June 2020 - Hockey Wiretap

NHL: 15 Confirmed Positive Tests For Virus Of 250 Players Practicing

Jun 30, 2020 3:16 PM

The NHL announced Monday that of the more than 250 players to participate in voluntary practices since June 8, there have been 15 confirmed positive tests for the coronavirus, which is roughly a 6% positive rate.

The league has administered more than 1,450 tests to players in that time.

The NHL also says that it is aware of 11 additional players who have tested positive for the coronavirus who have not been participating in Phase 2, which are voluntary workouts at team facilities.

According to the league, all players with positive tests have been self-isolating.

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No. 1 Pick In NHL Draft Lottery Still Up For Grabs

Jun 27, 2020 1:20 AM

Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft.

After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he'd be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he'll have to wait.

Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing among the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs -- if play resumes.

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Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

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Vancouver Out As Hub City For NHL Restart

Jun 26, 2020 1:27 AM

The Vancouver Canucks announced Thursday that their city will not be a 12-team "hub" if the NHL restarts its season this summer, despite speculation it had been one of the front-runners.

"From the beginning, our goal was to help the NHL get hockey back on the ice if we could. Although Vancouver won't be a Hub City, we are still excited to see hockey start up again," said Canucks Sports & Entertainment COO Trent Carroll.

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Tags: Vancouver Canucks, Misc Rumor

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KeyArena Will Be Renamed Climate Pledge Arena With Amazon Sponsorship

Jun 25, 2020 2:58 PM

Amazon has purchased the naming rights to KeyArena in Seattle and it will be known as Climate Pledge Arena.

The arena will host the incoming NHL franchise and the WNBA's Storm.

NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke said in an interview Thursday that the arena aims to produce zero waste, will source food locally and reduce all plastics by 2024.

The arena will also allegedly be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the deal and posted a rendering on Instagram.

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Jarome Ignila, Marian Hossa Among Those Elected To Hall Of Fame

Jun 25, 2020 1:11 AM

The Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced a six-member class for 2020, including first-ballot inductees Jarome Iginla and Marian Hossa.

The class also included defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, both of whom saw long waits end; Canadian goaltender Kim St-Pierre in the women's category; and Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland in the builder category.

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Tags: Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Personal Award

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NHL Narrows Hub List To Six Cities

Jun 24, 2020 1:37 AM

The National Hockey League has narrowed its list for the two possible hubs that will host the resumption of the season to six cities, a source confirmed to ESPN's Emily Kaplan.

Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver have made the cut so far, with Pittsburgh and Dallas eliminated Tuesday. Columbus was scratched off the list Monday.

The final six cities were first reported by The Athletic.

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Tags: Vegas, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Misc Rumor

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Ducks Name Martin Madden Assistant GM

Jun 24, 2020 1:35 AM

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the club has named Martin Madden Assistant General Manager.

Madden has spent the last 12 seasons with the Ducks, most recently serving as the club’s Director of Amateur Scouting. In his new role, Madden will oversee all of the club’s scouting efforts and assume an expanded role in a majority of hockey operations directives and initiatives. He will continue to play a key role in producing the final prospect list leading up to the 2020 NHL Draft.

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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Signing

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Chris Thorburn Announces Retirement

Jun 22, 2020 4:42 PM

Veteran forward Chris Thorburn announced his retirement Monday after playing more than 800 NHL games for four different organizations since 2005 and winning the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues.

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Tags: St Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor

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NHL Narrows Hub Options To Restart The Season

Jun 22, 2020 4:34 PM

The National Hockey League has begun winnowing its possible locations to restart the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Blue Jackets were informed Monday that Columbus will not be one of the NHL's hub cities. Columbus was one of 10 finalists, including seven in the U.S.

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11 Of 200 NHL Players Tested Are COVID-19 Positive

Jun 20, 2020 1:33 AM

The NHL announced late Friday that 11 of the 200 players tested since training facilities were allowed to open on June 8 have tested positive for COVID-19.

The league said the players, who weren't named, are self-isolating.

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Lightning Close Training Facility Due To Virus Outbreak

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Sabres Fire Jason Notterill, Name Kevyn Adams New GM

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Bettman: NHL's Return To Play Maintains Integrity

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Kim Pegula Staying On As Sabres President

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Coyotes' Xavier Gutierrez Becomes NHLs First Latino CEO

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NHL Teams To Reopen Training Facilities On Monday

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