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Get Me to the Game on Time

NHL Seattle announces Monorail partnership and free public transit with tickets to create positive travel times and pre-game rituals

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

As part of a comprehensive, next-generation transportation plan for fans attending events at the New Arena at Seattle Center, NHL Seattle announces two significant actions Tuesday: One, the franchise is entering into a partnership with the Seattle Monorail which includes making capital improvements. Two, NHL Seattle will offer subsidized public transit for all fans attending hockey games at the New Arena.

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Dreaming On

More than 60 years ago, Willie O'Ree was the first black player in the NHL, and at 83, he is still imagining a more diverse sport

by Erica L. Ayala @elindsay08 /

Growing up, Willie O'Ree had two dreams: to play professional hockey and to play in the National Hockey League. Never mind that no black player had ever competed in the NHL or that O'Ree lost nearly all sight in his right eye while playing junior hockey. O'Ree's mind was made up. 

O'Ree become the NHL's first black player in early 1958 when he was called up to the Boston Bruins. He played two NHL games that season, then another 43 with Boston during the 1960-61 season. In 1980, O'Ree retired after a 21-year professional hockey career. Whether consciously or not, O'Ree began to dream again, thinking of ways to get back into hockey. "I was gonna get back to the NHL," O'Ree said in the compelling new ESPN documentary "Willie."

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Moving Day: This Just In

Islanders swap high draft choices for Ottawa forward Pageau, while Eastern Conference contenders Carolina and Florida make a NHLers deal

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

NHL Seattle fans, welcome to Trade Deadline Day 2020. Check back when you can to get the latest updates. Consider it a preview of nail-biting Trade Deadlines in our hockey future.

For now, we can sit back, relax and enjoy the debates of which team came out on top in this Monday of Moves:

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Weekly Warmup: Feb. 24

Ovechkin notches other worldly 700th goal but other weekend stars--Zamboni driver-turned-winning goalie and NHL trades-shine brighter

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

On NHL Trade Deadline Day, like a good defenseman, let's put our heads on a swivel to take a look back plus see what's ahead with play on the ice as team general managers call and text and call and text.

Weekly Warmup starts now. 

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Moving Day: NHL Trade Deadline

Trade Deadline news hits a fever pitch Monday in Canada, plus NHL cities in the U.S.

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

Monday's NHL Trade Deadline is a national holiday of sorts in Canada with all-day TV broadcasts and workers furtively checking their favorite hockey apps and websites for the latest trades and speculation. Trade Deadline fever is most definitely catching in 24 American cities and regions with franchises.

Fans with teams in playoff contention are hoping for the one player (or two?) to spark a title run or at least deep dive into the postseason. Let's prepare ourselves for the fun and inefficient February workdays in our future with this primer.  

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Motherlode of Reinvention

Rockwell Group is designing seven spaces in the New Arena at Seattle Center that will create unprecedented fan experiences for sports and music

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

The goal of constructing the New Arena at Seattle Center is both simple and uber-ambitious: Build a sports and entertainment venue second to none in the world by any measurement. 

"We want to reinvent the business," says Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, which is leading the effort to build the $930 million New Arena with entirely private funding. "It began with David Bonderman [NHL Seattle majority owner] and Irving Azoff [OVG partner] and me talking about building the greatest environment humanly possible for fans, athletes and artists."

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Call for Assistance

Legendary Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero innovated many aspects of NHL coaching, including hiring the league's first assistant behind the bench

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

As USA Hockey celebrates its Hockey Week Across America, Tuesday's theme is Salute to Coaches. There's no better reference point than Fred Shero. 

Shero won two Stanley Cups in seven seasons as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1970s. He is notable for all kinds of coaching firsts: He invented the morning skate, now a staple a.m. practice before a NHL night game. He was the earliest innovator of using film to study both his own team's performance and scout the opposition. 

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Weekly Warmup: Feb. 17

Recent trades pay early dividends, another veteran coach loses his job and just how hot is Tampa Bay?

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

The NHL Trade Deadline is next Monday, but some teams are getting a head start on roster reinforcements or rebuilds.

Let's drop the President's Day puck:

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Holidays on Ice

As youth participation continues to both grow and impress, USA Hockey and NBC Sports stage a week-long celebration across America

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

Sunday marks the beginning of "Hockey Week Across America," a seven-day celebration of the sport presented by the USA Hockey organization. But the party started early, all the way back to last June when seven American-born prospects were selected among the first 15 picks of the 2019 NHL Draft, including Team USA 18U captain Jack Hughes at No. 1. 

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True North, Way North

Just 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the town of Yellowknife hosts the annual Hockey Day in Canada in a pure show of unity through sport

by Mike Gastineau / @NHLSeattle_ /

Seattleites certainly know how sports can unite a region. We've celebrated the championship parades and admired the outreach work by our teams' athletes on behalf of communities and charitable causes. We love our sports and they love us back.

Such community spirit and symbiosis was on display last weekend in Yellowknife, a town of 20,000 in the Canadian province Northwest Territories, which hosted this year's Hockey Day in Canada broadcast aired by the CBC network. Yellowknife is approximately 1,500 miles north of Seattle and just 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Brrrr, yes it was cold, as in a few degrees below zero Fahrenheit can be the high temperature of all of February-which makes the esprit de last weekend all the more impressive.

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