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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2020, file photo, Arizona Coyotes' Phil Kessel (81) moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, in Boston. Injuries led to a disappointing first season in Arizona for Phil Kessel. Now that he's had time to heal up during the NHL's pause to the season, the high-scoring forward could help the Coyotes make a deep run once the season resumes. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Healthy Kessel expected to give Coyotes a boost in return

Jul. 1, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The start of Phil Kessel's desert tenure did not go according to plan, for him or the Arizona Coyotes. Expected to give the Coyotes a scoring jolt, Kessel instead labored, in large part due to a string of injuries. The NHL's pandemic-caused pause has give the 32-year-old right wing...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Canada's Alexis Lafreniere shoots during the team's practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Detroit Red Wings desperately hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them the first shot to perhaps select Lafreniere. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Play-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at Lafreniere

Jun. 26, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he'd be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead,...

Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest: Canucks say Vancouver out of NHL hub city race

Jun. 25, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Vancouver Canucks say the city is out of the running to act as a hub for the NHL playoffs. Canucks Sports and Entertainment thanked British Columbia health officials for their support during the bid to host the NHL’s...

FILE - In this July 30, 2018, file photo, former Calgary Flames hockey team captain Jarome Iginla announces his retirement from the NHL at a news conference in Calgary, Alberta. Iginla, the first Black player to lead the NHL in points and goals and to win an Olympic gold medal, is expected to headline the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2020 induction class, to be announced Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Iginla headlines 2020 Hall class as 4th Black player elected

Jun. 25, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

Like most kids growing up in Edmonton, Jarome Iginla admired Oilers legends Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. As a young Black hockey player, he paid particular attention when he saw someone in the NHL who looked like him in Grant Fuhr. Iginla idolized Fuhr, cherishing their pictures taken together over the years,...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) plays against the Vegas Golden Knights in an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. The Edmonton Oilers’ sudden resurgence placed Connor McDavid back in the NHL MVP conversation, along with teammate Leon Draisaitl. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Boston’s David Pastrnak made their case, too, during a pandemic-shortened season. And don’t forget New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin, a late entry in the discussion. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Oilers have Hart? McDavid, Draisaitl are NHL MVP candidates

Jun. 18, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

The Edmonton Oilers’ resurgence placed Connor McDavid back in the NHL MVP conversation, along with teammate Leon Draisaitl. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Boston’s David Pastrnak made their case, too, during a pandemic-shortened season. And don’t forget Artemi Panarin, a late entry in...

Vegas Golden Knights sign Reaves to $3.5M, 2-year extension

Jun. 15, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights signed tough guy Ryan Reaves on Monday to a two-year contract extension worth $3.5 million. He’ll count $1.75 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. Reaves announced the new deal in a video on the Golden Knights’ Twitter page....

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares skates during the team's NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit. Tavares took his sticks home from the rink in Toronto to tape them up so he wouldn’t waste his limited time there. NHL players could start participating in voluntary small-group workouts, and teams began opening their training facilities Monday, June 8. Players learned Thursday training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement on returning to play later this summer, and they're now expected to trickle back in preparation of the resumption of the season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The Latest: English Premier League player tests positive

Jun. 13, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A Norwich player is one of two people at two English Premier League clubs to test positive for the new coronavirus ahead of the restart of competition. Players and club staff are being tested twice a week. On Thursday and...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left, and Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins chase the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago. Assuming everything goes according to plan and the final details are ironed out between the league and the players' union, the Blackhawks will play the Oilers in a best-of-five qualifier series for the playoff bracket. “It's been a weird three months,” Kane said during a video conference call with reporters. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Kane, Blackhawks preparing for training camp 2.0

Jun. 11, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks left the ice after their last game, they had little chance of making the playoffs. Whenever they play their next game, it sure looks as if they will be one of 24 teams with a shot at the Stanley Cup. Welcome to the strangest postseason berth in...

LA Kings' Jeff Carter has surgery on core muscle injury

Jun. 9, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter has undergone surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The Kings announced Tuesday that Carter had surgery last week. The veteran Stanley Cup winner is expected to be fully healthy for next season. Carter was injured in a game at Winnipeg on...

Coyotes' Gutierrez becomes NHL's first Latino CEO

Jun. 8, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alex Meruelo made history last year by becoming the first Latino controlling owner in the NHL when he purchased the Arizona Coyotes. Meruelo made another bit of history on Monday, naming Xavier Gutierrez as the first Latino team president and CEO in NHL history. “I have known...