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Leafs select Matthews with No. 1 pick in draft

On the heels of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas, the Toronto Maple Leafs pinned their future on Arizona-born center Auston Matthews with the first pick in the NHL draft. The 18-year-old from Scottsdale sparked an international-themed parade to the podium Friday night that featured a draft-record 12 Americans selected ...

Gretzky among those paying respects to legendary Howe

Jun 15, 2016

Gretzky among those paying respects to legendary Howe

Gordie Howe’s casket was guided down a hallway, flanked by some of the biggest names in sports: Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Bowman and Al Kaline. The pallbearers moved Mr. Hockey’s brown, rose-adorned casket down a long strip of red carpet through the middle of a ...

Ducks bring back Carlyle as coach

Jun 15, 2016

Ducks bring back Carlyle as coach

Randy Carlyle walked back into Honda Center and discovered he still knew just about everyone, from the guard at the front door to the accountants in the Anaheim Ducks’ offices. “Everybody welcomed me back with open arms,” Carlyle said, a grateful smile on a ...

Jun 13, 2016

Tanaka sidelined with shoulder injury; Hosoda handed two-week ban

Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has left the team due to a dislocated right shoulder and is unlikely to play against Scotland this month, the Japan Rugby Football Association announced Monday. Tanaka, who also plays for Panasonic Wild Knights and the Super Rugby champion Highlanders, ...

Setoguchi's life, game back on track after Swiss stint

Jun 13, 2016

Setoguchi's life, game back on track after Swiss stint

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Devin Setoguchi resurrected his professional hockey career this past season in, of all places, Switzerland. The tranquility of his surroundings helped him focus solely on hockey after a life-transforming decision in April 2015: to enter rehab and quit drinking. In a recent interview with ...

NHL reacts to passing of all-time great Gordie Howe

Jun 11, 2016

NHL reacts to passing of all-time great Gordie Howe

Reaction to Friday’s death of NHL great Gordie Howe at the age of 88: ___ “Unfortunately we lost the greatest hockey player ever today, but more importantly the nicest man I have ever met. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Howe family and ...

Jones keeps Sharks alive in Game 5

Jun 10, 2016

Jones keeps Sharks alive in Game 5

There’s very little flash to Martin Jones. The San Jose Sharks goaltender speaks in a polite monotone, only too eager to deflect attention elsewhere. Call it a reflex action honed from years spent wearing a mask while intentionally standing in the way of a ...

Jun 9, 2016

NHL sues union to restore Wideman ban

The NHL on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against its players union, seeking to restore a 20-game suspension against Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman that a “neutral” arbitrator later cut in half. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the NHL ...

Penguins on brink of clinching Stanley Cup title

Jun 7, 2016

Penguins on brink of clinching Stanley Cup title

The Pittsburgh Penguins were confident that three straight games without a point for Evgeni Malkin and a rare off night by Matt Murray were an aberration more than a concern. Bounce-back performances from those two key players moved the Penguins to the brink of ...

Donskoi goal puts Sharks back into Stanley Cup hunt

Jun 5, 2016

Donskoi goal puts Sharks back into Stanley Cup hunt

Joonas Donskoi wasn’t even born when the San Jose Sharks started in 1991 and hadn’t taken part in any of a series of playoff disappointments that haunted the franchise over the years. On a team full of big-name stars, it was a Finnish rookie ...