TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly didn't direct a gay slur at referee Brad Meier during the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL said Tuesday after an...
Blue Jackets acquire center Matt Duchene from Ottawa
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators on Friday in exchange for a 2019 first-round draft pick and two top prospects, adding a veteran...
US sports leagues split on how to monetize sports betting
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — America's major professional sports leagues are split on how to get a piece of the action from legal sports betting after failing to get early adopting states to cut them in.
But they are back in the game this year with several state legislatures considering granting them fees from sports bets.
Lucic, Kassian combine for 4 goals as Oilers top Sabres 7-2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Two players mired in major scoring slumps provided plenty of offense for the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.
Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored a pair of goals as the Oilers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-2.
End of death penalty, new hockey team among top 2018 stories
SEATTLE (AP) — The abolishment of the death penalty was voted the state's top news story of 2018 by Associated Press staff and member editors.
Other top news items of the past 12 months included the awarding of a new professional hockey franchise for Seattle, the death of Microsoft co-found Paul Allen and the end of a long-running court battle over education funding.
NHL primes pump for future talent with transfer fees
When Rasmus Dahlin put pen to paper on his first NHL contract, the reverberations carried to Gothenburg and Lidkoping in his native Sweden.
The No. 1 overall pick signing with the Buffalo Sabres earned Sweden more than $250,000 to put back into development.
"It's unreal," Dahlin said. "We need all the money we can get."
NHL adds Seattle as league’s 32nd team, play begins in 2021
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Seattle is getting a National Hockey League team. It will just have to wait a little bit longer to drop the puck.
The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow enough time for arena renovations. The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City's first major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left town in 2008.
The Latest: Seattle fans cheer NHL announcement, wait begins
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Latest from the National Hockey League's Board of Governors meeting, where expansion to Seattle was on the agenda. (all times Eastern):
John Barr has been the voice of the fans longing for hockey in Seattle. He says he got a little emotional when league Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the NHL had approved Seattle as the 32nd franchise, even though the move seemed to be a foregone conclusion.
Watson reinstated to Predators’ roster after suspension
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forward Austin Watson has been reinstated to the Predators' roster after serving an 18-game suspension for domestic abuse, and he issued a statement apologizing to everyone for the June incident that cost him the start of the season.
Watson issued the statement Wednesday through the NHL Players' Association thanking his family, friends and the Nashville Predators for their continued support.
NHL, retired players reach $19M concussions settlement
The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing.
FanDuel inks deals with NHL, Devils for sports bets, fantasy
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The wall that professional sports leagues in the U.S. fought so hard to maintain between themselves and legal sports betting continues to crumble.
The four major pro sports leagues fought New Jersey's efforts to legalize sports betting in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — and ended in May with all 50 states winning the right to offer sports betting.
Flames co-owner, billionaire oilman Clay Riddell dies at 81
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of the NHL's Calgary Flames, has died. He was 81.
The Flames and Paramount Resources confirmed his death Sunday, with the oil and natural gas company saying he died Saturday.
Gretzky: NHL players in Olympics ‘much better for everyone’
BEIJING (AP) — Wayne Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world's top ice hockey players is "always much better for everyone."
Speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, the National Hockey League's all-time leading scorer said he hopes the league and players' association can "somehow figure this out" during upcoming talks.
Sabres acquire Jeff Skinner in trade with Hurricanes
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill continued fulfilling an offseason objective to shake up a team that finished last for the third time in five years, acquiring playmaking forward Jeff Skinner in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Raw: DC Celebrates as Capitals Win Stanley Cup
WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent watchdog has cleared Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing when he gave a speech to a National Hockey League team owned by a campaign contributor.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues have announced an extension of its affiliate agreement with the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL.
Blues president and general manager Doug Armstrong made the announcement Thursday, following the team's announcement in October of an extension of its affiliate agreement with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — When brain analysis revealed that former National Hockey League player Jeff Parker had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, it came as no surprise to his family.
For Jeff's brother, longtime Chippewa Falls High School boys hockey coach Scott Parker, the recent diagnosis by researchers at Boston University's CTE Center was confirmation of what he already knew in his heart.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League have donated $34,000 to the NHL Foundation to assist those affected by the Humboldt Broncos' April bus crash in Ontario, Canada.
