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People who care passionately about the National Hockey League, who are invested in its future, who are personally responsible for everything from its blaring and bombastic arena presentation to its most quixotic analytics, are flummoxed over the game’s general perception in the week it has awarded its hallowed grand prize. Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning are resplendently worthy of the Stanley ...

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Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described Monday as a tragic accident at a Michigan home on the Fourth of July.

PITTSBURGH — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, architect behind two recent Stanley Cup runs and 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday. He cited personal reasons for the reason for the decision. “I know it’s a little unusual to have this happen during a season,” said Rutherford, whose contract was set to expire after this season, in a statement. “But I ...

The NHL will lose more than a billion dollars by staging the 2020-21 season in largely empty arenas, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday, but owners and players are intent on playing a 56-game schedule to provide diversion for fans and keep hockey on the sports map. The delayed and shortened season, scheduled to begin Wednesday, already has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dallas ...

PHILADELPHIA — News item: The National Hockey League announced on Tuesday that it had sold the naming rights of its four divisions this season to corporate sponsors. The divisions will be called the MassMutual NHL East, the Scotia NHL North, the Discover NHL Central, and the Honda NHL West. Last month, the league had revealed that teams would have advertisements on their players' helmets in an ...

The Kings and Ducks will compete with Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, San Jose, St. Louis and Vegas in the NHL’s West division, one of four new divisions created for the purpose of minimizing travel and health risks and making it possible to play the 2020-21 season. As announced on Sunday, the 56-game schedule will start on Jan. 13, end on May 8 and feature play exclusively within each team’s ...

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At the old O-Pee-Chee’s bubblegum and trading card factory in the Canadian city of London, Ontario, the month of December was most employees’ favorite time of the year. During most of the company’s history, that was when its eagerly anticipated packs of NHL player cards were manufactured — the crown jewel of its multi-sport product line. The process was largely manual. Once each player’s card ...

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