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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,...

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,...

Before entering the field gates for football strength and conditioning camp at Arlington Martin High School, athletic Trainer Joey Pena, right, uses a thermometer on the forehead of sophomore running back Gervawn Neville for a temperature check Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. While states have been easing the economic and social lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, some are now letting high school athletes return for summer workouts before teachers have even figured out how they are going to hold classroom instruction. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest: 2nd Tennessee men’s basketball player has virus

Jun. 23, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A second member of the Tennessee men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Tennessee had reported Friday that one player had tested positive. School officials announced Tuesday that a...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray plays against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. Murray says he's focusing on the NHL's return to play, not the potential economic ramifications on the league due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Mellow Matt; Penguins G Murray eyeing present, not future

Jun. 23, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray's legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It's the goaltender's future, however, that is murky. Not that Murray is thinking about the uncertainty that...

In this  June 15, 2019 file photo St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn waves to fans during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup victory celebration in St. Louis. Thorburn has announced his retirement, Monday, June 22, 2020 after playing more than 800 NHL games since 2005. Thorburn spent his last time on the ice celebrating the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup last season. (AP Photo/Scott Kane, file)

Veteran NHL forward Chris Thorburn announces retirement

Jun. 22, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

Veteran forward Chris Thorburn announced his retirement Monday after playing more than 800 NHL games for four different organizations since 2005 and winning the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues. Thorburn spent his last time on the ice celebrating the Blues winning their first Stanley Cup last season. Despite...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel celebrates after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Pittsburgh. Guentzel feared his season was over thanks to a shoulder injury in December. The

Jake's Back: Pause opens door for Pens' All-Star Guentzel

Jun. 10, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel's roller-coaster season is about to take another unlikely turn: postseason participant. The Penguins All-Star forward has joined a handful of teammates on the ice as part of Phase 2 of the NHL's Return to Play program and figures to be ready when Pittsburgh faces Montreal in...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The NHL nailed down the final details of a playoff format if the season can resume on the same day word came out that another player has tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The Latest: 75 Penn State football players to return Monday

Jun. 4, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Penn State will begin bringing some students back to campus Monday, including 75 football players. Voluntary workouts for football players who have been medically cleared can begin on June 15. The school said players have been...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019, file photo, the Stanley Cup playoffs logo is seen on the ice during a light and sound check prior to Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series between the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes, in New York. The NHL nailed down the final details of a playoff format if the season can resume on the same day word came out that another player has tested positive for the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NHL: Players can start voluntary group workouts next week

Jun. 4, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

The NHL cleared the way Thursday for players to return to practice rinks next week and firmed up its playoff format even as a ninth player tested positive for the coronavirus. After unveiling the final details of its 24-team plan if the season is able to resume this summer, the league said teams could reopen...

Pens F Bjugstad out for season after having spinal surgery

May. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL postseason without forward Nick Bjugstad. The team announced Wednesday that Bjugstad underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disk. General manager Jim Rutherford said the surgery was necessary after Bjugstad had a...