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Age / DOB:  (62) / 6/2/1952
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Billionaire William Foley is reportedly interested in putting an NHL team in Las Vegas.
Based on the report, Foley's goal is to have the team established for the NHL's 100th anniversary in 2017-18. It's believed that Foley might achieve that by purchasing the Arizona Coyotes. Andrew Barroway recently reached a deal to gain a controlling stake in the team, but is reportedly willing to flip the team. The NHL won't comment on whether they've had discussions with Foley, but they did deny any reports suggesting that Foley has plans to buy the Coyotes and move them to Las Vegas. Another possibility is that the NHL will expand and Vegas will get a team that way. Oct 24 - 1:13 PM

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The Ottawa Senators will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 9 to make up for Wednesday's contest.

The game was rescheduled because of shooting incidents in Canada's capital that claimed the life of a soldier at the National War Memorial. The game will have a 6:00 p.m. EST start time.
Oct 23 - 12:24 PM

The NHL has postponed Wednesday's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators.

The game was scheduled to be played at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game hasn't been rescheduled yet. This is in light of the multiple shooting incidents in Ottawa that have occurred Wednesday. One incident involved the shooting of a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial.
Oct 22 - 1:32 PM

Whether or not the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators is played tonight is still undetermined.

The game in Ottawa is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. A Canadian soldier was shot and wounded at the National War Memorial, there has been other shooting incidents, and Parliament Hill is under lockdown. The NHL said it will follow the lead of the local authorities.
Oct 22 - 12:32 PM

The NHL has confirmed that Buffalo will host the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The event will take place on June 24-25. The Sabres previously hosted the draft in 1991 and 1998. "Awarding the 2016 National Hockey League Draft to Buffalo honors the passion of its fans for our sport and reflects the commitment of Terry and Kim Pegula to the Sabres and to Buffalo," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We are delighted our fans will have the opportunity to welcome the incoming class of outstanding players at First Niagara Center, which is one of the hockey world's top event destinations."
Source: NHL.com
Oct 13 - 2:49 PM

For only the sixth time in NHL history all 30 NHL teams will play on the same night.

Saturday night is hockey night in North America. Get that clicker ready and enjoy!
Oct 11 - 10:58 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce on Monday that the 2016 NHL Entry Draft will be hosted by Buffalo.

This will be the first time since 1998 that Buffalo has hosted the draft. The Sabres are expected to end up with one of the top picks in the 2015 draft, but they doubtlessly hope they won't be quite as bad in 2015-16 as they're projected to be this season.
Oct 10 - 12:05 PM

Emergency doctors will be present at every NHL game this season.

The NHL has had some scary incidents occur on the ice or on the benches in recent years, and having more doctors around the rink can’t hurt. NHL teams will need to have three doctors close to the benches, an orthopaedist, a primary care physician and an ER physician.
Oct 3 - 8:46 PM

Despite quite a few training camp cuts on Saturday, no team decided to grab a player from that mix.

While many claims end up being minor notes, there are exceptions to that rule. The New York Islanders in particular have been deft at finding gems from other teams' refuse in recent years.
Sep 27 - 12:36 PM

The NHL announced some rule changes for the upcoming season.

The league has cracked down on the 'Spin-O-Rama' move, which will no longer be allowed on penalty shots and in the Shootout. Other rule changes include increasing the trapezoid, new game misconduct categories, some expanding on video reviews, an amendment to the tripping infraction, fines for repeated embellishments and a change to try to stop delay tactics on faceoffs. Check the link to see some other rule additions and their explanations.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 11 - 3:54 PM

The NHL has confirmed that the 2015 Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park.

Nationals Park, which is the home of the Washington Nationals, had previously been reported as the venue for the game, but now we have confirmation. The Winter Classic will start at 1:00 p.m. ET on January 1 and feature the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks. This will be the second Winter Classic appearance for both Washington and Chicago. The Capitals beat Pittsburgh in 2011 while the Blackhawks fell to Detroit in 2009.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 10 - 3:08 PM

The Toronto Star estimated that a new hockey franchise in Toronto would cost over $1 billion to create when considering expansion fees, new arena costs and a territorial payment to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Spurred by a report from last week from the Sports Business Journal regarding the NHL expanding to Toronto, the Star looked at the viability of sustaining another team in Ontario's hockey-mad capital. The paper reports that a new Toronto team would have to pay a $400 million fee to the NHL in order to be included in the expansion class. Next, the team would need to build a new arena, which has an estimated price tag of $400 million. Finally, the report suggests a payment of around $250 million for the Maple Leafs' owners to repay revenue losses the first franchise would suffer from a new team.
Aug 30 - 7:56 PM

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there is "nothing new to report on this subject" amid reports of expansion.

The league has been listening to prospective owners in locations like Quebec City, Seattle, Las Vegas and Kansas City, but according to Gary Bettman there hasn't been a formal expansion process.
Aug 27 - 12:19 PM

According to a report from the Sports Business News, the NHL is preparing to add four teams by 2017 in Toronto, Quebec City, Seattle and Las Vegas.

Expansion fees could reach a combined $1.4 billion. A new organization in Las Vegas is thought to be a "done deal," according to sources close to the situation. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said back in March that the league wasn't considering a formal expansion process, but they were listening to interest.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 27 - 10:34 AM

Just on time for the highly touted draft class of 2015, the NHL has made changes to their draft lottery system by giving more teams a greater shot at winning the first overall pick.

For 2015, the league’s worst team will have a 20% shot at winning the draft lottery, down from 25% in previous years. Each of the bottom four teams will have their lottery odds reduced, while the other 10 non-playoff teams will see their chances increased. Under the old system, the lottery was held for just the first pick and teams that won could move up only three spots. But by 2016, each of the top three draft spots will be drawn and all 14 non-playoff teams have a chance to make the podium. The changes reflect the NBA system of draft lotteries and provide less of an incentive for teams to tank in order to improve their draft spot.
Source: NHL
Aug 23 - 5:26 PM

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