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• Vegas has been sticking to their game, which has allowed them to get back into their series with the Avalanche. [Sin Bin Vegas]
• Rod Brind’Amour on the Hurricanes’ facing elimination: “I actually think they are easier games to play. You know there is no tomorrow. Everyone says it, but this is it. You’ve got to lay it all on the line. I think they are sometimes easier to play, for some reason. Obviously that’s the case, and I’m sure we’ll give everything we have. I have no doubt in this group.” [Canes Country]
• Congrats to Renee Hess (founder of the Black Girl Hockey Club), Kevin Hodgson (executive director of HEROS), and Howard Smith (co-founder of Pittsburgh I.C.E.) who have been named finalists for the 2020-21 Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. The honor is given to an individual who has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society through hockey. [NHL.com]
• The NWHL will be host its first International Draft on July 25 on Twitch. The inaugural annual event will be one round and feature players 21 years and older born outside of the U.S. and Canada who have no NCAA or USports experience. [The Ice Garden]
• Mark Joslin takes over from Digit Murphy as head coach of the NWHL’s Toronto Six. Murphy will stay on as team president. [Sportsnet]
• Sabres GM Kevyn Adams is already fielding calls on Eichel. [TSN]
• It’s not for a rebuild in Washington. [NBC Sports Washington]