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Gary Bettman: Hockey Can't Completely Eliminate Head Injuries

May 1, 2019 6:27 PM

Gary Bettman told the Parliament of Canada that it would be impossible to completely eliminate all hits to the head in hockey.

Bettman said hockey is safer for players and different in terms of physical contact from football, where there are repeated blows to players' heads.

Bettman also posited he hasn't seen any evidence to link long-term brain damage with multiple blows to the head while playing hockey.


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NHL Suspends Slava Voynov For The Entire 2019-20 Season

Apr 9, 2019 5:04 PM

The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season as well as the 2020 playoffs for "unacceptable off-ice conduct."

Voynov, then with the Los Angeles Kings, was suspended indefinitely by the NHL following an arrest on Oct. 20, 2014. He was eventually convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

In July, Voynov's conviction was dismissed by a judge in Los Angeles County, paving the way for his return to the NHL.

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NHL, NHLPA Begin CBA Talks

Jan 26, 2019 1:38 AM

The NHL and NHLPA have begun preliminary talks ahead of the next collective bargaining agreement, and commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated: "We're not looking for a fight."

Speaking before the NHL All-Star Game, leaders from both sides expressed optimism they can avoid another work stoppage.

Bettman categorized the discussions so far as "cordial and constructive, even though they are preliminary."

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NHL To Deal With Uncertain Situations At Winter Meetings

Dec 4, 2018 2:22 AM

Things are going well enough that the NHL is ready to expand to Seattle and the salary cap keeps going up.

But the league is still dealing with a few uncertain situations on the eve of what should be a slam-dunk expansion vote to bring Seattle into the fold.

The Ottawa Senators' downtown-arena project is in danger of falling apart, and Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway is looking for a partner as he tries to secure a long-term home in the desert. Meanwhile, the league would like to begin making plans for a 2020 World Cup of Hockey but has no guarantee of labor peace that would allow such a tournament to take place.

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Extension Keeps Ducks In Anaheim Through 2048

Nov 21, 2018 2:44 AM

Anaheim has approved a deal that will keep the Ducks in the local Honda Center through at least 2048.

The City Council on Tuesday approved a deal that extends the current Ducks agreement, which ends in 2023, by 25 years. The deal also permits up to five additional five-year extensions.

The team promises to continue featuring Anaheim in its name.

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NHL Announces 'Betting Partner' With MGM Resorts

Oct 30, 2018 2:24 AM

The NHL on Monday became the second league to announce a betting sponsorship, and it's with the same partner that bought the NBA deal last month.

The league announced that MGM Resorts will be an official betting partner. Unlike the NBA's agreement, the NHL's deal with MGM is not exclusive, allowing the league to sell the sponsorship to other partners if it wishes. The NHL also didn't shy away from using the term "betting partner," while the official NBA language for MGM's deal is "official gaming partner."

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Flames Co-Owner Clay Riddell Dies At 81

Sep 17, 2018 12:46 AM

Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of the NHL's Calgary Flames, has died. He was 81.

The Flames and Paramount Resources confirmed his death Sunday, with the oil and natural gas company saying Riddell died Saturday.

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Senators Assistant GM Randy Lee Resigns

Aug 22, 2018 2:39 PM

Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee resigned Tuesday amid charges of harassment stemming from an incident at the NHL scouting combine in May.

The team announced Lee's resignation and added a search is underway to find his replacement. The team said it would have no further comment.

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Former NHL Goalie Ray Emery Drowns

Jul 15, 2018 5:58 PM

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery drowned while swimming in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday. He was 35.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Legal, Misc Rumor

NHL Denies Runors About Melnyk Selling Sens

Jun 28, 2018 4:50 PM

From chants to billboards, Ottawa Senators fans have expressed a desire to have owner Eugene Melnyk sell the franchise. A report on Thursday that he was in talks to sell the team was met with enthusiasm, but was quickly tempered by the NHL's insistence that he doesn't want to sell the team.

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NHL Salary Cap Set For $79.5M For Next Season
The new NHL salary cap will be $79.5M, an increase of $4.5M from last year.

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Senators Owner Says Team 'Could Look Good Somewhere Else'
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Gary Bettman Projects NHL Salary Cap To Rise
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Tom Dundon Agrees To Purchase Hurricanes
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Seattle's Chance For NHL Team Improves
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Laurene Powell Jobs Buys Stake In Capitals
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Peter Karmanos Jr. Wants To Sell Canes For $500M
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Peter Karmanos Jr. Considering Selling Canes
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Judge Denies Request To Block Funds For New Detroit Arena
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NHL Salary Cap To Rise To $75M In 2017-18
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Andrew Barroway Becomes Coyotes' Sole Owner
Andrew Barroway is committed to keeping the Coyotes in Arizona.

Isles Looking At Belmont Park, Willets Point For New Arena
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IIHF Still Hopeful For An NHL Olympic Resolution
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Patent Office Denies Vegas Golden Knights' Trademark
The new NHL Las Vegas franchise is set to take the ice next season.

Lindros Says Canada Needs Concussion Standards
Eric Lindros has joined other athletes in discussing a protocol that could be taught in schools to recognize head injuries.

NHLPA Rejects Offer To Extend CBA For Winter Olympics
The NHLPA informed the NHL officially on Friday of the offer's rejection.

ESPN Host John Saunders Dies At 61
John Saunders was an all-star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues of Montreal.

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Sells For $465K
A Wayne Gretzky rookie card sold for a hockey card record of $465,000 on Thursday night in Atlantic City.

Woman Sues Evander Kane For Aledged Injuries
Evander Kane's actions are described as "unwanted, unconsented to, violent and offensive in nature physical battery," according to court papers.