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  • Snoop Dogg now featured in ‘NHL 20’ as color analyst, player

    Sportress of Blogitude "Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest celebrity NHL fans on the planet, is now a featured character in to “NHL 20,” both as a color analyst and more strangely, as a playable character. EA Sports has been hinting at Snoop’s inclusion in the latest iteration of the..." December 06

  • Report: NHLPA accused of covering up theft of over $100K from union funds

    Yahoo! Sports "A former technical support analyst for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) alleges that the NHLPA covered up a theft exceeding $100,000 in union funds by one of its executives, according to a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court. TSN’s Rick..." December 05

  • Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers restaurant honors ‘Doc’ Emrick

    NBC Sports "One of the ultimate signs of respect from the city of Pittsburgh is when Primanti Brothers, the local sandwich shop known for piling mountains of french fries and cole slaw on its sandwiches, names something after you. NBC Sports announcer ‘Doc’ Emrick recently had that..." December 05

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jake Muzzin and the secondary NHL free agents due for significant raises in 2020

    Sporting News "Over the course of this season, the status of the top pending unrestricted free agents will garner growing interest among fans and pundits. The contract talks of the best potentially available talent, such as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and St. Louis Blues..." December 05

  • 'Still a long way to go,' but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL

    USA Today "Caley Chelios is a story in Tampa because she is a female radio analyst working for an NHL team. The bigger story is Chelios, 26, is a broadcasting wunderkind with national potential. “She is as knowledgeable as anyone I talk to in the game,” Lightning coach Jon..." December 05

  • Manon Rhéaume will be honoured with statue in Quebec City

    CBC "Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to play in the NHL, will be immortalized outside Quebec City's Videotron Centre. Next year, a life-size bronze statue of the former goalie will go up at place Jean-Béliveau, right outside the arena. As a child,..." December 05

  • Seattle NHL expansion team energized on one-year anniversary "It has been one year since the NHL announced expansion to Seattle on Dec. 4, 2018. The arena is under construction. The team has no name, logo or colors, let alone coaches or players. It won't begin play until 2021-22.  Yet, since Oct. 30, the first season-ticket..." December 04

  • Coach Behavior To Be Main Topic At NHL Board Of Governors Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a whirlwind few weeks in the NHL coaching ranks. After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock back on November 20, several former players used the opportunity to criticize the veteran coach’s tactics and the way he treated some of his players. Former..." December 03

  • Akim Aliu says ‘big change coming’ after meeting with NHL

    Sportsnet "Akim Aliu believes some much-needed change is coming to the NHL. The former Calgary Flames forward met with commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday, and told reporters after the meeting that he’s excited to see that change come..." December 03

  • Why the NHL might finally be ripe for a European coach

    Sportsnet "Rikard Gronborg believes it’s only a matter of time. And with the disturbing crackling of the old boys coaching network in recent days, the most qualified coaching candidate outside of North America might be on to something. Nineteen years have passed since the last..." December 03

  • Ignore the negative noise, this is hockey’s reckoning

    Sportsnet "It’s great that hockey’s having this moment, that topics such as inclusion, bullying and hazing have been pushed into the forefront by the forced resignation of Bill Peters as head coach of the Calgary Flames stemming from allegations of racial epithets dating back to his time as a..." December 02

  • The Success Story of Thomas Greiss

    Lighthouse Hockey "Can they do it again? It’s the question that reverberated throughout the summer about the Islanders, especially towards the team’s goalies given their Jennings Trophy victory. With Robin Lehner out and Semyon Varlamov in, much of the conversation..." November 29

  • Isles strong start something to be thankful for

    The Sports Daily "With a lot to be thankful for following the holiday festivities, the Islander fanbase is surely thankful for the work of head coach Barry Trotz and his New York Islanders after 23 games. With a 16-5-2 record, the team from the Island sees themselves in second place in the Metropolitan Division..." November 29

  • Report: Akim Aliu, NHL meeting to discuss hockey's cultural issues

    Yahoo! Sports "Akim Aliu brought past racist comments by now-former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters into the public eye earlier this week and will reportedly meet with the NHL to discuss hockey’s cultural problems. According to Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, the two parties will have..." November 29

  • 5 Biggest Surprises of the NHL Season Thus Far

    12 Up "The Stanley Cup Playoffs are the least predictable and toughest to win of those of any sport. However, the NHL has proven that even the regular season can amaze its fans through these five unexpected moments this season. 5. Florida Panthers Developing Ahead of..." November 29

  • Ice wizards: NHL stars are embracing their creative side

    NBC Sports "Matthew Tkachuk watched Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov from 20 feet away and knew something special was about to happen. Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net, cradled it on the end of his stick and rammed it past the goaltender from behind the net. Someone..." November 28

  • 8 Oilers trade targets to help improve the club’s depth scoring

    Sportsnet "Depending on how you look at it, the Oilers either house one of the game’s elite offences, or one in desperate need of help. On one hand, they’re led by the top two scorers in the league, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amassing an absurd 95 combined points through..." November 28

