Ron Francis has big hopes as GM of Seattle’s new NHL club
SEATTLE (AP) — Ron Francis has all kinds of eye-popping statistics attached to his Hall of Fame career. He averaged more than point a game, is second in NHL history in assists behind Wayne Gretzky...
Year of parades ends in Boston with Bruins’ Stanley Cup loss
BOSTON (AP) — There won't be a third championship parade through the Back Bay, and it seems so long ago that people in the city were dreaming of a Boston Slam.
The Latest: Star power turns out for Cup Game 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):
There was some star power in the arena for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in St. Louis.
Ovechkin nets 50th, 51st goals in Caps’ 6-3 win vs Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin reached 50 goals — again. And, then he added another for good measure while leading the Washington Capitals to a big victory.
‘He’s speeding up:’ Ovechkin on verge of 8th 50-goal season
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scores 50 goals a season so often the historical significance of it almost gets overlooked.
The Washington Capitals' captain is one away from becoming just...
Kucherov fastest to 100 since Lemieux, Lightning beat Sabres
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov is keeping exceptional company in the NHL record book — the kind of crowd that could fill out a wing at the Hall of Fame.
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Nikolaj Ehlers has hat trick, Jets beat Blackhawks 6-5
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers and the Winnipeg Jets were in full flight — again.
Patrik Laine scored twice and became the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 goals, Ehlers had a hat trick and the Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 on Thursday night.
Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson drawing rave reviews
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — There are the startling goals, the jaw-dropping passes and mind-bending moves. And in just two months, there are the rave reviews.
Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson is rocketing shots past goalies. He already has 13 goals and eight assists in 20 games, drawing comparisons to some of hockey's best.
John Ziegler, NHL president who oversaw merger, dies at 84
John Ziegler Jr.'s tumultuous 15 years as NHL president began with the league ushering in the Wayne Gretzky era and ended with labor unrest and a players strike in 1992.
The NHL on Friday confirmed Ziegler's death, although the cause was not immediately known. He was 84 and living in Florida.
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.
The Latest: Hoops Hall opens doors to point guards
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The latest on the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony (all times local):
Ray Allen gave a shoutout to former Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in his Hall of Fame induction speech.
He called his teammates from the 2008 NBA champions "future Hall of Famers."
BEIJING (AP) — Wayne Gretzky has been named a global ambassador for Beijing's Kunlun Red Star as the Chinese capital seeks to boost the profile of hockey domestically ahead of hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022.
Gretzky will focus on youth development in China, including a planned KRS-Gretzky Hockey School that will provide advanced training for players aged 8-17 in Beijing and the southern tech hub of Shenzhen, eventually expanding to at least 20 locations nationwide.
Top-ranked Dustin Johnson wins RBC Canadian Open
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Dustin Johnson is used to cheers and chants of "Let's go DJ!" But getting serenaded with "O Canada"?
"I did hear it a couple of times, them singing 'O Canada'," said Johnson, laughing Sunday after winning the RBC Canadian Open. "With the amount of support I get when I come up here, it's been great. Everyone's been great to me. I definitely feel like an honorary Canadian."
Dustin Johnson hits in “99” jersey at Canadian Open
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Dustin Johnson got into the hockey — and family — spirit on the par-3 seventh hole at Glen Abbey.
The top-ranked Johnson pulled on an Edmonton Oilers jersey with "Gretzky 99" on the back Wednesday before teeing off on the hole in the Canadian Open pro-am. Johnson is engaged to Wayne Gretzky's daughter Paulina.
Danielle Kang enjoying ‘freedom’ after winning Women’s PGA
CHICAGO (AP) — It has been almost a year since Danielle Kang won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, and her life looks pretty much the same.
Kang still has the same friends, everyone from fellow LPGA star Michelle Wie to hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky. She remains active on social media, delighting her Instagram followers with a peek at her life on and off the course. She continues to work on her game.
PHERSY: Hey, Feldy, the feelgood vibes the Minnesota Wild radiated after Game 3 of their Western Conference playoffs opening-round series are all gone now. To put it mildly, the Wild are on life support after falling to the Jets on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center. They’re in a 3-1 hole, and they’ll play the rest of the postseason without Zach Parise, who suffered a broken sternum and is expected to miss four to six weeks. The loss of Parise is devastating for a team already struggling to put the puck in the net. Feldy, is there even a 1 percent chance this team can rally from this 3-1 deficit? Or can the Wild start dusting off the golf clubs (not that they can use them in Minnesota)?
