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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 »

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 »

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