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Moscow to Replace Minsk as Worlds Host

Latvia will still host the other half of the prestigious tournament, but the IIHF is reportedly moving on from controversial Belarus. The Hockey News has learned that the IIHF plans on moving part of the 2021 World Championship, leaving Belarus' capital of Minsk in favor of Moscow. Latvia, the co-host of the event, will not be affected. Belarus has been at the center of controversy both globally and in international hockey circles since an August election where longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko...

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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League leans on the community for support

There isn’t the same electricity in the air when the home team scores these days in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). But fans of all 12 teams in the league say it’s better than nothing. Capped at 150 fans per game for now, SJHL teams need the help and support of the communities that they are in. Just like many other businesses. “It’s just like anything,” Broncos manager of marketing and play-by-play host Rory McGouran said. “It’s like your local small business...

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B.C. hockey leagues adapting to pandemic despite new COVID-19 order

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The new COVID-19 restrictions in the province’s two biggest health regions have put further strain on minor sports leagues and parents now that competitive hockey has been put on hold with little notice. Players in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions have suddenly been thrown back to what are effectively Phase 2 COVID-19 restrictions, frustrating hockey parents whose aspiring NHLers can’t play for two weeks. Speaking with Sportsnet 650, BC Hockey CEO Cameron Hope, who has only been on the job for two...

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Quebec Is Getting a Bubble

And the QMJHL may not be the only major junior league that ends up using one this season. Strange times call for creative solutions and the QMJHL, as the only major junior circuit playing right now, is confronting this reality first. The league has announced a "protected environment event" in Quebec City later this month, featuring seven franchises that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Gatineau, Drummondville, Blainville-Boisbriand, Shawinigan, Victoriaville, Chicoutimi and Quebec are all located within the province's "red...

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Howie Meeker, former NHL star and Hockey Night in Canada icon, dies at 97

Won 4 Stanley Cups with Maple Leafs before legendary broadcasting career Howie Meeker, a former NHL player, Hockey Night in Canada icon and legendary personality, died Sunday at age 97 at Nanaimo General Hospital in B.C. Meeker, who won four Stanley Cups with Toronto and was the oldest living Maple Leaf, was an NHL star who won rookie of the year honours in 1947 after scoring 27 goals and 45 points in 55 games. A spokesperson for the Maple Leafs, the team that signed Meeker to...

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Player agent gets lots of support from hockey community after coming out

An NHL player agent is getting a lot support from some of hockey’s biggest stars after letting them know he is gay. “Anyone that I’ve told now, it’s actually been somewhat overwhelming,’’ said Bayne Pettinger in an exclusive story written by TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun for The Athletic. Pettinger, 33, is prominent in hockey circles, working with agents J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson at CAA Hockey since February of 2019. He is on his way to being certified by the NHL Players’...

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Beloved Edmonton sports figure Moss dies at 57

EDMONTON — Joey Moss — a legendary locker-room attendant for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and CFL's Edmonton Football Team — has died. He was 57. The Edmonton Football Team confirmed the death on Monday by saying the city has lost a "hero." No cause of death was given. Moss was born in 1963 with Down Syndrome, the 12th of 13 children to Lloyd and Sophie Moss. He became the Oilers' locker-room attendant in 1984-85 when superstar Wayne Gretzky was dating his older...

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Jersey kits: Go pro or no?

Hockey season is rolling around and it’s time again to bring out the jerseys and display them proudly at games, office parties and on the rink. There’s no better feeling than throwing on your team’s colors and wearing your favorite player’s number or wearing a custom jersey with your own name and special number. There’s also nothing worse than throwing on a jersey and staring in horror at the frayed and peeling stitch job... Perhaps the jersey’s been through one too many pickup games, or maybe...

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