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Zamboni Driver Lives the Dream, Saves the Game

After injuries to Carolina's goalies, emergency backup earns the victory

(Newser) - It was a break-the-glass moment. Halfway through the second period of the Hurricanes-Maple Leafs game Saturday, two Carolina goalies were injured and gone for the night. That meant the Hurricanes, with half the game left to play, had no goalie. But the NHL requires that someone be at each game... More »

NHL Game Called Off After Player Suddenly Collapses

Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had cardiac episode

(Newser) - St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was hospitalized and undergoing tests after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of the Blues' game Tuesday night against the Ducks in Anaheim, Calif. The veteran, 36, was alert and talking with teammates Wednesday, the AP reports. "... More »

In Seattle, a Little Controversy Over NHL Team Name

Rumor mill thinks it will be 'Kraken,' while an author has vested interest in 'Sockeyes'

(Newser) - This much is clear: Seattle is getting an NHL team, and it will play its first game in the 2021 season. But what will that team be called? That's where things are getting a little strange. Hockey blogger John Hoven said Wednesday in a radio interview that he has... More »

Women to Take the Ice During All-Star Weekend

3-on-3 scrimmage may feature US and Canadian teams

(Newser) - Many of the best female hockey players will gather for the NHL's All-Star Weekend later this month, as they have for the past couple of years. But this time, women will play. The league is expected to announce later this week that it will host a three-on-three scrimmage, possibly... More »

Network Suspends Analyst After Comments on Coworkers

Jeremy Roenick is suspended without pay, NBC says

(Newser) - Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick was suspended indefinitely Monday by NBC Sports over his inappropriate comments about coworkers. Roenick made a series of questionable remarks about fellow hockey broadcasters Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter during a recent appearance on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast, the AP reports. An NBC... More »

Coach Out After Being Accused of Slur Years Ago

Former player says Bill Peters of Calgary Flames used 'the N bomb'

(Newser) - Bill Peters is no longer the coach of the Calgary Flames, after a former player accused him of using a racial slur against him a decade ago in the minor leagues. The NHL team announced Friday that Peters resigned, ESPN reports, and is no longer in the organization. Akim Aliu,... 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 »

Athletic Engagement: Olympic Skier to Wed NHL Star

Lindsey Vonn is engaged to New Jersey Devils' PK Subban

(Newser) - Tiger who ? Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has been dating New Jersey Devils star PK Subban since early last year, and now the couple is "taking things to the next level," per People , which confirms they are engaged. Although rumors of a romantic relationship got their jump-start... More »

In His Youth, a No. 1 NHL Pick. Now, He's Homeless

'Detroit Free Press' examines the sad case of Joe Murphy

(Newser) - Today, he is one of about 200 homeless people in the small city of Kenora, Ontario. But back in the 1980s, Joe Murphy was one of the NHL's young stars. Murphy, now 51, was the No. 1 pick in the 1986 draft, and he went on to play 15... More »

This May Be Best Award Show Moment of the Year

A boy's NHL hero surprises him in emotional reunion

(Newser) - The NHL doled out its annual awards this week, and one in particular goes beyond hockey. It features 11-year-old Anderson Whitehead and Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price, reports the CBC . The boy's mother died of cancer last year before fulfilling her promise to arrange a meeting between Anderson and... 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 »

Newspaper Accused of Jinxing St. Louis Blues

Post-Dispatch prematurely congratulated team

(Newser) - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch congratulated the St. Louis Blues on winning the Stanley Cup in its subscriber-only e-edition Sunday, saying: "Congratulations to our champions, the St. Louis Blues." A letter from team chairman Tom Stillman said: "All of us will remember where we were, what we did... 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 »

Hockey Has a Bizarre New Controversy

Carolina embraces 'bunch of jerks' label for their post-win celebrations

(Newser) - It is a pro sports controversy of the lighter variety. The Carolina Hurricanes are drawing all kinds of attention for their ever-crazier celebrations after victories at home. Typically, NHL teams gather at center ice after wins, salute their fans by raising their sticks, and ... that's it. Carolina goes way ... More »

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 »

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