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Islanders Reveal Brooklyn-Ready Third Jersey

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 16, 2015, 10:37 AM

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For more than 40 years, the New York Islanders called Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum home. But this season, they move into Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — and they’ll have a new third jersey when they do.

Today, the Isles unveiled a black and white uniform to complement the team’s classic blue and orange sweaters. The new jersey is a mishmash of the Islanders’ 2013 Stadium Series look and the design scheme of the Brooklyn Nets, who also play at Barclays.
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Kate Gilliam

All-Stars Stop By U.S. Open to Help Kids be Well-Rounded Athletes

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New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, and retired undefeated boxer Laila Ali visited the U.S. Open on Monday to be a part of an event encouraging kids to be multi-sport athletes. 

The event was hosted by the United States Tennis Association, which aims to help kids begin playing sports at a young age so they can be healthy and try to find something they are passionate about. The three athletes spoke to a group of youth tennis players and then joined the kids for a demonstration. 

Everyone used equipment by Wilson, which has tried to develop products that are easier for kids to use and handle. Some of this equipment includes lighter tennis racquets and tennis balls that are bigger and not quite as bouncy. 

After the demonstration ended, I spoke with McDonagh, Liukin, and Ali. They all mentioned that when kids play multiple sports, they can find what they’re really passionate about and be active and healthy. Each one of them gave great recommendations on how to handle time management and how to stay healthy while having fun!
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Natalie Wexler

New DVD Celebrates Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship

chicago blackhawks stanley cup dvdIt’s hard to believe it’s been less than two months since the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. And while fans wait for the 2015-16 season to begin in October, they can relive all the action of the Blackhawks’ Cup run with the commemorative DVD/Blu-Ray Stanley Cup Champions 2015: Chicago Blackhawks, which hit stores yesterday.

The film begins with a retrospective montage and interviews with team members talking about how the 2014 season ended: with a loss to the LA Kings on home ice in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Players talk about how disappointing the loss was and how it pushed them to want to be better. The Blackhawks added talented new players, coaches, and staff in the offseason to bolster its lineup and create a team that could compete for the Cup in 2015.

The 2014-2015 Blackhawks season was a memorable one for both bad and good reasons. Patrick Kane and Corey Crawford had injuries that kept them out for weeks. The team lost beloved equipment manager Clint Reif. It acquired new players. And there were several suspenseful and stressful overtimes. And yet the Blackhawks went on to finish with a 48-28-6 record and claim their sixth Stanley Cup.
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Buffalo Sabres Winger Patrick Kaleta is a Handy Builder

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Buffalo Sabres rightwinger Patrick Kaleta talked to SI Kids about his mini construction projects — and the super cool room he built to hold them all.

Right around the 2010 World Cup, I heard soccer star David Beckham was doing the Taj Mahal Lego set. I had broken my hand, and I figured if David Beckham can do it, there's gotta be something to it. I started off just goofing around, and ultimately it turned into a whole room in my house dedicated to Legos.

I'm not a person who can sit down and relax. At first I was curious, and it ended up being pretty good therapy for my hands, just rehabbing after breaks and surgeries. (I've had four surgeries.)
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Maxwell Surprenant

Hockey Rivals Come Together for a Good Cause at Comm Ave Classic

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When it comes to hockey rivalries, few are as intense as the one between Boston College and Boston University. So when the schools met for a game last week on the campus of BU, you knew the competition would be fierce.

BU won, 7-5. But this was one game were the score didn’t matter.

The inaugural Comm Ave Classic was about more than hockey. It was a fundraiser to benefit Compassionate Care ALS, which helps support individuals and their families affected by Amyotrophic Latreral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The event also included a silent auction, raffle, food, and an autograph session with the players.

More than $55,000 was raised for Compassionate Care ALS. Proceeds will help patients with ALS by offering emotional support and providing high quality medical equipment, said Ron Hoffman, the organization’s founder.
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Natalie Wexler

Chicago Turns Out for Blackhawks Parade

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When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday, it was their third championship in six years. But it was the first one the team won at home since 1938. So, of course, the city has been celebrating almost non-stop.

After the Hawks won, more than 40,000 people gathered in Wrigleyville at Wrigley Field to celebrate the Cup. And when the team left the United Center, the players made their way around to local restaurants to celebrate.

But the biggest party took place yesterday. A huge parade wound its way through Chicago and ended at a rally at Soldiers Field, the home of the Bears.
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Will Foster

Blackhawks Can Finally Say: The Stanley Cup is in the Building

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Where was the Stanley Cup? Game 6 of the finals had been over for several minutes, but the storied trophy was nowhere to be seen. The champion Chicago Blackhawks, fresh off their clinching 2–0 home victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, milled around on the United Center ice, waiting a little bit longer for the moment every young hockey player dreams about. 

Most years the Cup is in the building when a championship is secured, but on Monday night in Chicago it was not. Severe storms had swept through the city earlier in the day, causing weather-related traffic issues that reportedly delayed the trophy’s arrival at the United Center. 

As time ran out in Game 6, the Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded to the playoffs MVP, were still on their way to the arena. 

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