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Ducks' Horcoff suspended for 20 games

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 1:19 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- Anaheim Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

Based on his average annual salary, Horcoff will forfeit $357,526.88.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.

Around the League notebook: Monday, Jan. 25

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 12:27 PM / News


The NHL announced the details of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey's top talent on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT on NBCSN in the U.S., and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Click here for more information.

Interviews, analysis, breakdowns and highlights will be featured throughout NHL Network's live coverage of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, beginning Friday, Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. ET. NHL Network's NHL Tonight will also provide live coverage before and after the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game. Click here for more information.

Panthers' Barkov after extension: I'll work even harder

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 9:58 AM / News

The Florida Panthers on Tuesday signed center Aleksander Barkov to a six-year contract extension.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The Miami Herald reported the contract, which runs through the 2021-22 season, is worth $35.4 million.

"I love to be here," Barkov said during a press conference Tuesday. "I like coming here every morning and working hard. This is a good spot for me. The team is going in the right direction. It's good to know right now I'm going to be here for the next six years. I feel safe, but I'm not going to stop working. I'll work even harder and get better."

The Panthers selected Barkov with the second pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. His entry-level contract expires July 1; his salary-cap charge this season is $925,000, according to

Blackhawks give GM Bowman three-year extension

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 9:46 AM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks extended the contract of general manager Stan Bowman for three years, the Blackhawks announced Tuesday.

Bowman, who has helped guide the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup championships in six seasons, now has a contract that runs through the 2020-21 season.

"I am proud of how much Stan and his staff have accomplished and have great confidence in his leadership as our organization continues to strive for consistent excellence," president and CEO John McDonough said. "Under Stan's guidance, our Hockey Operations Department is strong across all levels, including scouting, player evaluation and development, and salary cap management. He has created a sound structure that Blackhawks fans can be excited about for many years to come."

GoPro, NHLPA and NHL renew partnership to deliver hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the game

Partnership to include the launch of 11-part NHL After Dark™ series featuring immersive, on-ice content filmed with some of the game's most talented stars

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

SAN MATEO, Calif. / NEW YORK / TORONTO – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) today announced a renewal of its partnership with GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOPRO) to deliver hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the game. The partnership extension will feature NHL After Dark™, an 11-part series filmed and produced by GoPro's media and entertainment team that will give hockey fans an immersive look at what happens on the ice during after-hours training sessions.

"Our goal with the NHL After Dark™ series is to transport the hockey fan directly onto the ice with an up-close and personal look at some of the NHL's most talented players," said Bill McCullough, executive producer at GoPro. "These world-class athletes invest much of their time honing skills behind the scenes and we're excited to give hockey fans an exclusive look at the personalities of these players, the fun they bring to the game and their commitment to mastering their craft."

Atkinson goal helps young Blue Jackets fan get dog

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 12:04 AM / News

Another NHL fan appears to be in line for a dog thanks to a player scoring a goal. Actually, this fan should get three dogs.

A young Columbus Blue Jackets fan brought a sign to the game against the Montreal Canadiens at Nationwide Arena on Monday that said her dad told her she could get a dog if Cam Atkinson scored on her birthday. Atkinson scored not one, but three goals in a 5-2 win for his third NHL hat trick.

NHL, MLBAM unveil details for redesigned platforms

Monday, 01.25.2016 / 8:42 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The NHL and Major League Baseball Advanced Media unveiled details for three redesigned digital platforms on Monday aimed at giving hockey fans a better user experience on all devices.

The redesigned, NHL app and NHL.TV (a rebrand of Gamecenter Live) are scheduled to launch this weekend.

The announcement Monday came 175 days after the NHL and MLBAM announced their digital rights deal, which began with the redesign and relaunch of NHL Network prior to the start of the season.

"These platforms are going to give us the ability to provide more and more content to the hockey fans, and it's also going to make it more user friendly," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We couldn't be more excited and, perhaps more importantly, more pleased with the start this relationship [between the NHL and MLBAM] has gotten off to."

Flyers to host first You Can Play Night against Bruins

Monday, 01.25.2016 / 3:08 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will host the first You Can Play Night of the season Monday when they play the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, NESN, CSN-PH) at Wells Fargo Center.

The You Can Play Project was created to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. It was co-founded by NHL director of player safety Patrick Burke, who also serves as YCP president.

You Can Play has partnered with all 30 NHL teams, and NHL players have volunteered their time to appear in public-service announcements broadcast in arenas and on local sports networks.

Jets forward Perreault out Tuesday against Coyotes

Monday, 01.25.2016 / 2:50 PM / News

The Winnipeg Jets will be without forward Mathieu Perreault when they host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-A, TSN3) in their final game before the All-Star break.

Perreault, the Jets' third-leading scorer with 31 points (seven goals), left a 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday with a lower-body injury.

"His tests turned out to be fairly positive, so we're hopeful that he's a player out of the break," coach Paul Maurice told the Jets website.

Stars defenseman Klingberg receives tasty tribute

Monday, 01.25.2016 / 12:44 PM / News

How good has John Klingberg been for the Dallas Stars?

Good enough to get a hamburger named after him at American Airlines Center.

The Klingburger, named after the Swedish defenseman, features a 1/3-pound beef patty, topped with cheddar cheese, Swedish secret sauce, homemade quick pickles, crisp bacon, shaved red onions and lettuce. It is served on a cheddar-infused ciabatta bun and comes with dill pickle-seasoned fries.

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