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Tue, Feb 26th - 4:51AM




World Cup of Hockey

The World Cup of Hockey is an international ice hockey tournament. Inaugurated in 1996, it is the successor to the previous Canada Cup, which was played on five occasions between 1976 and 1991. The tournament has occurred twice, with the United States winning in 1996 and Canada winning in 2004.

Unlike its International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)-sanctioned counterpart, the annual World Ice Hockey Championships and Winter Olympics, the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the National Hockey League (NHL). As such, the games are played under NHL rules and not those of the IIHF. The World Cup of Hockey also occurs outside of the hockey season, allowing for all the best players in the world to be available, unlike the World Championships, which overlaps with the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Thu, Feb 14th - 4:51AM

Kate Smith

In 1969, the Philadelphia Flyers began to substitute Kate Smith's recording 'God Bless America' for the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' before games. The team began to win on nights the song was played. As the team improved, the record was reserved for crucial games and, at the end of the 1975-76 playing season the Flyers' record was 41 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie on nights Kate Smith sang 'God Bless America,' either on record or in person. The first three of the five times she appeared in person, the Flyers' opponents were scoreless.

On May 19, 2010, the 36th anniversary of the date that she sang "God Bless America" before the Flyers clinched their first Stanley Cup, the U.S. Postal Service held a ceremony attended by players from that championship team announcing the release of the Kate Smith US postage stamp in front of her statue at the Spectrum, Philadelphia.

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Sat, Feb 2nd - 1:20PM

NHL Player of the Month

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has been named the NHL's player of the month.

Anderson finished the month ranked first in the League in save percentage (.967) and second in goals-against average (0.99). The Park Ridge, Illinois, native allowed one goal or fewer in five of his six starts and posted his 20th career shutout in a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers Jan. 21.

Now in his 10th NHL season, the 31-year-old has previously played for the Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks. He has a 2.75 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 300 appearances. Anderson was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Brian Elliott on February 18, 2011. Shortly after, he signed a four-year contract extesion which pays him $2.75 million per season.

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