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Patrick Kane Dropped From EA Sports’ NHL 16 Cover

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Gregory Shamus—2015 Getty Images Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Team Foligno skates during the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay event of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena on January 24, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.

Amid a police investigation

EA Sports is dropping Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane from promoting its NHL 16 video game because he is under police investigation.

The popular video game company announced its decision on its Twitter account Wednesday. EA Sports says Kane will no longer be a spokesman for NHL 16, nor appear on the game’s cover as previously planned.

Kane was to appear on the cover alongside Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

Kane’s lawyer, Paul Cambria, and agent, Pat Brisson, did not return messages seeking comment.

EA Sports’ decision comes less than a week after Hamburg police announced Kane is under investigation for something that may have happened at Kane’s home outside Buffalo on Aug. 2.

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Emilio Estevez Live-Tweeted the Ducks Win Like Gordon Bombay

Mighty Ducks actor cheers (and quacks) for his old team

Actor Emilio Estevez seems to love the Ducks as much as ever, judging by his latest flurry of tweets during Game 5 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Estevez, who played the youth hockey coach Gordon Bombay in the The Mighty Ducks, let loose a few cheers and quacks as the game progressed Monday evening.

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LA Kings Player Jarret Stoll Arrested on Drug Charges

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Larry MacDougal—AP NHL profile photo on Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll during a game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta on April 9, 2015.

The hockey forward was suspected of having cocaine

Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday in Las Vegas on suspicion of possession of cocaine, according to multiple reports.

The hockey forward and boyfriend of Dancing with the Stars co-host and sports reporter Erin Andrews was arrested at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand hotel, Las Vegas Metro police confirmed to CBS.

Stoll, 32, was being held at the Clark County Detention center Las Vegas police Lt. Michael Mauntel told the Associated Press.

The L.A. Kings released a statement on Twitter on Friday night, saying, “We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarett Stoll. Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”

A rep for Andrews could not immediately be reached for comment.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Your Kid’s Hockey Helmet May Not Be as Safe as You Think

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Researchers say the sport with the highest rate of concussions suffers from a dearth of effective safety helmets

Researchers at Virginia Tech have devised a five-star rating system for hockey helmet safety, and not one of the 32 helmets tested earned a five or even a four-star rating, the team revealed this week.

Researchers subjected each model of helmet to 48 impacts inside an ice rink and at the laboratory. The helmets were then ranked according to how many concussions the wearer could expect over an average hockey season. The sturdiest helmet, the Warrior Krown 360, received a three-star rating, meaning the wearer was unlikely to suffer more than three concussions. Nine helmets received zero stars, which could expose the wearer to six or more concussions, according to the team’s predictions.

Price appeared to have no effect on performance, with helmets priced at $100 outperforming helmets at triple the price.

The researchers decided to examine hockey helmets because the sport has the highest rate of concussions, assistant professor Steven Rowson said.

“Our focus is to improve the safety of the sport, and we have spent a great deal of time developing the methods and relaying these to the manufacturers so that they can optimize their designs,” said lead researcher Stefan Duma, head of the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.

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Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss NHL Concussion Lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson allowed the case launched by league players to proceed

A federal judge in Minnesota has thrown out the NHL’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the body inadequately informed players of the health risks caused by concussions despite having ample knowledge and resources.

The plaintiffs are seeking a financial settlement for the “pathological and debilitating effects of brain injuries caused by concussive and sub-concussive impacts sustained … during their professional careers,” according to court documents.

The NHL argued that the case was pre-empted by the league’s collective bargaining agreement, which created a six-year statute of limitations on the case. They also argued additional jurisdiction claims. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson rejected those challenges.

“Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that they may not have been aware that they had suffered an injury — or the possibility of injury — while they were playing in the NHL,” she wrote in her judgement.

In response, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement reported by the Associated Press. “While we would have hoped for a different result on this motion, we understand that the case is at a relatively early stage, and there will be ample opportunity for us to establish our defenses as the discovery process progresses,” he said

As implied in the statement, the ruling does not mean the players have won the lawsuit, but rather that they can move forward with the litigation.

The players suing the NHL are Dan Lacouture, Michael Peluso, Gary Leeman, Bernie Nicholls, David Christian and Reed Larsen.

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This NHL Player Got Traded After His Daughter Made a Written Plea

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Aaron Doster—Cal Sports Media/AP In this Nov 25, 2014, former Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jordan Leopold appears during the NHL game in Columbus, OH.

