Legal - Hockey Wiretap

Blue Jackets Coach Mike Babcock, Players Deny Invasion Of Privacy

Sep 12, 2023 5:51 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets coach Mike Babcock and captain Boone Jenner are denying allegations that Babcock acted inappropriately and violated players' privacy when asking to see photos on their cellphones.

Former NHL player Paul Bissonnette said on Tuesday's edition of the "Spittin' Chiclets" podcast that Jenner was asked to meet earlier this summer with Babcock, who asked to see images on Jenner's camera roll before displaying them via AirPlay on his office wall.

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Legal, Misc Rumor

DA Drops Case Against Coyotes Minority Owner Andrew Barroway

Sep 6, 2023 12:57 AM

Domestic violence charges have been dropped against Arizona Coyotes minority owner Andrew Barroway, who had been arrested after a dispute with his wife in Colorado last spring.

Barroway issued a statement Tuesday saying the district attorney's office in Pitkin County, Colorado, had decided to dismiss the case against him.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Legal

Former NHL All-Star Brad Maxwell Dies At Age 66

Sep 5, 2023 12:17 AM

Brad Maxwell, who spent parts of nine seasons of a 10-year NHL career as a defenseman for the Minnesota North Stars, died Sunday due to lung cancer that had spread through his body. He was 66.

Maxwell was Minnesota's No. 7 overall pick of the 1977 NHL draft and played for the franchise from 1977 to 1984 and 17 games of the 1986-87 season.

Tags: Minnesota Wild, Legal, Misc Rumor

Owner Terry Pegula Dissolves Sabres', Bills' Parent Company

Aug 28, 2023 3:42 PM

The NFL's Buffalo Bills and the NHL's Buffalo Sabres will operate as separate entities after the teams' owner, Terry Pegula, dissolved their parent company on Monday.

The announcement to dissolve Pegula Sports and Entertainment is being referred to as one "allowing each respective organization to focus singularly on their efforts." The decision marks the next step in a management restructuring Pegula began in July, when he fired executive vice president and COO Ron Raccuia, who oversaw the operations of both franchises.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Legal, Misc Rumor

Maple Leafs Prospect Rodion Amirov, 21, Dies From Brain Tumor

Aug 14, 2023 3:05 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs forward prospect Rodion Amirov, who was the club's 2020 first-round pick, has died, his agent Dan Milstein confirmed Monday. He was 21.

Milstein posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that Amirov died after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

"From the moment he received the news, he refused to speak in the negative, determined to enjoy every day, facing it with the same positive attitude he showed during his hockey career," Milstein said in a statement. "We will always remember his courage, his desire, his will, his smile, all of the great things about him."

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Legal, Misc Rumor

Coyotes Intend To Buy Land In NW Mesa For Potential Arena

Aug 10, 2023 1:22 AM

Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo has executed a letter of intent to purchase a parcel of land in northwest Mesa to potentially build a new sports arena and entertainment district for the franchise.

"The Coyotes remain committed to building the first privately funded sports facility in Arizona history and ensuring the Valley as the club's permanent home," the team said in a statement Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Legal, Misc Rumor

Kraken Remove BookTok Content After Controversy

Aug 1, 2023 1:34 PM

The Seattle Kraken have removed TikTok videos marketed to the hockey BookTok community after forward Alex Wennberg and his wife, Felicia, published statements that criticized the objectification of NHL players.

Tags: Seattle Kraken, Legal, Misc Rumor

Blackhawks Owner Rocky Wirtz Dies At Age 70

Jul 26, 2023 1:18 AM

Rocky Wirtz, who won three Stanley Cup titles as owner of the Chicago Blackhawks and presided over the team during one of the NHL's biggest scandals, has died. He was 70.

The Blackhawks said in a release that Wirtz died Tuesday, calling it a "sudden passing." No further details were provided.

"Our hearts are very heavy today," Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz, Rocky's son, said on social media. "Our dad was a passionate businessman committed to making Chicago a great place to live, work and visit, but his true love was for his family and close friends. ... His passing leaves a huge hole in the hearts of many and we will miss him terribly."

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Legal, Misc Rumor

Alex Galchenyuk Entering Assistance Program, Apologizes To Police

Jul 18, 2023 3:07 PM

Alex Galchenyuk is entering the NHL and NHLPA's player assistance program after being arrested last week, sources told ESPN, and has apologized to police for his "deeply disrespectful and despicable behavior."

Galchenyuk was arrested July 9 in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a hit and run incident that resulted in the Arizona Coyotes terminating his contract just 13 days after signing the 29-year-old as a free agent.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Free Agent Rumor, Legal, Misc Rumor

Qatar Buying Stake In Capitals, Wizards, Mystics

Jun 23, 2023 1:02 PM

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund is buying a roughly 5% stake in the parent company of the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals and WNBA's Washington Mystics as part of a deal that values the entire portfolio at over $4 billion, a person with knowledge of the sale told the Associated Press on Thursday.

It is believed to be the first time the government of Qatar is investing in U.S. professional sports.

Sportico first reported the transaction, saying it is the first time any sovereign wealth fund has bought into ownership of an American team.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Legal, Misc Rumor

Conn. Gov. Making Pitch For Coyotes Relocation

Coyotes To Play At ASU Next Season Despite No Vote

Coyotes' Arena Plan Rejected By Voters, NHL Disappointed By Results

Pens Offer Church Land Use In 'Restorative Justice' Move

Coyotes File $2.3B Claim Against City Of Phoenix Over Arena

NHL Bans Coyotes' Andrew Barroway Following Domestic Violence Arrest

Potential Senators' Sale Could Set Record

Marty Walsh To Become Executive Director Of NHLPA

Hall Of Famer Bobby Hull Dies At Age 84

Golden Knights' Robin Lehner Files For Bankruptcy, $50M In Debt

Bruins Announce New Policies In Wake Of Mitchell Miller Signing

NHL, Actor Ryan Reynolds Meet About Senators' Ownership Group

Gary Bettman: NHL Salary Cap Could Rise By Only $1M Next Season

Tempe City Council Approves Coyotes' Arena Proposal Ahead Of Vote

Maple Leafs Legend Borje Salming Dies At Age 71

Longtime Avs' Analyst Peter McNab Dies At Age 70

NHL To Interview Ian Cole During Investigation

Lightning Suspend Ian Cole Pending Investigation

Hockey Canada Questioned On Sexual Assault Allegations, Payouts

Sharks, Evander Kane Settle Contract Grievance