Why Brittney Griner and Other Athletes Choose Cannabis for Pain

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star detained in Russia on drug charges, is one of many athletes who have said cannabis helps with sports injuries. But it is banned by sports leagues and illegal in many places.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #football, #griner-brittney, #hashish, #major-league-baseball, #marijuana, #monroe-eugene-1987, #national-basketball-assn, #national-hockey-league, #pain, #pain-relieving-drugs, #tests-drug-use, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Sharks Hire Mike Grier as N.H.L.’s First Black General Manager

Two days before the annual draft, Grier takes over a team in transition: San Jose missed the past three postseasons and recently fired its coach.

#black-people, #grier-chris-1970, #hockey-ice, #mike-grier, #national-hockey-league, #san-jose-sharks

For Tampa Bay, a Win Over the Rangers Comes at an Opportune Time

At risk of falling into a three-game deficit, the Lightning scored a late goal to beat the Rangers for the first time in six games this season and maintain their pursuit of a third straight title.

#hedman-victor-1990, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers, #palat-ondrej-1991, #playoff-games, #shesterkin-igor-1995, #stamkos-steven, #tampa-bay-lightning, #vasilevskiy-andrei-1994

Oilers and Flames in Battle of Alberta: Bedlam on the Ice, Torn Loyalties Off It

The N.H.L. playoff series between the Oilers and the Flames is boiling over with the heavy hits, trash talk, deafening arenas and bountiful goal scoring that defined hockey in the 1980s, the last time the rivalry was so fierce.

#alberta-canada, #calgary-alberta, #calgary-flames, #canada, #edmonton-alberta, #edmonton-oilers, #gaudreau-johnny, #gretzky-wayne, #hockey-ice, #kane-evander, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league, #smith-mike-1982, #stanley-cup, #tkachuk-matthew-1997

Sidney Crosby, 17 Seasons On, Is Ready to Wreck the N.H.L. Playoffs

One of the league’s longest active players, Crosby quietly had an exceptional season. His Pittsburgh Penguins are in the playoffs for the 16th consecutive year.

#crosby-sidney, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #pittsburgh-penguins

Chris Snow Finds That His Luck, Good and Bad, Is All in the Family

The Calgary Flames executive has lived with A.L.S. since 2019. The team he helped build is in the N.H.L. playoffs, and he is still here to see whatever happens.

#amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis, #calgary-flames, #content-type-personal-profile, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #snow-chris, #stanley-cup

Mike Bossy, Hall of Famer on Champion Islander Teams, Dies at 65

He led the N.H.L. in goals twice as his team won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early ’80s, but he felt it never got the recognition it deserved.

#bossy-mike, #deaths-obituaries, #hockey-ice, #long-island-ny, #montreal-quebec, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders

Sean Avery Is Representing Himself in Court. The Judge Advised Against It.

Sean Avery, the former Rangers hockey player, chose to represent himself in court on Thursday on a misdemeanor charge. The judge advised him not to.

#avery-sean, #fines-penalties, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-city, #new-york-rangers

Ice Skating at a Rink Is Fun. Gliding Through a Forest? Glorious.

Ottawa’s winter-lovers can now pick among a half-dozen skating trails that wind for miles through the wilderness in and around the city. But climate change threatens the good times.

#canada, #global-warming, #ice-skating, #national-hockey-league, #neil-chris, #ottawa-ontario, #winter-season

Should Russian Athletes Be Barred From Competition?

Our columnist examines whether the soft power of sport should be wielded against Russia, penalizing athletes with little or no say in its actions.

#apartheid-policy, #bnp-paribas-open-tennis, #canada, #canadian-hockey-league, #hockey-ice, #medvedev-daniil-1996, #national-hockey-league, #ovechkin-alex-1985, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tennis

Alex Ovechkin Skates Into Canada’s Dense Ukrainian Enclave

The Capitals, led by the Russian president’s high-profile supporter, are about to play the Oilers in Edmonton, home to a large concentration of the Ukrainian diaspora.

#alberta-canada, #canada, #edmonton-alberta, #edmonton-oilers, #gretzky-wayne, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #ovechkin-alex-1985, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #washington-capitals

Emile Francis Built the Rangers His Way

Francis, who died Saturday at 95, installed a no-nonsense culture as the Rangers’ general manager and coach. His tenure included nine consecutive playoff appearances.

