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Ovechkin joins youth players at Centennial Fan Arena

Capitals forward takes part in game with friends from American Special Hockey Association

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin's appearance Friday was supposed to be a surprise, but some of players from the American Special Hockey Association had suspected that the Washington Capitals forward was going to show up.

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NHL Insider

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 / 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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Monahan, Giordano among Flames to march in Calgary Pride Parade

Will be joined by other amateur, pro athletes in support of LGBTQ

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames will celebrate the LGBTQ community by participating in the 27th annual Pride Parade here Sunday.

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Short Shifts

Ekblad shows continuing support for LGBTQ community

Panthers defenseman remains vocal leader in fight for equality in sports @NHL

Aaron Ekblad plays for the Florida Panthers, but he is becoming perhaps the NHL's most visible member of team equality.

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Boeser, Gardiner enjoy special game against fans

NHLers hit ice alongside Minnesota players with disabilities at Da Beauty League

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

EDINA, Minn. -- Ask 22-year-old Jessica Boeser who the better hockey player is between her and her brother, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, and she'll proudly tell you he is.

However, Jessica is the one who starred during a 10-minute 5-on-5 game at Braemar Ice Arena on Monday, scoring one goal and one assist, besting her little brother, who had no points. 

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Panthers to Host Ice Hockey Clinic at Icetopia Skating Rink in Barbados

Alex Petrovic and Ian McCoshen to head the NHL's first ice hockey clinic in the Caribbean

by Staff /

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the club will host an ice hockey clinic at Icetopia Skating Rink in Wildey, Barbados on Tuesday, August 22 as part of the Panthers youth hockey and community outreach initiatives. The NHL's first ice hockey clinic in the Caribbean will feature Panthers defensemen Alex Petrovic and Ian McCoshen as head instructors.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

NHL participates in Red Bulls' Pride Night to benefit You Can Play

League to launch second Hockey Is For Everyone campaign Feb. 1

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

The NHL took part in an experience Saturday aiming to benefit the greater good of its efforts to promote Hockey Is For Everyone.

Jessica Berman, NHL Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, joined former NBA player Jason Collins, former WNBA player Sue Wicks and You Can Play VP and United States triathlete Chris Mosier at the New York Red Bulls' first Pride Night in Harrison, New Jersey. A pregame panel featuring prominent members and allies of the LGBTQ community helped celebrate diversity, inclusion and the message of acceptance and respect within the soccer community.

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Gudbranson to march in Vancouver Pride Parade

Defenseman happy to support community inclusion

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson isn't sure what to expect at his first Pride Parade but he knows why it's important to be a part of it.

Gudbranson will join teammate Troy Stecher, mascot Finn, and an expected 30 staff members from the Canucks marching at the 39th annual Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday.

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NHL to grant $5,000 to the Columbus Ice Hockey Club for diversity efforts

Corbin is one of the kids in the Columbus community who has really benefited from CIHC's programs

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

Hockey is for everyone. Those four words aren't just the name of an NHL program focused on diversity. For John Haferman, director of the Columbus Ice Hockey Club (CIHC), they are a philosophy. His execution of that mission is what made the CIHC a natural choice for a $5,000 grant as part of the NHL Centennial Tour.

As the tour visits each NHL city in North America celebrating the League's 100 years, the NHL is making a donation to a local nonprofit that focuses on diversity and inclusion in the game of hockey.

Under Haferman's leadership, CIHC has provided many programs within the sport including sled hockey, teams for young women and girls, and hockey for children with special needs.

"The whole reason CIHC started is because someone told me you could never get African-American kids to play hockey," Haferman said. "Then the League did Hockey is for Everyone. There is always a group that seems to be needing to be included."

One of the children CIHC brought to the game is Corbin, the son of Cassie and Christy Davis.

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Blackhawks to take part in Chicago Pride Parade

Retired forward Daniel Carcillo, members of front office will march in 48th annual event

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- He doesn't know what Float 36 looks like yet, but former Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will walk along with it Sunday in the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade.

Carcillo, who now assists the Blackhawks as a community liaison, will be accompanied by members of the front office as they join the Chicago Gay Hockey Association's contingent of marchers.

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