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NHL announces limited number of tickets available for NHL Stadium Series events at Coors Field



Colorado Avalanche Unveils Special Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ Jersey

NEW YORK (September 21, 2015) – A limited number of tickets to the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ at Coors Field will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 27, it was announced today at a special event at Coors Field attended by representatives from the National Hockey League, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Rockies and MillerCoors as well as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Tickets to the Feb. 27 Red Wings vs. Avalanche match-up and the special alumni game between the two franchises on Feb. 26 at Coors Field will be available for purchase via and, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL®, beginning at 10 a.m. MT on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The offering is a ticket to the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game at Coors Field and a ticket for the Feb. 26 alumni game. This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. For all NHL events every person is required to have a ticket for admission, regardless of age.
In January, the NHL® announced that the Avalanche will play host to the Red Wings at Coors Field on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET as part of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™. The game will be broadcast in primetime live in the U.S. on NBC and in Canada on Hockey Night In Canada and TVA Sports.
Additionally, two teams comprised of notable alumni from the Avalanche and Red Wings will play a special game at Coors Field on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT. The alumni game will feature many of the Avalanche and Red Wings players who competed for those organizations from 1996-2002 when the teams faced each other in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs five times, and combined to win five Stanley Cup® championships.
Additionally, the Avalanche today unveiled the special jersey the team will wear for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™. As they did during the height of the rivalry with the Red Wings, the Avalanche, as the home team, will feature white as the main color of the jersey; a connection to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. The C puck mark becomes a powerful front crest, an unmistakable reference to Colorado hockey. Streamlined sleeve striping connects to the bold visual of the Avalanche stripe, part of the team’s socks since 1995. The modern styled collar features a 5,280 call out, referencing the Avalanche’s home in the Mile-High City.
The special uniform to be worn by the Red Wings will be released at a later date.
The NHL today also released the official event logo for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™. League partner MillerCoors returns as the title sponsor of the NHL Stadium Series™ for its flagship Coors Light brand. As the title partner, the Coors Light logo is incorporated into the special event mark.
Further details regarding the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be released in the coming months.
NHL Network™ and will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #StadiumSeries.
Official fan travel and hospitality packages for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ and all NHL signature events will be made available soon, by PrimeSport, the Official Fan Travel and Hospitality Package Partner of the NHL. For more information please



NHL 3-on-3 overtime format getting expanded look during current preseason

(by Chris courtesy


The National Hockey League has designated 45 games on its upcoming 2015 preseason schedule in which the participating teams will play a five-minute, sudden-death overtime period using the new ’3-on-3′ format –regardless of the score at the end of regulation time. The overtime period will be played with each team at 3-on-3 manpower (plus goaltender).

This preseason mandate will provide all participants — players, coaches, management and on-ice officials — an expanded opportunity to test the new format in advance of its introduction to regular-season play when the 2015-16 NHL season opens on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Preseason games tied at the end of regulation will use the same extra-time procedure as during the regular season — a five-minute, sudden-death overtime period using the new 3-on-3 format, followed, if still tied, by a shootout.

The games on the list below that are not tied at the end of regulation WILL NOT have a shootout following 3-on-3. For record-keeping purposes, the team ahead at the end of regulation will have been deemed the winner, eliminating the need for a shootout even if 3-on-3 concludes without a goal.

Following is a list of the 45 preseason games that will feature a five-minute, 3-on-3 overtime period regardless of the score at the end of regulation time (all times Eastern):



Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.


Boston at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Anaheim, 10 p.m.


Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.


NHL releases 2016 World Cup of Hockey – International Hockey Notes

(by GIN courtesy

* Of the 974 players who appeared in at least one game during the 2014-15 NHL regular season, 243 (25%) were born outside North America.

* Of those 974 players, 74 were born in Sweden; 59 were born in countries eligible for selection by Team Europe; 37 were born in the Czech Republic; 37 were born in Russia; and 34 were born in Finland – or have represented those countries in international competition.

* Of those 974 players, 85 were born in Canada or the United States and meet the age requirement for selection by Team North America.

* The first World Cup of Hockey was played in 1996, featuring an expanded international field with games on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In an all-North American final, Team USA rallied to defeat Team Canada, 2-1, in a best-of-three series.

* The World Cup of Hockey returned in 2004, with Team Canada defeating Team Finland, 3-2, in a one-game final in Toronto.

* Prior to the World Cup of Hockey, the NHLPA, NHL and Hockey Canada gave NHL players the chance to represent their native countries for the first time with the creation of the Canada Cup in 1976. In the inaugural tournament, Team Canada swept Team Czechoslovakia in the best-of-three final series.

* The Canada Cup also was staged in 1981, 1984, 1987 and 1991, with Team Canada winning three of those tournaments (1984, 1987 and 1991). Team Soviet Union was the lone other victor, defeating Team Canada in the one-game final in Montreal in 1981.

* Overall, Team Canada has reached the final in all seven iterations of the World Cup of Hockey and Canada Cup. Team Soviet Union (1981 CC, 1987 CC) and Team USA (1991 CC, 1996 WC) are the only other nations to reach multiple finals in those tournaments.

* The first overseas tour by NHL players took place in 1938, when the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens played a series of postseason exhibition games in Europe.

* In 1965, Swede Ulf Sterner became the first European-trained player to appear in an NHL game when he suited up for the New York Rangers on Jan. 27 (vs. BOS).

