Two Capitals Draft Picks Invited to Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defenseman Patrick McNeill and center Mathieu Perreault have been invited to attend the 2007 Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp, Hockey Canada announced today. McNeill and Perreault are two of the 38 players who will attend the camp that runs from Dec. 10-15, 2006, at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.

McNeill, 19, was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 118th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft. The Strathroy, Ontario, native is in his fourth season with Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). McNeill ranks fourth on the team and leads Saginaw defensemen in scoring with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 27 games this season.

He is also tied for sixth among defensemen in the OHL in scoring. In 2005-06, McNeill was named Saginaw’s Team Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Defenseman.

Perreault, 18, was the Capitals’ sixth-round choice, 177th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. The Drummondville, Quebec, native leads the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 32 games this season. Perreault has earned many accolades in his rookie season including QMJHL offensive player of the month for November. He was recently named player of the game on Nov. 20, 2006, in the Canada-Russia Challenge with two goals and one assist. Perreault began the season earning QMJHL offensive player of the week honors from Sept. 18-24, 2006, posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in two games.

Washington is one of eight NHL teams with more than one draft pick invited to the camp, which will help determine the team to represent Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship to be held in Sweden Dec. 26, 2006, to Jan. 5, 2007.


Hurricanes Activate Cory Stillman

Winger joins 23-player roster, expected to play during road trip

RALEIGH, NC-Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that left wing Cory Stillman has been activated from the non-roster injured list. Stillman underwent surgery for a right shoulder injury on Aug. 18 and has not played a game this season.

Stillman is expected to begin his 12th NHL season and his second with the Hurricanes during the team's road trip against Northwest Division opponents that kicks off on Tuesday at Calgary. The Peterborough, Ont., native earned 76 points in 72 games to rank tied for second among all Hurricanes players in 2005-06, and finished tied with center Eric Staal for the team lead with 55 assists.

During the team's 25-game postseason run, Stillman (6'0", 200 lbs.) earned 26 points (9g, 17a) en route to claiming his second Stanley Cup championship. With the Hurricanes' Stanley Cup win in 2006, Stillman became the sixth player in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons with two different teams. Stillman was a member of Tampa Bay's Cup-winning team in 2003-04.

Lightning Claim RW Andre  Roy Off  Waivers
The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed right wing Andre Roy off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Roy, 31, has appeared in five games with the Penguins this season, recording 12 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound native of Port Chester, New York, appeared in 104 games with the Lightning between 2002 and 2004, recording 12 goals, 21 points and 260 penalty minutes.

 He skated in 21 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Lightning in 2004, recording a goal and two assists as Tampa Bay captured the Stanley Cup. Roy signed a free agent contract with the Penguins prior to the 2005-06 season.

 “It was never our intention or our desire to lose Andre Roy in the first place; however, when the new CBA was put in place we knew that in a salary cap world we could not afford to match what some teams were going to be prepared to pay Andre and thus we lost him to unrestricted free agency,” Feaster said. “Having lost him we never regained that tough, physical, gritty element that Andre brings. Now, for the first time, the new CBA has helped us in that through Re-Entry Waivers we have been able to bring back a very important player to our hockey team at a salary and cap hit that make sense.

“We are thrilled to have Andre back and look forward to what he will bring to the team both on and off the ice.”

Roy began his NHL career in 1995-96 with Boston after being selected 151st overall by the Bruins at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After 40 NHL games with the Bruins he became an NHL regular with the Ottawa Senators in 1999-00, appearing in 193 games for Ottawa before being acquired by the Lightning in exchange for Juha Ylonen on March 15, 2002. In 357 career NHL games, Roy has recorded 27 goals, 55 points and 862 penalty minutes.

Roy split two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League between Beauport, Chicoutimi and Drummondville, appearing in 119 games and recording 43 goals, 85 points and 600 penalty minutes.

Lightning Reccall C Nick Tarnasky From Springfield
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Nick Tarnasky from Springfield of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Tarnasky, a 6-foot-2, 233-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta has played in 22 games with the Lightning this season. He has scored one goal and added one assist. He scored his first career goal November 28 against Washington. He has played in 34 career NHL games with a goal and two assists.

He played 12 games with the Lightning in 2005-06 and recorded one assist with nine shots on goal. He played his first NHL game on October 20, 2005 at Atlanta and earned his first career assist and point November 5, 2005 against Toronto. He also played 68 games with Springfield in 2005-06 and scored 14 goals while adding nine assists. He ranked fourth on the team in penalty minutes with 100.

He is a veteran of 148 AHL games with 21 goals and 40 points with 276 penalty minutes in two seasons with the Falcons. He finished his junior career with 150 games played with Vancouver, Kelowna and Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League. He scored 36 goals and recorded 79 points during his WHL career.

Tarnasky was selected by the Lightning in the ninth round, 287th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Bolts Goalie KarriI Ramo Sent To Springfield
The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Karri Ramo to Springfield of the American Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Ramo, 6-foot-2, 192-pounds, has played in 14 games with the Falcons this season and posted an 8-3 record with a 2.89 goal-against average, .911 save percentage and one shutout in his first North American season. Ramo is currently tied for third in the AHL in wins and ranks 12th in save percentage. He served as the back-up for the Lightning Saturday night at Ottawa.

The Asikkala, Finland native aided HPK Hameenlinna to the Finnish Championship in 2005-06, his first year with the team. Ramo, 20, played in 24 games for HPK, posting a 2.16 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

He represented Finland at the 2006 World Junior Championships and played in one game en route to winning a bronze medal.

Ramo was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 191st overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft


Florida Panthers Open Six New StreetCats Centers Across Broward County  
The Florida Panthers announced today the formation of six new “StreetCats” Centers at each Broward County YMCA. With a cornerstone center at Weston’s West Broward YMCA, the Panthers and the NHL are donating sets of Street Hockey equipment to each center. The Panthers will provide training and support for each center to run a street hockey program for everyone who takes advantage of their local YMCA.

“This is yet another expansion of what has become the model for this type of initiative in the NHL,” says Randy Moller, VP of Broadcasting and Community Development “The Panthers have always understood that their success in a non-traditional hockey market stems from the grass roots level and we are excited to expand this initiative to include more areas.”

Each year the NHL donates complete sets of street hockey equipment, including full goalie sets, sticks and hockey nets to each NHL team, for their distribution to local city’s parks and recreation leagues, public school after-school care centers and non-profit organizations like the YMCA.

“We are very excited about our city’s involvement in this program,” said Mayor Hersh, “Hockey has grown in leaps and bounds since Weston was developed and we look forward to continuing the sport’s growth within our city.”

The West Broward YMCA is a 42,000-square-foot facility that had its grand opening in November 2005. The center boasts a gymnasium, a 7,000-square-foot fitness center, an aerobics studio, a spinning room, children's playrooms and a teen center. 

Since 1994 NHL Street has donated several million dollars of street hockey equipment and instruction guides to local schools and recreation centers in NHL and minor league markets across the U.S. and Canada.




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