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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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Filip Nyberg is the best player in the world of the week

3:02 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week. If there’s a player you’d like to nominate, from your local team to a high school team to your beer league, email us here. Izzy Palumbo, Golden Rockets Palumbo was the winning goalie in the Rockets’ 7-4 win over the Columbia Valley Rockies in a boys Junior B game during the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. This win was notable because Palumbo is just 15 years old, saving shots fired by some players who…

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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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Marc Savard retires from NHL seven years after playing final game

3:17 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Marc Savard has officially retired from the NHL, seven years to the day of his final appearance in an NHL game. Savard, 40, last played with the Boston Bruins on January 23, 2011, before having his career cut short due to concussion-related symptoms. “I think the biggest thing is that I’m happy where I am in my life. I’m the healthiest I’ve been in a long time. I didn’t want it to linger on any more. My contract is up and I wanted to get…

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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…

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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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