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NHL announces Six regional finalists set to compete June 19 in 2018 NHL World Game Championship

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Julie Young of NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY Is Home for All Tournament Details, Including Final Regional Competition Brackets and Player Bios





NEW YORK/TORONTO (May 24, 2018) – In less than a month, the six remaining participants of the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship™ will converge in Las Vegas as their global journey reaches its final competition.


Two finalists each from Canada, the European Union and the United States will meet on Tuesday, June 19, at the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino in a round-robin style tournament. Two gamers will emerge from the round-robin play to face off in a best-of-three final round to determine the 2018 NHL Gaming World Champion™. Players earned their place in the World Finals through the Regional Finals, administered and run by FACEIT, the official tournament platform of the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship™.


The Champion will receive a $50,000 USD cash prize, take home the inaugural tournament trophy and attend the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu.


Fans can follow the conversation using the social hashtag #NHLGWC. To check out tournament details, Regional brackets, news and players bios, please visit


Meet the Competitors

Canada Finalists:


Nicola Bruna (@StDxFool) – Bruna plays for SetToDestroyX and is a native of Montreal, Que. The 23-year-old placed first in the Canadian Regional Final in Toronto with a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory against fellow Quebecer Matthew Grenier (his only loss of the tournament came at the hands of Grenier in Game 2 of the best-of-three final). Foolx90 played with the Winnipeg Jets through the Regional Final round and lists Vladimir Tarasenkoof the St. Louis Blues as the NHL player he’d most like to play EA SPORTS NHL® 18 against.


Matthew Grenier (@YungGren) – A member of Simplicity eSports, Grenier hails from Quebec City, Que. At 16 years old, he is the youngest player remaining in the NHL Gaming World Championship™ after placing as runner-up in the Canadian Regional. He played his Online Qualifier and Regional Finals matches with the Tampa Bay Lightning and lists goaltender Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche) as his childhood hockey idol. YungGren previously won an NHL18 tournament in Philadelphia in March 2018.


European Union Finalists:


Erik Tammenpää (@I_Eki_I) – A native of Espoo, Finland, Tammenpää breezed through the tournament, posting a 5-0 record on way to booking his ticket to Las Vegas as the winner of the European Regional. The 18-year-old, who plays for the Helsinki Reds organization, has been competitive gaming since 2014 and lists the Toronto Maple Leafs as his favorite team and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask as his favorite player. I_Eki_I played his European Regional matches with the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Arttu Mustila (@ArtuzioFIN) – A 20-year-old professional gamer from Lempäälä, Finland, Mustila fought his way back from the lower bracket, winning four straight matches to qualify as runner-up of the European Regional. He lists Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin as his childhood hockey idol and played his EA SPORTS NHL® 18 qualifier and Regional competitions with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Artuzio’s favorite NHL team is the Chicago Blackhawks.


United States Finalists:


John Wayne Casagranda (@Johnwaynee9) – A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Casagranda breezed through the tournament by winning all his matches on his way to being named the U.S. Regional winner. The 27-year-old lists the Arizona Coyotes as his favorite team, former captain Shane Doan as his childhood idol and current Coyotes forward Clayton Keller as his favorite player. JohnWaynee90 was named after both his grandfathers and not the late American actor and filmmaker.


David Roebuck (@StDxJrPens) – The U.S. Regional runner-up calls Forty Fort, Pa., home and plays for the SetToDestroyX eSport team. JrPens91grew up playing for the Wilkes-Barre Junior Penguins and cheers for his home-state Pittsburgh Penguins. He lists captain Sidney Crosby as his childhood idol and the player he’d most like to play NHL® 18 against. Roebuck, 21, won his Online Qualifier matches on the PS4 console.



NHL Stanley Cup Finals a surprise: Expansion Vegas Golden Knights against Washington Capitals




Game 1 Set for Monday, May 28, in Las Vegas


NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced today the schedule and broadcast information for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, which begins Monday, May 28, in Las Vegas.

Based on their higher regular-season point total, the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary.

The Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals will host Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 6, if necessary.

In the U.S., NBC will broadcast Games 1 and 4 and, if necessary, Games 5-7. NBCSN will televise Games 2 and 3.

In Canada, CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports will broadcast the entire series.

All games also will be carried by NBC Sports Radio and SiriusXM Radio. NHL Network will air live programming on-site in Las Vegas and Washington, and will continue to provide extensive digital coverage.

Media Day in advance of the Stanley Cup Final will take place on Sunday, May 27, at T-Mobile Arena, with comprehensive live coverage featured on NHL Network throughout the day. A full schedule of events for Stanley Cup Final Media Day will be released at a later date.



