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Detroit Red Wings' Mikael Samulesson defends against Ottawa Senators' Tom Preissing during first period action at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on December 12, 2006. Preissing, who plans to spend the off-season at his Steamboat Springs home, has helped the Senators to their first Stanley Cup appearance in franchise history, beginning with Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks at 6 p.m. Monday in Anaheim, Calif.

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Colorado is where Tom Preissing found the "stepping stone" that helped catapult him to a career in the National Hockey League. The 29-year-old defenseman for the Ottawa Senators made a national name for himself when he helped the 2003 Colorado College Tigers to a WCHA regular season championship and an NCAA quarterfinal berth on his way to first-team All-America and Hobey Baker Award-finalist honors.

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