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NHL Sanctions the Arizona Coyotes for Violation of League’s Combine Testing Policy


Club Will Forfeit Its 2nd-Round Pick in 2020 NHL Draft and 1st-Round Pick in 2021


NEW YORK (Aug. 26, 2020) — The National Hockey League has sanctioned the Arizona Coyotes for violating the NHL’s Combine Testing Policy during the 2019-20 season, directing the forfeiture of the Club’s 2nd-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and 1st-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.


The sanctions were announced by Commissioner Gary Bettman, who convened a hearing on the matter August 6 that included testimony from representatives of the Coyotes and the NHL. At the outset of the hearing, the Club acknowledged that it had violated the Policy by conducting physical testing on 2020 draft-eligible players prior to the Combine.


In reaching his decision, Commissioner Bettman outlined key reasons for the Policy’s prohibition on physical testing prior to the Combine: to ensure competitive fairness among Clubs with respect to evaluating and drafting prospects and to avoid subjecting prospects to repeated and duplicative testing procedures.


The sanctions were imposed under Article 6.3 of the NHL Constitution, which authorizes the Commissioner to impose discipline “if he determines . . . that any person . . . has either violated the Constitution, the By-Laws, or any other governing rule or regulation of the League, or has been or is guilty of conduct . . . detrimental to the League or the game of hockey.”


Further, Article 6.3 empowers the Commissioner to deprive the offending Club of draft choices “if the conduct in question affects the competitive aspects of the game.”


“While the Combine Testing Policy Memoranda reference a fine of “no less than $250,000 for each violation” of the Policy, I exercise my discretion to impose the aforementioned discipline—which I consider to be more appropriate given the specific circumstances of this case,” said Commissioner Bettman.


“As for the Club personnel who participated in, or may have contributed to, the Club’s violation of the Policy, I have decided that no discipline shall be imposed on these individuals. While I conclude that certain Club personnel acted in a grossly negligent manner at best, which was conceded by the Club, I ultimately conclude that the record does not establish—to a standard with which I am comfortable—that those individuals engaged in intentional wrongdoing, as opposed to grossly negligent behavior.”


The NHL will not comment further on this matter.





NHL announces Start Time & Broadcast Details for Game 5 of Tampa Bay-Boston on Sunday, August 30


NEW YORK (Aug. 25, 2020) – The National Hockey League today announced the following update to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round schedule for Sunday, Aug. 30:


  • The start time of Game 5 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins is 8 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on NBC in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports.





NHL fines Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella $25,000


NEW YORK (Aug. 25, 2020) – Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has been fined $25,000 for his conduct during a media availability following Game 5 of the team’s First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, Aug. 19, the National Hockey League announced.

John Tortorella (file photo)

The fine is the collection of a conditional fine assessed Jan. 1, 2020.


The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.




Critically Acclaimed Docuseries “Quest For The Stanley Cup” Returns to Chronicle 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and NHL’s Unprecedented Postseason

Behind-the-Scenes Series Will Originate From Inside the Edmonton and Toronto Secure Zones; Show Will Air Every Wednesday, Starting Sept. 2, on ESPN+ in U.S. and in Canada


View the Trailer Here


EDMONTON / TORONTO (Aug. 25, 2020) – Quest For The Stanley Cup™, the behind-the-scenes documentary series chronicling the remaining eight teams – Boston BruinsColorado AvalancheDallas StarsNew York IslandersPhiladelphia FlyersTampa Bay LightningVancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights – in the midst of the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs and the NHL’s return to the ice under extraordinary circumstances, will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 2, exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. and on in Canada.


Through six episodes, the two-time Sports Emmy Award-nominated series will take viewers inside the secure zones in Edmonton and Toronto, from the action on the ice and on the benches to the creative ways players, coaches and team personnel are spending their down time, to give viewers an all-access pass during the high-stakes Stanley Cup Playoffs and the pursuit of the Stanley Cup – the hardest trophy to win in professional sports.


Quest For The Stanley Cup premiered in 2016 to critical acclaim, making the National Hockey League the first North American pro sports league to provide unprecedented access to its postseason. For the fifth straight year, the weekly series will be produced by Ross Greenburg Productions, under the direction of award-winning producer Ross Greenburg, in association with NHL Original Productions. NHL Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer will serve as an executive producer. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Bill Camp returns as narrator.