Capitals force Game 7 with Tampa Bay after 3-0 win






NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will decide the Eastern Conference Final in Game 7 Wednesday night at AMALIE Arena in Tampa (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Eastern Conference Final has required a seventh and deciding game.


The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights in a best-of-seven series beginning Monday, May 28.


If the Lightning advance, they will host Game 1 against the Golden Knights at AMALIE Arena in Tampa. If the Capitals advance, they will play Game 1 on the road against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


While the Lightning and Capitals never have met in a winner-take-all contest, and have not played one in the 2018 postseason, Game 7 is familiar territory for both.


* The Lightning will contest a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in the past four years, having defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 in 2015 and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016.


* Four Lightning players have tallied a game-winning goal in a Game 7 (Braydon CoburnDan GirardiAlex Killorn and Chris Kunitz). It was Kunitz who scored at 5:09 of double-overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference Final.


* Six Lightning players have at least five career Game 7 wins: Anton Stralman (7-1), Ryan McDonagh (6-1), Girardi (6-2), Kunitz (6-3), Coburn (5-2) and Ryan Callahan (5-2). All have recorded Game 7 wins over the Capitals with other teams.


* The Capitals will play in their 11th Game 7 since the beginning of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most among all teams in that span.


* Washington forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are set to make their 11th career Game 7 appearances, one shy of Boston’s Zdeno Chara (12) for the most among active NHL players. In addition to Chara, only five other players in NHL history have appeared in more Game 7s: Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13), Glenn Anderson (12), Ken Daneyko (12) and Stephane Yelle (12).


* Washington forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who enters Wednesday’s game on a nine-game point streak (6-8–14, May 3-21), tallied the game-winner in the Capitals’ most recent Game 7 victory, a 2-1 decision over the New York Islanders in the 2015 First Round.


Game 7 Trends


Of the 171 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:


* The team that scores first is 127-44 (.743), including a 1-1 record in 2018.

* Home teams own a 100-71 (.585) advantage, including a 1-1 record in 2018.

* Forty-one have required overtime (24.2%). Home teams have a 21-20 edge.


NHL sets dates for Stanley Cup Final; Game 1 is May 28



NEW YORK (May 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Monday, May 28. Additionally, Stanley Cup Final Media Day will be held on either Saturday, May 26 or Sunday, May 27, in the host city for Game 1.


The Stanley Cup Final will match the winner of the Eastern Conference Final, either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Washington Capitals, against the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights.


The club which earned the greater number of points in the 2017-18 regular season standings will have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finaland will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. The other club will host Games 3 and 4 and, if necessary, Game 6. The Lightningcollected 113 points during the regular season, most among the remaining teams, followed by the Golden Knights (109), and Capitals (105).


The start time for all Stanley Cup Final games will be 8 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Group has exclusive coverage of the Final in the U.S., while Sportsnet and TVA Sports have exclusive coverage throughout Canada.


A complete schedule for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final will be released following Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, May 23.



(all start times 8 p.m. ET)


Game 1     Monday, May 28

Game 2     Wednesday, May 30

Game 3     Saturday, June 2

Game 4     Monday, June 4

Game 5*    Thursday, June 7

Game 6*     Sunday, June 10

Game 7*     Wednesday, June 13


* = If necessary


NHL announces Blue Jackets to take on Sabres in 2018 Kraft Hockeyville USA game in Preseason matchup




Clinton, New York to Host September 25, 2018 NHL Preseason Game


NEW YORK / TORONTO – Clinton, New York, the winner of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018, will host the Buffalo Sabres® and Columbus Blue Jackets® NHL preseason game on September 25, 2018, Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The central New York historic village earned its designation as this year’s most spirited hockey community in America, $150,000 in rink upgrades and the opportunity to host the NHL matchup after amassing the most votes in the online Kraft Hockeyville USA™ 2018 contest.


“The Buffalo Sabres are excited to participate in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA game,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. “Playing in front of Clinton’s passionate hockey community in a rink like the ones many of our players grew up skating in will be a great experience for our players. We look forward to putting on a great show for the NHL fans of Central New York.”


“Our game is built on the foundation of local communities and its continued growth is a testament to the individuals and families who love and support hockey in those communities,” said Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson.  “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA is a wonderful celebration of hockey’s grass roots and our club is thrilled to be going to Clinton, New York to play the Buffalo Sabres this September.”


Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 will go toward improvements to several features.


Since launching in 2006, Kraft Hockeyville™ has positively impacted more than 80 communities with over $4 million in rink upgrades across the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets to the preseason game are free and awarded to the winning community. Details on how to get tickets will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 can also be found on Facebook(KraftHockeyvilleUSA), Twitter (@HockeyvilleUSA), and Instagram (KraftHockeyvilleUSA). Fans can join the conversation using #HockeyvilleUSA.




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