#canada, #coaches-and-managers, #deaths-obituaries, #emile-francis, #gilbert-rod-1941, #hadfield-vic-1940, #hockey-ice, #madison-square-garden, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers

Emile Francis Dies at 95; Rebuilt N.H.L.’s Rangers as Coach and General Manager

After earning the nickname “the Cat” as a nimble goaltender, he led the New York team to a winning record and coached stars like Eddie Giacomin, Rod Gilbert and Brad Park.

#coaches-and-managers, #deaths-obituaries, #emile-francis, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers

Robin Herman, Who Pried Open Doors in the N.H.L., Dies at 70

When hockey teams barred female reporters from men’s locker rooms, she pushed back, breaking through a barrier and campaigning successfully for equal access for women.

#deaths-obituaries, #discrimination, #herman-robin, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #new-york-rangers, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #women-and-girls

Death of High School Hockey Player Renews Debate on Neck Guards

Canada and Sweden mandate neck protection for amateurs, but U.S.A. Hockey only recommends players wear neck guards. Teddy Balkind’s death could change that.

#accidents-and-safety, #balkind-teddy-2005-22, #connecticut, #hockey-ice, #interscholastic-athletics, #national-hockey-league, #neck, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #sports-injuries, #united-states, #usa-hockey

Hockey Fan Spots Cancerous Mole at Game and Delivers a Lifesaving Note

Nadia Popovici wrote a message on her phone, with “mole,” “cancer” and “doctor” in bright-red type to get the attention of Brian Hamilton, an assistant equipment manager for the Vancouver Canucks.

#brian-hamilton, #cancer, #hockey-ice, #melanomas, #nadia-popovici, #national-hockey-league, #neck, #seattle-wash, #seattle-kraken, #vancouver-canucks

Alex Ovechkin Is Chasing Wayne Gretzky’s Goals Record

As Alex Ovechkin ascends the N.H.L.’s record books, the unthinkable is happening: Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894 goals is in jeopardy. Even Gretzky is certain Ovechkin will pass him.

#content-type-personal-profile, #gretzky-wayne, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #oshie-t-j, #ovechkin-alex-1985, #washington-capitals

N.B.A.’s Adam Silver Says Christmas Games Will Go On

A day after the N.H.L. announced a pause in its schedule, N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver said the responsible thing for his league was to play and “learn to live with” the virus.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #english-premier-league, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #silver-adam-1962

N.H.L. Players Will Skip Beijing Olympics

Less than four months after agreeing to send hockey’s top stars to the Games, the N.H.L. and its players’ union have reversed course amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hockey-ice, #matthews-auston-1997, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league, #olympic-games-2022

Will N.H.L. Stars Play at the Winter Olympics?

A surge of Covid-19 cases and uncertain protocols at the Games are casting doubt on whether the men’s ice hockey tournament will feature the sport’s best players.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #olympic-games-2022

The Arizona Coyotes and Their Long Journey to Nowhere

The N.H.L.’s least valuable franchise, and its 26-season headache, won’t have a home as of June 30 after the City of Glendale said it would end their agreement.

#arizona, #arizona-coyotes, #finances, #glendale-ariz, #hockey-ice, #meruelo-alex, #national-hockey-league, #phoenix-ariz, #stadiums-and-arenas

On ‘The NHL on TNT’ Wayne Gretzky Finds Himself as the Rookie

Turner Sports, new to hockey, wants to give U.S. fans a better viewing experience, using faster cuts and better camera angles, similar to the TV presentation in Canada.

#barkley-charles, #bissonnette-paul, #canada, #espn, #gretzky-wayne, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #television, #tocchet-rick, #turner-network-television

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.

#bettman-gary, #canada, #guy-lafleur, #hockey-ice, #legault-francois, #lemieux-mario, #marcel-dionne, #maurice-richard, #mike-bossy, #montreal-canadiens, #national-hockey-league, #quebec-province-canada

N.H.L. Partnership With Chemical Company Leaves Environmental Watchdogs Cold

A new report accuses the league of using its N.H.L. Green program to promote refrigerants that will contribute to global warming.

#chemours-company, #global-warming, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #ozone, #stadiums-and-arenas

After Islanders End 13-Game Road Trip, a New Home Arena Awaits

The team will play its first game at its new home, UBS Arena, on Saturday against Calgary, nearly six weeks after the N.H.L. season began.