  • NHL Seattle should most certainly pursue Mike Babcock next year if he’s still available

    Seattle Times "We’ve got this season’s first big-name coaching casualty in Mike Babcock, a Toronto Maple Leafs castoff NHL Seattle should take a serious look at. Those familiar with junior hockey will remember “Babs’’ as a highly decorated Spokane Chiefs..." November 27

  • Looking at the facts behind the Islanders’ incredible hot streak

    Sportsnet "On Oct. 12, the New York Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers in a shootout. And so began an incredible point streak that lived on six weeks later, until it finally came to an end Monday against the Anaheim Ducks. Before Monday’s 3-0 defeat to the Ducks,..." November 26

  • NHL Power Rankings: Islanders streak pushes them to top, Maple Leafs have new life

    CBS Sports "Last week's Power Rankings asked if it was time to push the panic button on the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had been spiraling out of control under Mike Babcock. One day later, Babcock was fired, ushering in the Sheldon Keefe era. Since then, the Leafs have discovered some new life..." November 26

  • Brad Marchand leads 3 Stars of the Week "Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and New York Islanders center Brock Nelson have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 24.   FIRST STAR - BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON..." November 25

  • Meet the man behind some of hockey's most legendary images

    Sportsnet "For 45 years, Bruce Bennett has captured hockey's greatest players, teams and memories, and shaped the way we see the game Acouple of hours before ticketholders start to file into TD Garden for Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Bruce Bennett is setting up remote cameras at..." November 24

  • Key numbers, trends helping to shape this NHL season

    The Score "Believe it or not, roughly one-quarter of the 2019-20 NHL season is in the rearview. It's featured a boatload of goals - 6.16 per game, to be exact, which is the highest average since 2005-06. Nine players are on pace for 100 points. Every night seems to feature at least one..." November 23

  • Islanders Establish Longest Point Streak in Franchise History at 16 Games

    Eyes on Isles "For the first time in franchise history, the New York Islanders have picked up a point in 16 straight games. None of the Al Arbour dynasty era teams were able to accomplish this feat, just those "due for a regression" Barry Trotz Islanders. Unbelievable. It's..." November 22

  • Trophy Tracker: Jack Adams - Barry Trotz, Dave Tippett among favorites for top coach "Barry Trotz and Dave Tippett each is doing yeoman's work this season, with the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers, while living up to the standards of excellence he has set throughout his NHL career. Trotz has won 826 games, second to Joel Quenneville of the Florida Panthers..." November 22

  • Gambles on goaltending are proving to be losing bets for many NHL GMs

    Yahoo! Sports "Coming into the season, much was made of San Jose’s decision to roll its two goalies from last year once again. Understandably so. The Sharks had the worst goaltending in the league, and to gamble that they would turn it around was risky at best, especially given the age of many..." November 21

  • Why punching your opponent in hockey is fine but spitting on him is not

    The Guardian "When done properly, a hockey fight between two (or more) consenting adults is a beautiful tradition with its own rules. There’s a disagreement between opposing players due to a rough hit or perceived dirty play – either in the immediate moments before a fight or in a prior meeting...." November 21

  • NHL stars carrying the biggest offensive burden for their teams

    ESPN "An exercise I do every season is looking at which players played the biggest role in their team's overall offensive production. While the raw list of scoring leaders is a good starting point and features a collection of the league's most prolific offensive players, it also doesn't..." November 21

  • ‘Blow the damn whistle’: The NHL has to stop letting player safety depend on referees’ judgment calls

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The NHL has a problem. “Matt Calvert is helpless at the top of the circle—there’s blood still down all over the Avalanche zone!—and they don’t blow the whistle.” Avalanche commentators Mark Moser and Peter McNab were..." November 21

  • Report: Ilya Sorokin wants to play in NHL next year

    The Sports Daily "Everything seems to be falling the Islanders way, so news that goaltending prospect Ilya Sorokin wants to be in the NHL next year is just another positive on that list. Sports-Express hockey writer Igor Eronko reported on Tuesday that Sorokin intends to play next season in the NHL...." November 20

  • NHL renames GM of the Year award after late Jim Gregory

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday, the NHL announced that the annual award presented to the top general manager in the league will be renamed to honor the late Jim Gregory who was best known for his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to, after presenting the new name in Toronto..." November 20

  • Odds to replace Don Cherry on 'Coach's Corner'

    The Score "When Sportsnet made the decision to fire Don Cherry, it vacated the biggest seat on one of the nation's longest-running television broadcasts, Hockey Night in Canada. Following one of the most divisive decisions in the network's history, the entire nation awaits its next move...." November 20

  • NHL GMs to re-examine offside specifics at March meeting

    Sportsnet "The NHL is going to take another run at tweaking its offside rule. The league’s general managers shot down a proposed change 2 1/2 years ago that would have seen an attacking player deemed onside if his skate was in the air above the blue line — but not on the ice —..." November 19

