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NHL suspends Predators’ Watson for all of preseason and first 27 games of season due to off-ice conduct

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Austin Watson

NEW YORK – Nashville Predators’ forward Austin Watson has been suspended for all preseason and the first 27 games of the 2018-19 regular season, without pay, for unacceptable off-ice conduct, the National Hockey League announced today.

 

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman levied the suspension under Rule 18-A of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Commissioner’s ruling came following an investigation by the League and an in-person hearing in New York on Friday, Sept. 7. The investigation and hearing were conducted, pursuant to the CBA, to determine the relevant facts and circumstances relating to a June 16, 2018, incident involving Austin Watson and his domestic partner. The incident ultimately resulted in Watson pleading no contest to a charge of domestic assault on July 24, 2018.

 

“I have determined that Nashville Player Austin Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Today’s ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL’s strongly held view that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct.”

 

NHL Network, beginning September 15, will be busy televising 27 games in 19 days during preseason

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Schedule Includes Matchups From the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™ Between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames and the 2018 NHL Global Series Challenge™ Featuring the New Jersey Devils vs. SC Bern and the Edmonton Oilers vs. Kölner Haie

 

NHL Network recently announced its slate of 2018 NHL preseason games, featuring 27 live matchups in 19 days, including the first preseason game for the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Sept. 16 at 1:00 p.m. ET against the Boston Bruins.

 

As the National Hockey League returns to China this preseason, NHL Network will televise the first matchup of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™ between the Bruins and Calgary Flames on Sept. 15 at 2:30 a.m. ET from Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen-Longgang. Two weeks later, as the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers travel to Europe for the 2018 NHL Global Series™, NHL Network will televise the Devils’ game against SC Bern on Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET from PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland, followed by the Oilers’ game against Kölner Haie on Oct. 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET from Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Both exhibition games in Europe are part of the 2018 NHL Global SeriesChallenge™.

 

Throughout the preseason, NHL Network will air six games among all seven Canadian franchises, plus two Original Six matchups featuring the Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings on Sept. 20, and the Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 28. NHL Network will also showcase 2018 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings against the Anaheim Ducks on Sept. 26 and Sept. 29, along with 2018 Jack Adams Award winner Gerard Gallant and the Vegas Golden Knights playing host to the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 30. The complete list of NHL Network’s 2018 preseason game schedule can be viewed here*.

 

Throughout the 2018 offseason, NHL Network has ranked the top players across the National Hockey League in four position specific countdown series: Top 20 Centers Right NowTop 20 Defensemen Right NowTop 20 Wings Right Now and Top 10 Goalies Right Now. The player rankings culminate with NHL Network’s five-part series Top 50 Players Right Now, which began on Sept. 2 and continues this Sunday, Sept. 16 with players ranked 30-21 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Viewers can vote on NHL Network’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages using #NHLTopPlayers to have their top-five votes incorporated into a fan-generated list on Sunday, September 30. The remaining schedule for NHL Network’s Top 50 Players Right Now is listed below:

 

Date Ranking Time (ET)
Sunday, Sept. 16 Top 50 Players Right Now: 30-21 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23 Top 50 Players Right Now: 20-11 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30 Top 50 Players Right Now: 10-1 7:00 p.m.

 

* Each 2018 NHL preseason game aired on NHL Network will be a carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers, and blacked out in each club’s home market unless otherwise noted.

 

About NHL Network:

As the TV home for the National Hockey League, NHL Network™ gives viewers an all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games and special on-site coverage of NHL events, the documentary series NHL Network Originals, plus three signature studio shows with interviews, highlights and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players. Additional programming includes behind-the-scenes features, player profiles and international and amateur hockey competitions. For more information on NHL Network, log on to www.NHLNetwork.com and follow @NHLNetwork on Twitter.

 

 

NHL 2018 China Games set for Sept 15 & 19 with Blackhawks and Flames facing off

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SHENZHEN (Sept. 6) – The Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames are set to face off in the third and fourth preseason games played in China in the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™. On Sept. 15, the Flames will play host to the Bruins in Shenzhen·Longgang at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center at 2:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Shenzhen will be broadcast on NHL Network™ in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and CCTV in China. The clubs will travel to Beijing to play the second preseason contest at Cadillac Arena on Sept. 19, where the Bruins will play host to the Flames at 7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Beijing will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, NBCSN in the United States and CCTV in China.

