World Juniors 2021: Tourney to begin on Christmas; openers include U.S.-Russia, Canada-Germany

Hockey’s future stars will be in Edmonton for the holidays as they compete in the 2020-21 World Junior Championship. And the hockey world will begin celebrating a day earlier than usual. The tournament will begin on Christmas Day; it will be the first Dec. 25 opener since 2005, Hockey Canada noted Monday

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, legendary hockey announcer, announces retirement

Mike “Doc” Emrick, longtime hockey announcer and broadcasting legend, is hanging up the microphone. Fresh off calling the Lightning’s Stanley Cup Final victory, Emrick announced his retirement via the New York Post after a 47-year broadcasting career.  Very few broadcasters in sports history are as synonymous with their sport as Emrick

Zamboni catches fire at Rochester ice rink in viral video

Fire and ice don’t often meet, but they did at a Rochester, N.Y., ice rink Wednesday night. A Zamboni caught fire as it resurfaced the ice at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on Monroe Community College’s campus in upstate New York. No players were on the ice when the flames burst,

Source: Pietrangelo has 7-year deal with Knights

Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, seen as the top free-agent prize in the NHL this offseason, agreed Monday to a seven-year deal worth $8.8 million a year with the Vegas Golden Knights, a source confirmed to ESPN. The deal, worth a total of $61.6 million and including a no-movement clause, was first

Maple Leafs sign Wayne Simmonds, add sandpaper to lineup

For weeks, Kyle Dubas repeatedly had said he wanted his Maple Leafs “to become harder to play against.” Well, before free agency had even been open for an hour, he added gritty veteran forward Wayne Simmonds for one year, $1.5 million. Simmonds spent 2019-20 with the Devils before being traded at

Crawford, with Blackhawks since 2003, now UFA

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The Chicago Blackhawks are not bringing back goalie Corey Crawford, GM Stan Bowman said Thursday. “I had a conversation with Corey earlier today,” Bowman said. “And it was an emotional talk.” The 35-year-old Crawford is an unrestricted free agent. Crawford, who has spent

Winners and losers of the 2020 NHL draft

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The 2020 NHL draft is in the books, with 217 selections made over the course of two socially distanced, Zoom-filled days. There were also 27 trades made, although the vast majority were simple pick swaps, as

Sharks’ Doug Wilson Jr. uses sign language while drafting prospect with deaf parent

The San Jose Sharks wrapped up the first round of the NHL draft Tuesday night with a special touch. While announcing the choice of Ozzy Wiesblatt with the 31st overall pick, Sharks director of amateur scouting Doug Wilson Jr. first used sign language before saying his name. The reason: Wiesblatt's mother, Kim

Bettman: NHL targeting Jan. 1 start to season

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The NHL is now targeting a Jan. 1 start date for next season, commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday. In an interview with NHL Network, Bettman reiterated that the league hopes to play a full 82-game season and have fans in the arenas. Bettman

NHL draft and free agency collide: What could happen during crazy week

The NHL had a moment to catch its breath after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup on September 28, but now the offseason will hit overdrive. The draft will start Tuesday night and finish Wednesday and then less than two days later, unrestricted free agency will begin (at