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Adidas, NHL and Washington Capitals unveil Jersey for 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series



Portland, Ore. / Washington, D.C. / New York (January 17, 2018) – The Washington Capitals, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and adidas today unveiled the new adidas ADIZERO Authentic NHL jersey and pants the team will wear in the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™. Specifically designed for this game, the special edition uniforms will make their on-ice debut when the Capitals take on the Toronto Maple Leafsoutdoors at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, home of the NCAA Division I, Navy Midshipmen, in Annapolis, Md. on Mar. 3 (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVAS).


Inspired by the Capitals’ classic identity and fused with the most advanced uniform technologies available in the new adidas adizero Authentic NHL uniforms, the special edition Washington Capitals’ 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ uniform is a salute to the game’s locale – Annapolis, MD. Marking the first time in Capitals history the team will wear a navy-blue uniform, the overall design aesthetic pays homage to the U.S. Navy and highlights key elements of the Capitals’ identity. Each element of the Capitals’ visual identity has been emphasized to create bolder, more visually pronounced uniforms that are meant to make a statement and be more recognizable in the larger outdoor stadium setting.


The Capitals’ special edition crest design centers around the team’s informal nickname, CAPS™, and is stylistically aligned to the team’s current wordmark. Additionally, the crest incorporates the three stars from the team’s primary moniker, which also honors the Washington, D.C. city flag. The pants feature a new contemporary “W” with three stars of the city flag, which also serves as a subtle nod to the Washington monument.


Additional design details include a bolder one-color version of the Capitals’ numbers for better visibility in the outdoor stadium setting. As a historic tribute to team’s hometown, the numbers are accentuated with a perforated pattern based on Pierre L’Enfant’s original grid plan for the city of Washington, D.C. A strong white shoulder yoke serves as a nod to the classic stars & stripes from the clubs’ past uniforms and the thick red stripes and hem stripes evoke thoughts of the city flag of Washington D.C. To complete the look, the jerseys are donned with a special edition 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ patch on the right shoulder of the jersey.


At the forefront of innovation, design and craftsmanship, the adidas adizero Authentic jersey takes the hockey jersey silhouette to the next level by redefining fit, feel and lightweight construction. The adidas adizero Authentic jersey is lighter, cooler and stronger, featuring adizero lightweight cresting and twill numbers, adidas Clima® technology and Aeroknit detailing, the platinum NHL Shield and an interior fight strap.


The special edition Capitals adidas adizero Authentic Pro NHL Stadium Series™ jersey and the Fanatics “Breakaway” replica Capitals NHL Stadium Series™ jersey will be available online at and adidas.CA and at the Capital One Arena Team Store in Washington, D.C. and the Kettler Capitals Iceplex Store in Arlington, Va.


For more information and images of the new jerseys, please visit and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via @Capitals@adidasHockey@adidasca@NHL #StadiumSeries #teamadidas.


Tickets to the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ are available for purchase via, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®. Fans can purchase tickets safely and securely on Ticketmaster and the NHL Ticket Exchange™, with the peace of mind in knowing that the specific seats they buy are the seats they’ll get.


About adidas

adidas is a global designer and developer of athletic and lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the best sports brand in the world. As an innovation and design leader, adidas engineers the best in high-performance products to make athletes better, faster and stronger and creates a range of classic and fresh lifestyle and high-fashion lines. adidas has marketing agreements with the National Hockey League (NHL), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS) and Major League Lacrosse (MLL).


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 League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™; and on, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League’s inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to giving back to the community through programs including: Hockey is for Everyone™ which supports nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America; Hockey Fights Cancer™ which raises money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight; NHL Green™ which is committed to the pursuit of sustainable business practices; Declaration of Principles – developed by and for hockey stakeholders – to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community; and a partnership with the You Can Play Project, which is committed to supporting the LGBT community and fighting homophobia in sports. For more information, visit


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NHL Network announces broadcast plans for All-Star Weekend



January 17, 2018 – As the NHL’s best prepare for the league’s midseason showcase, NHL Network™ is set to cover the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay with 11 hours of live, on-site comprehensive coverage starting Friday, January 26. Hosts Tony LuftmanJackie Redmond and Jamie Hersch will join analysts E.J. HradekMike JohnsonBarry MelroseMike Rupp and Kevin Weekes to bring viewers behind-the-scenes and onto the ice with interviews with All-Star players and coaches, plus news, highlights, analysis and live pre- and postgame coverage surrounding the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game.

“The atmosphere this year at AMALIE Arena has already been off-the-charts, so I’m pumped to see how everything unfolds when some of the best athletes in the world lace up the skates in Tampa Bay next weekend,” said Kevin Weekes. Previewing the NHL All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 matchups, Weekes said, “Don’t sleep on the Atlantic Division. Kucherov, Stamkos and Vasilevskiy will be in their own barn, and the passing ability by the Atlantic’s forwards is vastly underrated.”

NHL Network’s All-Star programming from Tampa Bay includes:

Friday, January 26:

6:00 p.m. ET: NHL Tonight: 2018 NHL All-Star Special

7:00 p.m. ET: Top Shelf: Best of the First Half

Saturday, January 27:

11:30 a.m. ET: NHL Tonight: NHL All-Star Media Day

4:00 p.m. ET: NHL Tonight: NHL All-Star Skills Competition Preview

Following 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition™: NHL Tonight: NHL All-Star Skills Competition Recap

Sunday, January 28:

1:00 p.m. ET: NHL Tonight: NHL All-Star Pre-Game

Following 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game: NHL Tonight: NHL All-Star Post Game

NHL Network will also bring fans behind-the-scenes at All-Star Weekend across its FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Snapchat platforms with photos, videos, quotes, information from its All-Star coverage and social takeovers by NHL Network personalities. At the 2018 NHL All-Star PreGame outside Tampa Bay’s AMALIE Arena, NHL Network and DIRECTV NOW will offer fans the unique opportunity to test their hockey stick skills with a target practice shooting drill set up on a mini-rink.


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, plus three signature studio shows, 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 or follow @NHLNetwork on Twitter.


NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks and the NHL All-Star logo, NHL Network name and logo, NHL All-Star Skills Competition name and logo and NHL Tonight name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. © NHL 2018.  All Rights Reserved.




NHL, Boston Bruins recently honored hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree



NEW YORK/BOSTON (Jan. 17, 2018) –The National Hockey League (NHL) and Boston Bruins honored hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree last Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, when the Bruins were hosting the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.


That game featured a ceremonial puck drop with O’Ree, who became the first black player to compete in an NHL game on Jan. 18, 1958. Players on both teams were wearing a commemorative 60th anniversary patch and the anniversary logo was painted on-ice behind both nets.


Sixty years ago, O’Ree dressed for the Boston Bruins and skated onto the ice at the Montreal Forum, becoming the first-ever black player to compete in an NHL game – despite being legally blind in one eye. Following the game, he said, “It was the greatest thrill of my life, I believe. I will always remember this day.”


O’Ree played two games with the Bruins before being sent to the minors. He joined the team again during the 1960-61 season, scoring four goals and 14 points in 43 games. O’Ree then was traded to the Canadiens, but he never dressed for the Club. He spent 13 seasons in the Western Hockey League before officially retiring in 1979.


“Willie’s speed, his skill and his sheer perseverance earned him a job in a six-team National Hockey League — where jobs were, indeed scarce — 60 years ago,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We celebrate not only the NHL games he played but the countless thousands of boys and girls he has inspired since becoming our Hockey Is For Everyone ambassador in 1998.”


To commemorate O’Ree’s 60th anniversary, the NHL and Bruins are donating to Boston Parks and Recreation a refurbished street hockey rink that will be dedicated ‘Willie O’Ree Rink.’ It will officially open to the community this summer.


“Willie has worked tirelessly as a Diversity Ambassador for the NHL, creating a prominent legacy that extends well beyond the ice,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO, Boston Bruins. “It is my hope that this rink will serve as a way to promote Willie’s mission of introducing boys and girls of diverse backgrounds to the game of hockey.”


Since 1998, O’Ree has worked for the NHL as a Diversity Ambassador, focusing on the League’s Hockey Is For Everyone initiatives. To further commemorate the 60th anniversary celebrations, the NHL and Bruins will work with Artists for Humanity, a non-profit that aims to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by employing under-resourced youth for art and design projects.  Artists for Humanity will design and create a mural that depicts O’Ree’s historic moment 60 years ago, as well as the values represented by Hockey Is For Everyone – perseverance, dedication, and teamwork. The mural will be unveiled at TD Garden on Jan. 17, and will be hung at the Bruins arena. Two replicas of the mural will be donated to the community – one to Ulin Memorial Rink, the home arena of S.C.O.R.E. Boston, a local Hockey Is For Everyone organization. The second replica mural will be donated Devine Memorial Rink in Dorchester, inspiring future generations of youth hockey players.




NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Home Team in Caps

Dallas 3, BOSTON 2 (OT)
COLORADO 3, Anaheim 1
San Jose 4, LOS ANGELES 1
NY Islanders 5, MONTREAL 4 (OT)

Nathan MacKinnon
scored the game-winning goal for the second time in three days – after a spectacular sprawling stop by goaltender Jonathan Bernier (33 saves) – as the Avalanche (24-16-3, 51 points) extended their overall and home win streaks to seven and six games, respectively.

* Colorado has posted seven consecutive victories for the first time since winning eight straight games from Dec. 31 – Jan. 17, 2006. The longest win streak in franchise history was a 12-0-0 run from Jan. 10 – Feb. 7, 1999. Meanwhile, Colorado has won six straight at Pepsi Center for the first time since posting eight consecutive wins from Nov. 30 – Dec. 23, 2011.

* MacKinnon, who has a goal in three straight outings and 5-9—14 during a seven-game point streak, reached the 20-goal mark for the third time in five NHL seasons. MacKinnon shares second in the NHL with 20-34—54 in 2017-18 (43 GP), his most productive campaign since his Calder Trophy-winning season in 2013-14 (24-39—63 in 82 GP).

