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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

America’s Cup Racing Returns to New York for First Time in 96 Years Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens


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World’s Fastest Boats to Race in Thrilling, High-Speed Competition by Battery Park City and in Front of NYC’s Iconic Sites and Skyline

Two-Day Event is Free to Public with Tens of Thousands of Spectators Expected to Gather and Watch on Land and From Boats on the Water

The America’s Cup – which will return to New York Harbor for the first time in almost a century – today unveiled details of its highly anticipated race program, public event village, activity schedule, and local charity initiatives related to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing on May 7 and 8. 

The multi-day sailing event will feature the world’s best sailors, racing the fastest boats, in front of the backdrop of New York’s iconic harbor and landmarks.

Additionally, for the first time, the America’s Cup will be bringing stateside its non-profit AC Endeavour program for partnerships with three area youth sailing organizations.

On both Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, the epicenter of the race festivities will be Battery Park City and the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza. All races will finish just off the plaza, which will be home to one central event village. Thousands of spectators are expected to watch the race, either on land along the pier or from hundreds of spectator boats on the water near the race course. 

“The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a celebrated homecoming for the America’s Cup, which was held in New York for 50 years, representing the sport’s first 13 challenges,” said Sir Russell Coutts, Chief Executive Officer of the America's Cup Event Authority. 

“The trophy was held by the New York Yacht Club from 1851 until 1983, widely recognized as the longest winning streak in the sport. When America’s Cup sailing returns in May, spectators will witness the latest, exciting iteration of the sport - an awe-inspiring blend of athleticism, technological advancement and keen awareness of nature.”

The Competition 

Six teams, each sailing on behalf of a home country (defending champion ORACLE TEAM USA, Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR for Great Britain, Artemis Racing for Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan, and Groupama Team France) will compete in the New York race, vying for points that count towards the final competition for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017.

All six teams will race against one another at the same time, in a fleet racing format. Racing will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Weather will determine the exact race course as well as the total number of races per day (up to a maximum of three). A New York champion will be crowned on Sunday, May 8, after the final race. 

“We are excited to be coming to New York, to race on one of the most famous waterways in the world,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, a two-time America’s Cup winner and defending champion of the Cup. “We promise fans an exciting, hard-fought competition.”


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Cammas back on board to lead French in New York Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates




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Franck Cammas will return to skipper Groupaman Team France at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York next month.

Cammas, who was injured in a training accident before Christmas, has recovered following five months of intense rehabilitiation.

From the team press release:

“Racing in New York will punctuate five extremely intense months and a rehabilitation programme, which I’ve tried my best to control," Cammas said. 

"I focused on the positives the minute I learnt that my foot had been saved. From that point, I gave my all to my rehabilitation and the other team-related activities. I think this approach got me into a virtuous circle, which favoured my recuperation. 

"However, it’s important not to lose sight of the tough times where the pain really called for me to grit my teeth. I put myself in the red in a bid to recover as quickly as possible. When you’re aware that the group is in training and progressing and you can’t be part of all that it’s frustrating and inevitably led to tension at times. I had to get back to the top of my game, which took a great deal of effort and self-sacrifice. 

"Today, I’m still cautious when it comes to jumping on the trampoline, but I’m more motivated than ever and I’m happy to be in a position to face up to the competition with a talented crew. I’ve missed the competition environment. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Adam Minoprio, who fulfilled his role as replacement to perfection in Oman. It was a very positive experience for the whole team."

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ORACLE TEAM USA and Artemis Racing will have new crew on board at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in New York.

Racing is scheduled on May 7-8.

On Wednesday, ORACLE TEAM USA announced that former college standout sailor Matt Cassidy was on track make his debut with the race crew in New York. 

“It’s very exciting to think I could be getting into an official race after all this time sailing with the guys in Bermuda,” Cassidy said. “The main difference in New York compared to what we’re doing here in Bermuda is that these races count. We want to win. It’s not testing; it’s not practice. Every race we sail in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series counts, so you have to perform.

“I sailed on the non-foiling AC45 boats back when I tried out with the team in 2014, but that’s the closest I’ve been to sailing on one of these boats. So I’ve been looking at a lot of video footage and talking to the guys, getting help from our coach, but at a certain point you just need to get out there and get into it.” 


Similarly, Artemis Racing has added new blood to its New York race crew. 

Following a disappointing result in Oman, the Swedish team will be looking for an improved performance and a podium finish in the Big Apple, and is pleased to announce that Christian Kamp will make his debut on the foiling AC45F race boats.

“I’m excited to be joining the World Series team," Kamp said. "I’ve been wanting to go for a long time and I’m happy to get the opportunity now. 

"We’ve had a few changes in the crew since the last event, just one actual crew change but new positions for a few people. I am sliding into the spot as trimmer where I am very comfortable. It will be a first time for me racing these foiling AC45 World Series boats, but I know they are a lot more like normal yacht racing in terms of the fleet racing format, the compressed courses, boundaries, and having to make quick decisions.”


The challenge for both teams is the limited training time on the AC45F race boats. Teams are restricted from arriveing early at a venue to train. This means new crew can only get time on the boat on the Friday practice races, or Thursday VIP or media sails.

It's a big ask - even for professionals. 

Be sure to tune in on May 7-8 to see how they fare!

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Super Sunday racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York gets bigger with Snapchat Live Story Our Coverage Sponsored by Surreal Eyewear


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The America’s Cup and Snapchat have partnered to make Super Sunday even bigger at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in New York. On Sunday, May 8, during the final day of racing, Snapchat will cover the excitement via a Live Story, allowing attendees in New York to participate in the event storytelling and fans across the U.S. to experience what it’s like to be in the action on the Hudson River.

“With the three final races and double points up for grabs on Super Sunday, the leaderboard can change in a New York minute. It will be an ‘edge-of-your-seat’ day of America’s Cup racing,” said America’s Cup Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Bertone. “Snapchat’s Live Story coverage will elevate an electric atmosphere on the Hudson River by taking fans behind-the-scenes, and providing users the opportunity be part of the story from New York.”

From pre-race briefings to the awards celebration, the Snapchat Live Story will follow the sailors, teams and spectators on race day. Snapchatters will be able to submit their unique video and photo Snaps from around the Event Village and race course to the curated Live Story. Local geofilters will also provide creative ways for users customize their Snaps.

Snaps submitted from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York on May 8 will be packaged into a brief video stream by a team at Snapchat and made available to users in the United States to view right on their phones for 24 hours.

The America’s Cup has also launched its own organic Snapchat account in conjunction with Sunday’s Live Story. Add “Americas.Cup” as a friend or scan the Snapcode to follow the excitement throughout not only the week in New York, but also over the full Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series schedule and the 35th America’s Cup next year.

America’s Cup racing is returning to New York for the first time in nearly 100 years with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. The two-day event runs May 7-8, with six teams racing along the lower Hudson River and an Event Village at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza. Three races are scheduled for both days beginning at 2:00 pm ET, with double-point scoring on Sunday, May 8.

In addition to the Snapchat Live Story from New York, fans in the U.S. can tune in to racing live on NBC and on the America’s Cup app.

Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 PM ET - live on NBC Sports Live Extra
Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 PM ET - live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 PM ET - highlights on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra

Visit americascup.com/newyork for complete event information, details on the app and for international broadcast networks.

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Emirates Team New Zealand is in full event mode setting up for a return to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in New York this weekend (7th & 8th May).
It will be the first time America’s Cup racing has taken place on the New York harbour in 96 years, and is sure to feature plenty of sailing action in the one-design AC45’s against the backdrop of the iconic Manhattan skyline.

“This is certainly going to be a unique sailing regatta for everyone.” said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby.

“As always there are going to be the six teams not wanting to give an inch but fighting to take a mile out of each other - it will be full on but we are really looking forward to the challenge.”

Supporting Ashby will be star helmsman Pete Burling and crew Blair Tuke, fresh of their incredible 26th consecutive gold medal performance in the 49er Class as they continue their prep for the Rio Olympics.

The winning feeling extends to the America's Cup where ETNZ retains its position at the head of the leaderboard. 


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Experience AC Endeavour Youth Day and weekend programs at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates


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The AC Endeavour Program has created a weekend of educational fun for New York area youth programs, sailing schools, and fans of all ages visiting the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York. Friday, May 6, has been designated AC Endeavour Youth Day, and activities from local community partners will engage kids in the Event Village at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza during the weekend of racing, May 7-8.

