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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Mike Green (27) fights for the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. Green and Vancouver’s Sven Baertschi are opting out. Dallas defenseman Roman Polak is not reporting for now. And Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos is not reporting at full strength. Green and Baertschi joined Calgary defender Travis Hamonic in choosing not to participating in the resumption of the NHL season. Green, like Hamonic, decided not to play for family reasons. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Oilers' Green joins list of players opting out of NHL return

Jul. 11, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

Edmonton's Mike Green and Boston's Steven Kampfer are opting out. Dallas defenseman Roman Polak isn't reporting for now, and Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos isn't reporting at full strength. In the aftermath of a deal being struck to resume the NHL season, Aug. 1, Green, Kampfer and Vancouver's Sven Baertschi on...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, NHL Player's Association executive director Donald Fehr, left, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attend a news conference at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Given the gravity of the pandemic and the abrupt decision to place the NHL season on pause in March, it did not take Bettman and Fehr long to realize they were going to have to work together if play was to resume any time soon. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NHL, players take collaborative approach in bid to resume

Jul. 11, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Collaboration or bust. Given the gravity of the new coronavirus pandemic and the abrupt decision to place the NHL season on pause in March, it didn’t take commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Don Fehr long to realize they were going to have to work together if play was to resume any time soon. Nearly...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, crews cover the ice at American Airlines Center in Dallas, home of the Dallas Stars hockey team, after the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 5, that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season. Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. A CBA extension is still crucial to the process. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA

Jul. 11, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season — and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026. Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, with...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith warms up for the team's NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Edmonton, Alberta. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 5, that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season. Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. A CBA extension is still crucial to the process. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

NHL, players announce labor deal, plan to resume play Aug. 1

Jul. 7, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

The NHL is in position to resume playing in less than a month — with 24 teams in action, all in Canada — and could be on the verge of enjoying labor peace through 2026. The National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association on Monday announced a tentative deal on a return-to-play format and a...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith warms up for the team's NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Edmonton, Alberta. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 5, that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season. Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. A CBA extension is still crucial to the process. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

NHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume season

Jul. 5, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

The NHL and NHL Players' Association agreed Sunday on protocols to resume the season, a major step toward the return of hockey this summer. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press there was an agreement on protocols for training camps and games and the sides are still negotiating an extension of...

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...

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 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)

Red Wings have shot to win NHL lottery to draft Lafreniere

Jun. 25, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

The once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in March. Lafreniere, an 18-year-old winger, is...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2020, file photo, Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov plays against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. Barkov started his hockey life as a 4-year-old for the Tappara club in his hometown of Tampere, Finland. Two decades later, Barkov is investing in his roots. The Florida Panthers’ captain has become the third-largest investor in the Tappara club, a deal that was announced Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Panthers' Barkov invests in his former Finnish club

Jun. 25, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Aleksander Barkov started his hockey life as a 4-year-old for the Tappara club in his hometown of Tampere, Finland. Two decades later, Barkov is investing in his roots. The Florida Panthers’ captain has become the third-largest investor in the Tappara club, a deal that was announced...

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,...