Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby got high marks from their peers in the annual NHLPA poll, but Gritty may be the most popular thing in the league.
Posted: January 1, 1970, 12:00 am
Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum send to MLB employees.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 9:32 am
Canada's largest city, Toronto, announced Tuesday it is canceling all city-led and permitted events through June 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor John Tory said that includes Pride Toronto in late June. Don Peat, a spokesman for the mayor, said it applies to events that get city permits like parades and festivals and does not include sports events like the Blue Jays, Raptors and Maple Leafs..
Posted: March 31, 2020, 9:21 pm
The NHL has extended its guideline for players and staff to self-quarantine until April 15 and it is possible the coronavirus pandemic could push that back even further. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the extension to the Associated Press in an email Tuesday. The NHL put its season on pause March 12 with 189 regular-season games remaining.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 7:52 pm
St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo says teammate Jay Bouwmeester is in good health some seven weeks after having a cardioverter defibrillator implanted in his chest. Pietrangelo said he and his teammates have occasionally stopped in to see Bouwmeester while the NHL is on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. Saying "Bow's good," the Blues veteran defenseman provided the update Tuesday during an NHL video conference call featuring Central Division players.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 6:20 pm
Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is still regarded as the NHL’s top forward, while peers consider Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby the game's most complete player. Players voted 411 to 152 in favoring the NHL adopt the NBA’s dress-code policy, which requires players wearing “business or conservative attire” when arriving at and leaving a game. The NHLPA said 588 players participated in the 21-question poll, which covered topics involving skills, arenas, teams and off-ice fun.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 4:54 pm
(All dates set before season was suspended until further notice.)
Posted: March 31, 2020, 1:22 pm
The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic. Devils co-owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer and RWJBarnabas Health announced the donation Tuesday without saying the exact amount. The money was given to RWJBarnabas Health’s Emergency Response Fund to help combat the challenges faced by the medical community and its personnel.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 9:23 am
Tyler Madden, whom the Kings acquired in the trade that sent Tyler Toffoli to Vancouver, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 11:41 pm
Kings' coach Todd McLellan was thrilled with progress of streaking Kings before season was stopped, but wishes he could have seen how group endured.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 10:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tyler Madden has signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 10:39 pm
Manning. Jordan. Gretzky. These legends all left the teams that drafted them after 10-plus years. Let's review how they fared after leaving to see if we can gauge Brady's potential.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 2:21 pm
The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an area that houses indoor courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows will begin to be converted into a medical facility starting Tuesday.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 12:46 pm
With most sports around the world shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic, longtime Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is proudly keeping soccer and hockey arenas open. The move has the full support of Lukashenko, who took to the ice in an amateur hockey tournament on Saturday with a few hundred spectators in the stands. "It's better to die standing than to live on your knees," he said, defending Belarus' refusal to introduce isolation measures and border restrictions like its neighbors, such as Russia.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 10:43 am
The Kings have found a way to stay connected with fans amid the coronavirus shutdown by replicating its schedule through video games.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 11:24 pm
The four NHL players known to have tested positive all faced the Kings at Staples Center in the last few days before the NHL suspended play March 12.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 9:57 pm
Former All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms. The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life, but was awaiting results of tests for the coronavirus. “I'm just trying to rest up and get better,” Edmonds said, adding that he'd provide an update when he heard from doctors.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 7:59 pm
Trevor Zegras is in hockey limbo like everyone else, but he is hoping that signing with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday will serve as motivation until he can get back on the ice. ''The past week has been pretty much sitting and waiting,'' Zegras said during a conference call after inking a three-year deal. Zegras was the ninth overall pick in last year's NHL draft.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 7:17 pm
Anyone who scoffs at all these drastic measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, who wonders if it's really necessary to shut down sports around the world, needs a primer on the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals. Yep, there was once a Stanley Cup that had to be called off before the decisive game when Spanish flu swept through the teams. As every sport grapples with this unprecedented shutdown and ponders the proper timeline to safely get its athletes back on the fields and into the arenas, a championship hockey series from just over a century ago should at least be lurking in the back of everyone's mind.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 7:17 pm
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend have restarted their efforts to raise money for those affected by the new coronavirus. The two had set up a GoFundMe page earlier this week until told by Clemson compliance officials the site violated NCAA rules against using an athlete's name, image and likeness for crowd funding. Lawrence's girlfriend, Marissa Mowry, is a soccer player at Anderson University, about 15 miles from Clemson's campus.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 4:35 pm
National Hockey League officials still want to finish the regular season and stage a full playoffs despite a coronavirus pandemic shutdown, even if a Stanley Cup winner comes in August. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league has asked arenas about availability to the end of August, aided by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics freeing up television opportunities. "I think as time has gone on, we've recognized we might have a bigger window than we had originally thought with respect to the summer months and when we have to finish things to be ready for a full regular season next year," Daly said.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 3:32 pm
