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Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award finalists announced

Fans can select recipient of inaugural award on NHL.com through June 1

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The three finalists for the first Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award were released Friday.

O'Ree, the NHL's Diversity Ambassador, and his committee chose the finalists from a pool of nine semifinalists based on their demonstration of impressive leadership, collaboration and behavior that has transcended the sport, improved lives and helped others reach their potential.

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Learn To Play getting boost from Pure Hockey

Retailer providing equipment for joint NHL, NHLPA youth program

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Learn to Play gets on the ice

Bringing the community together with Learn to Play

Capitals alumni and Slapshot team up with Learn to Play to introduce and get kids involved in hockey as well as bring the community together

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The motivation was simple for David Nectow. The president of Pure Hockey, a hockey retailer with 54 stores throughout the United States, was intrigued by the Learn To Play program, a joint initiative of the NHL and NHL Players' Association to offer more families a chance to experience youth hockey while inspiring them to join the hockey community.

That was the impetus for the NHL and NHLPA to enter into a partnership agreement with Pure Hockey to provide equipment for Learn To Play.

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Minnesota Whitecaps join NWHL as first-ever expansion team

Franchise will be the fifth team in the National Women's Hockey League and first in Midwest

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Today the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) announced that it would absorb the independent Minnesota Whitecaps as its newest team. The Whitecaps will be the fifth team in the NWHL, and the first Minnesota-based team in professional women's hockey. 

"This sport is so exciting, the women are so talented, and this is gonna be a great, great success, a great boon to Minnesota," said Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. 

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O'Ree Community Hero Award nominations sought

New NHL honor named after hockey pioneer will recognize person who best utilizes hockey as platform to build character

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Willie O'Ree was at home in San Diego when he took a phone call from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who shared surprising news that would be another accolade in a dignified lifetime in hockey.

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Forward Chris Tierney Nominated for 2018 King Clancy Trophy

Tierney's Work with Hockey is For Everyone Characterizes his Leadership On and Off the Ice

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that forward Chris Tierney (@tierney71) has been nominated for the 2018 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.

The winner is chosen by select members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the NHL Broadcasters' Association.

This is the first time that Tierney has been nominated for the award.

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Stars' Seguin nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

The forward has been a proven leader on and off the ice while making significant contributions to the community

by Dallas Stars Staff @DallasStars / Press Release

The Dallas Stars announced today that forward Tyler Seguin  was named the club's nominee for the National Hockey League's King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is given annually to the NHL player "who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Douglas: Players of color have pivotal roles in opening games of playoffs

Blog: Kane, Smith-Pelly, Jones, Byfuglien, Greenway stand out

by William Douglas / Special to NHL.com

Editor's note: William Douglas, author and creator of The Color of Hockey, a blog that focuses on "hockey for fans and players of color," posted a story Saturday highlighting the incredible contributions from NHL players of color in the first few days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here is his story: 

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NHL announces new Humanitarian Honor

Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award to be given to individual or entity strengthening society through hockey

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The NHL announced today the creation of the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award to recognize the commitment of those who are improving lives and strengthening their communities through the game of hockey. It will be presented for the first time at the 2018 NHL Awards™

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Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award announced by NHL

Honor will recognize individual or entity who champions local efforts through hockey

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The NHL announced the creation of the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award, which will recognize the commitment of those improving lives and strengthening communities through hockey. The award, unveiled Friday, will be presented at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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Youth hockey program in Washington helped Marine persevere

Aviator played for team that is part of NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone initiative

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- When Ralph Featherstone started playing hockey in the seventh grade, he didn't know the impact the sport would have on his life.

In fact, he didn't even like it.

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