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Blackhawks, Czech F Chalupa agree to 2-year contract

May. 29, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Czech forward Matej Chalupa. The team announced the deal on Friday. It begins with the 2020-21 season and carries an average annual value of $925,000. The 21-year-old Chalupa spent most of last season with HK Hradec Kralove of...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, blocks New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast, of Sweden, with Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) slowing Fast during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. Carolina was one of two teams (along with Tampa Bay) that voted against the current playoff format, which doesn't reward it for being in a playoff spot when the season was paused. But the Hurricanes shouldn't need emergency goaltender David Ayres anymore with Mrazek and James Reimer healthy in net. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Sweet 16: NHL playoffs qualifying round tough to predict

May. 27, 2020 2:58 AM EDT

The NHL's regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the coronavirus was shutting down sports. “You can’t eliminate teams who are...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 1974, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10) poses with coach Bud Grant in an unknown location. Grant was the first coach to reach four Super Bowls. Also the first to lose four Super Bowls. Grant built a powerhouse team over 18 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the playoffs 12 times. But his squads always flopped badly on the biggest stage, losing each of their four title games by double-digit margins. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman, File)

Column: Sloan, other coaching greats who were denied a title

May. 23, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Jerry Sloan was undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Yet there’s one glaring omission on an otherwise stellar resume. A championship. Sloan, who died Friday at age 78, isn’t the only coaching guru lacking a trip to a title. Let’s take a look at the 10 best coaches and...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough gets ready to answer questions during a media availability in South Bend, Ind. The Blackhawks have fired team president McDonough, ending a wildly successful run that included three Stanley Cup championships. The surprising move comes with the NHL season on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

McDonough calls time with Blackhawks 'ride of a lifetime'

Apr. 28, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough, in his first public comments since he was fired, called his time with the team “the ride of a lifetime.” McDonough also praised owner Rocky Wirtz and his family in a statement released by the team on Tuesday, one day after he...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough gets ready to answer questions during a media availability in South Bend, Ind. The Blackhawks have fired team president McDonough, ending a wildly successful run that included three Stanley Cup championships. The surprising move comes with the NHL season on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

Blackhawks fire team president McDonough in surprising move

Apr. 27, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks fired team president John McDonough on Monday, cutting ties with a key figure in the most successful decade in team history and raising questions about the direction of one of the NHL's marquee franchises. The surprising move, coming with the season suspended because...

Gates stand locked outside the closed Manchester City Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, northern England, as the English Premier League soccer season has been suspended due to coronavirus, Thursday, April 9, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: World's top eaters ready to chow down for hunger

Apr. 15, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Major League Eating is launching a bracket-style elimination tournament starting Friday that will air on MLE’s YouTube channel. Among the eight contestants are Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo, the top-ranked men’s and...

FILE - In this June 9, 2010, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg celebrates with the Stanley Cup after winning Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia.  Two-time Stanley Cup-winning forward Kris Versteeg is retiring after 11 NHL seasons. The 33-year-old announced his decision through the NHL Players’ Association on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and after ending this season playing with his brother, Mitch, with Slovakia’s HK Nitra.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

2-time Cup-winner Versteeg retires after 11 NHL seasons

Apr. 14, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

Two-time Stanley Cup-winning forward Kris Versteeg is retiring after 11 NHL seasons. The 33-year-old announced his decision through the NHL Players’ Association on Tuesday, and after ending this season playing with his brother, Mitch, with Slovakia’s HK Nitra. Versteeg was a member of the...

Blackhawks, Mitchell agree to entry-level contract

Apr. 13, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to an entry-level contract with defenseman Ian Mitchell, one of their top prospects. The team announced the three-year deal on Monday. The start date and average annual value is up in the air because the NHL season is suspended due to the coronavirus...

Blackhawks, prospect Michal Teply agree to 3-year contract

Apr. 10, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a three-year contract with forward prospect Michal Teply. The team announced the deal on Friday. It has an average annual value of $825,833 and runs through the 2022-23 season. The 18-year-old Teply was selected by Chicago in the fourth round of last...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 1971, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' Pat Stapleton (12) battles for the puck with Buffalo Sabres' Gilbert Perreault  (11) during an NHL hockey game at Chicago. Stapleton, a longtime NHL defenseman who famously kept an air of mystery over whether he possessed the puck from the winning goal of the 1972 Summit Series, died Wednesday night, April 8, 2020. He was 79.
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Pat Stapleton, former Blackhawks defenseman, dies at 79

Apr. 10, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Pat Stapleton, the former NHL defenseman who famously kept an air of mystery over whether he possessed the puck from the winning goal of the 1972 Summit Series, has died. He was 79. The Strathroy Rockets, a Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League team with which Stapleton was involved, said on...