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Brad Richards retires; Auston Matthews still on vacation from writing signatures on contracts.

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But first, some adaptive hockey news.

Nashville To Host 2016 Sled Classic, Presented by the NHL | USA Hockey
"USA Hockey announced today that the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Sled Preds will host the seventh annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL. The four-day event will take place November 17-20, 2016, at the Ford Ice Center, operated by the Nashville Predators to continue the growth of hockey and skating in Middle Tennessee, in Antioch, Tenn." -- I WILL GO TO THIS THING!

Bringing the Joy of Hockey to the Developmentally Disabled | Forward.com
"The program uses a one-on one mentoring model to teach seven to thirteen year-olds with developmental disabilities, including Autism and Down syndrome, how to play ice hockey and engage in positive social interactions."

Other Hockey News

On Auston Matthews, Lou Lamoriello, and the entry-level bonus debate | MLHS
This is good supplemental information to Katya's article.

Toronto Maple Leafs: The World Cup Impact On Toronto | Editor in Leaf
When the Toronto Maple Leafs are in Bedford, Nova Scotia for training camp and a pre-season game, they’ll be without their leader.

Maple Leafs Roundtable: Opening Night Forward Lines | Editor in Leaf
"The Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of options for how they can set their forward lineup heading into opening night of the 2016-2017 season."

Dubas 'fortunate' in time with Maple Leafs | Soo Today
"Kyle Dubas continues to learn on the job in his role as assistant general manager with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs"

Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Takeaways from their Offseason Moves | Tip of the Tower
"In what has been a busy offseason for the Toronto Maple Leafs, have they made the necessary additions to help them move forward in the rebuild?"

Marlies Sign Tony Cameranesi and William Corrin | PPP
The Toronto Marlies signed a pair of Minnesota-Duluth products today: centre Tony Cameranesi and defenceman William Corrin.

And speaking of the NCAA:

Quinnipiac hockey to be tested early with 2016-17 schedule | NH Register
"A rematch with Boston College and a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Northern Ireland highlight the Quinnipiac men’s hockey schedule, which was released on Wednesday afternoon."

COLLEGE HOCKEY: Overtime won't see any changes | Grand Forks Herald
"The NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Rules Committee tabled its own recommendation that college hockey move to 4-on-4 overtimes across the board in all conferences."

Brad Richards announces retirement after 15 seasons | NHL
Richie :(

Brad Richards' NHL timeline | NHL
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Investor in the wings for new pro hockey team in Portland | Press Herald
"A group attempting to land a minor league hockey team for Portland has located an investor willing to put up most or all of the $750,000 needed to buy a team." -- This is so cheap that PPP could buy a minor league team!

How Smart NHL Teams Can Take Advantage of the Death of the Bridge Contract | Bleacher Report
"Florida’s signings are the latest step in a long process which has seen the bridge contract—typically a cheap, short-term deal to a player coming off his first NHL contract—increasingly fall out of favour."

NHL dismisses neutral arbitrator from Dennis Wideman case | Sportsnet
"Oldham, who has served as an impartial arbitrator for the league since 2004, reduced the original suspension to 10 games on March 11 — a decision the NHL did not agree with."