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November 2014

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF Norman Hayward; Anaheim Ducks; Getty Images NOVEMBER. 2014 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 06 raft will celebrate the passion and unity of hockey communities on both sides of the border with the launch of Kraft Hockeyville 2015. Over the past eight years, Kraft Hockeyville has become an institution in Canada, where it has awarded more than $1.6 million towards local hockey arena upgrades to more than 40 communities. And now, the award-winning program is expanding to help build better hockey commu- nities in the United States. Kraft Hockeyville is teaming up with the NBC Sports Group, the NHL, the NHL Players' Association and USA Hockey to offer one lucky community the chance to win a $150,000 arena makeover, have an NHL preseason game played in its local arena showcased on TV and earn the title of "Kraft Hockeyville 2015." "Kraft Hockeyville 2015 will provide a great opportunity for NHL players to connect with the fans and give the winning U.S. community a chance to see their favorite players up close in their own rink," said Don Fehr, NHLPA executive director. Community nomination information and contest details will soon be available on, and nominations will be accepted starting on Jan. 1, 2015, during the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings received the royal treatment during their brief stop in Colorado Springs to take on the Colorado Avalanche in an NHL exhibition game on Oct. 2. A number of Kings players and coaches participated in a charity golf outing at the world famous Broadmoor Hotel, with proceeds benefitting the USA Hockey Foundation. Among the Kings players who hit the links were Americans Dustin Brown, Alec Martinez (above) and Matt Greene. At a reception afterwards, the Kings presented the USA Hockey Foundation with a $50,000 check. K Kraft Hockeyville Migrates Into U.S. STOPs STARTS & USA HOCKEY NEWS & UPDATES TO THE VICTOR GOES THE SPOILS In advance of Girls' Hockey Weekend, the Anaheim Ducks invited two-time U.S. Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight to skate with the team in practice. According to the Ducks, Knight may be the first female skater (non- goalie) to practice with an NHL team. She later served as a guest coach for the Lady Ducks girls' hockey team. The Sun Valley, Idaho native was in Southern California to support a special Try Hockey For Free day on Oct. 12 that aims to introduce young girls to the sport of hockey. "I was really pleasantly surprised at her skill," said Ducks' coach Bruce Boudreau. "Once she got over the jitters, I think she was really good. I'd be pretty nervous if I walked into an NHL room and had to practice with them. I thought she handled it really well." Knight Flies High At Ducks' Practice "Keep in mind that you are a USA Hockey player. They've given you an opportunity to get to where you are today. So, when USA Hockey calls in the future, whether it's for the Deutschland Cup, the World Championships or even the Olympics, I hope you will answer the call." —Ray Shero, former general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, addressing players competing in the 2014 All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo THEY SAID IT

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