 

Bringing preseason games to China is a piece of the National Hockey League’s long-term business strategy in China, and with a population of more than 1.3 billion, China is committed to hockey and expects to expand its participation in all winter sports to 300 million people by 2022. The NHL® looks to work side by side with sports bureaus across China in developing grassroots hockey programs, supporting local youth hockey and hockey development at all levels. Bloomage International Culture & Sports Development Co., one of the NHL’s China based partners, will also play a vital role in helping to promote hockey culture across various regions of the country, supporting the League and its youth hockey initiatives. The League will aim to develop programs to provide schools with training and instructional content to implement these impactful hockey programs that promote physical education, sportsmanship, teamwork and fitness through participation in hockey.

 

The NHL also continued to add Chinese elements to its traditional Player Media Tour in Chicago this week. During the NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour, more than 30 NHL star players will greet fans across China in Chinese through the NHL’s official Chinese social media platforms including, Weibo and WeChat. Players will also participate in the entertaining “Hockey Puck Challenge 2.0,” a race against the clock to flip as many hockey pucks in 30 seconds with chopsticks and will learn how to write their name in Chinese.

 

As the founding partner of the NHL China Games™, O.R.G. Packaging returns as the event sponsor, and this year will be the title sponsor. The company has played an instrumental role in bringing NHL hockey to China and continues to collaborate with the League and its member clubs to conduct various youth clinics and camps. In addition, both SAP and adidas return as event sponsors, and Tsingtao will return as the Official Beer of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™. Tsingtao is creating commemorative edition NHL China Games™ cans, featuring the China Games, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames logos. PPG is expanding its NHL partnership into China for the 2018 NHL China Games. PPG, the official paint partner of the NHL since 2017 has invested in China since the 1980s. Lynk & Co, The “Official Car of the NHL China Games”, the NHL’s first-ever car partner in China, will be donating the stylish Lynk & Co 02 sports crossover SUV after the game in Shenzhen and Want -Want, the official Dairy product of the NHL in China is creating special edition packaging featuring David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins.

 

Tickets to the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™ in Shenzhen·Longgang and Beijing are on sale via en.damai.cn. in China and in North America via 247tickets.com. Fans can follow @NHL on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook and join the conversation using #NHLChinaGames.

ABOUT THE NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters, vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 250 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio and more than 151 million followers - league, team and player accounts combined – across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. For more information, visit NHL.com.
ABOUT THE NHLPA
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 18 years, more than 70,000 deserving children in 34 countries have benefited from the players’ donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $24 million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.

ABOUT THE BOSTON BRUINS
The Boston Bruins have been entrenched in the fabric of New England for nearly a century. Established in 1924, the Black & Gold are one of the Original Six NHL franchises along with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. The franchise’s six Stanley Cup championships (1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011) are tied for fourth all-time with the Blackhawks. TD Garden, home to the Bruins and its loyal bastion of fans, is located in the heart of historic downtown Boston and holds a capacity crowd of 17,565.
ABOUT THE CALGARY FLAMES
For almost four decades, the Calgary Flames have been thrilling hockey fans in southern Alberta. In that time, not only has the team established itself as a successful NHL franchise, but it has grown into a vital and integral part of our community. From their on-ice victories and awards to their off-ice charitable endeavours, the Flames have become one of the premier professional sports organizations in North America. The Flamesrelocated to Calgary in 1980 after the franchise started in 1972 in Atlanta. This upcoming NHL season will mark the 38th season and 39th year theFlames have provided Calgary with premier entertainment. The Flames biggest accomplishment on the ice was in 1989 when they brought home the Stanley Cup after defeating the Montreal Canadiens to capture hockey’s most prestigious award. The team has appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals three times in franchise history (1986, 1989, 2004).  Calgary Sports and Entertainment (CSEC), which owns the Flames, launched in 2012 and is the parent company for four other sports franchises including the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League, the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, and the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

 

ABOUT BLOOMAGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT GROUP CO. LTD.

Bloomage International Investment Group owns investment, operations and industrial entities under the Bloomage group name. Since its inception, Bloomage has been adhering to “quality, efficiency, integrity and responsibility” as the Group’s core values throughout the course of more than 20 years of constant development and self-improvement. Through the joint efforts of all within Bloomage, the group now has more than 20 wholly owned subsidiaries and investment holdings companies as well as joint stock companies and several overseas listed firms. Bloomage operates within a multitude of sectors including real estate, culture, sports, biotechnology, financial securities and other industries, with total assets adding to over 50 billion yuan.

