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Report: NHL Is Pulling Out of the Olympics
NHL Confirms Players
Won't Be Going to Olympics

NHL Confirms Players Won't Be Going to Olympics

COVID disruptions mean going to Beijing is now unfeasible, commissioner says

(Newser) - Update: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed Wednesday that players would not be allowed to participate in the Beijing Olympics, making official what seemed inevitable in recent days when a rash of positive COVID-19 test results caused several teams to shut down, the AP reports. The league will use the previously...

NHL Institutes Leaguewide Shutdown Through Saturday
COVID Delivers
More Bad News to NHL

COVID Delivers More Bad News to NHL

League shuts down early for holiday

(Newser) - The NHL is beginning a leaguewide shutdown Wednesday amid a rise in positive COVID-19 test results among players, and with 10 of the league's 32 teams' schedules already paused and their facilities closed. The league announced Monday night that it will open its annual holiday break two days earlier...

Disarray Due to COVID in Sports World Continues

NBA postpones 5 mores games, NHL shuts down 2 more teams

(Newser) - The NBA on Sunday postponed a total of five games involving nine teams in response to rising coronavirus numbers, raising the number of contests that have been pushed back this season to seven, the AP reports. Called off were three Sunday games: Cleveland at Atlanta, Denver at Brooklyn and New...

With 10% of Players on COVID List, NHL Makes Changes
Next, NHL Tightens
COVID Protocols

Next, NHL Tightens COVID Protocols

The league has 10% of its players out of action

(Newser) - The NHL reintroduced stricter COVID-19 protocols Saturday that include daily testing and other steps in a bid to limit a growing outbreak among players and team personnel. The enhanced protocols will be put into effect immediately and last through Jan. 1, with an evaluation of their impact to take place...

NFL Reschedules 3 Games Over COVID Outbreaks

NHL and NBA also getting hit

(Newser) - Sports fans of any league: If you planned to watch some games this weekend, better check the schedules often, because COVID outbreaks are taking a toll:
  • NFL: The NFL is shifting three games that were scheduled for this weekend. The Browns-Raiders game is moving from Saturday to Monday, while the

Outbreaks Affect Leagues, and Outcome of Games

NFL Changes
COVID Protocols

NFL Changes COVID Protocols

Mask mandate is back after bad week for infections

(Newser) - Update: The NFL is adjusting its COVID-19 protocols in the face of increasing infections. Some of the changes could provide relief to teams that are shorthanded after outbreaks this week, ESPN reports. The policies, negotiated by the league and the players association, call for returning to a mask mandate in...

Goalie Was at a Coach's Home When Fireworks Killed Him
Goalie's Fireworks Death
Ruled Accidental

Goalie's Fireworks Death Ruled Accidental

No one will be charged in the death of Matiss Kivlenieks, prosecutors say

(Newser) - Update: The death of an NHL goalie in a Fourth of July fireworks accident in the Detroit area has been ruled accidental. No criminal charges will be filed, Oakland County prosecutors announced this week. Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma when he was hit by a fireworks mortar blast in...

Outbreak Shuts Team Down
Outbreak Shuts Team Down

Outbreak Shuts Team Down

NHL postpones 2 Islanders games to fight spread

(Newser) - The NHL has postponed two more games for coronavirus-related reasons, making it five so far this season. Upcoming New York Islanders games Sunday at the Rangers and Tuesday at the Philadelphia Flyers were postponed after additional players went into the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Saturday. The Islanders would have...

COVID Outbreak Hits Fully Vaccinated NHL Team

10 Ottawa Senators players are out of action

(Newser) - COVID-19 has cut through the Ottawa Senators like a Zamboni through slush, despite all players being fully vaccinated—and experts say the NHL team's experience is a reminder that the pandemic is far from over. Some 10 players—around 40% of the roster—and one coach are now in...