Ottawa Senators radio analyst Gord Wilson has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the third member of the NHL team's traveling party to have done so.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 4:05 am
The Ducks signed Boston University center Trevor Zegras, whom they drafted ninth overall in 2019, to a three-year entry-level contract.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 10:36 pm
Kings captain Anze Kopitar says if the NHL can resume after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, it should continue the regular season and not go straight to the playoffs.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 8:58 pm
Clarkson junior forward Elizabeth Giguere has been selected as the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, presented annually to the most outstanding player in women's college hockey. USA Hockey made the announcement on Friday. Giguere added 29 assists for the Golden Knights, who finished 25-6-6 and reached the NCAA Tournament.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 6:52 pm
Denver’s players, if they're so willing, have the same assignment each day: Go to their phone or tablet, launch an app and view their individualized daily workout plan that was created by the Nuggets’ strength and conditioning staff. For now, it’s the best idea the Nuggets have — as they, like every other NBA team, are figuring out new ways to do almost everything. Nobody knows when NBA players will be in a game again, with the season on hold because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:41 pm
National Hockey League superstar Alex Ovechkin is chasing a host of scoring milestones, but he's more concerned about staying safe at home with his pregnant wife than returning to the ice. The 34-year-old Russian left wing for the Washington Capitals, a challenger to the all-time NHL goals record owned by legend Wayne Gretzky, shared the NHL lead with 48 goals when the season was halted March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ovechkin is two shy of his ninth 50-goal campaign, which would match Gretzky and Mike Bossy for the most in NHL history, and he could extend his own record by taking a ninth NHL season scoring crown.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 3:44 pm
USA Curling says additional participants at a tournament this month in Laurel, Maryland, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The United States Curling Association Club National Championships were held March 7-14 at Potomac Curling Club. USA Curling says it worked with the club to make sure all participants, officials and volunteers were notified as soon as a confirmation was received of the first positive test.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 9:53 am
NHL star Sidney Crosby says he is taking the proper steps to keep himself and others around him safe from COVID-19, and he urged the public to follow suit by social distancing and staying home. "Seeing everyone take this serious and do what they need to do, not only for their own health but for people around them too, that's really the key part of all this," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain said during a conference call on Thursday. The NHL has indefinitely suspended its regular season amid the current pandemic, and the Colorado Avalanche said Thursday a player from their team has COVID-19, becoming the third NHL player known to test positive.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 11:48 pm
Top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future, a person with knowledge of the details said Thursday. The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL and NASCAR in cutting salaries while competitions are on hold because of the coronavirus. The cuts are effective immediately and affect NBA employees both inside the league headquarters in New York, and in global offices, the person told The Associated Press.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:59 pm
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby prefers the NHL skip the rest of the regular season and head directly to the playoffs if games resume during this pandemic-interrupted spring. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is on the same page, saying he'd even be willing to finish two goals short of his ninth 50-goal season, which would tie the NHL record shared by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy. ''Of course, you want to score 50, but right now, like everyone is saying, the most important thing is to stay safe and to get this thing done,'' Ovechkin said Thursday.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:49 pm
Colton Poolman had a good feeling about what was to come. ''It was a pretty depressing feeling around the rink, and guys were a little sad,'' Poolman said. For Poolman and others who had not been drafted by an NHL team, flipping the page happened fast.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:37 pm
A player on the Colorado Avalanche has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, making him the third NHL player known to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:32 pm
Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. When hockey came to a halt amid the global pandemic, Bauer faced the possibility of closing its manufacturing plant in Blainville, Quebec, but engineers there instead brainstormed the idea of producing medical shields to help protect people on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. The medical shields are being produced in Quebec and a facility in Liverpool, New York, that primarily makes Bauer's lacrosse equipment.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 4:51 pm
Top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future, a person with knowledge of the details said. The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL and NASCAR in cutting salaries while competitions are on hold because of the coronavirus. The cuts are effective immediately and affect NBA employees both inside the league headquarters in New York and in global offices, the person told The Associated Press.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:35 am
The NHL announced the postponement of its draft, scouting combine and awards ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 9:48 pm
Alexis Lafreniere could never have envisioned ending his prolific junior hockey career in such an anticlimactic setting. There was no final buzzer, and the NHL's projected top draft prospect was nowhere near an ice rink Wednesday. Lafreniere was instead sitting at home in suburban Montreal as he opened a conference call with reporters by thanking his Rimouski Oceanic teammates, coaches and fans for their support over the past three years.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 9:22 pm
Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star forward Jake Guentzel's recovery from shoulder surgery is on schedule, opening the door for him to play at some point should the NHL return this season. General manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday that Guentzel has not endured any setbacks since undergoing surgery on Dec. 31 for the shoulder he injured while awkwardly slamming into the end boards shortly after scoring his 20th goal of the season against Ottawa on Dec. 30. The initial timetable for Guentzel's potential return was 4 to 6 months.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 8:40 pm
Ryan Stanton would pull off the highway every few hours to give his pregnant wife, Kirsten, a chance to stretch her legs. The trip came after the coronavirus pandemic put the American Hockey League season on hold last week. “It’s something we’ll remember forever, that’s for sure,” said Stanton, an Ontario Reign defenseman.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 8:08 pm
The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team facilities during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday confirmed the NHL has asked that players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline to April 6 - further pushing back the earliest team facilities can reopen. There is still no clarity on when the NHL might resume its season, though the CDC's recommendation of no gatherings of 50 or more people until mid-May is expected to factor into timing.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 7:20 pm
The NHL's chief medical officer said Wednesday he expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better in North America and differences across 31 markets are likely to affect when players might get back on the ice. Dr. Winne Meeuwisse said it is difficult to predict when cases of COVID-19 might peak or begin to decrease, which muddles any potential timeline for the resumption of practices or games. The virus is ''really just entering the rapid acceleration phase, certainly in North America,'' Meeuwisse said on a conference call.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 7:20 pm
The Buffalo Sabres agreed to sign prospect defenseman Mattias Samuelsson to a three-year entry- level contract on Wednesday. Samuelsson was selected by Buffalo with the 32nd pick in the 2018 draft, and completed his sophomore season at Western Michigan. Mattias Samuelsson served as an alternate captain last season and was an honorable mention for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defenseman of the year honors.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:54 pm
The Carolina Hurricanes are asking full-time employees to take vacation or personal days off next week with limited operations due to the coronavirus. In an interview with The Associated Press, team president and general manager Don Waddell said the request was “the best avenue to take for the next 10 days.” Waddell said the decision would be on a week-to-week basis, though it doesn’t affect employees working under contracts.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 10:05 am
The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to pledge support for their out-of-work gameday staff. Now, the team has laid them off.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:21 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to entry-level contracts with brothers David and Jason Cotton.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 7:41 pm
Athletics Australia has canceled its 2020 national track and field championships in a bid to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision comes a day after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, and after the Australian championships had already been postponed. Athletics Australia chief executive Darren Gocher says he hopes the cancellation gives athletes some certainty and, combined with the Olympics being delayed 12 months, "means that our athletes now have a new goal to work toward.”
Posted: March 24, 2020, 10:07 am
Coronavirus: Sixers and Devils confirm they're cutting full-time employee salaries by up to 20 percent
The two teams are owned by one man, who is worth nearly $4 billion.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 3:37 am
The Jacobs family that owns the Garden has only offered to cover pay for six NHL games.
Posted: March 23, 2020, 9:05 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract.
Posted: March 23, 2020, 6:46 pm
The Green Bay Packers are establishing funds that will provide $1.5 million to assist efforts to respond to the coronavirus in Brown County, Wisconsin - which includes Green Bay - and the Milwaukee area. The $1 million Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is directed toward Brown County and is being established through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. Packers Give Back also is directing $500,000 to support initiatives in the Milwaukee area.
Posted: March 23, 2020, 9:45 am
Players are trying to find creative ways to keep themselves busy during the coronavirus outbreak that has put the NHL season on pause.
Posted: March 22, 2020, 10:15 pm
Mary-Kay Messier describes how Bauer has been helping the COVID-19 fight. Plus, a debate about which NHL teams have the best rosters.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 1:45 pm
Bauer's Mary-Kay Messier joined the podcast to discuss the company's production transition and how others are aiding them in making protective gear.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 1:36 pm
They were struggling before the pause.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 1:27 pm
Wednesday's collection of links.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 12:15 pm
We continue our look at the 2019-20 Columbus Blue Jackets by examining their long-term outlook including their core, weaknesses, and strengths.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 1:43 am
The money was given to RWJBarnabas Health's Emergency Response Fund to help combat the challenges faced by the medical community and its personnel.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 9:05 pm
A number of NHL teams had eyes on making a Stanley Cup ring this spring, but those plans have been put on hold for the time being.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 8:47 pm
Elvis Merzlikins' inclusion isn't a surprise, but his great play was.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 7:28 pm
The NHL has extended its guideline for players and staff to self-quarantine until April 15 and it is possible it could push that back even further.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 6:57 pm
Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play this season, including the playoffs, after he collapsed on the bench on Feb. 11.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 6:24 pm
The hockey stick controller worked better than expected, but not enough to be a hit.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 4:32 pm
From best and worst trash-talker to funnest player to best mascot, nearly 600 NHL players voiced their opinions in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 3:29 pm
One of John Tortorella's best coaching jobs gets put on pause.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 2:30 pm
Madden was originally selected by the Canucks in third round of the 2018 draft, but the Kings acquired his rights last month as part of the Toffoli trade.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 1:22 pm
Tuesday's collection of hockey and NHL links.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 1:15 pm
Chara spilled the beans about the end result of Rask's love of chicken wings.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 10:00 pm
Looking at the core, long-term weaknesses, and long-term strengths of the 2019-20 Colorado Avalanche.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 9:36 pm
We continue our look at the 2019-20 Colorado Avalanche by looking at their biggest surprises and disappointments so far this season.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 7:18 pm
In this week's edition we take a look at the best free agent signings from the 2019-20 free agency signing period.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 5:40 pm
"The Petrys just want to say thank you! But even 'thank you' doesn’t seem like enough."
Posted: March 30, 2020, 2:02 pm