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Punches Were Thrown on the Ice—and Then Off

New York Rangers fan facing assault charges after sucker punch caught on video

(Newser) - Thursday's hockey game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers ended with punches on and off the ice. Shortly after players traded blows to mark the end of the Lightning's 3-1 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, which put the Lightning up 3-2 in...

Their Sons Died in a Sports Tragedy. They Reacted Differently

Scott Thomas and Chris Joseph lost their sons, Broncos hockey players, in 2018 crash

(Newser) - The first half of Mitch Moxley's searing story for Esquire on the deadly April 2018 bus crash that killed 16 people with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in Saskatchewan focuses on the crash itself and immediate aftermath. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, a sober and inexperienced semitruck driver who was...

Police, NHL Probing Racist Threats Against Nazem Kadri

Colorado Avalanche player says a bottle was thrown at him also

(Newser) - The NHL said Monday that St. Louis police are investigating threats made toward Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri, who has been the subject of racist social media posts since he was involved in a collision that knocked Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington out for the rest of the series. Deputy Commissioner...

'RIP Flower': Another NHL Legend Is Gone
'We'll Miss You No. 10'

'We'll Miss You No. 10'

NHL legend Guy Lafleur is dead at 70

(Newser) - Last week, Mike Bossy died . Now, another NHL legend is gone: Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at age 70, per the AP . That's why the hashtag #RIP Flower was trending on Twitter Friday, a...

A Hockey Icon Is Dead at 65
A Hockey Icon Is Dead at 65

A Hockey Icon Is Dead at 65

Mike Bossy of the Islanders was one of the NHL's most prolific scorers

(Newser) - Mike Bossy, one of hockey’s most prolific goal-scorers and a star for the New York Islanders during their 1980s dynasty, has died after a battle with lung cancer at age 65. The Islanders and TVA Sports, the French-language network in Canada where he worked as a hockey analyst, confirmed...

Canada Beats US for Women's Hockey Gold
More Heartbreak for US Hockey

More Heartbreak for US Hockey

Canadian women's team reclaims Olympic gold in 3-2 win over Americans

(Newser) - Canada’s Captain Clutch, Marie-Philip Poulin, delivered at the Olympics again. Poulin scored twice, including her third gold-medal clinching goal, and Canada reclaimed its place atop the women's hockey world by capping its run through the Beijing Games with a 3-2 win over the defending champion United States on...

With Shocking Upset, US Is Out of Men's Hockey

Team blanked in quarterfinal shootout with Slovakia, losing 3-2

(Newser) - Minutes after failing to score in the shootout as the Americans' last chance to stay alive at the Olympics, captain Andy Miele took off his gloves to wipe the tears coming out of his eyes. "I'm just sad it's over," he said, per the AP . With...

China's Hockey 'Ringers' Lose 8-0 in Olympic Debut

15 of 25 players were born overseas

(Newser) - China's unusual Olympic men's hockey team had a rendezvous with reality in Beijing Thursday night. The team, described by the Guardian as a "squad of ringers" China put together when the country automatically qualified for the Olympic hockey tournament as host nation but didn't have a...

Blackhawks Fans Push Back Against Exec's Comments

Chicago's Rocky Wirtz dismissed reporter's questions about sex-assault reforms

(Newser) - Though an alleged sexual abuse cover-up with the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team happened 12 years ago, fans and the public at large still want answers about how this will be prevented in the future—but they apparently won’t get any from the team’s executives, the Chicago Tribune reports....

Hockey Player in Hot Water After 'Monkey Gestures'

Jacob Panetta suspended for allegedly racist gestures

(Newser) - The East Coast Hockey League suspended Jacob Panetta on Sunday after the brother of longtime NHL defenseman PK Subban accused the Jacksonville defenseman of making “monkey gestures" in his direction, the AP reports. The ECHL said the indefinite suspension is pending a hearing under its collective bargaining agreement with...

