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Garber: Calling off MLS games after 9/11 was right move

Sep. 10, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has a framed photo on the wall of his office showing two pillars of blue light piercing the night sky from the spot where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. For Garber, a native New Yorker, Sept. 11 was not...

Rod Gilbert, Hall of Famer for New York Rangers, dies at 80

Aug. 22, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rod Gilbert, the Hall of Fame right wing who starred for the New York Rangers and helped Canada win the 1972 Summit Series, had died. He was 80. Gilbert's family confirmed the death to Rangers on Sunday. The team didn't provide details. ...

AP source: NHL teams OK'd to add sponsor patches on jerseys

Aug. 17, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

Jersey advertisements are coming to the NHL. The league will allow teams to put sponsor patches on jerseys beginning with the 2022-23 season after the board of governors unanimously approved the move, according to a person with knowledge of a memo sent this week. The...

Blackhawks Hall of Fame goaltender Tony Esposito dies at 78

Aug. 10, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony Esposito made an immediate mark on the Chicago Blackhawks and a lasting impression on the NHL. Esposito, the pioneering Hall of Famer who spent almost his entire 16-year career with the Blackhawks, died following a brief battle with pancreatic...

EXPLAINER: How leagues investigate gambling allegations

Aug. 06, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

Allegations from his estranged wife that Evander Kane bet on hockey games, including his own, and tried to lose for profit have sparked an NHL investigation into the San Jose Sharks forward's gambling activities. Just what the league will find and how quickly is anyone's...

Sharks' Kane denies game-fixing allegations from wife

Aug. 01, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane denied allegations his wife made on social media that he bet on NHL games, including against his own team. Kane responded Sunday morning to allegations made the previous day from the Instagram account of his wife, Anna. ...

M Go Big: Led by Power, Michigan goes 1-2 in NHL draft

Jul. 24, 2021 01:29 AM EDT

The NHL draft turned into a Michigan maize and blue affair Friday night. And there’s a Hughes sibling reunion set to happen in New Jersey. Whatever challenges the coronavirus pandemic presented scouts in grading prospects, many of whom played shortened seasons, was...

Seattle Kraken sets first roster, will open season at Vegas

Jul. 22, 2021 02:47 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — What the expansion draft of the Seattle Kraken lacked in drama it made up for with quirks, production and a giant party to celebrate one of the biggest steps in the launch of the NHL's newest team. “I envisioned this a lot of different ways and this is...

NHL schedule will include break but no guarantee of Olympics

Jul. 21, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday the NHL schedule will include a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics even though there is no commitment the league’s players will go to Beijing in February. “I don’t believe there will be an update on the...

Nashville prospect comes out as gay in NHL milestone

Jul. 19, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

A Nashville Predators prospect has come out as gay, a milestone moment for the sport of hockey as the first player signed to an NHL contract to make that declaration publicly. Luke Prokop said he was proud to say he is gay. The 19-year-old Canadian who was a third-round...