​”Over the years, including the past two seasons on ESPN+, the success of Quest For The Stanley Cup is due in large part to the incredible access our embedded crews have to players, coaches and team personnel on and off the ice,” said Mayer. “This season, the unique circumstances of the 2019-20 season, the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto will provide unparalleled and compelling storytelling. We aren’t just chronicling the Playoffs; we’re recording history.”


For the third straight season, ESPN+ subscribers will have access to the entire series throughout the Playoffs, with new episodes available each Wednesday starting next week. Fans in Canada will be able to watch Quest For The Stanley Cup every Wednesday evening on


Premiere Dates for “Quest For The Stanley Cup” on ESPN+ &

Wednesday, Sept. 2 Episode 1 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Sept. 9 Episode 2 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Sept. 16 Episode 3 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Sept. 23 Episode 4 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Episode 5 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Oct. 7 Episode 6 6 p.m. ET


Following a 142-day pause, the NHL dropped the puck with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Saturday, Aug. 1, followed by the start of the First Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The Qualifiers delivered nine days of thrills, including 15 come-from-behind wins, three of four teams seeded 11 or 12 advancing to the First Round, seven games with tying or go-ahead goals scored in the final 90 seconds of regulation, and three hat tricks, among other impressive feats.


That was followed by a First Round which saw 24 of 43 games (56%) decided by a single goal, including eight games that required overtime. Teams rallied from behind to win 17 times, including seven multi-goal comebacks. The Stars eliminated the Calgary Flames in Game 6 by scoring seven unanswered goals to overcome an early 3-0 deficit; rookie Denis Gurianov carried the Stars’ offense with four goals and five points, tying the NHL mark for most goals by a rookie in a postseason game. Series upsets saw each of the last two Stanley Cup champions (the St. Louis Blues in 2019 and the Washington Capitals in 2018) eliminated in the First Round. Meanwhile, the Lightning, which was upset by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a stunning First Round sweep in 2019, won the rematch in five games, including a five-overtime thriller in Game 1, the fourth-longest game in NHL history.


Fans can follow the conversation via the official hashtag #StanleyCup.


About NHL Original Productions

NHL Original Productions is the in-house production arm of the NHL, focused on documenting, preserving and promoting the game of hockey and its players. Established in 2011, NHL Original Productions develops long- and short-form hockey programming for the League’s media platforms – NHL Network™, and NHL Social™ – as well as national, regional and international rightsholders. Its original programming lineup includes the Emmy Award-winning series “Road To The NHL Winter Classic™,” the Sports Emmy Award-nominated “Quest For The Stanley Cup™,” “Behind The Glass,” “NHL All-Star All Access™,” “NHL China Games All Access™,” “Skates Off,” “What’s In The Box,” “Stanley Cup Live™,” and other content.


About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) and ESPN. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to 8.5 million subscribers in less than two years, offering fans thousands of live events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, an unmatched library of on-demand programming, as well as premium editorial content.


Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $5.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) through, or the ESPN App. It is also available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN+ ­— all for just $12.99/month.


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL: Nirva Milord; ESPN: Michael Skarka; ESPN+: Kevin Ota; COURTESY



EA Sports announces October 16 as the date for NHL 21 with Hockey Legend Alex Ovechkin Revealed as Cover Athlete



All New Creative Gameplay Innovations Create Revolutionary Moments That Define the Future of the Sport; NHL 21 Will Arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with Longtime Fans Eligible for a Veteran Bonus


View the Official Reveal Trailer Here


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 24, 2020 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that EA SPORTS™ NHL®21 is coming to the PlayStation 4 And Xbox One on October 16 and unveiled a first look at Stanley Cup® winner Alex Ovechkin as the game’s cover athlete, for the second time. Ovechkin has been one of the most influential and impactful players in hockey and has become something of a muse for the development team, mapping the game’s innovation against the game-changing impact he has had on the sport. This iteration of the franchise brings to life a revamped Be A Pro experience, expanded creative gameplay, the new Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) RUSH, and World of CHEL additions offering players the opportunity to create an Ovechkin-esque style and legacy.


