Hockey

FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65), of Sweden, scores the winning goal past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during overtime in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final series in St. Louis. A major officiating gaffe occurred in the Stanley Cup playoffs when San Jose’s Karlsson scored a goal set up by a hand pass. While hockey officials have the toughest job _ they must be able to skate like the players _ they do not get a pass for their mistakes, either. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
September 14, 2019 - 9:21 am
While Saints fans must be feeling picked on as NFL game officials made another error that damaged them in the opener, it must be noted that pro football hardly has a monopoly on officiating problems. Yes, things have gotten murky in that area in the NFL, so much so that pass interference now can be...
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September 14, 2019 - 7:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for inappropriate conduct. The decision comes less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2011, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita is introduced on opening night of the fourth annual Blackhawks Convention in Chicago. A posthumous study of Mikita's brain shows the hockey Hall of Famer suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death a year ago. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the BU CTE Center, announced the findings during the Concussion Legacy Foundation's Chicago Honors Dinner on Friday night, Sept. 13, 2019, at the request of Mikita's family. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP, File)
September 13, 2019 - 8:21 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A posthumous study of Stan Mikita's brain shows the hockey Hall of Famer suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death a year ago. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the BU CTE Center, announced the findings during the Concussion Legacy Foundation's Chicago...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella stands behind player during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, Fla. Tortorella acknowledged he’s carrying around a chip on his shoulder about the high-profile departures since last season and the predictions of doom. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 12, 2019 - 11:37 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The offseason drama churned up by the exodus of some of their top stars is now behind the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now they open training camp with some burning questions. Can veteran Joonas Korpisalo, rookie Elvis Merzlikins or someone else step into the huge skates vacated by...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin, of Russia, skates with the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Columbus, Ohio. After the offseason additions of star winger Artemi Panarin and defenseman Jacob Trouba, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist says the New York Rangers have to set their own realistic expectations for themselves this season. That process is one of several things to watch around the NHL when training camps open Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
September 11, 2019 - 1:25 pm
Henrik Lundqvist wants training camp to begin with an honest conversation. The longtime face of the New York Rangers sees this as an important time to define expectations for this season after watching the team fast-track a rebuild by signing winger Artemi Panarin, trading for defensemen Jacob...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is shown during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Tampa, Fla. With NHL training camps set to open this week, roughly a dozen prominent restricted free agents still don’t have contracts, including Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point, Toronto’s Mitch Marner, Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen. Those absences could hang over their teams for days, weeks or even months and have raised questions about why it’s taken so long to get them signed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 10, 2019 - 12:13 pm
P.K. Subban doesn't want to give advice to all the unsigned young players around the NHL. He just vividly remembers his own experience as a restricted free agent. Before he signed a short, so-called "bridge" contract, he took some motherly advice. "My mom picked up the phone and called me and said...
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FILE - At left, in a 2015 file photo, is NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr. At right, in a 2018 file photo, is NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. No news getting out seems to be good news as the NHL and NHL Players’ Association discuss a potential extension of the collective bargaining agreement. With the players’ Sept. 15 deadline to decide whether to reopen the CBA fast-approaching, dialogue between the two sides continues to be cordial, professional and constructive _ a drastic change from previous labor talks in a sport that has become known for periodic work stoppages. (AP Photo/File)
September 09, 2019 - 12:46 pm
Representatives from the NHL and NHL Players' Association have met numerous times over the past eight months and not once in a secret underground bunker or a dark parking garage. Unlike previous collective bargaining negotiations that spilled out into the public, few details are emerging from...
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September 08, 2019 - 10:07 am
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about Alex Ovechkin, The Associated Press erroneously reported what season the Washington Capitals captain is entering. He is entering his 15th, not 14th, season. A corrected version of the story is below: Caps' Ovechkin leaner if not lighter going into 15th season...
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Linesman Kirsten Welsh watches at center ice as Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins players take the ice to prepare to play in the Sabres prospects hockey tournament, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. Welsh is one four female officials selected to be the first women to work as on-ice officials at several prospect tournaments taking place across the country this weekend. The other three other women selected were Katie Guay, Kelly Cooke and Kendall Hanley. (AP Photo/John Wawrow)
September 07, 2019 - 12:52 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Once the butterflies and adrenalin rush of officiating her first NHL prospects game subsided, Kirsten Welsh woke up Saturday eager to get back on the ice again. Whatever miscues Welsh made and hesitancy showed during her debut at the Buffalo Sabres prospects tournament a day...
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) looks on from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Washington. Thornton is coming back for another season at age 40, signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the Sharks on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, after briefly contemplating retirement at the end of this past season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 06, 2019 - 1:58 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton is coming back for another season at age 40, signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the San Jose Sharks on Friday after briefly contemplating retirement at the end of last season. Thornton decided in the offseason that he wasn't ready to hang it up after...
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