a healthy life in biographies and stories; it's even been boasted, as Pilote recalled during a 2013 appearance at a Montreal collectible show, on the back of one of his hockey cards.

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Original Blues defenseman Picard remembered as loyal friend, teammate

Legendary goalie Hall cited him as uniting force with young team

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall has a favorite story involving the late Noel Picard, his dear friend and fellow original member of the St. Louis Blues who died Wednesday at age 78.

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Blake recalled by former Canadiens players as 'demanding' coach

Cournoyer, Marshall share memories at fundraiser in his honor

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com

VAUDREUIL-DORION, Quebec -- It wasn't with a meek, mild personality that Toe Blake became one of the greatest coaches in NHL history.

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Matthews, Marner likenesses crop up in corn maze

Forwards' images included in salute to Maple Leafs at farm in Canada

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

To many of their fans, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the greatest team in hockey. As the very least, on a Canadian farm in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, two of their young players are outstanding in their field.

Both a century of the Maple Leafs and their promise for the future are being celebrated this season in a 6-acre field on the Hunter Brothers Farm about 150 miles northwest of Saint John. It's the latest of 17 annual corn-maze creations by brothers Chip and Tom Hunter, fourth-generation farmers who for 38 years have worked soil that's been family-owned since 1890.

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Sawchuk's greatness celebrated with tattoo

Son, grandson pay tribute to Hall of Fame goaltender by wearing likeness of iconic mask

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- The pain of the March needle is a nasty memory. Legendary NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk is remembered today only with great pleasure and affection by a son and a grandson who wear impressive matching tattoos of his iconic mask on their backs.

What began as casual thoughts of a small inked tribute to Sawchuk grew last winter when a bigger idea took shape. When Michigan tattoo artist Brent Davis had finished his work, Jerry Sawchuk and his 29-year-old son, Jon, were wearing stunning likenesses of Terry Sawchuk's fiberglass mask.

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