Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around The NHL - June 15th, 2012

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: Second overall pick Gabriel Landeskog by the Colorado Avalanche (C) stands with Executive Advisor/Alternate Governor Joe Sakic (far left) and other members of the Colorado Avalanche organization on the podium for a photoduring day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hockey's Future has a Colorado Avalanche Draft Preview.

Over the past three drafts with general manager Greg Sherman at the helm, the Avalanche have made a total of 21 draft choices. Of the 21 players selected, an overwhelming 15 prospects have come from Canadian major junior leagues, with six having come from the OHL, six from the WHL, and three from the QMJHL. Of the remaining six selections, two hailed from Europe, two from the US National Team Development Program, one from the NCAA and one from a Massachusetts high school. By position, nine forwards , eight defensemen and four goaltenders were chosen by the Avalanche in the past three drafts. Only two of their 21 picks were used to select overage players.

The National Post has pictures of the Stanley Cup parade.

The Kings hosted their first-ever Stanley Cup parade and as you can expect, there was a lot of hoisting and waving. Here are a few photos from everyone’s favourite end-of-year event.

Five Odd Adventures that the Cup has been through...

In a basement
Back in 1925, Canadian hockey legend Lester Patrick decided the best place to keep the Cup was in a cardboard box in his basement. His then teenage sons Lynn and Muzz unsuccessfully tried to engrave their own names into the trophy, reportedly with a hammer and nails.
Fifteen years later, the brothers would have their names carved into Stanley after the New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2.




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