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Hitting The Links: Out Of Ottawa Edition

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It felt like all the Stanley Cup news was coming out of Ottawa for forever, from Chris Kelly's day with the Cup all the way to Peter Chiarelli's and Claude Julien's. But the Cup has finally emerged from Ontario relatively unscathed, for Patrice Bergeron's day with the Cup yesterday. Cool story, former teammate Steve Begin and current teammate Jordan Caron both stopped by to spend some time with Bergy.

I miss Steve Begin.

After the jump, a fun story from some of the rookies' USHL days, various Cup day adventures, and not a lot of NHL news. Onward!

Bruins News:
  • This is a pretty cute story about rookie d-man Matt Bartkowski and current P-Bruins Colby Cohen and Carter Camper: They all played for the same USHL team, the Lincoln Stars, together. Reuniting in Providence has been fun. [USHL]
  • Here is a piece on part of Julien's day with the cup in Orleans. Did you know that he and Canucks' coach Alain Vigneault coached the same QMJHL team? [Orleans Online]
  • Chiarelli got a bit more cerebral on his Cup day and brought it to the University of Ottawa's Tabaret Lawn. [Boxscore]
  • He also brought it to his daughter's old gymnastics club in Nepean. [Ottawa Region]
  • Here's a video from NESN of Bergeron's Cup day. [NESN]
  • Sans Cup and still sans contract, Brad Marchand is still doing good things. He recently helped raise money for a local kids' club by donating some gear and some of his childhood belongings. [CBC]


NHL News:

  • Locals and players are still mourning the loss of the QMJHL's Lewiston MAINEiacs. Me too, guys, me too. [NEHJ]
  • Finally healthy, Byron Bitz feels ready to go. Too bad it's going to be for the Canucks. [Gazette]
  • Marty Turco is unemployed and it could stay that way. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Wild and Sharks made their third trade of this offseason, sending James Sheppard to the Sharks. [USA Today]
  • Dean Blais is heading up the United States U-20 National Team's evaluation camp this week. Among his progeny are Bruins forwards Jared Knight and Brian Ferlin. []
  • The 2012 NHL Draft is probably going to be in Pittsburgh. Check out the odd way this news was found out. [PGH Live]

Non Hockey Link of the Day: