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NHL players to miss 2018 Olympics?

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THE National Hockey League may not send its players to the next Winter Olympics in South Korea, potentially dealing a huge blow to the ice hockey competition.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league may want to solely focus on the following Olympics in 2022 in Beijing, in order to gain a foothold in the Chinese market.

“The question is would the fact that the Winter Olympics in Beijing introduce that country to hockey and give us an opportunity to make a real impression in China, where hockey is really in an embryonic state?” Bettman said on NHL.com.

Jonas Hiller #1 of Switzerland tries to make a save against Sandis Ozolins #8 of Latvia as Severin Blindenbacher #5 and Nino Niederreiter #22 defend in the second period during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group C game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Jonas Hiller #1 of Switzerland tries to make a save against Sandis Ozolins #8 of Latvia as Severin Blindenbacher #5 and Nino Niederreiter #22 defend in the second period during the Men’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group C game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.Source: Getty Images

“That’s a discussion we have to have to determine whether or not there is an opportunity to grow the game in China by using the Winter Games with NHL players as a catalyst.

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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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