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Connecticut unveils license plate for Hartford Whalers

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Hartford Whalers left Connecticut 20 years ago, but their beloved logo will soon appear on vehicles in the state. The Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday unveiled a new commemorative license plate that bears the former professional hockey team’s green-and-blue insignia. Forty-five dollars from the sale of each plate, which usually costs $60, will benefit a new infusion and dialysis center at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. “I ask the Whalers fans to get out there and purchase those license plates because maybe then…

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Taylor Hall of New Jersey Devils to miss at least two games

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall will miss at least two games because of a left hand injury. Hall, who is riding a seven-game points streak, will not play in Monday’s home game against the Red Wings or Tuesday’s game at Boston. “We will re-evaluate where he is on Wednesday,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “He has a hand issue, not a long-term concern, but in the next 48 hours he is not going to play.” Hall leads the team with 17 goals and 48 points. Source link

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Man gets life sentence for killing stemming from New Jersey Devils hat comment

PHILADELPHIA — A man convicted of stabbing another man to death near a popular Philadelphia park because of a comment about the killer’s New Jersey Devils hat has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Steven Simminger, 42, was convicted of murder for the 2016 killing of 24-year-old Colin McGovern in Rittenhouse Square. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Judge J. Scott O’Keefe on Monday added a consecutive 2 1/2- to 5-year term on a weapons count. The judge says the defendant “went out looking for trouble that…

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Jim Johannson was the heart and soul of American hockey

It’s been a frequent storyline more recently, but over the next few years you’re going to be hearing a lot more about the rise of American hockey. Perhaps no one has had more to do with that development than Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s longtime assistant executive director of hockey operations. His influence on the organization cannot be overstated, which is why the news of his sudden passing has shaken the hockey community, not just in the U.S., but across the world. Johannson died in his sleep early Sunday morning at…

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Paul Coffey hired as skills coach for Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Hall of Famer Paul Coffey to serve as their skills development coach, the team announced Sunday. Coffey played for nine teams, including the Oilers, over 21 NHL seasons. The four-time Stanley Cup winner earned three titles with Edmonton in 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1986-87. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, Coffey was recognized last season as one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players. He ranks second all-time among defensemen in goals, assists and points — trailing only Ray Bourque. Despite having one of…

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USA Hockey general manager Jim Johannson dies at age 53

Jim Johannson, the general manager of USA Hockey who helped put together an American Olympic team without NHL players, has died at the age of 53. USA Hockey released a statement saying that Johannson died in his sleep early Sunday morning at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “We are beyond shocked and profoundly saddened,” USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher said in the statement. “As accomplished as Jim was in hockey, he was the absolute best, most humble, kind and caring person you could ever hope to meet. His…

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Dustin Brown of Los Angeles Kings, Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh Penguins each fined

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown has been fined $10,000 for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz. The incident occurred at 6:36 of the third period of the Penguins’ 3-1 win Thursday night. Brown was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding. Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was fined $5,000 for spearing Brown at 6:57 of the first period. Source link

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Edmonton Oilers without leading scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for 5 to 6 weeks due to crack ribs

The Edmonton Oilers will be without leading scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for five to six weeks after the center suffered cracked ribs in the team’s 3-2 victory last weekend against Vegas. The Oilers haven’t played since Saturday. Coach Todd McLellan updated Nugent-Hopkins’ status Friday. “The initial indications were he’d be OK, then he came home and he saw some doctors and had some tests, and he’s going to be out five to six weeks,” McLellan said. “You can make an argument who our key go-to guy has been this year, obviously…

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Fantasy NHL – Players to add from waivers from every Western Conference team

Following up on Thursday’s Eastern Conference edition, here’s a look at one widely available player from each team in the West to add from waivers in your fantasy hockey league. Central Division Chicago Blackhawks: Anton Forsberg, G (Rostered in 8.2 percent of ESPN.com leagues) While goalie Corey Crawford battles post-concussion symptoms off-ice, Forsberg has been the more consistent of Chicago’s backups, winning two of three recent consecutive games (.943 save percentage). That gives the 25-year-old Swede an edge in earning starts over minor-league/KHL journeyman Jeff Glass for the foreseeable future,…

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