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Sat, Nov 30th - 12:36PM

2014 Heritage Classic

The 2014 NHL Heritage Classic is an upcoming outdoor regular season National Hockey League game, part of the Heritage Classic series of outdoor NHL ice hockey games in Canada. It is scheduled to take place in 55,000-seat BC Place, with the Ottawa Senators facing off against home team Vancouver Canucks. It will be the first "outdoor" game to be played in what technically is an indoor stadium, albeit one of a larger capacity than a typical NHL arena; BC Place is a retractable roof venue, and it is unknown if the stadium has the capabilities to keep its roof open during inclement weather.

The cheapest tickets for the game will cost fans $93, mid-level tickets are running for $177 and the most expensive seats are selling for $314. The average ticket price for a regular Canucks game at Rogers Arena, which seats almost 19,000, is $80.

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Sat, Nov 23rd - 5:00AM

Bobby Orr

Arguably the NHL's greatest defensemen ever, Bobby Orr broke into the NHL with the 1966-67 Boston Bruins and went on to take rookie-of-the-year honours. He won the Hart Trophy as the league MVP 3 times and won the James Norris Trophy 8 times as best defenseman.

Orr was equally potent on offense and defense, but he was plagued by knee injuries throughout his career and, in the end, was able to play only nine full seasons. Still, he scored an amazing 270 goals and 645 assists in only 657 regular season games. He is the only defenseman to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer which he won twice.

Shown right is the 800-pound bronze statue outside Boston Garden commemorating Orr's overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues that gave the Bruins the 1970 Stanley Cup.

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Sat, Nov 16th - 8:25AM

HBO 24/7

HBO will debut its ‘24/7’ series chronicling the NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The show will air on four consecutive Saturday nights, documenting the teams’ preparation for the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Michigan Stadium, which is expected to seat more than 100,000 fans for the game.

This is the third year of HBO’s series, which also aired in 2011 and 2012.

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Sun, Nov 10th - 7:12AM

Maple Leaf Gardens

Maple Leaf Gardens was built in a six-month period during 1931. For the next 67 years until Novruary 13, 1999 it was the home arena of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs won 11 Stanley Cups from 1932 to 1967 while playing at the Gardens and the first annual National Hockey League All-Star Game was held there in 1947.

The Gardens was the home arena for the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The building was then mostly dormant for a decade.

In 2004, Loblaw Companies, Canada's largest food retailer, purchased the Gardens. In 2007, the building was named a National Historic Site of Canada. In 2009, Loblaws and Ryerson University announced plans to turn the Gardens into a joint Loblaws grocery store and athletic centre for Ryerson. The new Loblaws store opened on November 30, 2011 and the athletic centre opened in 2012. The new hockey rink with seating for about 2800 is on the third floor.

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Tue, Nov 5th - 4:31AM

NHL Player of the Month

St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen has been named the NHL's player of the month for October.

Steen had 11 goals in October, scoring in nine of 10 games and on 35.5% of his shots on goal, to help the Blues pick up 16 out of a possible 20 points (7-1-2). He leads the Blues and ranks fifth in the NHL with 16 points (11-5—16) in 10 games.

He is the son of former Winnipeg Jets star, Thomas Steen. The 29-year-old Alexander Steen was born in Winnipeg. He has dual Canadian and Swedish citizenship, and represents Sweden in international hockey competition. Now in his 8th NHL season, Steen was traded to the Blues from the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008. Under his current contract, which ends at the end of the season, he will make $3.6 million this year.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was named the second star, scoring eight goals and adding 13 assists,

San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi was named third star, with a 1.72 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and two shutouts in helping the Sharks earn a league-best 22 points in October.

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