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The Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets stand together for the national anthems prior to NHL hockey exhibition game action in Toronto, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Game On: NHL restart a small step toward return to normalcy

Jul. 31, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took a short break from watching the final few exhibition games Thursday to ponder the significance of awarding the Stanley Cup some two months from now — should all go as planned. The magnitude of the task it took to simply reach the cusp of resuming...

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016, file photo, former St. Louis Blues' Chris Pronger, left, laughs with former Chicago Blackhawks' Kyle Calder after a check during the Winter Classic alumni outdoor hockey game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Pronger insists there’s no ill will after his surprising split with the Florida Panthers earlier in July 2020. Pronger, who was senior vice president of hockey operations, just decided the time was right to step away from the game, even with the Panthers making a playoff push, he said. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst, File)

Pronger moves on from Panthers split without animosity

Jul. 28, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Pronger might not book a client of his family’s blossoming boutique travel agency business into the NHL bubble. But if Pronger were stuck in one of the league’s hub cities for an extended period, the Hall of Famer knows what he would pack. “You just put a...

Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) takes part in a drill during NHL hockey training camp in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin selected as NHL MVP finalists

Jul. 21, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

The NHL Hart Trophy voters agreed with NHL players in selecting Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers as MVP award finalists. The finalists were announced by the NHL on Tuesday, and determined by members of the Professional Hockey Writers...

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron skates during NHL hockey camp, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Carlson, Hedman and Josi named NHL Norris Trophy finalists

Jul. 20, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

Washington's John Carlson, Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman and Nashville's Roman Josi have been named the finalists for the NHL’s James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league’s top defenseman. The finalists were announced Monday, and voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers...

Vasilevskiy, Hellebuyk, Rask chosen as NHL Vezina finalists

Jul. 17, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been selected as a Vezina Trophy finalist for the third consecutive season, with a shot at becoming the first back-to-back winner of the NHL’s top goalie award in 12 years. Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyk and Boston’s Tuukka Rask rounded out the...

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes takes a shot on goal during the NHL hockey team's training camp, in Vancouver, Monday, July 13, 2020 (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

East/West split among rookie, coach of year finalists

Jul. 15, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbus’ John Tortorella, Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault and Boston’s Bruce Cassidy were revealed Wednesday as the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year. Colorado’s Cale Makar, Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes and Chicago’s Dominik...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020, file photo, New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin chases the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, at Madison Square Garden in New York. NHL leading scorer Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Rangers winger Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. The trophy goes to the league's most outstanding player as voted by fellow players.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin are Lindsay Award finalists

Jul. 14, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NHL leading scorer Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Rangers winger Artemi Panarin were named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award on Tuesday. The trophy goes to the league’s most outstanding player as voted by fellow players. None of them have won...

Longtime Stars executive Lites moving from CEO to chairman

Jul. 10, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Longtime Dallas Stars executive Jim Lites is transitioning from his role as CEO to chairman, a move that will lessen his day-to-day duties with the team. The Stars announced the move Friday. Brad Alberts, the Stars president since March 2018, will remain in that role while also adding...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017, file photo, then-Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches play against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the New Jersey Devils are hiring veteran coach Lindy Ruff to take over one of the NHL’s youngest teams and removing the interim tag off Tom Fitzgerald’s title as general manager.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Ruff hired as NJ Devils coach, Fitzgerald stays on as GM

Jul. 9, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff impressed the New Jersey Devils with his experience from decades of coaching. Tom Fitzgerald wowed ownership with his moves in a few short months as general manager. The Devils on Thursday hired Ruff as coach and removed Fitzgerald's interim tag to give him the full-time GM job. Ruff, who coached the...

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,...