Jordan Leopold's job no longer has to take him so far from his family

Talk about initiative. Hockey player Jordan Leopold’s 11-year-old daughter just got her hometown hockey team, the Minnesota Wild, to trade for her father, who was playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“Well my dad is very lonly [sic] without his family. We are living in Minnesota right now and I am lost without my dad and so is my mom, my 2 sisters, and my brother,” young Jordyn Leopold wrote in a heartfelt letter to the coaches at Minnesota Wild.

Her wish was granted Monday, when 34-year-old Leopold was traded to the Minnesota Wild as a defenseman, allowing him to return home and reunite with his family.

Looks like a career in player management could be shaping up for young Jordyn.

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Former Blackhawks Defenseman Steve Montador Found Dead at His Home

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Rocky Widner—Getty Images Steve Montador of the Chicago Blackhawks readies for the face-off against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Nov. 23, 2011

UPDATE: Authorities have determined Montador died of natural causes, according to multiple reports.

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador was found dead at his home in Mississauga, Ontario on Sunday, according to the Mississauga News.

Regional police, who do not suspect foul play was involved, found Montador, 35, around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after a female acquaintance of Montador’s notified authorities, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was not immediately known.

The Vancouver native was signed by the Calgary Flames during the 2001-02 season and played for six different NHL teams.

Montador most recently played in the NHL for the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks, during which he suffered a season-ending concussion.

In the 2013-14 season, Montador played in the multi-national Kontinental Hockey League.

Montador logged 33 goals and 98 assists over 571 games in his 10-year NHL career.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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Angry Hockey Dad Smashes Safety Glass After Penalty Miss

"Way to go, Paul"

Sometimes people get a little too excited about sports, even if that sport is youth hockey. A parent gave a great example of this at recent tournament in York, Penn., when he became upset with a missed penalty call.

The father slaps the glass which somehow deteriorates under his hand sending shards all over the ice.

The York Daily Record spoke with the arena’s president, who said the man wedding ring concentrated the impact causing the safety glass to crumble.

“He broke the (wedding) ring,” Menzer said. “Apparently, his hand wasn’t in great shape either.”

Be sure to listen closely for the parent who drops a perfect “Way to go, Paul” after the refs stop the game while the glass is cleaned up.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Fire Head Coach Randy Carlyle

Randy Carlyle takes questions after the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Nashville Predators 9-2 on Nov. 18, 2014.
Steve Russell—Toronto Star/Getty Images Randy Carlyle takes questions after the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Nashville Predators 9-2 on Nov. 18, 2014.

Carlyle had been with the Maple Leafs for three full seasons since taking over late in the 2011-2012 season

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Randy Carlyle, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Maple Leafs have lost seven of their last 10 games, dropping to fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a one-point lead on the Boston Bruins for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

General manager David Nonis said the team couldn’t wait any longer to make a coaching change.

“I want to thank Randy for all of his hard work and dedication,” said Nonis. “It’s never an easy decision to make when changing your leadership but our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary.”

Carlyle, 58, was in his third full season with the Maple Leafs since taking over late in the 2011-2012 season. He compiled a 91-78-19 record in Toronto. The Maple Leafs made the playoffs just once under Carlyle, losing in seven games to the Bruins in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.

Prior to taking over the Maple Leafs, Carlyle was head coach of the Anaheim Ducks from 2006 until 2011. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in his first season at the helm.

Assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will lead the team during Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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NHL Teams Are Postponing Hospital Visits Amid a Mumps Outbreak

An overall view of the interior of the arena at the NHL season opener at Staples Center on October 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Stephen Dunn—Getty Images An overall view of the interior of the arena at the NHL season opener at Staples Center on October 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

'Tis the season for NHL players to get the mumps

NHL teams are postponing their annual holiday visits to hospitals, amid a mumps outbreak within the league.

Four teams have amended their plans as of Tuesday evening, out of concern that an undiagnosed player could bring the disease into a hospital, USA Today reports. At least 15 NHL players have so far come down with mumps, including players for the Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Though some teams said they would have to cancel their plans, others said they still expected to make their traditional hospital rounds, but after the holidays. The Calgary Flames, which has not had a mumps case, said all its players were vaccinated two weeks ago and they expected to make their visits sometime after the New Year.

[USA Today]

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