AC Endeavour has been operating in Bermuda, host venue for the 2017 America’s Cup, since last year, introducing technical concepts of sailing to school curriculum, as well as teaching water safety and other life skills. Now the program is coming to New York. Area students will participate in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – education, then put those learnings into practice on the Hudson River in AC Endeavour boats.

“Sailing is the ultimate tool for delivering STEAM curriculum. From learning about buoyancy and wind currents to conservation and teamwork, the sport provides a unique educational experience,” said Tom Herbert-Evans, Community Sailing Program Manager for the America’s Cup. “We’re excited to bring AC Endeavour and this curriculum to young people in New York. With the support of Harken, North Sails and Magic Marine, along with local community partners, we have the opportunity to engage and inspire students in a hands-on learning environment.”

AC Endeavour Youth Day

On Friday, 100 students ages 13 years and older from around the New York City area will participate in AC Endeavour Youth Day as part of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York. Students representing the New York Harbor School, Success Academy and nearby Battery Park City area schools will be part of a special STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education program and experience sailing taster sessions in Hobie Wave boats on the Hudson River.

Students will begin their day with a combination of interactive activities both on shore and on the water. On shore in the Event Village, they’ll test their strength and knowledge with the Harken Grinder Challenge and Simple Machine Scavenger Hunt. Both activities will take place in the Harken STEAM Classroom supported by the US Sailing Reach Initiative. In the classroom, they can also learn about marine debris and how to live sustainably with help from the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean.

On the Hudson River, the students will take out the fleet of eight uniquely identifiable Hobie Wave catamarans. The boats feature bright yellow sails – donated by leading sailmaker North Sails – and branding to reflect the iconic New York taxi cab. Following the weekend AC Endeavour programs, the Hobie Waves will be donated to local youth sailing programs, along with legacy funding to help run the programs going forward.

Mid-day on Friday, students will trade in their Magic Marine helmets, lifejackets, and drysuits for lunch aboard the boat Valiant to watch the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series practice races. STEAM activities held onboard Valiant will feature representatives from Hobie Cat and North U who will educate students on everything from sail trim to foiling technique. A fun AC45 race boat design competition will also allow students to learn first-hand about the innovative design and cutting edge technology pivotal to the America’s Cup.

Following racing, participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with America’s Cup sailors from all six teams. The entire group of students, along with the sailors, will participate in a special Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York ribbon cutting to officially open the Event Village and kick off the weekend activities.

When the Event Village officially opens at 3 pm, the students will rotate between exploring the wide range of community educational exhibits and a second sailing session on Colgate 26 boats with the Offshore Sailing School.

Weekend Programs

On Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, Rocking the Boat and Hudson River Community Sailing, both partners of the AC Endeavour Program for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, will each bring a group of youth participants sailing on the Hobie Wave catamarans on the Hudson River. The kids will also join an AC Sailor Lifestyle Talk to learn more about what it’s like to be part of an America’s Cup team. Both groups will participate in Harken STEAM Classroom and Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean activities, and they will join local youth sailors to be part of the Dock Out Shows.

Visitors of all ages can stop by the Harken STEAM Classroom all weekend to participate in the Harken Grinder Challenge and Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt.

Local community partners will also offer educational opportunities for all young visitors throughout the day in the Event Village, open from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm both Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8.

Community partner exhibitions include hands-on activities focused around STEAM curriculum, from learning about weather to points of sail. All exhibitors will also have information on youth and community sailing programs. The organizations represented:
New York Harbor School
Rocking the Boat
Hudson River Community Sailing
Off Shore Sailing School
South Street Seaport Museum
Battery Park City Authority
Downtown Alliance
Waterfront Alliance

Poster Signing

America’s Cup sailors will be signing posters for fans of all ages on Saturday, May 7 from 4:30-5:30 pm in front of the main stage in the Event Village.

#SayNo Sustainability Activities

In conjunction with the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, the #SayNo photo booth and sustainability programs will educate children about marine debris and ways to protect the oceans. At the photo booth, all visitors can snap photos, tagging them with the hashtag #SayNo, and sharing their commitment to help eliminate single-use plastics and keep the oceans clean. The Rozalia Project will also lead a fun beach clean and recycling activity throughout the weekend in the Event Village. All visitors are encouraged to stop by for the opportunity to win a prize.