“It’s a huge honor to be on the cover of NHL 21 for the second cover in my career,” said Ovechkin. “More importantly, I’m glad I’m looking just as good on the cover this year as I did in 2007!!!”


NHL 21 delivers a fresh feel to the franchise with an overhauled Be A Pro mode. The brand new Be A Pro experience enhances the game’s narrative and quality of life, giving players the chance to live the life of an NHL star, both on and off the ice. Impress the front office, go early on draft day, and chase greatness as players earn a spot on the first line, compete for the Stanley Cup, and become the league’s next best. Players can work their way from a chippy bottom six forward to a must-see superstar.


“Our community has been asking for an invigorating Be A Pro experience that puts them in the same spotlight as their favorite NHL stars, like Alex Ovechkin,” said Sean Ramjagsingh, Executive Producer of NHL 21. “Ovechkin’s gameplay legacy, on and off the ice, is helping us to bring the next generation of EA SPORTS NHL gameplay to life with NHL 21.”


Gameplay in NHL 21 has also gotten smarter, faster and a whole lot flashier with innovative moves and massive improvements on both sides of the puck. Players now have more options than ever before to take control of the game and impose their playstyle on opponents. Players can dazzle with slips, banks and chips, while pulling off some of the most recognizable superstar-inspired moves. However, players will also have to deal with improved goalie positioning and control, as netminders are adapting to the game’s skill level faster than ever before with brand-new desperation moves and animations.


This year’s iteration also takes HUT, the game mode that allows players to create their fantasy lineup of NHL players, alumni, and icons, and compete with them online, to the next level with HUT RUSH. HUT RUSH is a streamlined version of HUT that lets players jump into HUT games quickly, rack up achievements, and unlock rewards by scoring with style. With a scoring system that rewards skill and creativity, HUT RUSH will provide plenty of cannot miss moments.


In World of CHEL, the new Ranked Seasons allow players to compete across each of the four modes – ONES, THREES, Drop-In or Clubs – to earn rewards and play in the new EASHL Club Finals. Player and team success will be rewarded with unique gear, items and vanity sets to flaunt domination.


Additionally, Franchise Mode adds an exciting experience for one of the marquee events of every season: the Trade Deadline. Players will feel the pressure of the approaching deadline with real-time updates that lead to important decisions on which players to target and trade for. Just like the real trade deadline, the market value of players will fluctuate as the day goes on, and live trade alerts will move rapidly via the trade deadline ticker.


Fans that pre-order* today will get a variety of in-game content. The NHL 21 Great Eight Edition offers fans up to 10 HUT Diamond Player Choice Packs, HUT Synergy Veteran Choice Pack, HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack, three Days Early Access, Be A Pro XP Boost and Bonus Trait and Specialization Points and five Unlocked World of Chel Hockey Bags. All pre-order editions and information can be found here.


In addition to pre-order incentives, NHL 21 will offer a Veteran Bonus to longtime fans of the franchise, by rewarding up to 10 HUT loyalty reward packs based on the player’s ownership of the past three EA SPORTS NHL titles.


NHL 21 will be available on October 16, 2020 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Members of EA Play can be among the first to interact with new features a week early on October 9. For more information on EA SPORTS NHL, visit


*Conditions & restrictions apply. See here for details.


About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers.


In fiscal year 2020, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $5.5 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Apex Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at


EA SPORTS, Battlefield, Apex Legends, The Sims, Need for Speed, Titanfall and Plants vs. Zombies are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. FIFA is property of its respective owners and used with permission.


About the NHL

The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs and proudly welcomes its 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken™, for the 2021-22 season. Each team roster reflects the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented, all vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 670 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio; more than 151 million followers – league, team and player accounts combined – across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube; and more than 100 million fans online at The League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network™ in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™; and on, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League’s inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities through the sport of hockey by increasing youth participation and engagement; fostering positive family experiences; promoting inclusion, positive culture and leadership; and supporting sustainable community impact.


About the NHLPA

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 20 years, more than 80,000 deserving children in 34 countries have benefited from the players’ donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $25 million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; Jino Talens, Sr. EA PR Manager; Caitilin Doherty,  EA Global PR Manager; COURTESY

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