Rangers' K'Andre Miller angry over racist remarks

New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller addressed the racist treatment he received while being introduced to the team’s fans in April, saying it was another example of his challenge to be accepted as a black hockey player. “I struggle because I’ve never been fully accepted by either the black community or the white community,” Miller wrote in a tweeted statement Monday. “I struggle because for years I have been one

Sidney Crosby has a chance to speak up after Mario Lemieux's statue in Pittsburgh is vandalized

For years, Sidney Crosby has done everything possible to avoid saying anything controversial. But in today’s climate, he may just have to pick a side. Over the last several days, athletes and protesters across the nation have spoken out against police brutality and racial injustice in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death underneath a Minneapolis police officer’s knee. One of those athletes to speak up was Sharks forward Evander Kane

The NHL's coronavirus pause: What the playoff format means for all 31 teams, updates on testing, more

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. It has been 75 days since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the cancellations and postponements around the world of sports continue, there have also been continuous nuggets of new information regarding the potential resumption of the season, the draft, the playoffs and how it all

Devils reportedly contacted Swedish coach Rikard Gronborg about head coaching position

It’s been a tough year for the New Jersey Devils with the team forced into making a coaching change just a few months into the season, replacing John Hynes with Alain Nasreddine. As the team continues to search for their head coach of the future, they have reportedly been looking overseas. According to swisshockeynews.ch, the Devils made contact with Swedish coach Rikard Gronborg earlier this season. However, he remains under contract with ZSC Lions, his

Inside the Miracle on Ice: How Team USA defied the numbers 40 years ago

Chris Peters is ESPN’s NHL draft and prospects analyst. The Chicago native previously covered the NHL for CBSSports.com and founded the popular independent blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com where he covered the game at all levels since 2010. “What we have at hand is the rarest of sporting events, an event that needs no buildup, no superfluous adjectives. In a political or nationalistic sense, I’m sure this game is being viewed with different

NHL, NHLPA cancel international games in 2020

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The NHL has postponed its international games in 2020, the league and players’ union announced on Friday. “The NHLPA and the NHL remain committed to maintaining and growing our international presence,” the sides said in a joint statement. “We hope that our fans overseas understand the need to postpone the 2020 games, but we look forward to being back with them in 2021.”

Capitals' Brendan Leipsic in hot water after vulgar messages surface on social media

Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic was the object of outrage on Twitter Wednesday after images of vulgar and insulting messages sent from his Instagram account surfaced on social media. The images contained direct message conversations between Leipsic and Florida Panthers forward Jack Rodewald that included crude and derogatory language toward women and references to drugs. Sporting News will not embed any of the images, but they are linked here. (Warning: The Twitter thread contains extremely NSFW

Blackhawks fire McDonough, president since '07

The Chicago Blackhawks released president and CEO John McDonough, the team announced on Monday. McDonough was hired by the Blackhawks in 2007 and was seen as a major architect of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Before that, the team hadn’t won a Cup since 1961. McDonough came to the Blackhawks after spending 24 years with the Chicago Cubs, including as the team president. “Thirteen years ago,

NWHL officially announces Toronto expansion team

Professional women’s hockey will soon be returning to the Great White North. The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) officially announced the addition of a new franchise in Toronto on Wednesday morning. It will be the league’s sixth team and its first in Canada, joining the NWHL’s existing franchises in Monmouth Junction, N.J., Danbury, Conn., Buffalo, N.Y., Boston and Saint Paul, Minn.  “Launching our first team in Canada is a pivotal and proud moment for the NWHL,” commissioner

NHL reportedly scraps neutral-site plan, now eyeing one city per division to finish season

The NHL has reportedly scrapped the idea of hosting games at neutral sites in the United States and Canada and has shifted its focus to hosting games in one city per division. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the league would bring in teams from each division to a city to complete the regular season. One idea being floated is to play tripleheaders each day per location. Friedman said the players would have