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Flames sign Ben Hanowski

Posted on 12 July 2014

CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames have signed forward Ben Hanowski to a one year / two way contract. Hanowski, a native of Little Falls, Minnesota, played 11 games with the Flames this season registering a pair of assists. He also played an addi... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Southeast, Winnipeg Jets

National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

Posted on 12 July 2014

(The Sports Xchange) - The Buffalo Sabres signed number two overall draft pick Sam Reinhart to a three-year contract on Saturday. The Sabres also signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract. Reinhart, an 18-year-old forward,... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Edmonton Oilers, Northwest

Sabres sign Reinhart to deal (The SportsXchange)

Posted on 12 July 2014

The Buffalo Sabres signed No. 2 overall draft pick Sam Reinhart to a three-year contract on Saturday. The Sabres also signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract. Reinhart, an 18-year-old forward, spent the past four seaso... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Buffalo Sabres, Northeast

SABRES SIGN REINHART

Posted on 12 July 2014

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team has signed forward Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry level contract. The second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Reinhart (6’1”, 190 lbs., 11/6/95) became the Sabres' highest draft pi... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Philadelphia Flyers

O-le Canada! Hockey homeland is mad for World Cup

Posted on 12 July 2014

TORONTO (AP) - Canada has not sent a team to the World Cup in a generation. But that hasn't stopped Canadians from going a little Cup crazy. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Buffalo Sabres, Northeast

SABRES SIGN SAMUELS-THOMAS TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

Posted on 12 July 2014

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team has signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year, entry level contract. The Sabres acquired the rights to Samuels-Thomas (6’4”, 215 lbs., 5/28/90) on July 9 from the Winnipeg Jets in excha... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Minnesota Wild, Northwest

Wild sign Schroeder, Blum (The SportsXchange)

Posted on 12 July 2014

The Minnesota Wild signed forward Jordan Schroeder to a two-year contract and defenseman Jonathon Blum to a one-year deal on Friday. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Pittsburgh Penguins

Brandon Dubinsky makes the New York Times sports front page, sort of (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 12 July 2014

Congratulations are in order to Brandon Dubinsky, who signed a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, and in so doing, accomplished a pretty impressive little feat. Dubinsky's extension -- again, with the Blue Jackets, ... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Central, St. Louis Blues

Jaden Schwartz changes number from 9 to 17 in memory of sister Mandi (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 12 July 2014

The St. Louis Blues were none too happy about Vladimir Sobotka's decision to bolt for the KHL on Thursday. They responded by re-signing Steve Ott, who wasn't very good for them, but hey, they needed somebody. But while the Blues were annoyed, one of their players saw the silver lining immediately. With Sobotka's no. 17 now up for grabs, left wing Jaden Schwartz snagged it for a very special reason. It's the number his older sister, Mandi, wore for the Yale University women's team before she lost her two-and-a-half year battle  with acute myeloid leukemia. On Friday, Jaden let his fans know that his no. 9 jersey would become a thing of the past: Sorry to the fans with #9 apparel but when I'm back in uniform I'll be looking a little different this year #MS17 pic.twitter.com/kfgOLUQkqg — Jaden Schwartz (@jschwartzy9) July 12, 2014   It's yet another way Mandi's legacy is being honored. Since her diagnosis in 2008, Yale has held an annual bone marrow drive, adding about 4,000 people to the  Be The Match Registry  and finding over 20 matches. The Yale University women's team also holds an annual fundraising game. “ White Out for Mandi ” has raised tens of thousands of dollars and awareness for the  Mandi Schwartz Foundation .  In January, the event fell on a weekend when Schwartz and the Blues happened to be in the New York City area, playing the Islanders. The whole team bussed to the game. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Northwest, Vancouver Canucks

Demko checks in – Vol. VI

Posted on 12 July 2014

What a week! All good things come to an end and this Canucks prospects camp was definitely a good thing. I didn’t expect to have so much fun, make so many great friends and learn so much. Best. Summer. Camp. Ever. I roomed with Bo Horvat all... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Montreal Canadiens, Northeast

Hab at heart: Alexandre Bilodeau

Posted on 12 July 2014

MONTREAL – Since making his freestyle skiing debut, Alexandre Bilodeau hasn’t stopped climbing the ranks, capturing a few World Championships, and reaching the pinnacle of his sport by claiming back-to-back gold medals at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi. While he spent much of his time navigating the twists and turns of snow-covered courses the world over at warp speed in recent years, he always made time to watch the Canadiens play when he returned home. The canadiens.com crew met up with the young retiree to learn more about his love for all things bleu-blanc-rouge. How long have you been a Canadiens fan? ALEXANDRE BILODEAU: I’ve been a fan since I was very young. A lot of people didn’t have the chance to experience the last Stanley Cup win, but I remember it well. I started skiing moguls around the same time in 1993. I really started to get involved in sports during those years. What is oldest Canadiens memory you have? AB : The Stanley Cup win in 1993. I also remember going to see games at the Forum with my father and my grandfathers. Those were nice outings. Who was your favorite player growing up? AB: Patrick Roy was a can’t-miss player. I wasn’t a goaltender in hockey, but Patrick was just so good. When he was traded to Colorado, the Avalanche became my favorite team for a while. (laughs) I was so angry that the Canadiens had traded him. Did you play hockey growing up? AB: I played a lot hockey back then. I grew up in that world. My dad played Major Junior. I lived and breathed hockey. I always played hockey outside, and when I was home, I played hockey games on Nintendo. Then, my mom decided to enroll us in more family-oriented sports, so I had to stop playing hockey. I didn’t want to, and neither did my dad, but my mother wore the pants at home and she had the last word. (laughs) I didn’t like it in the short-term, but in the long-term I’d say it was a good decision after all! We know that you’re quick on skis, but if we ever put you on a pair of skates, would you be just as fast? AB: When I play hockey, I’m the fastest guy on my team. But, I have to go in a straight line! (laughs) I’m not the most talented player, but I skate hard and I go in the corners. Freestyle skiing is one of the most physically demanding sports around. At what point is it more taxing than hockey? AB: It’s tough to compare the two because I never played full-contact hockey. On the other hand, you could be the fittest guy around, but after your first run of the year, you’ll feel it at the end of the day. That’s a guarantee. It’s the same thing in hockey when you might need a few shifts to feel comfortable on the ice. Freestyle skiing is also very intense. A run lasts around 23 seconds. I train with hockey players a lot. For the last four years, I’ve trained with guys like Andrei Markov and Maxim Lapierre. Our workouts are very similar. The Canadiens-Bruins rivalry is one of the most intense rivalries in all of sport. Is your rivalry with Mikael Kingsbury similar to that? AB: (laughs) There’s nothing like the hatred between Montreal and Boston. Things are good between Mikael and I. I have a great deal of respect for him. When he’s on the course, he wants to beat me, and I want to beat him. When we’re off the course, I respect him immensely, too. He’s very talented. We’re competing in an individual sport. If I perform up to my capabilities, I can’t wish anything bad on anyone. If I manage to beat him in the process, it’s even more rewarding. Interview conducted by Hugo Fontaine. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, Philadelphia Flyers

Stolarz, a prospect, hopes to become Flyers goalie

Posted on 12 July 2014

The Flyers have drafted one goalie since 2005 who has appeared in a regular-season game for the team. Jeremy Duchesne, a Flyers third-round draft pick in 2005, played 17 minutes in a 6-4 loss to the Islanders on April 1, 2010, making three saves on fou... Continue Reading

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