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Hockey Linesman Knocked to Ice Sues Player for Millions

He says he hasn't been able to work for over a year

(Newser) - An NHL linesman who hasn't been able to work since he was knocked to the ice from behind by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman last year is suing the player and the team for $7.5 million. Wideman cross-checked Don Henderson as he was returning to the bench during... More »

Use of Actual Penguins at NHL Game Rankles PETA

They were 'terrorized,' says group, but zoo calls that nonsense

(Newser) - The zoo calls it an "enrichment experience" for penguins, but PETA thinks it amounts to "shy animals terrorized." Such is the controversy over the NHL's decision to put live penguins on the ice before a rare outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. In... More »

Ex-NHL Brawler, Now a Coach, Allegedly Hits Teen in Game

Andrew Peters suspended after video makes the rounds

(Newser) - When he played for the Buffalo Sabres, Andrew Peters had one clear role: that of a tough-guy enforcer who was quick to fight. Now he's retired as a player and coaching teens—and in hot water over a hockey brawl. Peters has been suspended as head coach of the... More »

NHL Rookie's Record Debut Brings Mom to Tears

Matthews enters record books 40 minutes into career

(Newser) - Auston Matthews made a stunning debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night, scoring four goals—a record for a rookie in his first NHL game. The Score reports that the 19-year-old American's parents were in the stands for the game against the Ottawa Senators. His proud mom was... More »

Young Red Wings Fan Gets Photobombed From Penalty Box

Steve Ott and Dylan Larkin were all smiles for little Lylah Almas

(Newser) - One man's penalty box is another man's photo shoot. The AP reports Steve Ott and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings used their ref-mandated timeouts during Sunday's preseason game against the Chicago Blackhawks to surreptitiously pose for a photo with a 4-year-old fan. The Red Wings... 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 »

'Miracle on Ice' Goalie Hawking His Gold Medal

And American flag Jim Craig wore after 1980 victory at Olympics

(Newser) - The "Miracle on Ice" hockey team is an indelible memory from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, with the US coming from behind to defeat the long-reigning Soviets, and then Finland, for the gold. And goalie Jim Craig, then 22, made an equally poignant impression after his team's victory,... More »

Man Jumps in River to Save Hat, Must Be Saved Himself

He and his Blackhawks hat are fine

(Newser) - OK, Chicago, we get that you're excited about your Stanley Cup win . But emergency crews don't want to have to dive into the Chicago River to pull out any more fans who decide to go for a swim. That's what local officials say happened last night when... More »

Hockey Fan Faces Arson Charges After Arena Stunt

Cops say she tried to burn giant rival flag

(Newser) - There but for the grace of God—and the possession of a lighter—go many a die-hard sports fan: As the Tampa Bay Lightning took on the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 at home last night, the hometown fans started passing around a 20-by-30-foot Lightning flag, which apparently struck... More »

Parents Eye Brain Trauma in Teen Hockey Star's Suicide

A year after Zander Thomas killed self, multiple concussions suspected

(Newser) - A year ago today, 17-year-old Willy Alexander Thomas left his girlfriend's home, drove to the George Washington Bridge, sent goodbye texts to his parents and girlfriend, then jumped. Known as Zander, he had been treated for "mild depression," the New York Times reports, but his friends, family,... More »

Putin Terrible at Hockey, Miraculously Nets 6 Goals

Russian president takes a break, loses game in which 'there are no losers'

(Newser) - What's a newly divorced Russian strongman to do when most of the world wants to throttle him and he's getting no respect from his own supporters ? Play a little hockey, that's what. And pretty badly, reports the Week in a look at Vladimir Putin's foray... 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 »

NYPD-FDNY Charity Hockey Game Erupts in Brawl

Fight clears benches at annual match

(Newser) - The annual charity hockey game between New York City's cops and firefighters turned into an all-out, bench clearing brawl at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum yesterday. With the score tied at 3-3 in the second period, referees struggled to restore order as FDNY and NYPD officers traded punches, leaving... More »

Reveling Rob Ford Charges Groin-First Into Hydrant

Toronto's mayor was celebrating Canada's 3-0 Olympic hockey victory

(Newser) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford doesn't just walk into TV cameras and take pratfalls trying to play football . Yesterday, he took it a step further by celebrating a Canadian Olympic hockey win so joyously that he walked groin-first into a fire hydrant, the National Post reports. Ford was celebrating the... More »

Finland Takes Bronze From USA in Hockey

It was a 5-0 rout

(Newser) - They went from gold-medal hopefuls to fourth-place finishers in two days. The USA men's hockey team lost to Finland 5-0 today and will leave Sochi without a medal, reports USA Today . Unlike yesterday's 1-0 loss to Canada, this one wasn't much of a game. When Finland scored... More »

Russian Hockey Coach to Reporter: 'Eat Me Alive'

Comment comes after Russia gets bounced in quarterfinals

(Newser) - Russia's hockey team went down in spectacular fashion today, losing to Finland 3-1 in the Olympic quarterfinals, and it's fair to say that the hockey-crazed nation is a bit disappointed. (The US, meanwhile, advanced with a 5-2 win over the Czech team.) Reporters swarmed coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov... More »

A Star Is Born: TJ Oshie Wows as US Beats Russia

Scores 4 times in shootout

(Newser) - They're still in the prelim rounds in hockey, but that didn't detract from the drama as USA beat Russia 3-2 today in an eight-round shootout. All the talk afterward was about TJ Oshie, who scored four times in said shootout to secure the win, reports CBS Sports (which... More »

Goalie Loses Game Due to Bizarre Puck-in-Pants Goal

Mike Smith skates to score on himself

(Newser) - Here's one of the weirdest hockey plays you'll ever see—one that ended a game, no less. Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith couldn't find the puck after it flew into the air in overtime. It landed in the back of his pants, and while he was searching... More »

Bruins Protect Team Logo From ... Justin Bieber

Rope off logo so singer can't step on it

(Newser) - NHL teams have an unwritten rule that no one may stand on the logos in their locker rooms. Not even Justin Bieber. But the Biebs— no stranger to disrespectful acts —was caught doing just that in the Chicago Blackhawks locker room before a concert earlier this month. The Boston... More »

Dead Hockey Enforcer's Family Sues NHL

Lawsuit blames league for Derek Boogaard's death

(Newser) - The NHL has been hit with a wrongful-death lawsuit from the family of New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died two years ago this week from an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol. After his death, the 28-year-old was found to have suffered brain damage from a disease... More »

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