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NHL Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw suspended and fined for homophobic slur

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CHICAGO Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was suspended one game and fined $5,000 after a penalty-box outburst in which he used a homophobic slur in a rant directed at game officials.

“While Mr. Shaw was both apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,” said NHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks watches as the puck sails over Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues.
Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks watches as the puck sails over Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues.Source: AFP

“The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.” Shaw had been unrepentant on Tuesday night immediately after the Blackhawks’ 4-3 playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues, but said Wednesday that a later look at the video of himself was enough for him to know he owed an apology.

“I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box,” Shaw said in a statement released through the Blackhawks.

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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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