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Surprise family reunion leaves Maple Leafs coach, among others in tears

Pregame ceremony gets emotional as member of Canadian Armed Forces returns

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Canadian Armed Forces Night

PIT@TOR: Canadian Armed Forces ceremonial puck drop

The Maple Leafs celebrate Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night with a ceremony and surprise puck drop by Corporal Jeremy Hillson

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It's a good thing no one had the puck during the ceremonial face-off.

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Soldiers rappel from ceiling on Blue Jackets Military Appreciation Night

Mascot Stinger launches T-shirts into crowd from back of Humvee

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Blue Jackets honor military

MTL@CBJ: Special Warfare Forces drop puck in Columbus

Members of the Navy's Special Warfare Forces rappel from the Nationwide Arena rafters to drop the first puck on Military Appreciation Night

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The Columbus Blue Jackets rolled out the camouflage carpet on Friday.

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Palmieri makes it priority to honor military with Devils

Forward hosting service members at games, holding charity ball for those 'who have given so much'

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Kyle Palmieri said having the chance to show his appreciation for active or former members of the military is something very near to the New Jersey Devils right wing's heart.

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Panthers help wounded Army veteran receive mortgage-free home

Victor Larronde was given deed at Florida's game Thursday

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Victor Larronde served the United States bravely in the Army, and the Florida Panthers helped reward him for that service for Veterans Day.

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Hockey world celebrates service members on Veterans Day

NHL teams pay respects to military across social media, at arenas in US, Canada

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Fans sing anthem on Veterans Day

MIN@STL: Fans join Millar-Galvan for national anthem

Eva Millar-Galvan sings the national anthem with the help of Blues fans, as the team honors military personnel on Veterans Day

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The hockey world is remembering those who served in the military.

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Backes finds deep meaning in veterans visit to Bruins practice

Grandfather of Boston forward served in World War II

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

BOSTON -- David Backes didn't get to ask his grandfather, a tail gunner in World War II, all the questions he would have liked to ask.

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NHL announces official military appreciation partner

Navy Federal Credit Union to sponsor Veterans Appreciation Night broadcast, join with League for Stick Tap for Service

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

VIENNA, Va. - Navy Federal Credit Union and the National Hockey League (NHL®) have entered into a multi-year U.S. partnership to recognize and support veterans, active duty service members and their families at NHL tentpole events, in broadcast and across the NHL's digital platforms. 

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LA Kings Recognized Major Rauschelbach in Military Homecoming

In a special ceremony before the season opener, Major Rauschelbach surprised his family with his return home

by LA Kings @LAKings /

The LA Kings were thrilled to honor and recognize Major Douglass Rauschelbach of the United States Marine Corps at the Kings season opening game on Friday, October 5.

In a special pregame Military Homecoming ceremony, Major Rauschelbach was reunited with his wife and family, which was a complete surprise to their four children. 

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Blue Jackets military veteran of the game is also Jenner's grandfather

Robert Crompton gets to see 'gritty' forward play in person for first time

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Jackets pay tribute to Crompton

CAR@CBJ: Blue Jackets honor Jenner's grandfather

Robert A. Crompton, retired Marine corporal, Purple Heart recipient and grandfather of Boone Jenner, is recognized for his military service

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They weren't booing, they were Boone-ing.

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Rinne, Preds Thank Employee for Service with CCM Goalie Gear Surprise

Ford Ice Center Security Officer Kyle Bernard Grateful for Support Following Return Home from Air Force Deployment

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Kyle Bernard had admittedly let his guard down.

After all, the Ford Ice Center Public Safety Officer had already returned home to a hero's welcome just weeks earlier, with more than 200 Predators employees surprising him back in Nashville fresh off a deployment to Kuwait.

Assigned to the 944th Security Forces Squadron out of Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, Bernard thought the humbling showings of gratitude had ended.

But, when he was led down to the Predators locker room prior to their preseason contest on Sept. 25 and goaltender Pekka Rinne emerged from the equipment room and introduced himself, he figured something else might be coming.

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