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June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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GOING LONG

FOR MICHAEL PECA, it’s the best way he knows to say thank you. This summer, Peca and 39 other men from Buffalo will try to break the Guinness World Record for the longest hockey game. To do it, they’ll need to play for just more than 250 consecutive hours, with the goal of raising $1 million for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dubbed the ‘11-Day Power Play,’ puck drop takes place at 9 p.m. on June 22 at Harbor- Center and the game is scheduled to conclude at 7 a.m. on July 3. Players will eat and sleep between shifts, and they’re not allowed to leave the arena for the duration of the event. Peca, who played 363 of 864 NHL games in Buffalo, is now GM of the Jr. Sabres and still lives…

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VEGAS MOC K RE-DRAFT

WHO KNEW SO much could change in six months? After compiling a Vegas Golden Knights mock draft in the fall, I took a second crack and, to my surprise, I retained just four players from my original group of 30 selections. What happened? For one, players’ values fluctuate wildly over the course of a season. Anthony Mantha and Connor Brown cracked Vegas Roster 1 back in the fall but are locks to be protected by their current teams now. On the flip side, original picks like Eddie Lack and Shane Prince did so little they scared me from selecting them. The factor influencing Vegas Roster 2 the most? The signing of KHL star Vadim Shipachyov for two years at a cap hit of $4.5 million. That’s a player you don’t target unless…

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HAVE SKATES, WILL TRAVEL

AFTER 18 SEASONS, 22 teams and 13 countries, Jeff Ulmer knows what it takes to make it as a professional hockey player in an ever- changing overseas landscape. Most 40-year-olds, overseas or otherwise, are winding down regardless of their roles, not still earning one-year pacts. But Ulmer has remained remarkably healthy. He’s played more than 750 games in a row, regular season and playoffs, dating back to 2002-03 when he was with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. “Some things you think there’s absolutely no chance you can play with, and I don’t know if it’s adrenaline, but you get into warmup, and it feels a lot better,” Ulmer said. “I’ve definitely had a few of those where I can’t bring myself to skate off or tell myself I can’t go. For the…

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IN RECOGNITION OF ERIK THE GREAT

WITH KEN CAMPBELL @THNKENCAMPBELL BRIAN SAMUEL IS one of Ottawa’s finest. During Game 2 of the Senators’ first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, he was working outside the arena and missed Dion Phaneuf’s overtime goal. He missed most of the game, in fact, because he was busy breaking up fights between drunk people, including a lubed-up Bruins fan who got into it with a Senators supporter at Bert’s, the sports bar inside the Canadian Tire Centre. The guy ended up with a busted nose and there was blood all over the place. Good family fun. Sgt. Samuel is also something of a local legend in Canada’s capital, for one rather inauspicious reason. He was there in 2008 in the stands with his buddies at Scotiabank Place – that’s what they were…