The gift represents $1,000 for each player and coach on the Wolves' roster. Enclosed with the donation were personal notes from each player.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $12,000 charter flight by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was reviewed and approved by department ethics officials without complete information, because staffers who helped schedule the trip did not provide sufficient details, an internal watchdog said Monday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The previous owners of the St. Louis Blues plan to sell their remaining minority interest in the team.
St. Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman said Thursday that Sports Capital Holdings will soon market the minority stake it has held since 2012. SCH is the holding company for the previous Blues ownership group and selling the minority interest means SCH will no longer have any financial interest in the team.
Watch Snoop Dogg explain the Stanley Cup for the NHL
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Hockey League is hoping Snoop Dogg can heat up interest on the ice as the Stanley Cup playoffs get underway.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — At the end of every month, Kelli Wilson counts the time her brother, former Penguin Kevin Stevens, has spent sharing his story — 24 years of drug abuse, followed by 21 months of sobriety — and fires off an email to his probation officer.
After pleading guilty in December 2016 to conspiring to sell oxycodone, Stevens was ordered as part of his May 2017 sentencing to give motivational speeches and raise awareness about the perils of prescription-drug abuse.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A new feasibility study shows growing enthusiasm for a Division I hockey team at the University of Illinois.
The National Hockey League, the National Hockey League Players Association and College Hockey Inc. commissioned the study in June 2017. College Hockey Inc. executive director Mike Smee says the consensus found that "NCAA men's hockey will flourish" at Illinois.
Jonathan Cheechoo announces retirement from hockey
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jonathan Cheechoo has retired from hockey after playing seven NHL seasons and finishing with four years in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
Cheechoo announced his retirement through the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. He played six seasons with the Sharks, including 2005-06 when he won the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the league with 56 goals.
Seattle launches season-ticket campaign for new NHL team
SEATTLE (AP) — Fans longing for a professional hockey team in Seattle will soon be able to put down some money for season tickets.
Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Oak View Group, which is trying to bring an NHL team to the city, announced Tuesday that people can make refundable deposits for season tickets at NHLSeattle.com beginning March 1.
The deposits run $500 per ticket for season tickets or $1,000 per ticket for club season tickets, which are center ice, lower-level tickets.
The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and the Philadelphia Flyers will bring more than 100 students, coaches and directors from the Hockey is for Everyone programs across North America to Philadelphia for the 2018 NHL Willie O’Ree Skills Weekend.
Russian Voynov at Olympics despite domestic abuse conviction
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Slava Voynov is at the Olympics despite his conviction for domestic abuse. In a way, he is at the Olympics because of it.
The Russian defenseman remains indefinitely suspended from the National Hockey League over a 2014 incident that got him sentenced to 90 days in jail on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse.
The Latest: Cuomo hails NY Islanders’ return to Long Island
ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Islanders moving from Brooklyn (all times local):
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the announcement that the New York Islanders will move from Brooklyn to a new arena at the Belmont Park racetrack is "a great day for Long Island."
Cuomo joined Islanders owner Jon Ledecky, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and others for the announcement Wednesday.
Bridgestone celebrates opening of new Tennessee headquarters
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bridgestone Americas is celebrating the grand opening of its new Tennessee headquarters building.
The subsidiary of the Japanese tiremaker is consolidating several U.S. locations in one 30-story tower in downtown Nashville. It will be the workspace for 1,700 employees.
Alex Ovechkin has hat trick, Capitals beat Maple Leafs 4-2
TORONTO (AP) — Alex Ovechkin was at his high-scoring best — again.
"Sometimes you are just feeling it," the Russian forward said.
Ovechkin had a hat trick to help the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Saturday night.
Ovechkin scored two of his three goals in the opening period. Jakub Vrana also scored, and Braden Holtby made 27 saves for his 13th victory of the season.
Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev replied in the third period for Toronto. Curtis McElhinney stopped 17 shots.
Man convicted in killing over New Jersey Devils hat comment
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man has been convicted of stabbing another man to death near a popular Philadelphia park because of a comment about the killer's New Jersey Devils hat.
For a program which has always been proud of its blue-collar mentality, UMass Lowell has produced many star players.
