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Golden Knights To Support "Hockey Is For Everyone"

Owner Bill Foley announced that the Golden Knights would be supporting the initiative in a variety of ways

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

VEGAS (February 22, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley announced today, February 22, that the team will be supporting the NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone initiative through a variety of ways, including participating in USA Hockey's "Try Hockey for Free Day" on February 25 and a visit to The Center in Las Vegas on February 28. Details for both events can be found below.

"We are proud to have established a welcoming, supportive and inclusive culture right from the beginning of our organization's history," said Vegas Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley. "We truly believe hockey is for everyone - regardless of one's background - and we are pleased to participate in this important league initiative in our very first year."

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Wendel Clark, Maple Leafs assist Syrian refugees

Former Toronto player helps with transition to Canada as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month

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Toronto Maple Leafs community ambassador Wendel Clark was among the members of the organization's community and development team who were in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to host a ball hockey tournament for Syrian refugees and their families as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month Monday.

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare enjoys improbable journey

After growing up in southern France, Flyers forward savors every moment in NHL

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There is a reason Philadelphia Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare arrives at the rink every day with a smile on his face.

"If the guys knew where I came from, they'd understand," Bellemare said.

Where he came from is southern France. His improbable hockey journey is why he savors every second he spends in the NHL.

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Red Wings promote Hockey Is For Everyone awareness

More than 50 players from variety of communities attend morning skate, watch game against Islanders

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings helped grow the game of hockey at their morning skate Tuesday when more than 50 youth and adult players representing groups that haven't always been part of the sport's mainstream were treated to a VIP experience.

As part of their Hockey Is For Everyone Awareness Day, the Red Wings hosted sled hockey players, LGBTQ players, players with disabilities and others representing all genders, races and socio-economic statuses.

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Theresa Feaster helps blaze trail for women in hockey

Daughter of Lightning executive worked to achieve position with Providence College men's team

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Former NHL general manager Jay Feaster always had an interested young assistant by his side no matter where he was working.

Theresa Feaster, the oldest of Jay and his wife Anne's five children, would fax official documents prepared by her father to the NHL and NHLPA. She'd talk hockey with John Tortorella and Bob Hartley and sit with her dad to analyze games and players. She would watch late-night games on television with him after they got home from the rink. She would become fascinated about advanced statistics, learning how they work and why they're relevant in evaluating players.

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Flames host Hockey Is For Everyone event

Calgary spreads message of equality, helps teach sport to others

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Hockey truly is for everyone.

And the Calgary Flames are spreading the message.

In support of the NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone initiative through the month of February, the Calgary Flames Foundation invited new Canadians of every background to Scotiabank Saddledome to educate those interested in learning more about the game.

"This initiative is great," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "I think it's gone a long way. Most pro sports have done a great job now of getting this slogan across. I know in hockey we take a lot of pride in getting the message out there and it's cool to see a lot of people experience it, but take part of it too and take the initiative."

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You Can Play meaningful to Trevor van Riemsdyk

Blackhawks defenseman follows brother's lead in effort to promote inclusion in hockey

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- When the opportunity to become the Chicago Blackhawks ambassador for the You Can Play Project was presented to Trevor van Riemsdyk, it didn't take him long to accept.

Van Riemsdyk had already seen what his older brother, James van Riemsdyk, had done in the role for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he wanted to make the same impact for the initiative in Chicago.

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CBJ Celebrates Hockey Week Across America

The week (Feb.19-26) includes clinics and USA Hockey Night

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Blue Jackets join USA Hockey in celebrating Hockey Week Across America with a host of activities including multiple clinics at Blue Jackets Winter Park, presented by Worthington Industries, and USA Hockey Night at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, February 25 when the Blue Jackets host the New York Islanders. In honor of its 10th anniversary, the usual Hockey Weekend Across America has been expanded to a week-long celebration of the sport. Outdoor events are subject to change pending weather and ice conditions. MORE INFO

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Kings celebrate LGBTQ community

Robbie Rogers of LA Galaxy, first openly gay man in major pro sports, drops puck on Pride Night

by Forrest Lee / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- As much as he likes the Los Angeles Kings, Robbie Rogers didn't grow up a hockey fan.

"I was joking with some of the players that my experience with hockey was watching 'The Mighty Ducks' when I was younger," said Rogers, who plays for the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer. "My brother and I played street hockey ... but I met a bunch of these guys when we won the championship and they won the championship and we all went to the White House to meet [President] Obama, and I was really impressed with so many of them."

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Gay couple using Kiss Cam moment to help others

Brad Parr, Andy Evans raise money to fight cancer, will be at Kings' Pride Night on Thursday

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The donation arrived from a man living on the East Coast. His contribution was generous and so were his words after seeing a Kiss Cam video.

"His letter was that his partner of 15 years was diagnosed with a form of leukemia, 'Let's cure cancer with kissing,'" Brad Parr said.

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