From Edmonton to Saskatoon to Chicago, Blackhawks top pick Kirby Dach never stopped thinking about the sport

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The frozen ponds of Canada are where many kids first lace up skates and establish NHL dreams.

When the season turns and the ice briefly melts, hockey can take a bit of a back seat to summer pleasures. But only for a short while.

During summers, Hilary and Dale Dach would take their three kids -- including oldest son Kirby, whom the Blackhawks ...Read more

Blackhawks acquire defenseman Calvin de Haan and a prospect for Gustav Forsling and Anton Forsberg

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With each passing trade, the Blackhawks seem to be tipping their hand that something larger is in store.

The Hawks acquired defenseman Calvin de Haan and forward prospect Aleksi Saarela from the Hurricanes on Monday for goalie Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling, both of whom were restricted free agents.

The deal comes less than a ...Read more

Hurricanes obtain 2020 first-round pick, Marleau from Maple Leafs

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- While not a blockbuster deal, the Carolina Hurricanes worked out a trade Saturday with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the NHL draft in Vancouver.

The Canes received a conditional first-round pick in the 2020 draft, Toronto's seventh-round selection in 2020 and veteran forward Patrick Marleau in exchange for Carolina's sixth-round ...Read more

Turcotte, Zegras ready to soak in sun, new rivalry

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VANCOUVER, Canada -- Once the spectacle and the awe of the NHL draft set in, Alex Turcotte could feel the emotion of it.

He was like any other teenager selected Friday, but it really hit home when the Los Angeles Kings picked him fifth overall and he thought of his father, Alfie, a former NHL forward who has guided him every step of the way.

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Blackhawks select forward Kirby Dach with No. 3 pick in NHL draft

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The shock wasn't nearly as big as it would have been if Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko had fallen out of the top two spots, but when the Blackhawks announced the selection of Canadian forward Kirby Dach with the No. 3 pick on Friday at the NHL draft it still turned some heads.

Most draft experts believed the Hawks ...Read more

Red Wings stun by picking Moritz Seider at No. 6 in NHL draft

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- At sixth overall in the 2019 NHL draft, the Detroit Red Wings picked German defenseman Moritz Seider at Rogers Arena.

Seider was rookie of the year in the DEL, Germany's top men's hockey league in 2018-19. He had six points in 29 games for Mannheim. He brings size at 6 feet 3 and 208 pounds, and shoots right. ...Read more

Corey Perry, Ducks end 14-year relationship with contract buyout

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LOS ANGELES -- The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of Corey Perry, a former Hart Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champion.

The announcement Wednesday ended a 14-year relationship with a player considered to be a cornerstone franchise piece early in his career with the Ducks. Along with Ryan Getzlaf, Perry helped the Ducks win the 2007 ...Read more

Center Kevin Hayes officially signs with Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers' badly kept secret is out: They officially have signed center Kevin Hayes to a seven-year, $50 million contract.

General manager Chuck Fletcher confirmed the deal Wednesday. It carries a $7.14 annual cap hit, making Hayes the team's third-highest-paid player, behind Claude Giroux ($8.28 million) and Jake Voracek ($8....Read more

Sharks' Joe Thornton wants to return to play at least another year

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Joe Thornton wants to play at least another year.

"Yeah, and longer," Thornton told reporters with a laugh Tuesday at the NHL Awards' media availability in Las Vegas.

"Probably play another 10 years," he added. "We'll wait and see, but I'm thinking five to 10 right now. I got nothing else going on."

Kidding aside, Thornton, slated to become ...Read more

Flyers trade for Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, giving up draft picks

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The Flyers continued to remake their defense Tuesday.

Four days after they acquired Matt Niskanen from Washington, the Flyers traded two draft picks to San Jose for veteran defenseman Justin Braun.

"He is a high-character, quality defender who will bring a steadying presence to our team," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said.

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Ducks confident Dallas Eakins will excel in second stint as an NHL head coach

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IRVINE, Calif. -- His cellphone rang as he was driving around downtown San Diego.

Dallas Eakins receives calls regularly from Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray, but this time it wasn't about organizational depth charts or injury updates. More than 70 days after the Ducks season ended, Murray told Eakins he was officially the next coach ...Read more

Sharks re-sign Erik Karlsson to biggest contract in team history

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks on Monday made Erik Karlsson a cornerstone of the franchise for years to come, not to mention the highest-paid defenseman in the NHL.

The Sharks signed Karlsson to an eight-year contract extension worth $92 million, a deal that carries an average annual value of per $11.5 million, according to CapFriendly. Bob ...Read more

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman passes his passion for hockey to his 3 kids … and they love the game too

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The conversation among Sue Wojciechowski's new co-workers was full of typical small talk until one day, shortly after she started at accounting firm Arthur Andersen, it took an odd turn.

One of the people at lunch began to pepper another -- a guy named Stan -- with questions about hockey contracts. Wojciechowski didn't find that strange.

But ...Read more

Ducks expected to hire Dallas Eakins as their next coach

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Dallas Eakins is expected to be announced as the next Anaheim Ducks coach on Monday.

Eakins is set to take over for the fired Randy Carlyle, the Los Angeles Times has learned, after he coached the team's minor league affiliate San Diego Gulls for four seasons. He was always considered to be a strong candidate unless another surpassed him during...Read more

Flyers parting ways with defenseman Andrew MacDonald

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PHILADELPHIA -- In an expected move, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Saturday that the team was parting ways with veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

MacDonald, who will turn 33 on Sept. 7, played parts of six seasons with the Flyers but fell victim to a youth movement on the back end -- and the fact they could use more cap ...Read more

Fans turn out in droves for Blues parade: 'This is the biggest party St. Louis has ever seen'

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ST. LOUIS -- When you've waited 52 years for a Stanley Cup, what's several hours of braving thunderstorms to stake out a coveted patch of downtown sidewalk or Arch grounds grass?

"This is the biggest party St. Louis has ever seen," said Randy Sapienza, 36, who was below the Arch as the parade started. He estimated that the crowd on hand was ...Read more

Blues end 52-year Cup drought with 4-1 win over Bruins

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BOSTON -- They shed their gear as they hopped over the bench boards, sticks and gloves helicoptered in the air as their yells filled the TD Garden silence.

With that, the St. Louis Blues shed more than half a century of can't-win stigma. No longer will their legacy be reduced to black-and-white newsprint history, the players formerly known as ...Read more

Blues win first Stanley Cup with 4-1 win over Bruins in Game 7

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BOSTON -- The 2018-19 Blues, a team once given up for dead, on Wednesday achieved hockey immortality.

The Blues completed the longest road back in hockey history with a 4-1 win over the Bruins at TD Garden, giving the franchise its first Stanley Cup in its 52-year existence. And they did it an unprecedented way, coming back from having the ...Read more

Blues' O'Reilly has ultimate support group

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BOSTON -- Ryan O'Reilly doesn't need much more inspiration to play the biggest game of his life. Everything he's worked for in his career boils down to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

But he can draw a little extra from his 99-year-old grandmother.

Throughout the playoffs, Deidre O'Reilly has emailed the St. Louis Blues center encouragement ...Read more

Stanley Cup Final: Bruins defeat Blues to force Game 7

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ST. LOUIS -- A deep, thunderous cheer greeted the St. Louis Blues just before they took the ice for the third period.

It didn't matter that they trailed by a goal. Surely they could erase that and march on to history with their first Stanley Cup.

But 2:31 into the period, Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo sent a soft shot from roughly 60 ...Read more