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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson lifts the Stanley Cup after the team defeated the Tampa ...

Mile High magic: Avs add to Denver’s title town run on ice

DENVER (AP) — How’s this for a hat trick: The Mile High City is now home to the Stanley Cup, NCAA and national high school hockey champions. There must be something in the (frozen) water around Denver, right? “More the elevation than the water,” cracked University of Denver coach David Carle, whose program won its […]
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Hamilton Bulldogs' Mason McTavish (23) and teammates Mark Duarte and Ryan Humphrey jump over the bo...

Hamilton tops Shawinigan in OT, advances to Memorial final

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Jan Mysak scored 10:08 into overtime and the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-3 Monday night, clinching a berth in the Memorial Cup final. The semifinal round victory propels the Bulldogs into the championship game against the host Saint John Sea Dogs. Artem Grushnikov, Mason McTavish and Logan […]
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Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) holds the Stanley Cup after the Avalanche defea...

Avalanche, Lightning show importance of making smart trades

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In a copycat league known for following the Stanley Cup champions, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog paused when asked what other teams could do to emulate their success. With a grin, Landeskog replied: “Find a Cale Makar somewhere.” Playoff MVP Cale Makar was a big part of Colorado’s title run from […]
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Swede Day: Alfredsson, Sedins elected to Hall of Fame

Swedes Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Daniel Alfredsson have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Goaltender Roberto Luongo, Finnish women’s star Riikka Sallinen and builder Herb Carnegie were also selected Monday to be inducted in November. The Sedins and Luongo are being inducted in their first year of eligibility. Alfredsson made it in […]
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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon lifts the Stanley Cup after the team defeated the Tampa ...

MacKinnon shines in clinching win, helps Avs win Stanley Cup

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Cogliano shouted at Nathan MacKinnon in the midst of the Colorado Avalanche’s Stanley Cup celebration. “87!” he bellowed. It was a reference to the final two numbers of MacKinnon’s hotel room, which Colorado’s star forward thought was a great omen when he checked in ahead of Sunday night’s Game 6 […]
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Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic, center, talks with reporters during media day before ...

Joe Sakic joins fellow Denver icon John Elway as dual champ

DENVER (AP) — Joe Sakic was so busy relishing and reminiscing that he nearly missed the team photo with the Stanley Cup before racing over just in time to join the on-ice celebration at Amalie Arena. The general manager of the Colorado Avalanche joined fellow Denver icon John Elway in leading his team to a […]
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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) controls the puck next to Tampa Bay Lightning center A...

Avalanche D-man Cale Makar wins Conn Smythe as playoff MVP

Cale Makar has won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after leading the Colorado Avalanche to their first Stanley Cup title since 2001 and third in franchise history. Makar is the second defenseman to win the award over the past three years. He follows Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the back-to-back defending […]
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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) checks Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (...

Defending champion Lightning’s bid for 3-peat falls short

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t relinquish their grip on the Stanley Cup without a fight. Andrei Vasilevskiy rejected shot after shot, keeping the two-time defending champions’ quest for a threepeat alive. In the end, another superb performance by the star goaltender wasn’t enough to keep the Colorado Avalanche from wresting the […]
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The Colorado Avalanche celebrate after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the N...

Fastest 5 minutes in hockey: How speedy Avs won Stanley Cup

Playing hockey on fast forward, the Colorado Avalanche blazed their way to the Stanley Cup championship with a mix of speed and high-end skill that needed only a defined focus to get over the top. There was never any denying a team featuring Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen has enough talent […]
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The Colorado Avalanche celebrate after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the N...

Avalanche dethrone Lightning to win Stanley Cup for 3rd time

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon could not find the words. Gabriel Landeskog cracked a smile and a joke. After years of playoff disappointments, the Colorado Avalanche are back atop hockey’s mountain after dethroning the two-time defending champions. Behind a goal and an assist from MacKinnon, the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup for the third […]
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Members of the Saint John Sea Dogs celebrate a win over the Shawinigan Cataractes in a Memorial Cup...

William Dufour leads host Saint John to Memorial Cup final

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — William Dufour scored four times in a 19:55 span and the host Saint John Sea Dogs advanced to the Memorial Cup championship game, beating Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rival Shawinigan Cataractes 5-3 on Saturday. “To finish my (junior) career like this is so great,” Dufour said. “We have […]
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat celebrates aftger scoring the go-ahead goal against the ...

Palat is money for Lightning, could cash in as free agent

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If this is Ondrej Palat’s final playoff run with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he’s certainly making it count. Soon he could be counting in the tens of millions of dollars on a new contract. A pending free agent with a knack for scoring big goals to go along with elite defensive […]
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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) moves the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning defensem...