All AC Endeavour Program participants will receive a reusable water bottle, and water refill stations will be located in the Event Village. In the Harken STEAM Classroom, students will also participate in a sustainability activity – “Reducing a Sailor's Environmental Impact - Start with Lunch” – facilitated by the US Sailing Reach Program.

Schedule

Friday, May 6
9:15-11:15 am -- AC Endeavour Youth Sailing & Activities - Event Village
11:15 am -- AC Endeavour On Water STEAM Activities & Media Boat - Valiant
2:30 pm -- AC Endeavour Ribbon Cutting & Photo Moment - Event Village Main Stage
3:00-5:00 pm -- AC Endeavour Youth Sailing & Activities - Event Village

Saturday & Sunday, May 7-8
11:00 am - 6:00 pm -- AC Endeavour Educational Activities - Event Village

AC Endeavour Youth Day Partners

North Sails are a dedicated partner of the AC Endeavour Program, not only providing authentic pink branded sails in Bermuda and iconic yellow sails for New York, but also supporting educational programs. The North Sails partnership includes programming for the AC Collegiate Sailing Intern Program and AC Endeavour Youth Day activities during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events. Their support is enabling youth to learn about sail trim and technique, and developing the next generation of sailors.

Harken, a partner of the AC Endeavour Program, has teamed up with the US Sailing Reach Program to donate equipment and facilitate hands-on learning activities in the Harken STEAM Classroom, located in the Event Village. The classroom will feature the Harken Grinding Challenge, where visitors can test their strength and agility, and will be home to the Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt.

Magic Marine generously supports the AC Endeavour Program by supplying helmets, lifejackets, dry suits, and more, helping youth experience the joy of sailing while staying safe and dry.

ABOUT THE AC ENDEAVOUR PROGRAM

The AC Endeavour Program is a youth-focused community sailing and educational program in connection with the 35th America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton. The mission is to provide unique sporting and educational opportunities through sailing for youth across all socioeconomic backgrounds. It highlights three pillars, including a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) educational component, the youth sailing initiative, and an internship opportunity for US collegiate sailors and coaches. Partners include Harken - Boat Hardware, North Sails - Sails, Dynamic Dollies - Racks and Dollies, Versadock - Drive on docks for rescue craft, Magic Marine - Sailing Apparel, RS Sailing - LDC Sailboats - RS Feva, Bic Sport - Open Bic, Hobie Cat - Hobie Wave, VSR - Coach Boats, Blokart - Land Sailing Karts, as well as local partners in Bermuda - Appleby, Butterfield, PwC, Hamilton Insurance and Orbis.

More about the AC Endeavour Program HERE.

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In 1851 a radical looking schooner ghosted out of the afternoon mist and swiftly sailed past the Royal Yacht stationed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England, on an afternoon when Queen Victoria was watching a sailing race.

As the schooner, named America, passed the Royal Yacht in first position, and saluted by dipping its ensign three times, Queen Victoria asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place.  "Your Majesty, there is no second,” came the reply. That phrase, just four words, is still the best description of the America’s Cup, and how it represents the singular pursuit of excellence.

That day in August, 1851, the yacht America, representing the young New York Yacht Club, would go on to beat the best the British could offer and win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup. This was more than a simple boat race however, as it symbolised a great victory for the new world over the old, a triumph that unseated Great Britain as the world’s undisputed maritime power.

The trophy would go to the young democracy of the United States and it would be well over 100 years before it was taken away from New York.

Shortly after America won the 100 Guinea Cup in 1851, New York Yacht Club Commodore John Cox Stevens and the rest of his ownership syndicate sold the celebrated schooner and returned home to New York as heroes. They donated the trophy to the New York Yacht Club under a Deed of Gift, which stated that the trophy was to be “a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations.”

Thus was born the America’s Cup, named after the winning schooner America, as opposed to the country.

The America’s Cup is known as the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport. Since the first race in 1851, teams representing only four nations - the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland - have won the trophy in more than 160 years of competition. It is one of the greatest challenges in all of sport.

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THE 35TH AMERICA’S CUP

The defending champion is ORACLE TEAM USA, who first won the America’s Cup in 2010, and successfully defended the title in 2013. Now six teams, including the Defender, have signed up to take on the challenge:


The 35th America’s Cup will be in June 2017 on the Great Sound of Bermuda. 

