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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Canada’s Alexis Lafreniere shoots during the team’s practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Lafrenière has nothing to do but wait now that his Canadian junior hockey season is over, and uncertainty over when the NHL draft will take place as a result of the new coronavirus. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Canada’s Alexis Lafreniere shoots during the team’s practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Lafrenière has nothing to do but wait now that his Canadian junior hockey season is over, and uncertainty over when the NHL draft will take place as a result of the new coronavirus. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
The Associated Press NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, center, joins Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, left, and Tod Leiweke, right, president and CEO of the Seattle Hockey Partners group, during a news conference in Seattle.

B.C. Premier Horgan reaches out to NHL to offer place to play if hockey returns

Under one rumoured proposal, fans wouldn’t be allowed in arenas and teams would be sequestered in hotels

The Associated Press NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, center, joins Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, left, and Tod Leiweke, right, president and CEO of the Seattle Hockey Partners group, during a news conference in Seattle.
Canada’s Alexis Lafreniere smiles during practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

‘The work is still getting done’: NHL teams preparing for unusual draft

There’s talk the NHL could hold its draft online next month even though the 2019-20 season has yet to finish

Canada’s Alexis Lafreniere smiles during practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) makes a save as Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews (19) looks on during first period NHL action in Vancouver on January 2, 2020. Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom is using a tennis ball machine as part of his training to stay sharp. But no matter the setup, NHL puck-stoppers are, at least on the surface, at a disadvantage when it comes to maintaining most of their physical skills during the novel coronavirus outbreak that forced the NHL to pause its season on March 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

‘Knowledge and creativity’ the only training limitations for goalies in pandemic

Some suggest goalies go outside their comfort zone during the pandemic by incorporating new regimens

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) makes a save as Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews (19) looks on during first period NHL action in Vancouver on January 2, 2020. Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom is using a tennis ball machine as part of his training to stay sharp. But no matter the setup, NHL puck-stoppers are, at least on the surface, at a disadvantage when it comes to maintaining most of their physical skills during the novel coronavirus outbreak that forced the NHL to pause its season on March 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave dies at age 25 after suffering brain bleed

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave dies at age 25 after suffering brain bleed

The 25-year-old native of Battleford, Sask., was placed in a medically-induced coma on Tuesday

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave dies at age 25 after suffering brain bleed
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates with the puck against Colorado Avalanche right wing Joonas Donskoi (72), of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates with the puck against Colorado Avalanche right wing Joonas Donskoi (72), of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Home rink of the Ottawa Senators the ‘Canadian Tire Centre’ is pictured in Ottawa on March 12, 2020. A Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first NHLer to be diagnosed with the coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa Senators player tests positive for COVID-19

Unnamed skater becomes first NHLer diagnosed with coronavirus

Home rink of the Ottawa Senators the ‘Canadian Tire Centre’ is pictured in Ottawa on March 12, 2020. A Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first NHLer to be diagnosed with the coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canucks employee tests positive for COVID-19: COO

Canucks employee tests positive for COVID-19: COO

Individual ‘does not have a fan-facing role’

  • Mar 15, 2020
Canucks employee tests positive for COVID-19: COO
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) scores the only goal of the shootout against New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Miller scores shootout winner as Canucks edge Islanders 5-4

Vancouver back in wild card spot in tight NHL Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) scores the only goal of the shootout against New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks centre Adam Gaudette (88) fails to get a shot past Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) during second period NHL action in Vancouver, Sunday, March 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Elvis returns to lead Blue Jackets to 2-1 triumph over Canucks

Vancouver clings to final Western Conference playoff spot

  • Mar 8, 2020
Vancouver Canucks centre Adam Gaudette (88) fails to get a shot past Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) during second period NHL action in Vancouver, Sunday, March 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Colorado Avalanche’s J.T. Compher (37) as Vancouver’s Chris Tanev, left, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, March 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Colorado Avalanche’s J.T. Compher (37) as Vancouver’s Chris Tanev, left, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, March 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Longtime Montreal Canadiens centre Henri Richard dead

Longtime Montreal Canadiens centre Henri Richard dead

Henri Richard played 1,256 regular-season games, another Canadiens record

Longtime Montreal Canadiens centre Henri Richard dead
Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte (64) as Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz, back, watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Struggling Canucks drop fourth straight, fall 4-2 to Coyotes

Vancouver still holds Western Conference wild-card spot

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte (64) as Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz, back, watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter (21) and center Martin Necas (88) speak to Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres as he takes the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs during second-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Zamboni driver unlikely to spur NHL to change goalie rule

David Ayres became a sensation last month after leading the Hurricanes to an improbable victory

FILE - Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter (21) and center Martin Necas (88) speak to Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres as he takes the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs during second-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte, left, dives for the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets’ Andrew Peeke defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte, left, dives for the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets’ Andrew Peeke defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) stops Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Rare goal from Marincin lifts Leafs to 4-2 win over Canucks

Toronto defender nets first of the year against Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) stops Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stops Vancouver Canucks’ Loui Eriksson during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stops Vancouver Canucks’ Loui Eriksson during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Pierre Engvall (47) scores his team’s third goal of the game against Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Ayres, who serves as the Toronto Marlies’ zamboni driver, replaced Petr Mrazek in net after a delay in action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Emergency goalie David Ayres helps Hurricanes pick up improbable win over Leafs

The 42-year-old Zamboni driver led the Hurricanes to an improbable victory

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Pierre Engvall (47) scores his team’s third goal of the game against Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Ayres, who serves as the Toronto Marlies’ zamboni driver, replaced Petr Mrazek in net after a delay in action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler, of Sweden, from left to right, Troy Stecher, Tanner Pearson, Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson, of Sweden, celebrate Eriksson’s goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, February 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler, of Sweden, from left to right, Troy Stecher, Tanner Pearson, Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson, of Sweden, celebrate Eriksson’s goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, February 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck