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Citing National Interest, Canada Exempts NHL From Quarantine

Decision allows training camps to open

(Newser) - NHL players and team staffs won't have to observe the 14-day quarantine that applies to new arrivals in Canada, the government announced Thursday. The decision, which Canada says was made on "national interest grounds," clears the way for teams to begin their training camps, Sportsnet reports. The...

Star Goalie Needs Open-Heart Surgery

'We all have our mountains to climb,' says NHL's Henrik Lundqvist

(Newser) - He's been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL for the last 15 years or so, but Henrik Lundqvist has a bigger challenge ahead. The 38-year-old announced Monday that he will undergo open-heart surgery, reports the AP . Lundqvist has spent most of his career with the New York...

Big Update for One Sport's 2021 Plans

56-game NHL season will start Jan. 13, pending various approvals

(Newser) - The National Hockey League and players reached a tentative deal Friday to hold a 56-game season in 2021 beginning Jan. 13, pending the approval of each side's executive board and Canadian health officials. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the agreement, per the AP . The NHL Players' Association's board...

NHL Team Drops Prospect Over His Actions as a Teen

Arizona Coyotes ditch Mitchell Miller after report about abuse of Black classmate with disabilities

(Newser) - Three weeks ago, the Arizona Coyotes selected an 18-year-old freshman at the University of North Dakota in the NHL draft. On Thursday, the team renounced its rights to Mitchell Miller after an Arizona newspaper detailed the abuse case he was involved in as an 8th-grader in Sylvania, Ohio. The details:...

NHL Gives Up on Big Events but Not the Season

Winter Classic, All-Star Weekend are off the calendar

(Newser) - The NHL won't take it outside and open 2021 with the Winter Classic in Minnesota but still hopes to get the hockey season going around the start of the new year. The league on Thursday canceled the Winter Classic scheduled for Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minneapolis and...

One Stanley Cup, Zero COVID Cases

Tampa wins championship as league's unusual bubble playoffs wrap up

(Newser) - In a normal year, the NHL season would be just about to start. But this being 2020, the season just wrapped up. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup on Monday night by defeating the Dallas Stars 2-0 in the sixth game of the finals, reports ESPN . "It...

Cops Show Up After Overeager Hockey Fans Yell One Word

Apparently your neighbors might get nervous hearing 'Shoot! Shoot!'

(Newser) - There are casual sports fans who tune in only during playoff season, and then there are the die-hards. Devon Garnett is definitely in the latter camp , though his enthusiasm for hockey caused a bit of a commotion Wednesday. That's the night the Tampa Bay Lightning played Game 3 of...

Seattle Goes Deep for Name of New NHL Team

Kraken are to begin play next year

(Newser) - As the name of the new Seattle NHL team, "Kraken" breaks ground in a couple of ways. One is that the mythical sea creature surfaced in Jerry Bruckheimer's Pirates of the Caribbean movies—a bit of product placement long before team owner Bruckheimer had the product. Another is...

NHL, Players Reach Tentative Deal to Return

Two sides agree to extend collective bargaining agreement for 4 years

(Newser) - The NHL and its players union have reached a tentative deal to return to the ice Aug. 1 for a 24-team playoff tournament. If approved by the league's Board of Governors and the union's membership, training camps would start July 13, ESPN reports. The proposal includes coronavirus precautions,...

NHL Wants to Go Straight to Playoffs

Plan involves 24 teams playing in two cities

(Newser) - The National Hockey League says its regular season is over—but the playoffs could still happen. The league has released a "Return to Play" plan that includes 24 of its 31 teams in playoffs that will take place in two "hub cities," one for the Eastern Conference...

Online Comments Cost Player His Job

NHL's Brendan Leipsic disparaged women and called teammates losers

(Newser) - The Washington Capitals on Friday placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers after he made disparaging comments about women and teammates in a private social media chat. In a conversation involving his brother and Florida Panthers minor leaguer Jack Rodewald, Leipsic commented on the physical appearances of Vancouver forward Tanner Pearson'...

Ex-NHL Tough Guy: Coronavirus Is 'Worst Thing Ever'

Georges Laraque describes harrowing battle with COVID-19: 'It really hurts'

(Newser) - Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque this weekend started detailing his battle with the coronavirus on his Facebook page, as he's hospitalized in the Montreal area. Just a couple weeks ago, the 43-year-old was running six days a week training for a marathon. Now, "I can’t even...

NHL Player Dies After Being Rushed to Hospital

Colby Cave suffered a brain bleed

(Newser) - An Edmonton Oilers player has died at age 25 after suffering a brain bleed, Fox News reports. Colby Cave was hospitalized Tuesday in Toronto, per People , then placed in a medically induced coma after surgery to ease pressure on his brain. Now his wife Emily is mourning his Saturday passing:...

Dear Stingy Sports Owners, We'll Remember This

Nancy Amour for USA Today says those who don't pay workers shouldn't expect tax breaks

(Newser) - Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is getting slammed for cutting salaries or laying off workers altogether during the coronavirus pandemic. Tilman Fertitta, who owns the Houston Rockets—as well as Landry's, the parent company over hundreds of restaurants, hotels, and casinos—is likewise drawing criticism after laying off 40,...

Chilling Hockey Injury Has Surprise Ending

Johnny Boychuk needs 90 stitches after a skate cuts through his eyelid

(Newser) - Johnny Boychuk is beyond lucky. The New York Islander took a skate to the face Tuesday that slashed his eyelid but apparently left his eye intact, USA Today reports. "Johnny Boychuk is OK," the team's general manager, Lou Lamoriello, told reporters. "There's been no damage...

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...

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. "...

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...

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...

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...

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