Racing in a series of preliminary events, collectively known as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, take place at selected venues in 2015 and 2016.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is raced in the AC45 class – a one-design catamaran powered by a wing sail, and sailed by a crew of five. The new version of the AC45 flies above the water on foils.

In 2017, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs, as well as the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton, will be raced in the new America’s Cup Class – a very fast, foiling, wing-sailed catamaran, manned by six crew.

The America’s Cup is governed by a Deed of Gift and a Protocol, which together outline the Rules for each edition of the event. The current Protocol can be found at www.americascup.com

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Defenseman Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames, forward Matt Martin of the New York Islanders and defenseman P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2015-16 NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to “an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community,” the National Hockey League announced. 

NHL clubs submitted nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the finalists were selected by a judging panel. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year’s recipient. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards – hosted by actor Will Arnett – at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 

Following are the finalists for the NHL Foundation Player Award, in alphabetical order: 

Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames 
Giordano’s leadership and dedication on the ice only are paralleled by his various initiatives away from the rink. For the past two seasons, Giordano and his wife have partnered with the Calgary Board of Education to create a unique community program called Team Giordano – which provides resources to four low-income Calgary schools. Funding from Team Giordano supports the purchase of computers, journals and other school supplies as well as floor hockey equipment. Students in the program are encouraged to achieve their goals using the “5 G’s” Giordano believes are the keys to success. Since its inception, Team Giordano has donated $200,000 to its four schools, impacting the lives of 1,400 students. 

Matt Martin, New York Islanders 
Although Martin is notorious for his hits on the ice, his biggest impact can be seen through his work and reputation in the community. For the past six years, Martin has partnered with various organizations focused on children and the military. Last summer, he created the Matt Martin Foundation in order to continue raising awareness and funding for the causes closest to his heart. Those include, among others, the NYPD Widows’ and Children’s Fund, the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis, ACDS, Defending the Blue Line and the Islanders Children’s Foundation. The inaugural year of the Matt Martin Foundation raised more than $75,000 for these charities. 

P
.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens 
Subban, one of the most prolific defensemen in the NHL, made perhaps his biggest headlines last September with his $10-million pledge over a seven-year period to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF). Committed to leaving a legacy both on the ice and in the community, Subban chose to focus his philanthropic efforts on helping sick children as well as their families. That has resulted in more than $800,000 of fundraising for MCHF through several activities and the support of the P.K. Subban Foundation during the 2015-16 season. Subban, using his gregarious personality and far-reaching social media presence, has employed various initiatives to engage the community and raise awareness about those causes nearest to him. 

 History 
NHL players have a longstanding tradition of supporting charities and other important causes in their communities. NHL member clubs are constant in their quest to help local schools, hospitals and charitable organizations. Clubs submit nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the finalists are selected by a judging panel. This award was first presented in 1998.

 Announcement Schedule 
The three finalists for NHL Trophies are being announced by NBC Sports in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA Sports in Canada during pregame programming for the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Saturday, May 7. The series of announcements continues on Wednesday, May 3, when the three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award will be unveiled. A full lineup of presenters and entertainment for the 2016 NHL Awards – as well as information on broadcasting, tickets, and hospitality and travel packages through PrimeSport – will be announced at a future date. In addition, fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

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Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers, forward Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and forward Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced.

 Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards – hosted by actor Will Arnett – at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order: 

Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers 
Gostisbehere, a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, led rookie defensemen in goals (17), assists (29), points (46), power-play goals (8), power-play points (22) and game-winning goals (5) while playing in 64 contests. He also scored four overtime goals, setting a League record for any rookie while matching a single-season record for any defenseman. Gostisbehere posted a 15-game point streak Jan. 19 – Feb. 20 (5-13—18), an NHL record for a rookie defenseman as well as a franchise record for any rookie. He is Philadelphia’s first Calder Trophy finalist since 1993-94 (Mikael Renberg) and is vying to become the first player in team history to capture the award. 

