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Seattle is getting a National Hockey League team. It will just have to wait a little bit longer to drop the puck.

The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow enough time for arena renovations.

The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City’s first major winter sports team since the NBA’s SuperSonics left town in 2008.

“Today is a day for celebration in a great city that adores and avidly supports its sports teams and for our 101-year-old sports league,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

“Expanding to Seattle makes the National Hockey League more balanced, even more whole and even more vibrant. A team in Seattle evens the number of teams in our two conferences, brings our geographic footprint into greater equilibrium and creates instant new rivalries out west, particularly between Seattle and Vancouver.”

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Mighty Ducks cast members hit ice for NHL reunion

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Quack, quack, quack!

Some of the original Mighty Ducks hit the ice to support their namesakes from Anaheim at New York’s Nassau Coliseum at the weekend.

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson, who starred as Russ Tyler in both sequel films D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3, checked out the game on Sunday with fellow cast members Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy Germaine), Vincent LaRusso (Adam Banks) and Danny Tamberelli (Tommy Duncan), all of whom starred in the 1992 original film, and Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine (Julie “The Cat” Gaffney), who also joined the cast in the sequels.

Not that it did the visiting NHL team any good as they went down 3-0 to the Islanders.

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NHL, news: Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites says Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are “f***ing horse-s**t”, ice hockey

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Usually the worst thing a team CEO can say is that the coach has his full support.

But this NHL boss has delivered a simply stunning spray to his two best players, calling them “f***ing horse-s**t”.

The remarkable comment was part of a story on The Athletic and comes from Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites.

His ice hockey side sits fourth in its seven-team division after 38 games of the regular season; a position he and team owner Tom Gaglardi are not happy with.

Lites told The Athletic that Gaglardi texts him “WTF” five times a game.

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NHL fight, Tommy Hawk Chicago Blackhawks mascot attacked, video as fan loses fight to mascot

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Not all mascots are warm and fuzzy.

The Chicago Blackhawks released a statement after a video surfaced showing the team’s mascot, Tommy Hawk, body-slamming and punching a fan who provoked him in the concourse of the United Center one night earlier.

In the video, the man appears to try to attack the mascot, who then lifts the man into the air and slams him to the ground before landing several blows while other fans watch nearby.

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“We are gathering the facts and will have no further comment at this time, pending our investigation,” the Blackhawks said in a statement published by the Chicago Sun-Times.

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