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Preview: The Wild hosts the Oilers for its final home game of the regular season. It has gone 0-2 against the Oilers this season, falling 3-2 and 4-1. Edmonton has dropped four straight, with a 3-2 loss to Calgary on Saturday its most recent setback. This is the Oilers last road game of the season; theyre 17-21-2 away from home.
Mark Madden: Evgeni Malkin in top 2 Hart Trophy contenders
The credibility of the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) died in 1989, when Wayne Gretzky was selected despite Mario Lemieux having 31 more points (all goals).
Gretzky's Los Angeles team had just four more points than Lemieux's Penguins, so that was no appreciable factor.
Alex Ovechkin joins NHL’s exclusive 600-goal club
WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone around Alex Ovechkin had a hunch this was his night.
His wife, Nastya, had flown back from Moscow just in time. Coach Barry Trotz noticed Ovechkin was unusually quiet.
By the time he scored the 599th goal of his career, Ovechkin sensed it, too. Less than four minutes into the second period of the Washington Capitals' game against the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin put back a rebound and skated into the spotlight as the latest member of the NHL's 600-goal club.
Alex Ovechkin scores 600th career goal
Cross off another record for Alex Ovechkin.
The Capitals star scored his 600th career goal Monday in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Ovechkin reached the mark in the second period, when he scored off a rebound in front of Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The time of the goal was 3:53.
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TORONTO (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is the most admired and appreciated player in the NHL, judging from the 2017-18 NHLPA Player Poll.
Backers of NHL team in Seattle hope for decision in June
SEATTLE (AP) — Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been hosting hockey games for a quarter-century. Now he wants to do it on a much bigger scale.
The filmmaker of "Flashdance," ''Beverly Hills Cop" and "Top Gun" fame joined his partners — billionaire David Bonderman and Oak View Group Chief Executive Tim Leiweke — on Wednesday in discussing for the first time publicly why they're trying to bring a professional hockey team to Seattle.
Johnson shares the lead at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Three days of good golf, great weather and plenty of laughs has put Dustin Johnson in a tie for the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
NHL All-Star Game returns to thriving Tampa Bay market
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NHL All-Star game is being played in Tampa Bay for the first time since Wayne Gretzky made his last appearance in the showcase and many still questioned whether the league could prosper in a non-traditional market better known for sunshine and beaches than winning hockey.
Nearly two decades later, the answer is a resounding yes.
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Orr’s 1970 Cup-winning goal and leap remains top NHL moment
Growing up in Brantford, Ontario, Wayne Gretzky always heard his father, Walter, wax poetic about Bill Barilko's 1951 Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"We didn't really even have TV back then and there was kind of clips of it, there was kind of pictures of it — moments of it, so to speak," Gretzky said.
NHL caps centennial with documentary lauding its greats
The NHL is wrapping up its centennial celebration with a documentary that taught even "The Great One" something about his sport.
"I found out some interesting things about the game that I didn't know," Wayne Gretzky said.
The record-breaking career of hockey's greatest player one highlight of "The NHL: 100 Years" documentary that airs Sunday night, a century to the date of league's founding on Nov. 26, 1917.
Jagr scores first goal for Flames in 6-3 win over Red Wings
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jaromir Jagr has finally found the back of the net with his ninth NHL franchise.
The 45-year-old scored his first as a Flame and assisted on Mark Jankowski's first of his career to lead Calgary to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Flames sign 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr to 1-year deal
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jaromir Jagr has signed with the Calgary Flames.
The 45-year-old Jagr agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal Wednesday for his 24th NHL season — and first with a Canadian team.
"I already said in a Czech newspaper it's 99.9 percent that his will be my last season, so I want to get the experience to one day say I played for a Canadian team," Jagr said.
The five-time NHL scoring champion is second behind Wayne Gretzky in NHL history with 1,914 points (765 goals, 1,149 assists).
Indianapolis Children’s Museum plans statues of sports stars
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Children's Museum of Indianapolis is planning bronze sculptures honoring more than a dozen sports stars as part of its new $38.5 million sports exhibit.
The museum says the statues will form an "Avenue of Champions" as part of its Sports Legends Experience that's scheduled to open next spring.
