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Flyers Unveil Bizarre New Mascot, Internet Convulses

'Gritty' drew a massive response online

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot—a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard. The character's debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including "Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans" and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. The cross-state rival... More »

Former NHL Goalie Dies in 'Case of Misadventure'

Ray Emery drowned in hometown's harbor

(Newser) - Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday, the AP reports. He was 35. Hamilton Police say Emery was identified as the victim... More »

Washington Capitals Win Their First Stanley Cup

Ovechkin is MVP as Caps defeat first-year Vegas

(Newser) - The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin scored midway through the game and Lars Eller had a go-ahead goal with 6:37 left in the third period, lifting the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the first-year Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night.... More »

NHL Orders Player to Cease 'Unacceptable' On-Ice Tactic

League says Brad Marchand has been put on notice for licking, kissing opponents

(Newser) - Unlike charging, kneeing, cross-checking, hooking, and spearing, licking isn't on the National Hockey League's list of infractions —but that doesn't mean Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand can keep doing it. The league says Marchand was put "on notice" after licking the face of the Tampa... More »

He Entered Game an Accountant, Left It a 'Hockey Legend'

Scott Foster shines for Chicago Blackhawks in NHL debut

(Newser) - It's the stuff sports dreams are made of. A hockey player who has never played professionally—he usually shows off his talents in a beer league—not only took the ice for an actual NHL game Thursday but emerged the shining star. Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant who played... More »

NHL Fans Taunt Black Player With 'Basketball' Chant

Chicago Blackhawks boot 4 male fans for remarks to the Washington Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly

(Newser) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league condemns the behavior of four male fans chanting a racial taunt against a black player, and that he backs the Chicago Blackhawks for ejecting the offenders. Bettman says no one "should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games,... More »

US Army Goes to War With Professional Hockey Team

It's upset over use of 'Golden Knights' by Las Vegas NHL team

(Newser) - The US Army has filed a challenge opposing the application of the NHL's newest franchise to register the trademark "Vegas Golden Knights," the AP reports. In a claim filed Wednesday with the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Army claims it will be damaged if the... More »

An NHL Team Ditched Its Roots. Now It's Going Back

New York Islanders are headed back to Long Island

(Newser) - The New York Islanders may be returning to the New York suburbs after a move to Brooklyn floundered. The hockey team won a bid to build a new arena on the grounds of the Belmont Park racetrack, home to the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown each June,... More »

NHL's Alex Ovechkin Praised for Good Deed in Canada

'Every human can do something," says Ovechkin

(Newser) - Washington Capitals' captain Alex Ovechkin now has another title: Good Samaritan. The NHL hotshot was out in chilly Edmonton on Friday ahead of a game with the Oilers when he spotted a homeless man wearing no shirt, CBC News reports. Ovechkin bought him a sweater, hat, and puffy blue jacket.... More »

National Anthem Protest Makes Its Way to Hockey

Lightning forward J.T. Brown becomes the first NHL player to protest during the "Star-Spangled Banner"

(Newser) - The sports world's racial justice protests that started a year ago when former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernik started kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" have come at last to professional hockey. On Saturday night, J.T. Brown, a forward with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, kept his right... More »

Steve Jobs' Widow Makes Big Move in Pro Sports World

Looks like Laurene Powell Jobs is buying major stake in Capitals, Wizards empire

(Newser) - There aren't many women who hold top ownership positions in the sports world's "Big Four" pro leagues, but the wife of the late Steve Jobs is about to up those numbers. Citing sources familiar with the deal, the Washington Post reports that billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs... More »

In Rare Repeat, Penguins Win Stanley Cup

Victory caps team's 50th season

(Newser) - Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year. Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the NHL's first team in nearly two decades to repeat as... More »

Stanley Cup Catfish-Tosser Had a Very Elaborate Plan

Jacob Waddell won't face charges, says he's just 'a dumb redneck with a bad idea'

(Newser) - Prosecutors are dropping charges filed against a Tennessee man for throwing a catfish onto the rink in Pittsburgh during the opening of the Stanley Cup Final, reports the AP . Thirty-six-year-old Jacob Waddell was charged in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime, and disrupting meetings or... More »

Canadian Hockey Fans Sing 'Star-Spangled Banner,' Go Viral

After singer's mic fails, the crowd takes over

(Newser) - Even amidst the fiercest sports rivalries, Canadians don’t betray the stereotype of being incredibly nice. According to Fox News , country singer Brett Kissel asked our neighbors to the north at Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers' home base, to help him out when his mic failed during the American national... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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