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Added February 1st, 2016 by Ian
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NHL suspends Anaheim’s Shawn Horcoff 20 games for failing drug test

The NHL has handed a 20-game suspension to forward Shawn Horcoff of the Anaheim Ducks for violating the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. Horcoff will also have to be evaluated by the league’s Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health department and it will determine if he needs to undergo any type of treatment. Horcoff received the ban on January 25th and won’t be paid while he serves the punishment.

The 37-year-old tried to explain why he tested positive for a banned substance by releasing a press statement which said, “While recovering from an injury I suffered this past fall, I tried a treatment that I believed would help speed up the healing process. Although I was unaware that this treatment was not permitted under NHL rules that is no excuse whatsoever. I should have done my research and I should have checked with the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program’s doctors. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I am sorry.”

 
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Added February 1st, 2016 by Ian
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Calgary Flames’ Dennis Wideman hit with indefinite suspension

Defenceman Dennis Wideman of the Calgary Flames was handed an indefinite suspension by the NHL on January 29th after appearing to attack linesman Don Henderson from behind during a home game against the Nashville Predators on January 27th. Wideman was hit into the boards by Nashville’s Miikka Salomaki and after slowly getting up he looked around to the officials for a penalty call on Salomaki. However, there wasn’t one and Wideman skated back towards the Calgary bench. But just before reaching the door he raised his stick and gloves and pushed Henderson from behind, knocking him to the ice.

 
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Added January 8th, 2016 by admin
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Nashville and Columbus make first major trade of NHL season

The first big trade of the 2015/16 NHL season was finalized on January 6th when the Columbus Blue Jackets sent centre Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators for defenceman Seth Jones. The 21-year-old Jones stands 6-foot-4 and has just played in his 200th career game while Johansen is two years older at 23 and a former all star. Nashville was looking for some offensive help since they rank in the bottom half of the NHL when it comes to goals per game at 2.55. They had scored two or fewer goals in 14 of 23 games prior to making the trade.

 
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Added January 8th, 2016 by Ian
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Finland captures fourth World Junior Hockey Championship

The IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships wrapped up in the first week of January with the host nation Finland capturing the gold medal in dramatic fashion at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Finland took a 3-2 lead into the final minute of regulation time only to see Russia pull their goalie for an extra attacker and tie the game at the 19:54 mark of the final period. Finland then sent the home fans into a frenzy when Kasperi Kapanen scored the game winner at the 1:33 mark of sudden-death overtime.

Kapanen, who belongs to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and plays with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL), beat a pair of Russian defenders and skated around the opponent’s net. He then deposited the puck in it on a beautiful wraparound goal while goaltender Alexander Georgiev was caught out of position. The 19-year-old hero told the press, “That’s one of those goals that you always dream of. I guess dreams do come true.”

 
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Added January 5th, 2016 by Ian
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NHL All Star captains named

 
Added December 8th, 2015 by Ian
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NHL changes All-Star Game format to three-on-three

 
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