An NHL Star Is Traded, and Neck Surgery Is Key to Deal
A Big NHL Trade
Has Unusual Wrinkle
the rundown

A Big NHL Trade Has Unusual Wrinkle

Buffalo's Jack Eichel will get the neck surgery he wants under new team, Las Vegas

(Newser) - It's a big deal as far as NHL trades go, even in the usual sense. This week, the Buffalo Sabres sent 25-year-old phenom Jack Eichel to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. But this deal has an unusual twist because it centers around a medical procedure. The details:
  • The impasse:

'John Doe' NHL Player Speaks Out in Abuse Case
2nd-Winningest NHL Coach
Resigns Amid Scandal

2nd-Winningest NHL Coach Resigns Amid Scandal

Joel Quenneville was head coach in Chicago when assistant coach allegedly assaulted player

(Newser) - Update: Longtime NHL coach Joel Quenneville is out of a job over a sexual abuse scandal. Quenneville, who resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers, was coaching the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 when young player Kyle Beach was allegedly assaulted by an assistant coach. Beach says the team did nothing...

Cause of Death Revealed for Former NHL Player Jimmy Hayes, 31

Former hockey player had drugs in his system

(Newser) - Update: Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes died from acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, both of which were found in his system, the medical examiner determined after an autopsy. His death was ruled an accident, NBC 10 Boston reports. "I was completely shocked" at...

He Slipped on Trash, Nearly Ended Career. He Became an NHL Legend
Farewell to
'Mr. Ranger'

Farewell to 'Mr. Ranger'

New York Rangers legend Rod Gilbert, 80, was a Hall of Famer, beloved by fans

(Newser) - Rod Gilbert, the Hall of Fame right wing who starred for the New York Rangers and helped Canada win the 1972 Summit Series, has died. He was 80. Gilbert's family confirmed the death to the Rangers on Sunday, per the AP . The team didn't provide details. "I...

NHL Player's Wife Accuses Him of Throwing Games

Evander Kane is a gambling addict, Anna Kane wrote on social media

(Newser) - The wife of a star NHL player has lodged bombshell accusations against her husband on social media, accusing him of betting on his own games and even throwing them, reports the San Jose Mercury News . Anna Kane made the accusations against Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks in a...

NHL Prospect Luke Prokop: I'm Gay
NHL Draft Pick
Luke Prokop:
I'm Gay

NHL Draft Pick Luke Prokop: I'm Gay

He's the first active player under contract to come out

(Newser) - Luke Prokop on Monday became the first active hockey player under an NHL contract to come out as gay. The Alberta native, who was drafted by the Nashville Predators last year and signed a contract with them in December, said he was "proud to publicly tell everyone that I...

Lightning Win 2nd Stanley Cup in 10 Months

This time, it was in front of fans

(Newser) - After the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Wednesday night to end the final in five games and win their second championship in 10 months, captain Steven Stamkos hoisted the Stanley Cup in front of 18,110 fans—18,110 more than the last time he did...

Columbus Goalie Dies After Fireworks Accident
Columbus Goalie
Dies After

Columbus Goalie Dies After Fireworks Accident

Blue Jackets' Matiss Kivlenieks played for Latvia in world championship this spring

(Newser) - Latvia's Matiss Kivlenieks, a candidate to be the Columbus Blue Jackets' future goaltender, died in Michigan on Sunday night after a Fourth of July fireworks accident. He was 24. A medical examiner said Monday that an autopsy determined that Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar...

NHL Star's Baby Son Dies After 6 Days

Boston Bruins 'heartbroken' by death of David Pastrnak's newborn

(Newser) - Heartbreaking news from NHL star David Pastrnak: The Boston Bruins right winger says his newborn baby son has died after just six days. "We have an Angel watching over us and we call him SON," he said in an Instagram post . "You will be loved FOREVER."...

Almost an Entire NHL Team Has COVID

Canucks in quarantine after 21 players test positive

(Newser) - The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks say 25 members of the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 21 players. The team was shut down last week, and it’s uncertain when it will play its next game. In a statement attributed to team doctor Jim Bovard and infectious disease...

NHL Star on Leave After Russian 'Intimidation'

Team believes tabloid story is payback for Artemi Panarin's support of Navalny

(Newser) - The upheaval over the jailing of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has reached the National Hockey League, where New York Rangers star Artemi Panaran is on leave after what the team calls "intimidation." Panaran—an outspoken Vladimir Putin critic who voiced support for Navalny last month—is one...

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