Need an example? How about six?
That's how many former River Hawks are currently earning National Hockey League salaries.
Being a hockey coach with the surname Boudreau carries with it a particular level of pressure, since Bruce Boudreau has been one of the NHL's best coaches in recent years. He's led Washington, Anaheim and currently Minnesota, was named the NHL's top coach in 2008 and has helped make stars out of players like Alexander Ovechkin.
Justin Hodgman loves the pressure. He sees the hockey fans in Fort Wayne as both demanding and knowledgeable, so it's a perfect place for him to be as a center heading into the Komets' 66th season opener Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum against the Toledo Walleye.
Islanders make bid to leave Brooklyn and return to suburbs
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders have made a bid to return to the New York City suburbs.
The National Hockey League team that moved from Long Island to Brooklyn two years ago submitted a bid with several other partners Thursday to develop a new arena at Belmont Racetrack in Nassau County
Kings beat Canucks 4-3 after shootout in China
BEIJING (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout to win both of the NHL's first preseason games in China.
Saturday's game in Beijing caps a push by the National Hockey League to popularize the sport in China ahead of the country's hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Game MVP Jake Muzzin opened the scoring for the Kings in the first period.
UC Irvine receives $200 million gift for Health Sciences
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Irvine, has received a $200 million gift from philanthropists Susan and Henry Samueli.
The university announced Monday that the largest gift in its history will name a College of Health Sciences focused on incorporating integrative health research, teaching and patient care across its schools and programs.
Proposals sought to redevelop parts of Belmont Park
NEW YORK (AP) — New York state is looking for proposals on how to redevelop parts of Belmont Park, the horse racing facility on Long Island that is home to one leg of the Triple Crown.
The request for proposals issued Monday by Empire State Development says the goal is to "strengthen Belmont as a premier destination for entertainment, sports, recreation, retail and hospitality."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General manager David Poile has made it clear he's been looking for a top center since first hired to build the Nashville Predators 20 years ago.
He believes he has just that in Ryan Johansen, and that's why the Predators rewarded the 24-year-old center Friday with an eight-year, $64 million contract. It's the biggest deal the franchise has ever handed out.
MONTREAL (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk and the Montreal Canadiens avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $14.7 million contract Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Galchenyuk was a restricted free agent.
Drafted third overall by Montreal in 2012, the American center had 17 goals and 27 assists in 61 games last season and added three assists in six playoff games. He has 89 goals and 115 assists in 336 career NHL games.
Gorch on the Porch: Not easy for Blackhawks’ fans to see favorites gone
It’s seemingly been a perennial occurrence when it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks, at least over the last seven years.
Come summertime when the National Hockey League Draft approaches, the Stanley Cup champs three of the last seven seasons trade or release somebody who is fairly popular.
The National Hockey League today released the regular-season schedules for its 31 member clubs. The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 20th anniversary season at home on Saturday, Oct. 7, against the Minnesota Wild.
Features of the Hurricanes’ 2017-18 regular-season schedule:
Former NHL goalie Mike Dunham fuels his competitive fire on golf course, makes cut at Massachusetts Open
FALMOUTH — Mike Dunham may have retired as a player from the National Hockey League nearly 10 years ago, but his desire to compete burns just as strong today as it did when the longtime goalie was between the pipes.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame goalie Cal Petersen will forgo his final year of college eligibility with the intention of signing a National Hockey League contract, the school announced Wednesday.
Petersen was a fifth-round pick by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL draft (129th overall). The Sabres now have 30 days to sign Petersen before he's eligible to become a rookie free agent and sign with another team.
PARIS (AP) — The NHL still has a couple more months to reverse its decision and opt to participate in next year's Olympics in South Korea.
International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel said Tuesday his organization was in contact with the National Hockey League Players' Association two or three times per week, hoping to work out a solution that will bring the sport's biggest stars to Pyeongchang.
Rising above racism, Val James endured to become a hockey pioneer
Val James learned how to play hockey in the 1960s as a teenager in Long Island, N.Y. James — the first African-American to play in the National Hockey League — also learned along the way, thanks to experience and time, racial insults and epithets can be ignored. James was born 10 years after the...