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NHL legends named for 2017 USA v Canada Ice Hockey Classic in Australia

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NHL legends, Darryl Sittler and Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams have been named as the Team Canada and Team USA coaches for this year’s Hungry Jack’s Ice Hockey Classic.

Sittler (Team Canada) and Williams (Team USA), will travel to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena and Melbourne’s Hisense Arena, for two action-packed exhibition matches between the rival teams.

Canadian Ice Hockey champion and Ice Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Sittler, is renowned for the greatest offensive game in the history of the NHL, with six goals and four assists for a total of ten points.

Sittler played in the NHL from 1970 to 1985, for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings and has recently been named in the Top 100 NHL players of all time.

Brent Burns from the San Jose Sharks was a part of the team in past Classics. Picture: Yuri Kouzmin
Brent Burns from the San Jose Sharks was a part of the team in past Classics. Picture: Yuri KouzminSource: News Corp Australia

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NHL 2020: Draft lottery, New York Rangers, Alexis Lafreniere

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There might not be a frozen envelope involved, but conspiracy theories abounded after the Rangers won the NHL Draft lottery Monday night and with it the right to select consensus top pick, heralded Canadian left winger Alexis Lafreniere.

The Rangers and the seven other teams eliminated from the NHL playoff qualifying round this past week were entered into a live televised lottery for the top pick in October’s draft, held pingpong-ball style.

Normally the NHL conducts its lottery process behind closed doors and reveals the results afterward, as was the case during the first phase of the lottery in June, when it was determined that the top pick would be awarded to a team involved in the league’s restart.

With commissioner Gary Bettman looking on, an unidentified and masked NHL employee was to remove each ball from an attache case, show it to Bettman who verified the logo, and then place it into the lottery machine.



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NHL news: Seattle Kraken, reaction, Washington name

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Owners of the National Hockey League’s Seattle expansion team unveiled Kraken as the club’s nickname on Thursday, the mythical sea beast having been a fan favourite in marketing polls.

The NHL’s 32nd team, set to take the ice in the 2021-22 season, will feature dark and light blue colours and an S-shaped logo that pays tribute to the 1917 Stanley Cup champion Seattle Metropolitans but adds a red eye and tentacle.

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And while most seemed to get behind Kraken, Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser unleashed on Pardon The Interruption.

“My instant thought was this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” Wilbon said. “And I started just running through all the nicknames of all the teams in the NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL, and this is the worst.



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Colby Cave dead at 25: NHL, Oilers star suffered brain bleed

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Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died Saturday morning, days after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain bleed, his family announced.

He was 25.

“It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning,” Cave’s family said in a statement.

“I (wife Emily) and both our families are in shock but know our Colby was loved dearly by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community, and many more. We thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time.”

On Tuesday, Cave had emergency surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.

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