  • Seattle NHL expansion team 'getting close' to announcing nickname "Seattle general manager Ron Francis said he hopes the NHL expansion team will announce its name in the first quarter or first half of next year. "I think we're getting close," Francis said at the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference on Tuesday. "But there's..." November 19

  • Who will make up the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class has been inducted, with Hayley Wickenheiser, Guy Carbonneau, Sergei Zubov, Vaclav Nedomansky, Jim Rutherford, and Jerry York getting enshrined in Toronto. With that, it’s time to turn the page and take a look at who Hall of Fame chairman Lanny..." November 19

  • Don Cherry comes back with a new show

    Toronto Sun "They may have knocked Don Cherry to the ice with a hit he didn’t see coming. Now watch him get back up. You people out there who want the 85-year-old Cherry back, here’s the news you have been hoping for.  You people who wanted him to fade away are out of..." November 18

  • Gary Bettman talks puck tracking, CBA, Matt Calvert injury non-whistle

    Sportsnet "More than 20 years after a glowing puck gave hockey one of its best inside jokes, intimate puck-tracking technology is inching closer toward being part of the everyday game experience. Speaking at the Prime Time Sports and Entertainment Sports Management Conference on Monday morning,..." November 18

  • Ron MacLean addresses his Hockey Night in Canada future

    Yahoo! Sports "There’s plenty of uncertainty heading into the first Hockey Night in Canada broadcast since Don Cherry’s termination on Nov. 11 but one of the biggest questions was answered Friday. Ron MacLean, Cherry’s longtime co-host on Coach’s..." November 16

  • Paul Bissonnette to get chance to back up lacrosse boast

    NBC Sports "Paul Bissonnette will have a chance to back up his lacrosse boast. Two days after tweeting that he could make a National Lacrosse League team without having ever played a game, the former NHL player signed a professional tryout Friday with the Vancouver..." November 16

  • Sportsnet open to new format for first intermission after Don Cherry's dismissal

    Yahoo! Sports "With time not on their side, Sportsnet has yet to decide what to do with the broadcast during the first intermission of “Hockey Night in Canada.” After the firing of Don Cherry, the sports network is reportedly looking into many possibilities to fill the void..." November 15

  • Load management has reached NHL creases: Who's doing it correctly?

    ESPN "If you're even casually following what's going on in the sports world these days, you're already quite familiar with the concept of load management. Everywhere you look, it's changing the way sports are played, the way players are used and how we digest it all as..." November 15

  • A history of Don Cherry's most controversial remarks

    Yahoo! Sports "Don Cherry was fired from Sportsnet on Monday after his anti-immigrant rant and steadfastly refused to apologize. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time Cherry used his Coach’s Corner segment to espouse bigotry and racism, or simply to spark needless feuds with..." November 14

  • Bobby Orr: Don Cherry's firing is 'disgraceful'

    The Score "Bobby Orr is in Don Cherry's corner. Cherry was fired by Sportsnet on Monday after nearly 40 years on the air after a rant about Canadian immigrants not buying poppies ahead of Remembrance Day. "You people that come here, you love our way of life, you love..." November 14

  • Islanders place veteran forward Andrew Ladd on waivers

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders have placed veteran forward Andrew Ladd on waivers. Ladd, 33, hasn’t played an NHL game since March 24 and has been recovering from off-season surgery for a torn ACL. He recently completed a conditioning assignment with AHL Bridgeport..." November 14

  • Meet Emilie Castonguay, NHL's rare female agent who has top draft prospect as client

    USA Today "Emilie Castonguay has created a buzz as one of the NHL’s rare female certified player agents because she has something that the men don’t: Alexis Lafreniere, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL draft. “It’s hard to compare him to just one player,”..." November 14

  • Settling old scores in past for Maple Leafs’ John Tavares, Islanders

    Sportsnet "Were you to go back to July 1, 2018 and revisit the John Tavares decision, you would be hard-pressed to find a neutral observer who didn’t understand the choice from a purely hockey perspective. The Toronto Maple Leafs, with a stable of budding young superstars,..." November 13

  • Barry Trotz wants to see more detail in Oliver Wahlstrom's game

    The Sports Daily "A day after the Islanders sent down Oliver Wahlstrom, head coach Barry Trotz made it clear there were aspects of his game that needed to be worked on. Wahlstrom was returned to AHL Bridgeport on Saturday after the Islanders activated Jordan Eberle off injured reserve. Wahlstrom scored..." November 12

  • Don Cherry disappointed with Ron MacLean's apology: 'He buried me'

    The Score "Don Cherry isn't happy with former Hockey Night in Canada partner Ron MacLean. MacLean publicly apologized Sunday for Cherry's offensive comments from the night prior. Cherry, who was fired by Sportsnet on Monday, said MacLean "buried" him with..." November 12

  • Four possible candidates to replace Don Cherry on Coach's Corner

    Yahoo! Sports "Few believed the day would actually ever come, but Don Cherry was fired on Monday after nearly four decades as a staple of Hockey Night in Canada. The 85-year-old’s xenophobic rant regarding poppies and “you people” during Saturday..." November 12

  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11