Coyotes hire Rick Tocchet as head coach
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have hired Rick Tocchet as head coach, turning the team over to a man who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the past two Stanley Cup titles.
The 53-year-old Tocchet, who spent the past three seasons as a Pittsburgh assistant, played 18 seasons in the NHL and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 1992.
Tocchet spent one season as an assistant to Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky in 2005-06 and played parts of three seasons with the team from 1997 to 2000.
Kang, Choi tied for lead at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Danielle Kang got a text message from Wayne Gretzky on Saturday morning. Caitlyn Jenner called Friday, and four-time major winner Hollis Stacy also reached out.
Lots of high-profile support for Kang as she goes for her first major championship.
The 24-year-old Kang and Chella Choi shared the lead heading into the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Kang won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2010 in 2011, but she has never won an LPGA Tour tournament.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Dave Semenko, the Edmonton Oilers tough guy who protected Wayne Gretzky during the 1980s, has died. He was 59.
He died in Edmonton after a short battle with cancer, the team said Thursday.
"His legendary toughness on the ice is surpassed only by his kindness and caring for others, and his equally legendary wit and sense of humor," the Oilers said in a statement.
Wayne Gretzky to present Hart Trophy at NHL Awards
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wayne Gretzky will present the Hart Trophy as MVP to Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby or Sergei Bobrovsky to cap the NHL's awards show.
If McDavid wins, it would be a memorable moment as nine-time winner Gretzky presents the 20-year-old Oilers star with the trophy.
McDavid, Crosby and San Jose's Brent Burns also are up for the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player as voted by peers. Lindsay and fellow Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier will present.
Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year. He's bringing another MVP trophy, too.
Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team in nearly two decades to repeat as champion with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Charles Barkley has not hidden the fact that the TV analyst is far more excited about the Stanley Cup playoffs than the NBA playoffs.
Thanks to a night off in the NBA Finals , Barkley took up NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on his invitation to come watch the Stanley Cup Final in person last night.
“There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than Stanley Cup overtime hockey,” Barkley said. “It’s the craziest thing you’re ever going to see, so that’s one reason I just love the sport.”
Charles Barkley takes up Bettman’s invitation to Cup Final
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charles Barkley has not been shy sharing that he is far more excited about the Stanley Cup playoffs than the NBA playoffs.
Thanks to a night off in the NBA Finals , Barkley took up NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on his invitation to come watch the pucks in person.
Gretzky, who has a K’s connection, to be at All-Star Game
Wayne Gretzky's professional hockey career began with the World Hockey Association's Indianapolis Racers in 1978. He'll return to the city, and to the arena, for the ECHL's All-Star Game on Jan. 15.
The NHL's all-time leading scorer : he played for Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Louis and the New York Rangers : will be part of a pre-game ceremony at Indiana Farmers Coliseum and drop the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff.
NHL’s 20 greatest teams filled with Stanley Cup dynasties
The "Great One" thinks the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers are the greatest team he played on, but there's no shortage of debate over whether that's the best team of all-time.
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Wayne Gretzky buzzing over Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews in NHL playoffs
Gretzky buzzing over McDavid, Matthews’ NHL playoff debuts
It's 2005-06 all over again for Wayne Gretzky when it comes to youngsters Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews making their NHL playoff debuts.
The Great One couldn't help but share his enthusiasm in a text to The Associated Press, comparing McDavid and Matthews' arrival on the postseason stage with the same buzz generated during Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin's rookie seasons.
McDavid is third-youngest to win Art Ross Trophy
NEW YORK (AP) — Connor McDavid is the third-youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy after he led the NHL in scoring with 100 points.
McDavid turned 20 in January, and only Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky were younger Art Ross winners. McDavid had 30 goals and 70 assists in his second season to finish with 11 more points than second-place Crosby and lead the Edmonton Oilers to their first playoff appearance since 2006.
From Nolan to Nash, the players who raised a team’s profile
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — From Chicago to Montreal, the original six teams still headline the NHL after all these years.
The 1967 additions in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles have sure had their share of the league spotlight, and Edmonton reigned in the 1980s with Wayne Gretzky not long after the WHA exile.
Memorable moments from Olympics with NHL players
By not participating in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, the NHL ends its streak at five after going to Nagano in 1998, Salt Lake City in 2002, Turin in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.
Here's a look at some of the top moments from those five Games with NHL players: