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Las Vegas Is Getting an NHL Team in 2017

It's the league's first expansion since 2000

(Newser) - The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas. The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday, the AP reports. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league's board of governors met... More »

Hockey Great Gordie Howe Dead at 88

'Mr. Hockey' died Friday morning

(Newser) - Hockey legend Gordie Howe is dead at age 88, the Detroit Red Wings confirmed to CBS Detroit Friday. His son, Marty Howe, tells CNN he died Friday morning. Howe, a Hockey Hall of Famer and six-time NHL MVP, had an incredible career that led to his nickname, "Mr. Hockey"... More »

NHL Just Drafted Its 1st Chinese Player

Andong Song goes to the New York Islanders

(Newser) - For the first time, a Chinese player has been selected in the NHL draft. Andong Song was chosen by the New York Islanders with the No. 172 pick in the draft today. The defenseman, who goes by the name "Misha," started playing hockey on a smaller-than-normal rink in... More »

Players Sue: NHL Promoted 'Extreme Violence' for Profit

It's the second suit against the NHL since November

(Newser) - The National Hockey League is being sued by nine of its own, who claim the league "intentionally created, fostered, and promoted a culture of extreme violence" with an eye on profit, the suit reads. Ex-players brought a similar suit against the NHL in November , but the New York Times... More »

Leafs Edge Red Wings in Very Wintry Classic

It was snowy, windy at NHL's annual outdoor event

(Newser) - A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey. Tyler Bozak scored the winning shootout goal and Jonathan Bernier made two saves in the heart-pounding final moments, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over Detroit at the snowy Winter Classic in front of the largest crowd to watch... More »

Bruins Eke Out 2-1 OT Win

Chicago's home ice advantage gone as finals head to Boston

(Newser) - All those missed shots added up to one big blown opportunity for the Chicago Blackhawks. They couldn't bury the Boston Bruins in the early going and paid for it in the end. Now, home-ice advantage is gone. So is their lead over the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals.... More »

Blackhawks, Bruins Head to 'Original 6' Stanley Cup

First such matchup since 1979 begins Wednesday night

(Newser) - The Chicago Blackhawks have joined the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals, featuring Original Six NHL franchises for the first time since 1979. Chicago eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Kings with a 4-3, double-overtime victory last night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, bouncing back to... More »

NHL Blitzes North America With an Apology

Full-page ad in 40 newspapers apologizes for lockout

(Newser) - The National Hockey League finally kicks off its 2012-2013 season tomorrow, but before it drops the puck, it has something to say to its fans: So sorry 'bout that four-month lockout. The NHL took out full-page ads in about 40 newspapers in Canada and the United States yesterday, including... More »

NHL, Union Strike Tentative Deal

10-year agreement still needs to be ratified by players, would save half season

(Newser) - The NHL and the players' association reached a tentative agreement early today to end a nearly four-month-old lockout that threatened to wipe out the season. A marathon negotiating session that lasted more than 16 hours and stretched from early yesterday afternoon until just before 6am today produced a 10-year deal... More »

NHL, Union Make Last Push to Save Season

But commissioner says time is running out

(Newser) - 2012 vanished without any deal to finally get the 2012-13 NHL season under way, but fans now have reason to be hopeful, AP reports. The league and the players' association are back on speaking terms and held their first face-to-face meeting since Dec. 13 yesterday. The lockout has caused games... More »

Victim of NHL Lockout: Coors Light

Not nearly as many Canadians drinking beer these days

(Newser) - With the NHL lockout still ongoing, Canadians apparently don't have nearly as many excuses to drink beer. Molson Coors Brewing Co. says beer sales are down across Canada thanks to the lockout, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. The CEO of the company, which makes Coors Light and Molson Canadian,... More »

Kings Fans Taunt Devils With Jersey Shore Heads

4-0 puts Kings one win away from first Stanley Cup

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Kings are now just a game away from the first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history—and Snooki may have helped. Kings fans taunted their rivals by holding up huge cardboard cutouts of Jersey Shore characters directly behind the New Jersey Devils' bench during last night's... More »

NHL Fan Sues Penguins for 3 Texts Too Many

Fred Weiss says he agreed to only 3 a week, got 9 in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Fred Weiss signed up to get text message alerts from the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was assured by the promotional agreement he would only receive up to three texts per week. When he started receiving more than that, rather than simply unsubscribing, he filed a lawsuit. Weiss alleges that the NHL... More »

Trio of Enforcer Deaths Puts Spotlight on NHL Fighting

Wade Belak third NHL tough guy to die this year

(Newser) - A trio of deaths has put the spotlight on the role of tough guys in hockey like never before. Recently retired player Wade Belak was found hanged in a hotel room this week. His death follows that of Rick Rypien, who died in apparent suicide last month, and New York... More »

Hockey Finds Itself in a Whole New Brawl Game

NHL rough stuff has risen every year since the lockout despite rule changes

(Newser) - Fighting has been as much a part of hockey as skating for generations, but the rough stuff has been on the rise in the NHL since the 2004-05 lockout. By one account, fights are up by 15% from last season. With the enforcer's role becoming more vital, the New York ... More »

NHL Snaps It Up Online

Boosts online coverage of hockey games

(Newser) - The National Hockey League is increasing its online footprint with expanded game coverage on the web. One game each day will be offered online to America's 20 million hockey fans with multiple camera angles and on-demand playback. The league has moved to Flash-based video that more Mac and PC users... More »

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