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers 
McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, ranked fourth among rookies with 16-32—48 despite appearing in only 45 games due to injury. His average of 1.07 points per game led all rookies and ranked third in the entire League. McDavid recorded multiple points in 12 of his 45 outings, highlighted by a five-point game Feb. 11 vs. TOR (2-3—5). At 19 years, 29 days, he became the ninth-youngest player in NHL history to register a fivepoint performance (as well as the third rookie in Oilers history to achieve the feat). McDavid is Edmonton’s first Calder Trophy finalist since 2011-12 (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) and also is attempting to become the first player in club history to win the award. 

Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks 
Panarin, who signed with the Blackhawks in May 2015, led all rookies in goals (30), assists (47), points (77), power-play goals (t-8), power-play points (24) and game-winning goals (7) while skating in 80 contests. He became the fourth rookie in franchise history to reach the 30-goal milestone and the first to do so since 1995-96 (Eric Daze). That included his first career hat trick Feb. 17 at NYR, the first by any Blackhawks rookie since 2002-03 (Tyler Arnason). Panarin is Chicago’s first Calder Trophy finalist since 2012-13 (Brandon Saad) and is looking to become the first Blackhawks player to win the award since teammate Patrick Kane in 2007-08. 

History 
From 1936-37 until his death in 1943, NHL President Frank Calder purchased a trophy each year to be given permanently to the NHL’s outstanding rookie. After Calder’s death, the League presented the Calder Trophy in his memory. 

Announcement Schedule 
The three finalists for NHL Trophies are being announced by NBC Sports in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA Sports in Canada during pregame programming for the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Saturday, May 7. The series of announcements continues on Tuesday, May 3, when the three finalists for the NHL Foundation Player Award will be unveiled. A full lineup of presenters and entertainment for the 2016 NHL Awards – as well as information on broadcasting, tickets, and hospitality and travel packages through PrimeSport – will be announced at a future date. In addition, fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

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Forwards Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today. The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season and the top three vote-getters were designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards, hosted by actor Will Arnett, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 

Following are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy, in alphabetical order: 

Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins 
Dupuis earned the Masterton nomination for the Penguins for his determination in rejoining the team after nearly a year of rehabilitation, training, medical testing and monitoring in caring for multiple injuries and blood clot concerns. He appeared in 18 games before a pair of medical scares convinced him to make the difficult decision to retire. At the request of GM Jim Rutherford, Dupuis remains with the Penguins to assist in a new capacity. He is with the team on a daily basis, attending games and providing feedback to the coaching staff and players. 

Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers
 Jagr was selected as the Panthers’ Masterton Trophy nominee in a season that saw the 44-year-old inspire his team to franchise records for wins (47) and points (103) while capturing their second division title. Playing in his 22nd NHL season, Jagr led the Panthers in scoring with 27-39--66, becoming the oldest player in League history to surpass the 60-point plateau. His work ethic and off-ice mentorship, particularly with linemates Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, whose combined age is younger than Jagr, was considered as valuable as his on-ice production. 

Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers
 Zuccarello was named the Rangers’ Masterton Trophy nominee in recognition of a spirited return to action in 2015-16 after suffering a serious head injury during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Zuccarello missed the Rangers’ final 14 postseason games last year after being struck in the head by a slap shot in a game against Pittsburgh on April 24, 2015. He skated in 81 games this season and established career highs in several categories, including games played (81), goals (26), points (61) and power-play goals (seven). 

Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund 
A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner. 

History 
The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers’ Association in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey and who died on January 15, 1968. 

Announcement Schedule
 The three finalists for NHL trophies are being announced by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA in Canada on Stanley Cup Playoff broadcasts through May 7, during pregame programming. The series of announcements continues on Monday, May 2, when the three finalists for the Calder Trophy will be unveiled. A full lineup of presenters and entertainment, information on broadcasting and tickets, as well as hospitality and travel packages through PrimeSport will be announced at a future date. In addition, fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets own the first, second and third overall drafting positions, respectively, for the First Round of the 2016 NHL Draft as a result of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery Drawing in Toronto.

For the first time, the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery assigned the top three slots in the first round of the NHL Draft – a change from prior years, when the Draft Lottery was used to determine the winner of the first overall selection exclusively.

Maple Leafs Win No. 1 Drafting Position

In the first drawing, the Maple Leafs had the greatest percentage likelihood of being selected based on inverse order of regular-season finish (20.0%). It marks the first time since 2010 (Edmonton) that the team with the highest percentage chance retained the first overall selection.

