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'Miracle on Ice' Player Found Unfit to Stand Trial

Mark Pavelich's family blames NHL head injuries

(Newser) - Mark Pavelich, a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" US hockey team, attacked a neighbor after a fishing trip in August, authorities say—but he will not be standing trial for the assault any time soon. At a court hearing in Minnesota on Monday, Judge Michael Cuzzo suspended... More »

NHL Team Solves Its Taylor Swift 'Curse'

LA Kings cover up banner of the star in Staples Center that fans think is causing team to lose

(Newser) - They can't shake it off, and they won't take it down, but they can cover it up. The latter is what management for the Los Angeles Kings has done, and will continue to do, during home games to deal with a banner of Taylor Swift that hangs in... More »

Pam Gets the Last Laugh on Jim With Stanley Cup

'Office' stars John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer troll each other over hockey rivalry

(Newser) - It's been six years since we were last treated to the practical jokes, camera mugging, and general tomfoolery from the cast of The Office, but two of its biggest stars just brought us back down memory lane with some master-level Stanley Cup trolling. Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski were... More »

From Worst to First: Blues Win Stanley Cup

Teams hoists cup for first time after Game 7 win

(Newser) - St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington capped off one of the great rookie runs in NHL history Wednesday night. He stopped 32 shots, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly scored for the fourth straight game Wednesday night to lead the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Boston in... More »

Putin Takes a Tumble During His Victory Lap

Russian president scores six times in exhibition game

(Newser) - A trip-and-fall marred Vladimir Putin's victory lap Friday. The Russian president and amateur hockey player was skating around a rink, waving to fans, when his skates caught on a rug and he tumbled onto the ice. Other skaters tried to warn Putin, but couldn't reach him in time,... More »

Radio Host Hangs Up on Interviewee Over Accent

'He had a southern accent. I can't take it. Hockey and southern accents'

(Newser) - Chip Alexander, the Carolina Hurricanes beat writer for the Raleigh News & Observer, was in the middle of WBZ-FM's Toucher & Rich radio show when he was abruptly cut off. Why? Turns out Boston sports talk radio host Fred Toettcher couldn't handle his voice. "I can't... More »

He Made His Living as an NHL Fighter. Now, the Lawsuit

Widow of Todd Ewen sues league, says CTE led to her husband's suicide

(Newser) - Todd Ewen was the classic NHL "enforcer" during his 11 seasons in the league. Translation: He "fought in almost every one of his games," writes Nicolas Pollock in the Atlantic . The sad footnote: Ewen committed suicide in 2015 at age 49. His widow, Kelli, blames the NHL,... More »

In Scary Fight, NHL Superstar Knocks Out Rookie

Andrei Svechnikov, 19, did not return to the game after bout with Alexander Ovechkin, 33

(Newser) - NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin is used to making headlines in the playoffs, but not like this. The 33-year-old captain of the Washington Capitals got into a scary fight with 19-year-old rookie Andrei Svechnikov of the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, and Ovechkin knocked the teen woozy with a flurry of punches... More »

Coach Drops 10 F-Bombs in 26 Seconds. It Worked

John Tortorella's gone-viral speech seems to have done the trick in NHL playoffs

(Newser) - The hockey world can't quite figure it out. The Tampa Bay Lightning ran away with the regular season and were the overwhelming favorite to win the Stanley Cup before the playoffs began. But the No. 1 seed has looked awful in dropping the first two games of its best-of-seven... More »

Young Players Defend Black Teammate. NHL Players Notice

Washington Capitals invite youth team to NHL game after incident last month

(Newser) - A youth hockey team in Maryland who stood up for a black teammate enduring racial taunts will get a surprise reward. The Washington Capitals are providing 60 tickets to the Metro Maple Leafs to attend a game next week. The gesture follows an incident in December in which Leafs player... 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 »

To Honor Humboldt, Canadians Grab Their Sticks

Thousands in Canada (and around the world) are using #PutYourSticksOut

(Newser) - It started when a resident of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, left a hockey stick standing on the porch. "The boys might need it … wherever they are," the person wrote in a text to TSN hockey analyst Brian Munz, referring to the 15 people killed Friday when a bus carrying... More »

In Wake of Hockey Team Crash, a Painful Coroner Mix-Up

Player identified as dead is alive, and vice versa

(Newser) - A wrenching mix-up in the aftermath of the deadly collision of a bus carrying a junior hockey team with a semi-trailer on Friday evening in Western Canada. The death toll stands at 15, with the CBC reporting player Xavier Labelle had been put on the list of the dead. The... More »

Hockey Team's Coach, Captain Among 15 Killed in Bus Crash

Team's radio announcer also confirmed dead

(Newser) - Canadian police say the death toll in a crash between a truck and a bus carrying a hockey team has risen to 15, the AP reports. Police say there were 29 people on the bus, which was carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League The... More »

14 Dead in Hockey Team Bus Crash

Parents in grief after semi hits team bus

(Newser) - Tragedy in Western Canada: A bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a semi-trailer on Friday evening, leaving 14 dead and the remaining 14 injured, three of them critically. The Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League were traveling to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game... 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 »

In Florida, Hockey Underdogs Provide a Lift to School

Stoneman Douglas team wins state championship

(Newser) - The boys' ice hockey team at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pulled off a major upset Sunday to win the state title—and the team dedicated the win to the victims of this month's shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school. "This wasn't for us. This was for... More »

US Wins First Hockey Gold in 20 Years

USA women beat Canada in tiebreaker shootout

(Newser) - The United States has beaten Canada in a shootout to win their first Olympic gold since 1998 in women's hockey. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history on Thursday to give the United States the gold medal... 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 »

Well, USA Men's Hockey Just Lost to Slovenia

And the internet raises a collective eyebrow

(Newser) - Deadspin's headline says it all: "USA Men's Hockey Loses To Slovenia. Slovenia!" Five practices were supposed to prepare the Americans for this, but the preparation wasn't enough to fend off the fatigue as the United States blew a two-goal lead and lost a 3-2... More »

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