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FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson shoots against the Calgary Flames during the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif. San Jose added two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Karlsson. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
September 30, 2018 - 12:10 pm
T.J. Oshie stepped to the microphone and apologized for his voice. It was hoarse from days and nights of celebrating the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup triumph and fans now had gathered on the National Mall after the championship parade. Oshie had enough left to start a chant among the tens of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers center Jori Lehtera (15) plays against the Detroit Red Wings duriing the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. The NHL is investigating Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera after a report he’s being questioned in connection with a drug bust in his native Finland. Lehtera’s lawyer, Ari Nieminen, said Thursday, Sept.27, 2018, that he expects Finnish police to release a statement clarifying some misunderstandings that came out of the report.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya,File)
September 27, 2018 - 11:54 am
The NHL said Thursday it is investigating Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera after a report he is being questioned in connection with a drug bust in his native Finland. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league is investigating the situation. Lehtera's lawyer, Ari Nieminen, said he...
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The Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty, takes to the ice during the first intermission of the Flyers' preseason NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Monday, Sept, 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
September 24, 2018 - 11:05 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard. The character's debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including "Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans" and comparisons to ZZ...
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attends a press conference before an NHL China Games hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Color China Photo via AP)
September 15, 2018 - 5:30 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored in the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames in the NHL exhibition season-opener on Saturday in Shenzhen, China. Down to their last shooter, Boston tied the shootout on Marchand's goal. After Calgary's...
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In this Jan. 20, 2018 photo, Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg plays against the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. A degenerative back issue is causing the 37-year-old Zetterberg to stop playing it after it was announced Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at training camp. Zetterberg is not going to officially retire, of course; that would mean forfeiting the remaining $5.35M owed to him through the 2020-21 season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 14, 2018 - 5:07 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Henrik Zetterberg knew something wasn't right with his back last January when he stopped practicing. Despite the aches and pains, he did not miss a game all season for the Detroit Red Wings. When Zetterberg laced up his skates for the final game of the regular season, he thought that...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2017, file photo, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period during an NHL hockey game in Glendale, Ariz. The San Jose Sharks have acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Senators, the teams announced Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. ( AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
September 13, 2018 - 2:22 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, making a blockbuster addition to the roster after missing out on high-scoring center John Tavares in free agency. General manager Doug Wilson stood pat...
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Former NHL hockey player Wayne Gretzky speaks during a promotional event for the Beijing Kunlun Red Star hockey team in his role as global ambassador for the team, part of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League, in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world's top hockey players is "always much better for everyone." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 13, 2018 - 3:41 am
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...
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Steve Yzerman, left, speaks alongside Julien BriseBois during an NHL hockey news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Tampa, Fla., where Yzerman announced that he is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. BriseBois, a longtime assistant, will take over as Yzerman moves to a senior adviser role working under BriseBois. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
September 11, 2018 - 5:40 pm
Steve Yzerman stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning after building them into a perennial contender, handing the reins to longtime assistant Julien BriseBois just two days before training camp. Yzerman will move to a senior adviser role working under BriseBois and he said he was...
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September 11, 2018 - 4:06 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman downplayed the significance of entering mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion lawsuit, saying Tuesday the league is simply following a judge's order. "The judge asked us to go into mediation and so we're complying with the...
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September 10, 2018 - 12:44 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired All-Star forward Max Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadiens for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick. The Stanley Cup runner-up Golden Knights announced the deal Sunday night. Pacioretty was named the Canadiens...
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