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10:47 AM ET The NHL is now aiming for a mid-January start date with a 52 or 56-game schedule, at best, sources confirmed to ESPN. That NHL’s initial target of Jan. 1 became unfeasible, because of necessary time for training camp — plus extra time promised to the seven teams that did not make this
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5:09 PM ET Several NHL teams are exploring the possibility of playing some 2020-21 home games in outdoor venues and in front of fans if local COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings would allow for them, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday. The Boston Bruins confirmed they’re exploring home games at Fenway Park, which has hosted
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3:48 PM ET NHL commissioner Gary Bettman pushed back on the idea that owners have asked players to renegotiate the CBA that was signed five months ago, saying it is “unfortunate and inaccurate” how conversations with the NHLPA have been portrayed in the media. Speaking at the Sports Business Journal’s “Dealmakers in Sport” panel on
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5:00 PM ET University of North Dakota players Jasper Weatherby and Jacob Bernard-Docker took a knee during the national anthem before their game against Miami (OH) on Wednesday, in what is believed to be the first such demonstration against racial injustice during an NCAA Division I men’s hockey game. The game was held in an
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3:17 PM ET The expansion Seattle Kraken haven’t established a timeline for naming their first head coach, citing uncertainty regarding the 2020-21 NHL season. “No real rush on the timeline there. We still don’t have an understanding of what the 2020-21 season is going to look like, and how many games that they’ll play,” general
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9:26 AM ET Walk into any NHL locker room today and you’ll hear a cacophony of languages and accents from around the world. Rewind 50 years ago and the acoustics were much different. Take the 1970 Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins. Their roster had more Canadians than a season of “Letterkenny,” with U.K. native
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5:35 PM ET Nick Wagoner Close ESPN Staff Writer Covered Rams for nine years for stlouisrams.com Previously covered University of Missouri football Member of Pro Football Writers of America Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For at least the next
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7:02 PM ET Associated Press PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan — Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the National Hockey League, has died after fighting COVID-19. He was 86. Sasakamoose’s son, Neil, said in a video posted on Facebook that his father died Tuesday in Prince Albert. “This COVID virus just did so much
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2:04 PM ET New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk announced his retirement Wednesday due to an eye injury suffered during the 2019-20 NHL season. “I don’t even think it was a decision. When you play with it and realize there’s something wrong, and then you go and get tests, it really wasn’t a decision; it
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10:02 AM ET The NWHL plans to hold its entire season — including the Isobel Cup playoffs — during a two-week span from Jan. 23 to Feb. 5 while in a bubble in Lake Placid, New York, the league announced Wednesday. The NWHL’s six teams will each play five games, facing each team in the
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7:00 AM ET This Thursday is Thanksgiving, or as it’s known in the hockey community, “American Thanksgiving.” Which means it’s time for an annual tradition in this column: What we’re thankful for in hockey. As this is the 2020 edition of said tradition, I was a little concerned it would end up being slightly shorter
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12:51 PM ET ESPN News Services The Columbus Blue Jackets said Tuesday that several players recently tested positive for COVID-19 while preparing for the new season and went into quarantine. The club has closed off-ice facilities at its training center as a precautionary measure and will keep them off-limits through the Thanksgiving holiday. NHL facilities
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7:00 AM ET The 2020-21 season is fast approaching after an offseason unlike any other in NHL history. With the salary cap staying flat at $82.5 million for the foreseeable future — thanks to COVID-19’s impact on many aspects of the business — teams have never felt more strapped to stay compliant. In this exercise,
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12:18 AM ET Four Vegas Golden Knights players have tested positive for COVID-19, the team confirmed on Monday night. “Those individual players have been self-isolating and are all recovering well,” the team said in a statement, without identifying which players tested positive. “As a precautionary measure, the Golden Knights off-ice player areas — locker room,
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