The Maple Leafs, selected in the NHL Draft Lottery for the first time, have made the first overall draft pick once before, in 1985 (Wendel Clark).

Jets Win No. 2 Drafting Position

In the second drawing, the Jets had the fifth-greatest percentage likelihood among the 13 remaining clubs eligible for selection (9.4%) and climbed from No. 6 to No. 2. The Jets franchise has selected No. 2 overall twice before, when the team was located in Atlanta (Dany Heatley in 2000, Kari Lehtonen in 2002).

Blue Jackets Win No. 3 Drafting Position

In the third drawing, the Blue Jackets had the third-greatest percentage likelihood among the 12 remaining clubs eligible for selection (13.1%). After dropping from No. 4 to No. 5 as a result of the second drawing, Columbus climbed to No. 3, improving its drafting position as a result of the NHL Draft Lottery for the first time in franchise history. The Blue Jackets have never selected No. 3 overall.

Three draws were held: the first drawing determined the club selecting first overall, the second drawing determined the club selecting second overall and the third drawing determined the club selecting third overall. Once a club was assigned a pick, it was ineligible for further participation in subsequent drawings, but there were no re-draws required.

All clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, participated in the Draft Lottery.

The allocation of odds for the first Lottery draw were the same as for the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery. The odds for the remaining teams increased on a proportionate basis for the second drawing, based on which club won the first drawing, and again for the third drawing, based on which club won the second drawing.

The 11 clubs not selected in the Draft Lottery were assigned NHL Draft selections 4 through 14, in inverse order of regular-season points.

The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the First Round, only, of the 2016 NHL Draft is as follows:

1. Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Winnipeg Jets
3. Columbus Blue Jackets
4. Edmonton Oilers
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. Calgary Flames
7. Arizona Coyotes
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Montreal Canadiens
10. Colorado Avalanche
11. New Jersey Devils
12. Ottawa Senators
13. Carolina Hurricanes
14. Boston Bruins

The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The drawing was conducted at Rogers Sportsnet’s studio in downtown Toronto and the winning teams were revealed live on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada and NBC in the U.S. prior to their broadcast of Game 2 of the Capitals-Penguins Second Round series.

For each of the three drawings, 14 balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine randomly selected four balls. The resulting four-number series (without regard to selection order) was matched against a chart that shows all possible combinations and the clubs to which each was assigned. The chart (available at NHL.com) showed that the Maple Leafs had been assigned the numbers (5-6-8-13) that were expelled in the first drawing, followed by the Jets (5-7-10-14) in the second drawing and the Blue Jackets (3-4-5-7) in the third drawing.

The 2016 NHL Draft will be held June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. This will be the third time the event will be held in Buffalo; the city previously hosted the NHL Draft in 1991 and 1998.

Results of Draft Drawings

Year Selected Effect on Draft Order Player Selected
1995 Los Angeles Moved from 7th to 3rd D Aki Berg
1996 Ottawa Retained 1st selection D Chris Phillips
1997 Boston Retained 1st selection C Joe Thornton
1998 Tampa Bay Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades C Vincent Lecavalier
1999 Chicago Moved from 8th to 4th RW Pavel Brendl *
2000 NY Islanders Moved from 5th to 1st G Rick DiPietro
2001 Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002 Florida Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **
2003 Florida Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
2004 Washington Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alex Ovechkin
2005 Pittsburgh n/a C Sidney Crosby
2006 St. Louis Retained 1st selection D Erik Johnson
2007 Chicago Moved from 5th to 1st RW Patrick Kane
2008 Tampa Bay Retained 1st selection C Steven Stamkos
2009 NY Islanders Retained 1st selection C John Tavares
2010 Edmonton Retained 1st selection LW Taylor Hall
2011 New Jersey Moved from 8th to 4th D Adam Larsson
2012 Edmonton Moved from 2nd to 1st RW Nail Yakupov
2013 Colorado Moved from 2nd to 1st C Nathan MacKinnon
2014 Florida Moved from 2nd to 1st D Aaron Ekblad
2015 Edmonton Moved from 3rd to 1st C Connor McDavid

2016 Toronto Retained 1st selection
2016 Winnipeg Moved from No. 6 to No. 2
2016 Columbus Moved from No. 4 to No. 3

* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.

** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.

*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.

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