#elmont-ny, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #stadiums-and-arenas, #trotz-barry, #ubs-arena-elmont-ny

Blackhawks Scandal: With Accusations of Abuse, Kyle Beach Forces NHL to Confront Its Failings

The cultural problems of hockey seem to have met a moment that makes them impossible to ignore, and when consequences — however belatedly — are finally being meted out.

#aldrich-brad-1983, #beach-kyle-1990, #chicago-blackhawks, #coaches-and-managers, #hazing, #hockey-ice, #kennedy-sheldon, #national-hockey-league, #sex-crimes

With Accusations of Abuse, Kyle Beach Forces N.H.L. to Confront Its Failings

The cultural problems of hockey seem to have met a moment that makes them impossible to ignore, and when consequences — however belatedly — are finally being meted out.

#aldrich-brad-1983, #beach-kyle-1990, #chicago-blackhawks, #coaches-and-managers, #hazing, #hockey-ice, #kennedy-sheldon, #national-hockey-league, #sex-crimes

Blackhawks Ignored 2010 Sexual Assault Accusation, Investigation Says

An independent investigation commissioned by the N.H.L. club revealed on Tuesday that the team failed to act promptly after a player accused a video coach of sexual assault, in part because club executives were concerned about winning the Stanley Cup.

#bowman-stan, #chicago-blackhawks, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

Seattle, Long Ready for Another Pro Team, Embraces the Kraken

A week into the season, the N.H.L.’s newest team is 1-3-1 on the ice, and undefeated in the contest of local public opinion. Nowhere is that more obvious than Seattle’s original hockey bar.

#hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #seattle-wash, #seattle-kraken

Connor McDavid Is Ready for a Stanley Cup Championship

As the Oilers superstar begins his seventh N.H.L. season, he is finding his voice as a leader. And after outdoing himself last season with 105 points in 56 games, only the playoffs remain to be conquered.

#content-type-personal-profile, #edmonton-oilers, #hockey-ice, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league

Alex Ovechkin Can See Wayne Gretzky’s N.H.L. Goals Record

The Capitals star, who recently signed a five-year contract, starts the season with 730 goals, sixth on the career list behind Gretzky’s 894. Overtaking the Great One before he’s done is not out of the question.

#gretzky-wayne, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #ovechkin-alex-1985

2021-22 N.H.L. Season: What’s New and What’s Returning to Normal

Seattle gets the Kraken, Canadian fans return to the arena, regular divisions and cross-border travel are back, and N.H.L. players are headed to the Olympics.

#canada, #crosby-sidney, #edmonton-oilers, #hockey-ice, #matthews-auston-1997, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league, #olympic-games-2022, #seattle-kraken, #tampa-bay-lightning, #toronto-maple-leafs

Rod Gilbert, Known as Mr. Ranger, Warmed New York to Ice Hockey

The Rangers great, whose death at the age of 80 was announced on Sunday, was more than a sensational player and a good guy, writes a former Times hockey reporter.

#canada, #content-type-personal-profile, #gilbert-rod-1941, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-city, #new-york-rangers

Rod Gilbert, Hockey Hall of Famer Known as Mr. Ranger, Dies at 80

Gilbert played his entire N.H.L. career with New York and is the franchise’s only player to score more than 400 goals.

#gilbert-rod-1941, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers

Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Montreal Canadiens to Keep the Stanley Cup

The Lightning overwhelmed the Habs, winning the best-of-seven series in five games to claim their second N.H.L. championship in nine months.

#cooper-jon-1967, #hockey-ice, #maroon-patrick-1988, #montreal-canadiens, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning, #vasilevskiy-andrei-1994

N.H.L. Goalie Dies After Being Hit by Fireworks

Matiss Kivlenieks, who played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, died in an accident in Novi, Mich., on Sunday, the police said.

#columbus-blue-jackets, #falls, #fireworks, #hockey-ice, #international-ice-hockey-federation, #latvia, #michigan, #national-hockey-league, #novi-mich

Islanders Lose Game 7, Sending Lightning to Stanley Cup Finals

Seeking their first trip to the championship round since 1984, the Isles took just 18 shots on goal in a loss to Tampa Bay, the Cup’s current owners.

#hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning

For the Islanders, the Good Times Really Are Here Again

Four Stanley Cups in the 1980s gave way to bad decisions and bad luck. But the Islanders, one of the last four teams remaining in the N.H.L. playoffs, are finally on a roll.

#barzal-mathew-1997, #clutterbuck-cal, #hockey-ice, #lamoriello-lou, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #palmieri-kyle-1991, #sorokin-ilya-1995, #stanley-cup, #trotz-barry

They Won as N.H.L. Players. They’re Winning in Their Second Acts, Too.

Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina’s coach, and Joe Sakic, Colorado’s general manager, have guided their teams to the postseason. Others haven’t been so successful in their post-playing roles.

#brindamour-rod, #carolina-hurricanes, #colorado-avalanche, #content-type-personal-profile, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #sakic-joe

A Playoff Homecoming, and Swan Song, for the Islanders

Fans have returned to Nassau Coliseum to cheer on the Islanders in the postseason, in the arena’s last year. The team can clinch its first series win in the venue since 1993 on Wednesday.

#bailey-josh, #hockey-ice, #nassau-county-ny, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #pittsburgh-penguins, #playoff-games

Montreal and Toronto’s Rivalry Makes a Muted Return to the Playoffs

The Original Six teams and their fan bases clash annually, but the franchises will play their first postseason series since 1979 this week.

#bowman-scotty, #dryden-ken, #hockey-ice, #matthews-auston-1997, #montreal-canadiens, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #toronto-maple-leafs

A Full Guide to the 2021 NHL Playoffs

The playoffs open on Saturday with Game 1 between the Capitals and Bruins, one of the eight first-round matchups. Things look a little different this year.

#boston-bruins, #colorado-avalanche, #edmonton-oilers, #florida-panthers, #hockey-ice, #montreal-canadiens, #nashville-predators, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #pittsburgh-penguins, #playoff-games, #st-louis-blues, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning, #winnipeg-jets

Connor McDavid Hits 100 Points in 53 Games. He’s Not Done Yet.

The Oilers star had four points against the Canucks to reach one of the N.H.L.’s most meaningful milestones, but he is focused most on the playoffs.

#canada, #edmonton-alberta, #edmonton-oilers, #gretzky-wayne, #hockey-ice, #lemieux-mario, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league, #records-and-achievements

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.

#bettman-gary, #boogaard-derek, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers, #sports-injuries, #washington-capitals, #wilson-tom-1994

Rangers Fire President and General Manager

The president, John Davidson, was in only his second season in the role. The team was eliminated from playoff contention this week.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #davidson-john-1953, #gorton-jeff, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers

Connor McDavid Could Score 100 Points in 56 Games

With 93 points and five games left, the Edmonton Oilers star is piling up goals and assists at a pace not seen since the days of Gretzky and Lemieux.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #draisaitl-leon-1995, #edmonton-oilers, #hockey-ice, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league

The Florida Panthers Are Winning, Both On and Off the Ice

A franchise that had faltered after showing early promise is in a tight playoff race, and has committed to growing youth hockey in an untraditional market for the sport

#cifu-douglas-anthony, #florida-panthers, #fort-lauderdale-fla, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #viola-vincent, #zito-willliam-f-jr-1964

N.H.L. and Turner Sports Reach 7-Year Media Rights Deal

Turner Sports will broadcast half of each year’s playoffs and three Stanley Cup finals, and plans to bring games to the HBO Max streaming service.

#espn, #hbo-max, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #tbs-network, #television, #turner-network-television, #walt-disney-company, #warner-media-llc, #zucker-jeff

Vancouver Canucks Brought to a Standstill by the Pandemic

At least 16 players and a coach are on the N.H.L.’s Covid-19 protocol list, and the team has postponed four games because of the virus.

#boyd-travis-1993, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hamonic-travis-1990, #hockey-ice, #hughes-quinn-1999, #national-hockey-league, #vancouver-canucks, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

N.H.L. Hopes to Extend Its Reach to Latino Audiences

The league’s recent agreement with ESPN grants the network media rights in Latin America, and some teams already regularly broadcast games on the radio in Spanish.

#arizona-coyotes, #chicago-blackhawks, #florida-panthers, #foley-william-p-ii, #hispanic-americans, #hockey-ice, #los-angeles-kings, #lozano-hector, #matthews-auston-1997, #national-hockey-league, #nijjar-michael, #rivera-francisco-x, #vegas-golden-knights