Sports Are Back, and Canadian Bars Are Happy

The hockey league's gradual return in Canada has brought a sigh of relief not only to sports fans but also to bar owners. There is an NHL bubble city in both Toronto and Edmond, where the NHL is expected to return. These special zones are used to protect the participants from the pandemic.

Head Strong: Fanelli talks life after career-changing check

A routine puck retrieval spun Ben Fanelli’s brain, and life, into an entirely new direction.
He was a 16-year-old defenceman for the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers who had reasonable aspirations of one day playing in the NHL.
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Drew Stafford fitting in nicely with Winnipeg Jets during stretch run

ST. LOUIS — With 10 games under his belt with his new club, Drew Stafford has found a comfort level after being traded for the first time in his NHL career.
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Leafs' 'motivation is to win'

Fans should be given hard hats to wear on Wednesday night to watch two teams doing messy foundation work.
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Tavares burns Maple Leafs in OT

The Leafs will be without Nazem Kadri Monday night - suspended for a game after showing up late to Sunday practice.
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The famous shootout goal will forever be David Schlemko’s calling card so long as he’s part of the Calgary Flames.
Considering that Schlemko is yet to suit up for the Flames at the Saddledome, having joined the team during their recent road trip, his highlight-reel skills-contest tally last week against the Boston Bruins created a reputation that precedes him.
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Ottawa Senators know what's at stake

Exactly one month ago, they were down to a prayer and a miracle.
The Senators had more points than just two teams in the entire conference, and they trailed the Boston Bruins by 14 in the wild-card standings.
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From bad to worst for Maple Leafs

It has taken 98 years of celebration and heartache, of angst, agony and jubilation, to reach this place in Maple Leaf history.
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World junior schedule set for Helsinki

Canada’s defence of the gold medal at the 2016 world junior championship will begin against one of its arch-rivals.
The International Ice Hockey Federation announced on Monday the schedule for the tournament in Helsinki, revealing that Canada will clash with the United States on Dec.
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NHL notes: Sabres' Nolan blasts 'lackadaisical' Grigorenko

Ted Nolan didn't mince words when the topic of Mikhail Grigorenko came up Monday.
The Buffalo Sabres head coach was not pleased with the Russian centre, calling his recent effort "lackadaisical" during a game in Ottawa.
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Maple Leafs' Kadri has some growing up to do

Nazem Kadri may be inconsistent on the ice, but in the dressing room, when it comes to dealing with the media, he’s consistently a go-to guy.
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Fewer fans watching Maple Leafs on TV

The notion that long-suffering Maple Leafs fans will put up with and blindly support poor and uninspired play finally could be starting to crack.
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More worries for Leafs than just Kadri

Nazem Kadri won't have to worry about being late for the game.
One day after arriving 20 minutes late for a team meeting at the MasterCard Centre and being sent home by interim head coach Peter Horachek, the Maple Leafs forward will be a healthy scratch against the visiting Islanders on Monday night.
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