* Bernier established a career high with his sixth consecutive victory, besting five-game streaks achieved from Feb. 11 – March 4, 2013 and March 18-28, 2017.

The Islanders (23-18-4, 50 points) surrendered two separate two-goal leads and were outshot 56-24, but Thomas Greiss made a career-high 52 saves and John Tavares (2-0—2) scored in overtime to propel New York to its third consecutive win.


* Tavares netted his 10th career regular-season overtime goal to extend his franchise record; he trails only Alex Ovechkin (15) for the most such markers since entering the League in 2009-10. The Islanders captain moved into a four-way tie for second in League scoring (24-30—54), six points back of Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov (27-33—60).

* Greiss became the third goaltender to record at least 50 saves in a game in 2017-18, joining Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov (Nov. 2 vs. CAR: 57 saves) and Anaheim’s John Gibson (Nov. 19 vs. FLA: 50 saves).

Mathew Barzal (1-2—3) notched at least three points for the second time in three days (2-3—5 at NYR on Jan. 13) to become the seventh different rookie in the past 23 years to record at least three points in consecutive team games. Only two other Islanders rookies have achieved the feat in their 46-year history: Brent Sutter (2x) in 1981-82 and Michael Grabner in 2010-11.


* Barzal (16-31—47 in 45 GP) increased his lead in the rookie scoring race to seven points ahead of Vancouver’s Brock Boeser (22-18—40 in 42 GP). Barzal (5x) and Boeser (4x) are the only rookies to record 3+ points on more than two occasions in 2017-18. Last season, Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine shared the rookie lead with five such outings apiece.

* Barzal, the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, is just three points shy of becoming the 14th rookie in Islanders history to record at least 50 points in a season; Grabner (34-18—52 in in 2010-11; 76 GP) and John Tavares (24-30—54 in 2009-10; 82 GP) were the last two to achieve the feat.

Tyler Seguin scored a highlight-reel goal in overtime against his former club to help the Stars (25-17-3, 53 points) snap Boston’s five-game win streak at TD Garden.


John Klingberg collected an assist on Seguin’s goal to extend his point streak to seven games (2-8—10) and increase his scoring lead among defensemen (6-35—41 in 45 GP). Klingberg became the fourth defenseman to post a seven-game point streak this season, joining Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (1-10—11), NY Rangers’ Kevin Shattenkirk (3-7—10) and Boston’s Torey Krug (2-7—9) who all had seven-game runs end on Nov. 11.

Alexander Radulov registered at least a point for the sixth time in his last seven contests (5-6—11), pushing his season totals to 17-23—40 in 45 GP. He joined Jamie Benn (18-24—42), Seguin (22-19—41) and Klingberg (6-35—41) as the fourth Stars player to register at least 40 point this season. The Islanders are the only other team to have four players hit the 40-point mark in 2017-18 (John TavaresJosh BaileyMathew Barzaland Anders Lee).

Despite the loss, Boston extended their point streak to 13 contests (9-0-4) to match the Golden Knights’ 13-game run from Dec. 3 – Jan. 2 (12-0-1) for the longest such stretch in the NHL this season.


· Stars

· Golden Knights turning Vegas into a hockey town (via Nick Cotsonika)

· All-Star Noah Hanifin still learning on the job (via Tom Gulitti




NHL announces Kid Rock, aka Robert James Ritchie, to perform at 2018 Honda All-Star Game in Tampa, Fla

Kid Rock 2008 photo By U.S. Air Force photo Staff Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth, Public Domain, https


NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2018) – Multiplatinum-selling singer/songwriter Kid Rock will headline the entertainment for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Tampa on Sunday, Jan. 28, the National Hockey League announced tonight during NBCSN’s pregame coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game. A portion of the second intermission presented by Ticketmaster® featuring Kid Rock will be televised as part of the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game broadcast, which begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 28, on NBC in the U.S. and CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

Kid Rock burst onto the music scene in 1998 with his Devil Without a Cause album and hasn’t looked back. From hit singles like “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy” to “Picture” and “All Summer Long,” the recording artist has blazed his own trail in the music world, having sold over 26 million albums to date. Kid Rock holds the Michigan record for most tickets sold with 150,000 for a run of ten consecutive sold-out shows, and recently set the Little Caesars Arena attendance record in his hometown of Detroit with 86,893 attendees in six sold-out shows.

On the heels of his arena success, Kid Rock recently announced his “American Rock n Roll Tour 2018” in tandem with his brand-new album Sweet Southern Sugar. The tour kicks off on January 19 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. and will continue with 21 shows from coast to coast. Sweet Southern Sugar is Kid Rock’s first album recorded in Nashville and features recent singles “Tennessee Mountain Top,” “Po-Dunk,” and the tour name, “American Rock n Roll.” Kid Rock remains at the center of media attention in regards to his musical and personal ambitions, leaving his mark in a multitude of genres.

Additional Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend performers will be announced in the coming days.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are celebrating their 25th season, and the city of Tampa will host the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend. The League’s midseason showcase will take place at AMALIE Arena and will include the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 27 (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar. For more information on the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, visit




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