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Former Chicago Blackhawks enforcer Daniel Carcillo says psychedelic drugs helped him battle post-concussion effects

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Retired Chicago Blackhawks enforcer Daniel Carcillo says it took a mind-blowing drug to save his brain — and his life.

"It was the most amazing experience," Carcillo says on the latest edition of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," set to debut at 9 p.m. CST Tuesday on HBO and HBO Max

Carcillo, who sued the NHL over his concussion-related ...Read more

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Olympic hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield becomes the 1st woman hired by Chicago Blackhawks as a player development coach

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Kendall Coyne Schofield has added another first to her hockey resume.

The Olympic women's hockey gold medalist will join the Rockford IceHogs staff as player development coach and youth hockey growth specialist, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday. She's believed to be the first female full-time coaching hire in the Hawks organization.

On ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: NHL may lose more games if league and players don't agree to restart plan soon

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Time is growing short for the NHL to meet its target of launching the 2020-21 season on Jan. 1, and the list of obstacles is growing longer. Without an agreement between the league and the NHL Players' Association by next week, the opener could be pushed back another month, slashing the schedule below the hoped-for 60 to 62 games.

Negotiations ...Read more

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How is life with the Stanley Cup different during COVID-19 times?

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning won the Stanley Cup in a playoff format like no other in NHL history, and their offseason with the Cup has been equally unprecedented.

While coronavirus restrictions have limited where the Cup can travel, the Lightning, the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is the Cup's home, seek to continue the 25-year ...Read more

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Q&A with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who's itching to get going again

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DETROIT — Jeff Blashill, like any hockey fan at this point of November, is ready for the sport to begin.

It's definitely feeling like hockey weather again, and the Red Wings' head coach has been excited in recent days with news nuggets flowing that the NHL could be ready to announce a plan for next season.

"We are absolutely itching to get ...Read more

Berube eyeing early January start for Blues

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As he closes in on his two-year anniversary as Blues head coach, Craig Berube hasn't actually coached much hockey lately.

Since the NHL's original coronavirus "pause" on March 12, the Blues have been active for only five weeks over the last eight months. You know, practices, meetings, games.

That little stretch of play occurred from mid-July ...Read more

San Jose Sharks say downtown projects may force SAP Center exit

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks on Thursday raised concerns about being forced out of the SAP Center in the city's downtown because of plans for massive development projects near the sports complex and Diridon train station.

"We definitely do not want to leave," Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, said in an ...Read more

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NHL ponders several options for upcoming season

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PHILADELPHIA — The NHL is exploring numerous options for the pandemic-delayed 2021 season, including a reduced schedule, temporary realignment, and short-term hub cities, according to Gary Bettman, the league's commissioner.

The league is considering playing in hubs for 10 to 12 days, playing in their own arenas, or a hybrid setup, Bettman ...Read more

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Four burning questions about the upcoming NHL season

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TAMPA, Fla. — We're less than eight weeks from the NHL's projected Jan. 1 regular-season start date, and there is still a lot we don't know about what the season might look like.

Here are four burning questions concerning the upcoming season, with some help from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

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— When will we know the season format?...Read more

No Winter Classic for Blues: NHL cancels event due to COVID

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The coronavirus pandemic took its first bite out of the 2020-21 NHL schedule with the league announcing Thursday that the 2021 Bridgestone Winter Classic has been canceled.

The game, featuring the Blues and the Minnesota Wild, was scheduled for Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The league also announced that it has canceled the All-Star ...Read more

Seattle Kraken makes several hires, including longtime NHL vet Gary Roberts

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Onetime NHL power forward Gary Roberts had a choice to make back in 1996 when a serious neck injury threatened to force him into early retirement at age 30.

The longtime, rugged Calgary Flames winger, contemplating a return to play, realized the golf games he'd been enjoying would soon be a permanent fixture in his life unless he got more ...Read more

San Jose Sharks, other NHL non-playoff teams, likely to have longer training camps

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It appears the Sharks and six other teams that did not qualify for the NHL's postseason earlier this year will be allowed to have extra time to train and practice together before the start of any main training camp.

This summer, general managers from the seven teams asked the NHL if they could get an extended training camp - possibly as long as...Read more

San Jose Sharks, other NHL non-playoff teams, likely to have longer training camps

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It appears the Sharks and six other teams that did not qualify for the NHL's postseason earlier this year will be allowed to have extra time to train and practice together before the start of any main training camp.

This summer, general managers from the seven teams asked the NHL if they could get an extended training camp - possibly as long as...Read more

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Mike 'Doc' Emrick, for decades the voice of NHL and Olympic hockey memories, announces his play-by-play retirement

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"Retire" is such a pedestrian verb, it's hard to believe it has come out of Mike "Doc" Emrick's mouth.

Yet the man with more than 100 terms to describe a shot or pass has in fact announced his last line change.

Did pucks "rattle," "battle," "pitchfork," "shuffleboard," "angle," "waltz," "chip," "hop," "skitter," "waffleboard" or get "ladled" ...Read more

Joe Thornton's top 10 moments with the San Jose Sharks

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After 15 years, the Joe Thornton era with the San Jose Sharks officially ended Friday when he signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here are Thornton's top 10 moments with the San Jose Sharks.

1. Thornton acquired by Sharks in a franchise-changing move: Doug Wilson makes the biggest splash of his still-young tenure...Read more

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Quinton Byfield, the No. 2 overall pick, signs rookie contract with Kings

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LOS ANGELES - The Kings signed center Quinton Byfield to a three-year entry level contract on Friday, striking a deal with the 18-year-old less than two weeks after they picked him second overall in the NHL draft.

The contract does not prevent the Kings from sending Byfield, who was the highest-drafted Black player in NHL history and the Kings'...Read more

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Erik Gustafsson says the Flyers are on the rise, and it's a big reason he wanted to play in Philly

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Erik Gustafsson, the puck-moving defenseman who signed a one-year, $3 million contract Monday as an unrestricted free agent, doesn't yet know what his role will be with the Flyers.

Wherever he plays – probably on the right side on the second or third pairing – he is comfortable with his new team.

"The Flyers are one of the best teams in ...Read more

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos has another surgery

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TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos is finally on the mend again. The Tampa Bay Lightning's captain underwent a second core repair surgery Wednesday.

This was the same procedure Stamkos had back on March 2, but this time on his left side. The team believes he incurred the injury due to his body overcompensating for the weakened right side.

The ...Read more

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Kevin Labanc welcomes higher expectations with new contract

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Perhaps Kevin Labanc's importance to the San Jose Sharks has never been greater than it is right now.

Not only will Labanc be counted on to produce at a high level, but as someone projected to play on one of the Sharks' top two lines next season, he'll also have to improve his two-way game as he skates regularly against elite...Read more

Corey Crawford was 'devastated' the Blackhawks severed ties: 'It was a tough phone call,' the new Devils goalie says

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It didn't take Corey Crawford long to find a new home.

A day after the Chicago Blackhawks severed ties with the two-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender, Crawford on Friday agreed to a two-year, $7.8 million deal with the New Jersey Devils.

Crawford spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Hawks and was a key part of their championship...Read more