National Hockey League

Whistle-blowers on the back page, too

Tim Donaghy

You don't have to look too far around this publication to know it has been a big week for whistle-blowers. Up front American Edward Snowden has blown the lid off the US National Security Agency's mass surveillance programme in an exclusive interview. Snowden emerged from hiding in Hong Kong long enough to start spilling the beans on some seriously disturbing and illegal snooping around here on folks like you and I.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 9:51am

Penguins down Senators 6-2, beating Ottawa 4-1 in semi-finals series

Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil (left) checks Pittsburgh Penguins' Craig Adams during game five of their semi-final series. Photo: Reuters

Boston or the New York Rangers? To be honest, Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson does not think it matters whom the Pittsburgh Penguins face in the Eastern Conference finals. At the moment, he believes the Penguins are a cut above.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

Short Sport, March 9, 2013

Miami's Dwyane Wade scores against Orlando. Photo: Reuters

Two-time Olympic host Los Angeles plans to bid for the 2024 summer Olympics and the city's effort has some major celebrity backers. "On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, I am pleased to confirm our enthusiastic interest in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote to the US Olympic Committee. 

9 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

Short Sport, March 7, 2013

Defending champion Li Xuerui suffered a stunning defeat yesterday when she lost in the first round of the All-England Open.

7 Mar 2013 - 3:42am

Blackhawks are simply amazing

Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after winning an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Photo: AP

The hulking behemoths in the NFL can only play one game a week because the intensity and ferocity of their physical collisions dictates they need sufficient rest to recoup. But heavily padded and protected as they may be, none of their bone-jarring impacts occur when they are moving at about 60 kilometres per hour, the average speed of a hockey player in full stride.

3 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Short Sport, February 17, 2013

Jockey Luke Nolen steers Black Caviar to victory. Photo: EPA

Shin Ji-yai of South Korea and 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko both shot three-under 70 yesterday to surge six shots clear heading into the final day of the Women's Australian Open. 

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Blackhawks spoil Kings' coronation with easy win in NHL season opener

Los Angeles Kings' Trevor Lewis (left) and Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews reach for the puck. Photo: AP

The Chicago Blackhawks spoiled the Los Angeles Kings’ opening day party when the visitors eased to a 5-2 victory over the Stanley Cup champions as the strike-shortened NHL season finally got underway on Saturday.

20 Jan 2013 - 2:44pm

NHL lockout comes to end, shortened season to begin this week

The NHL ended a four-month lockout on Saturday night. Photo: AP

The National Hockey League's four-month lockout finally ended Saturday night following another tough negotiation that nearly delayed training camps even longer.

The league and the players’ association completed a required memorandum of understanding that had to be signed before camps were cleared to open. That will happen on Sunday with a 48-game regular season to begin on Jan. 19.

13 Jan 2013 - 1:36pm

NHL: LA Kings primed for Stanley Cup title defence as lockout comes to end

Darryl Sutter. Photo: AP

Jonathan Quick stood at the edge of the rink and looked up at the Staples Centre roof. Several large banners were rolled up tight against the rafters, just waiting to be unfurled.

Although the new ice was chilly, the Los Angeles Kings goalie warmed up at the sight.

"It'll be good to see those," Quick said. "And then we can finally put it out of our minds and get back to work."

12 Jan 2013 - 3:19am

NHL owners approve new labour deal; players to vote

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman. Photo: AFP

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman secured unanimous ownership support for the pending labour deal, then apologised to everyone hurt by the long lockout and said he isn’t going anywhere.

The league’s board of governors met in a Manhattan hotel on Wednesday and overwhelmingly approved the agreement that was reached early Sunday on the 113th day of the lockout.

10 Jan 2013 - 9:14am

Provisional deal could lead to a 48-game NHL season

Pittsburgh Penguins players practise at a local ice rink. Photo: AP

The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades.

"I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Hockey season to begin after negotiations succeed

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman

It looks like there will be a hockey season after all - shortened for sure, but perhaps back in business in a week or so.

The NHL and the players' association reached a tentative agreement yesterday to end a nearly four-month-old lockout that threatened to wipe out what was left of an already abbreviated season.

7 Jan 2013 - 3:11am

NHL owners consider deal proposed by players

A nearly empty hockey stick rack of the Buffalo Sabres shows the devastating impact of the dispute on the NHL, which already has lost three months of its season. Photo: AP

The NHL and the players' association will start the new year right where they ended the old one, at the bargaining table trying to reach agreement to play the game.

The sides got together on Monday for the first time since December 13, and the union brought along a counter-proposal in response to the 288-page contract offer the NHL presented last Thursday.

2 Jan 2013 - 3:09am

Right Field: The good, bad and ugly of 2012

Right Field: The good, bad and ugly of 2012

The apocalypse came and went and, phew, here we are still in one piece left to both reflect and genuflect, to give thanks for what has gone before and for what awaits. The end of a 5,125-year cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar was on December 21. It was supposed to be curtains for Planet Earth but apparently we dodged a huge bullet, at least temporarily.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:58am 1 comment

NHL close to axing entire season

NHL close to axing whole season

The next round of NHL cuts could be the deepest yet. With no deal in sight and no negotiations planned, the NHL chopped another two weeks off the schedule and edged closer to cancelling the entire ice hockey season.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:30am