* Finn Tommi Salmelainen became the first European-trained player selected in the NHL Draft when the St. Louis Blues picked him 66th overall in 1969.

* Swedes Anders Kallur and Stefan Persson became the first European-trained players to win the Stanley Cup when the New York Islanders hoisted the trophy in 1980.

* Also in 1980, New York Islanders defenseman Ken Morrow became the first player to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year. Morrow played for Team USA at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, helping the squad defeat Team Soviet Union in the ‘Miracle on Ice.’

* Most recently, Los Angeles Kings teammates Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty won the Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup in the same year, doing so in 2014. Both Carter and Doughty skated for Team Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, where the club defeated Team Sweden in the gold-medal game.

* The only other players to win both an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year: Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada teammates Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman in 2002 and Chicago Blackhawks and Team Canada teammates Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews in 2010.

* In January 1988, the International Olympic Committee first allowed limited participation by professional hockey players in the Olympic Winter Games. Seven NHL players joined Team Canada for the 1988 tournament in Calgary: Brian Bradley, Randy Gregg, Andy Moog, Jim Peplinski, Steve Tambellini, Tim Watters and Gary Yaremchuk.

* In 1994, the NHL and IIHF reached an agreement to allow NHL players to participate in the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. That year, the NHL took an unprecedented 17-day break to allow 121 players to represent their countries in Japan, where goaltender Dominik Hasek led Team Czech Republic to its first Olympic gold medal.

* Swede Mats Sundin became the first European player selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft when the Quebec Nordiques took him in 1989.

* Also in 1989, the percentage of European players in the NHL topped 10% for the first time in League history (12% in 1989-90 season). That number climbed above 20% for the first time in 1995 (21% in 1995-96 season).

* Czech Jaromir Jagr became the first European player to lead the NHL in scoring when he posted 32-38—70 (in 48 GP) for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1994-95. Jagr then became the first European player to win the Hart Memorial Trophy when he did so in 1998-99.

* In 2007-08, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings became the first European-born captain to hoist the Stanley Cup, while teammate Henrik Zetterberg became the first European-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

* Most recently, NHL players competed in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, where Team Canada – led by the goaltending of Carey Price (5-0, 0.59 GAA, .972 SV%, 2 SO) – captured its second consecutive gold medal with a 3-0 victory over Team Sweden.

Underscoring the competitive nature of international hockey:

* Canada is the defending champion of the IIHF World Junior Championship, IIHF World Championship, Olympic Winter Games and World Cup of Hockey.

* The Czech Republic has won the IIHF World Championship six times in the past 20 years (1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2010), more than any other nation in that span.

* Finland has won a medal at six of the past eight Olympic Winter Games, more than any other nation over that span. The Finns earned silver in 1988 and 2006 and bronze in 1994, 1998, 2010 and 2014.

* Russia has won a medal at 10 of the past 11 IIHF World Junior Championships, the most of any nation in that time.

* Sweden has collected 14 medals (4 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze) in the past 10 years at the Olympic Winter Games, IIHF World Championship and IIHF World Junior Championship.

* The United States has dominated the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in recent years, winning eight gold medals, two silver and one bronze in the past 11 years.



Northwestern Football to welcome Blackhawks, Stanley Cup to Ryan Field next Saturday

Wirtz, McDonough, Blunk to serve as honorary captains prior to kickoff against Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m.

EVANSTON, Ill. Northwestern football will welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and the Stanley Cup to Ryan Field on Saturday, September 12, when the Wildcats host Eastern Illinois at Ryan Field at 3 p.m. CT. Chicago’s Big Ten Team will honor the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions prior to kickoff.Blackhawks chairman and Northwestern alumnus Rocky Wirtz , president & CEO John McDonough and executive vice president Jay Blunk will serve as honorary captains for the game, joining both teams and the officials at midfield for the coin toss, while Jim Cornelison will deliver his one-of-a-kind performance of The Star-Spangled Banner. The Stanley Cup last visited Ryan Field in 2010 after the Blackhawks won their first of three championships in the last six seasons. Wirtz received a bachelor’s degree from the School of Communication in 1975. He is a member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees and the School of Communication’s National Advisory Board. In 2014, Wirtz and his wife Marilyn endowed the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts in the School of Communication, named after Wirtz’s beloved grandmother, Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz, who graduated from Northwestern in 1924 and  inspired him to attend Northwestern.

The Wirtzes also have supported the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Visiting Artist Program, which brings talented and successful performing arts professionals to campus to work with Northwestern students and faculty. The couple are also among the benefactors who will be recognized September 24 at the dedication of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.



NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman statement on passing of Hall of Famer Al Arbour


Al Arbour with Detroit Red Wings 1957 Topps by TGC - Topps Gum Cards Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

NEW YORK (Aug. 28, 2015) — National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Hockey Hall of Famer Al Arbour:

“The National Hockey League deeply mourns the passing of Al Arbour, revered head coach of the dynastic New York Islanders.

“A four-time Stanley Cup champion as a player and a brilliant motivator and tactician as a coach, Al Arbour directed the Islanders’ rapid transformation from expansion team to NHL powerhouse — guiding them to four straight Stanley Cup championships, five consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Final and an astounding 19 consecutive playoff series victories. As it grieves the loss of a profound influence on coaching and on the game itself, the NHL sends its heartfelt condolences to Al’s family and friends, to his former teammates and to all the players he mentored.”


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