Road test at Lightning stands between Avalanche, Stanley Cup

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Josh Manson still had his bags half-packed from the Colorado Avalanche’s last time on the road, when they returned home with the chance to win the Stanley Cup. That didn’t happen, and now he and his teammates are confronted with Game 6 Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the […]
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Ten-year-old Greyson Goldstein stands outside Ball Arena before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cu...

NHL experiencing sustained growth with female, younger fans

One of the biggest stories in the NHL this season has been the increase in viewers in the league’s first year of its television contracts with ESPN and TNT. The league is also seeing unparalleled growth in female and younger fans that should have a big impact for years to come. According to NHL research, […]
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Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (13) celebrates a goal against Tampa Bay Lightning ...

Lightning win Game 5, deny Avs chance to take Stanley Cup

DENVER (AP) — The Stanley Cup was in the building and just waiting to be paraded around the ice. Pack it up. It’s heading back to Florida. The resilient Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in […]
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Colorado Avalanche right wing Logan O'Connor (25) tries to control the puck from the ice during the...

Avs can’t close out Lightning in Game 5 loss at Ball Arena

DENVER (AP) — Keep the champagne chilled. It’s back to the slushy ice of Amalie Arena for the Colorado Avalanche after they failed to close out the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. “It’s not supposed to be easy, and it’s not going to be easy,” Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog said after Colorado’s […]
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Edmonton Oil Kings' Jakub Demek (77) and Jake Neighbours (21) react to a goal on Hamilton Bulldogs ...

Bulldogs beat Oil Kings 4-2 to reach Memorial Cup semifinal

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Marco Costantini made 40 saves, Mason McTavish scored the deciding goal and the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-2 on Friday night to advance to the Memorial Cup semifinal game. Shawinigan will face host Saint John on Saturday in the round-robin finale, with the winner advancing to […]
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Members of the Shawinigan Cataractes celebrate a third-period goal against Hamilton Bulldogs goalte...

Shawinigan beat Hamilton to improve to 2-0 in Memorial Cup

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Olivier Nadeau broke a third-period tie with Shawinigan’s third power-play goal, Antoine Coulombe made 38 saves and the Cataractes beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Memorial Cup. Xavier Bourgault and Mavrik Bourque also scored and assisted on Nadeau’s winner to help Quebec Major Junior Hockey […]
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Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) shoots the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andr...

NHL officiating back under microscope in Stanley Cup Final

Jon Cooper backtracked and shifted a possible missed call to the rearview mirror with the expertise of a coach who has been here before. Counterpart Jared Bednar, on the verge of his first NHL championship, sought to settle the issue once and for all and move on. Still, the Stanley Cup Final is roaring toward […]
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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) controls the puck next to Tampa Bay Lightning center A...

Avalanche a win away from dethroning 2-time champ Lightning

DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar and the Colorado Avalanche weren’t all that interested in glancing back at the simmering controversy over the way Game 4 ended in overtime. Of way more importance was looking ahead to this: A chance to clinch the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title since 2001. In front of their home fans, […]
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Paul Maurice, right, is introduced as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers by general manager...

Maurice took an unusual path to becoming Florida’s coach

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Maurice’s journey toward becoming the new coach of the Florida Panthers included a fortuitous flick of the remote control, plus was aided by a college admissions department. He was watching games one night in January, a month or so after he stepped aside as coach of the Winnipeg Jets. He […]
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning stand during the national anthem before the firs...

NHL, players union, alumni association team up for NFT deal

The NHL, NHL Players’ Association and NHL Alumni Association are teaming up to get hockey into the NFT marketplace. The organizations announced a multiyear deal Thursday making Sweet their official digital collectibles partner. While not confirming exact terms, NHL executive VP of business development and innovation Dave Lehanski said the lucrative agreement is one of […]
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FILE - Columbus Blue Jackets' Anson Carter, right, celebrates with goalie Frederik Norrena after a ...

‘A movement not a moment’: NHL focuses on racial diversity

Anson Carter remembers watching in high school as some of his friends abandoned hockey for being “too white” as he forged ahead, eyes set on a pro career. By the time he reached the National Hockey League, dreadlocks were flowing out from underneath his helmet as he skated. “It wasn’t, ‘Well, he might be Black, […]
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Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) is congratulated by teammates after his overtime goal on...

Kadri scores in OT in return, Avs move to brink of title

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are on the verge of their first Stanley Cup title since 2001, thanks to Nazem Kadri’s overtime goal. Even if the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning don’t believe it should have counted. Kadri scored at 12:02 of the extra period to give Colorado a 3-2 victory in […]
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