In Canada, the Premier of Quebec Worries About the State of Hockey

With the Montreal Canadiens in a losing funk, François Legault has expressed concern about the declining number of Quebec-born pros and vowed to get to the bottom of it.

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Fighting in the N.H.L. Reveals Few, if Any, Winners

When the Rangers and the Capitals dropped their gloves to settle a score, the old-school spectacle was greeted with disgust, nostalgia and excitement.

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N.H.L. Returns to ESPN in a 7-Year Deal With an Emphasis on Streaming

The agreement assures hockey a higher profile on SportsCenter and gives ESPN the perfect sport for its streaming ambitions

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The N.H.L. Is Coming Back, Pending a Few (Dozen) Questions

Hockey’s tentative plan to resume this summer with a 24-team playoff hinges on resolving outstanding logistical, health, competitive and economic issues.

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N.H.L. Announces Plan to Return Straight Into the Playoffs

Commissioner Gary Bettman and the N.H.L. Players’ Association agreed to terms on resuming the season with a 24-team playoff format that would yield a champion in early autumn.

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National Hockey League Edges Toward Restart With Detailed Plans

A modified playoff format, restricted practices and other considerations are being discussed between league executives and the players’ union.

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