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Welcome to This Is Hockey digest. Hockey is more than a game. It doesn't just offer exercise and excitement, it teaches teamwork and perseverance, and builds character and humility. It celebrates diversity, promotes equality and helps connect families. In short, it is a community inspired by a sport.

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Hurricanes run to Eastern Conference Final lifting Learn to Play program

Enrollment in youth program already at more than 600

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Carolina Hurricanes' success during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs is having a major impact on youth hockey in the Raleigh area.

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Bruins help teacher use hockey as STEM teaching tool

NHL, NHLPA Future Goals program providing new ways to engage students in math, science, technology

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL and NHLPA Thank Teachers

NHL, NHLPA thank teachers for using Future Goals

The NHL and NHLPA thank teachers for utilizing the Future Goals program to teach foundation STEM concepts for Teacher Appreciation Week

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Deb Handfield was determined to become a math teacher after one of her high school instructors suggested that she couldn't.

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NCAA alters recruiting guidelines for Division I men's hockey

Age limits for conversations, verbal commitments aim to take pressure off prospects

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

An alteration in the recruiting timeline for Division I men's hockey to help improve the experience for potential prospects and their families was announced by the NCAA on Friday.

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Okposo, Sabres welcome youth hockey player subjected to racial slurs

Forward gives advice to 17-year-old, tells of incident from own career

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Kyle Okposo wanted a moment alone with Roshaun Brown-Hall.

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Flyers forward to reach out to youth player subjected to racial slurs

Bailey wants to be sounding board, reinforce that hockey is inclusive

by William Douglas @williamgdouglas / NHL.com Staff Writer

Justin Bailey is reaching out to a Buffalo-area youth hockey player who was subjected to racial slurs and taunts during a game in January.

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NHL participates in player safety summit with other hockey associations

Playing environment, protective equipment, officiating, discipline among topics discussed

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Correspondent

BOCA RATON, Fla.-- In a continuing effort to further the Declaration of Principles, the NHL is participating in a player safety summit this week.

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Hockey Day in Canada to celebrate game, Declaration of Principles

Four-game schedule highlights Sportsnet broadcast from Swift Current

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Edmonton native Andrew Ference grew up watching "Hockey Night in Canada." He's one of the few who eventually lived his dream of playing in the NHL, even reaching a career apex by winning the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011. 

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NHL, Rangers bring street hockey to Harlem schools

Equipment, curriculum to be unveiled in two districts for 2019-20 school year, making game available to 13,000 students

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Harlem may not be known as a hotbed of hockey, but the NHL and New York Rangers are doing their part to make sure those in the area who want to play the game are able to.

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LaFontaine says youth sports can break obesity cycle

Hockey Hall of Famer writes special op-ed to Senate for The Hill

by Pat LaFontaine / NHL Vice President of Hockey Development and Community Affairs

Pat LaFontaine, a Hockey Hall of Famer and vice president of hockey development and community affairs for the NHL, will be speaking on Capitol Hill on Thursday to a group of staffers from The Hill and healthcare advocates about the impact of youth sports on child obesity. LaFontaine, the chief architect of hockey's Declaration of Principles, a vision statement positioning sports as a platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills, wrote an op-ed in The Hill on Oct. 15, pushing for the passing of the Personal Health Investment Today Act.

Here is the op-ed by LaFontaine: 

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