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Unwanted All-Star Scott steals the show

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NHL journeyman enforcer John Scott, beloved by players and fans but unwanted by league officials, had the last laugh by taking Most Valuable Player honours at the NHL All-Star Game.

The 33-year-old Canadian left wing, an unlikely write-in All-Star voted to the event by fans thanks largely to an internet campaign, scored twice and was hoisted onto the shoulders of his superstar teammates after helping the Pacific division win the $1 million top prize up for grabs.

“This has been great. You guys have blown me away,” Scott told fans as they chanted “M-V-P” while every player tapped his stick on the ice in tribute to an everyman living a career moment.

Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks, Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames, and Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks hoist John Scott #28 of the Arizona Coyotes.
Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks, Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames, and Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks hoist John Scott #28 of the Arizona Coyotes.Source: AFP

NHL officials tried to discourage Scott from taking part, he detailed in an essay on the Players Tribune website, citing one who asked him, “Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?” “That’s when they lost me. That was the moment,” Scott wrote. “Because while I may not deserve to be an NHL All-Star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will and won’t be proud of me for.” Scott skated with them on the ice after the game as his pregnant wife Danielle cried.

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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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