 

ABOUT O.R.G. PACKAGING

ORG Packaging Co., Ltd. is a company that provides comprehensive packaging solutions to our customers, including but not limited to brand planning, packaging designing& manufacturing, filling services and information-enabled marketing. ORG started its business in Wenchang, Hainan in 1994. Since its formal establishment in 1997, it has long been devoting to R&D, design, production and sales of metal packaging for foods and beverages. While providing customers with packaging products for foods, beverages, cans, beers, dairy products and condiments, ORG can also provide comprehensive packaging solutions like high-tech packaging design & manufacturing and all-round customer services. After nearly twenty years of development, it has now become a large-scale modern and professional packaging enterprise with an annual revenue of more than 6 billion yuan, enjoying competitive advantages on layout, supply chains, technical R&D, customer resources, operational management, equipment and quality control. ORG was successfully listed on SME board of Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Oct. 2012 and so became the 1st metal packaging company that was listed on A-share.

 

 

NHL announces Jim Johansson to receive Lester Patrick Trophy

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Lester Patrick Trophy 2008 photo By gotroot801 - English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Jim Johannson (courtesy USA Hockey)

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Nashville

 

 

 

NEW YORK  – The National Hockey League recently announced Jim Johannson has been named the recipient of the 2018 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The annual award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

“The Lester Patrick Trophy is presented for ‘service to hockey in the United States.’ Jim Johannson’s entire playing career and professional life were dedicated to the game of hockey,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “From his playing days at the University of Wisconsin and for U.S. National and Olympic Teams, through his two-decade career at USA Hockey, Jim worked tirelessly to grow our game at all levels in the United States.”

 

“His impact on our game was immense and improved the experience for Americans from the youth and recreational levels through the select elite chosen for National Teams. His selfless approach and delight in helping others shine made friends and admirers throughout the hockey community.”

 

Johannson, who passed away on Jan. 21, will be honored as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Nashville at the JW Marriott Hotel. The Lester Patrick Trophy will be presented to Johannson’s wife, Abby Johannson. Ticket information is available at www.ushockeyhalloffame.com.

Playing college hockey at the University of Wisconsin from 1982-86 Johannson helped the Badgers capture the NCAA title as a freshman. He was selected by the Hartford Whalers in the 7th round (130th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft and went on to play 374 games of professional hockey between 1987-94 in the International Hockey League where he registered 279 points, including 119 goals. He twice played for the U.S. in the Olympic Winter Games (1988, 1992) and was also a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team that participated in the 1992 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

In 2000, after spending five years (1995-2000) as the general manager of the Twin Cities Vulcans, a Junior A team in the United States Hockey League, Johannson joined USA Hockey as a manager of international activities and U.S. Olympic Committee Relations.

Johannson was promoted to senior director of hockey operations on Aug. 5, 2003, and on June 25, 2007, assumed the position of assistant executive director of hockey operations, where he oversaw all in-sport related initiatives, including USA Hockey’s efforts in putting teams on the field of play for international competition.

Among the numerous accomplishments during his tenure, the most significant include U.S. teams capturing 64 medals in major international competition, including 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze; the launching and implementation of the highly acclaimed American Development Model; and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. teams to utilize.

 

In addition to honoring Johannson with the Lester Patrick Trophy, Red Berenson, Natalie Darwitz, Hago Harrington, David Poile and Paul Stewart will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Dec. 12th. More information is available at www.ushockeyhalloffame.com.

Past winners of the Lester Patrick Trophy include, 2017 – Peter Lindberg & Dave Ogrean, 2016 – Mark Howe & Patrick J. Kelly, 2015 – Jeremy Jacobs & Bob Crocker, 2014 – Bill Daly & Paul Holmgren, 2013 – Kevin Allen, 2012 – Bob Chase-Wallenstein & Dick Patrick. For the full list of Lester Patrick Trophy All-Time Winners please visit http://www.hhof.com/htmlSilverware/silver_splashlesterpatrick.shtml.

 

 

NHL suspends Vegas’ Schmidt for 20 games regular-season games

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Nate Schmidt 2018 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NEW YORK – Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt has been suspended for the first 20 regular-season games of the 2018-19 season, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

While Schmidt will be permitted to participate in team activities during Training Camp, he will not dress or play in any pre-season games.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.

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