Dead Teen Hockey Player's Friend Petitions for New Rule

Skater wants neck guards to be required

(Newser) - A high school student who lost his friend doesn’t want anyone else to go through that. When 16-year-old high school sophomore Teddy Balkind suffered a fatal injury during a hockey game in Connecticut a week ago, he wasn’t wearing a neck guard. At first, authorities said Teddy had...

Community Mourns Teen Killed in Freak Accident

Hockey player fell and was struck by another kid

(Newser) - A community is mourning a high school sophomore after a hockey game turned tragic. Teddy Balkind was playing in a matchup between his school, St. Luke’s of New Canaan, Conn., and Brunswick School in Greenwich when he fell. Another student wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid...

Seattle Kraken Fan Called a Hero
Fan Called
a Hero

Seattle Kraken Fan Called a Hero

Future med student spotted malignant mole on Canucks staffer's neck

(Newser) - When Nadia Popovici showed the Vancouver Canucks’ equipment manager a message on her phone last October, he barely acknowledged it. But the message changed his life. The hockey fan was sitting behind the bench and happened to notice a scary mole on the back of Brian “Red” Hamilton’s...

NHL Institutes Leaguewide Shutdown Through Saturday
COVID Delivers
More Bad News to NHL

COVID Delivers More Bad News to NHL

League shuts down early for holiday

(Newser) - The NHL is beginning a leaguewide shutdown Wednesday amid a rise in positive COVID-19 test results among players, and with 10 of the league's 32 teams' schedules already paused and their facilities closed. The league announced Monday night that it will open its annual holiday break two days earlier...

COVID Outbreak Hits Fully Vaccinated NHL Team

10 Ottawa Senators players are out of action

(Newser) - COVID-19 has cut through the Ottawa Senators like a Zamboni through slush, despite all players being fully vaccinated—and experts say the NHL team's experience is a reminder that the pandemic is far from over. Some 10 players—around 40% of the roster—and one coach are now in...

After Taunting Female Goalie, School's Students Are Shut Out

Vulgar chants prompt ban on fans in seventh through 12 grade

(Newser) - After a female goalie was subjected to vulgar chants and jeers throughout a hockey game, students from the opposing Pennsylvania school have been barred from the stands for the rest of the season. The prohibition applies to students in grades seven through 12 at Armstrong Junior-Senior High School, the New ...

Cause of Death Revealed for Former NHL Player Jimmy Hayes, 31

Former hockey player had drugs in his system

(Newser) - Update: Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes died from acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, both of which were found in his system, the medical examiner determined after an autopsy. His death was ruled an accident, NBC 10 Boston reports. "I was completely shocked" at...

He Slipped on Trash, Nearly Ended Career. He Became an NHL Legend
Farewell to
'Mr. Ranger'

Farewell to 'Mr. Ranger'

New York Rangers legend Rod Gilbert, 80, was a Hall of Famer, beloved by fans

(Newser) - Rod Gilbert, the Hall of Fame right wing who starred for the New York Rangers and helped Canada win the 1972 Summit Series, has died. He was 80. Gilbert's family confirmed the death to the Rangers on Sunday, per the AP . The team didn't provide details. "I...

NHL Prospect Luke Prokop: I'm Gay
NHL Draft Pick
Luke Prokop:
I'm Gay

NHL Draft Pick Luke Prokop: I'm Gay

He's the first active player under contract to come out

(Newser) - Luke Prokop on Monday became the first active hockey player under an NHL contract to come out as gay. The Alberta native, who was drafted by the Nashville Predators last year and signed a contract with them in December, said he was "proud to publicly tell everyone that I...

Lightning Win 2nd Stanley Cup in 10 Months

This time, it was in front of fans

(Newser) - After the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Wednesday night to end the final in five games and win their second championship in 10 months, captain Steven Stamkos hoisted the Stanley Cup in front of 18,110 fans—18,110 more than the last time he did...

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