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FILE  - In this Dec. 12, 2011, file photo, Mike Emrick speaks after being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Chicago. Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike Emrick is retiring after a career of almost 50 years behind the microphone, including the past 15 as the voice of the NHL in the United States. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Mike 'Doc' Emrick, beloved voice of hockey in US, retires

Oct. 19, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Thinking back over 50 years in hockey, Mike Emrick can't name one favorite memory or game, but one story sticks out. Minutes after watching T.J. Oshie score four shootout goals to help the U.S. beat Russia at the Sochi Olympics, the camera panned to dejected fans and Emrick echoed 1980 gold medal-winning coach...

Colorado Avalanche's Tyson Jost (17) crashes into Dallas Stars' goalie Anton Khudobin (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Avalanche agree to 1-year deal with forward Tyson Jost

Oct. 19, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a one-year deal Monday with restricted free agent Tyson Jost. The 22-year-old forward scored eight goals and had 15 assists in 67 games for the Avalanche in 2019-20. He was a first-round selection by Colorado in 2016. “Tyson is a strong two-way player...

Coyotes sign forward Christian Fischer to 2-year deal

Oct. 19, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Christian Fischer to a two-year contract. Terms of the deal announced Monday were not released. The 23-year-old Fischer was a restricted free agent after finishing with six goals and three assists in 56 games with the Coyotes last season. The...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) moves the puck as Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (20) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed 41-year-old forward Thornton to a one-year, $700,000 contract Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Joe Thornton points to talk with Joe Montana in Toronto move

Oct. 18, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Joe Thornton had plenty of conversations about the next, and perhaps final, stop in his NHL career. The 41-year-old forward picked the brains of former teammates Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski, asking them both to look back and analyze their moves away from the San Jose Sharks. One phone...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) moves the puck as Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (20) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed 41-year-old forward Thornton to a one-year, $700,000 contract Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Maple Leafs sign 41-year-old Joe Thornton to a 1-year deal

Oct. 16, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs signed 41-year-old forward Joe Thornton to a one-year, $700,000 contract Friday. Thornton, a six-time all star and the winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2006 as the NHL's MVP, is the second Ontario-born veteran to sign a league-minimum deal with the Maple Leafs in...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, Team Red center Quinton Byfield (55) moves in on Team White goaltender Dylan Garand (32) while defended by Jack Thompson (23) during the second period of hockey's CHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton, Ontario. Byfield is one of the top NHL draft prospects. (Peter Power/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Kings sign No. 2 overall pick Quinton Byfield to 3-year deal

Oct. 16, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have signed No. 2 overall draft pick Quinton Byfield to a three-year contract. The Kings announced the entry-level deal Friday with Byfield, a powerful 6-foot-5 center from Ontario. The 18-year-old Byfield is likely to play another year of junior hockey...

Preds using grant for girls' hockey, learn-to-skate programs

Oct. 16, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators will use a half-million-dollar grant to develop girls' hockey and learn-to-skate programs in Middle Tennessee during the next two years. The girls' hockey program will allow 350 girls to participate in a 15- to 20-week training program led by USA Hockey...

Rangers agree to sign DeAngelo, Georgiev to 2-year deals

Oct. 15, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers agreed to two-year contracts with defenseman Tony DeAngelo and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev on Thursday. DeAngelo’s deal is worth $9.6 million and Georgiev’s $4.85 million. The 24-year-old DeAngelo is coming off his best year as a pro, setting career...

FILE  - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Zach Bogosian holds his son Hunter during an event at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars the day before to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup. Toronto signed former Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

Lightning Effect: Skilled NHL teams add grit to go for Cup

Oct. 15, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

A skilled team that got eliminated early in the playoffs by a tougher opponent a few years removed from a Stanley Cup Final loss signed a forward with his name engraved on the trophy and a big defenseman hungry to win after years of not being in contention. Rewind to 2019 and early 2020 and that description fits...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, new mascot Chance the Golden Gila Monster helps to celebrate the Vegas Golden Knights defeating the Boston Bruins 3-1 during an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas. Golden Knights Evolution The Vegas Golden Knights started as a lovable collection of “misfits” in their inaugural season, when they made an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final. Underdogs no more, Vegas has traded for or signed some of the NHL’s best players, gotten rid of some fan favorites and is now a stone cold perennial contender laser-focused on winning now.  (AP Photo/L.E.Baskow, File)

Vegas 'misfits' no more, Golden Knights now expected to win

Oct. 14, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

People kept telling Nate Schmidt and the Vegas Golden Knights that they wouldn't be any good in their inaugural season, so they went about proving doubters wrong. They were an expansion team, a group of self-labeled “misfits” that burst onto the NHL scene winning eight of their first nine games and...