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Flames fan starts GoFundMe to put up Tkachuk billboards in Edmonton

The battle of Alberta is heating up.

Following the recent incident involving Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Kassian and Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, a fan has started a GoFundMe campaign to put up billboards of Tkachuk around Edmonton.

"We have decided that Edmonton deserves to see much more of Matthew Tkachuk. So we are raising funds to place multiple billboards around the city of Edmonton with just Tkachuk's face on them (and for ALS)," the GoFundMe reads.

The campaign has already surpassed its goal of $2,500. The organizer said they'll be contacting the Flames to get approval to put up the billboards.

Kassian was handed a two-game suspension Monday for the incident and will be eligible to return Jan. 29 against the Flames.

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Marner says Bieber is better hockey player than he expected

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner was impressed with what he saw from Justin Bieber during their holiday shinny game.

"He's actually better than I thought he was," Marner told NHL.com's Dave McCarthy after him, Auston Matthews, and Tyson Barrie hit the ice with Bieber. "He's got pretty good hands and a pretty good shot on him. I think he surprised us."

Marner said he and Matthews had been talking to Bieber about getting together for a game since the pop star attended the Maple Leafs' 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 25. The opportunity came Thursday while Bieber was back in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario for the holidays.

Marner and Matthews played on a team with Bieber, while Barrie skated with the other group.

"We had to take it a little easy," Barrie said. "It was a great crew of guys. It was just for fun, it was Christmas holidays for the boys, they were just coming from work, having a few beers and having some fun. It was a cool experience."

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Rangers top Forbes’ list of most valuable NHL teams

For the fifth straight year, the New York Rangers have landed the top spot on Forbes' list of the most valuable NHL teams.

The Rangers lead all NHL teams with a worth of $1.65 billion - a 6% increase from 2018. They also made the most revenue ($270 million) and operating income ($123 million) of any team during the 2018-19 campaign despite not making the playoffs the past two seasons.

Rounding out the top three are the Toronto Maple Leafs at $1.5 billion and the Montreal Canadiens at $1.34 billion.

Here's the full list:

Rank Team Current Value Revenue
1. New York Rangers $1.65B $270M
2. Toronto Maple Leafs $1.5B $243M
3. Montreal Canadiens $1.34B $243M
4. Chicago Blackhawks $1.085B $208M
5. Boston Bruins $1B $228M
6. Los Angeles Kings $850M $203M
7. Philadelphia Flyers $825M $187M
8. Detroit Red Wings $800M $183M
9. Washington Capitals $775M $180M
10. Vancouver Canucks $740M $167M
11. Pittsburgh Penguins $665M $184M
12. Dallas Stars $600M $166M
13. Vegas Golden Knights $580M $167M
14. Edmonton Oilers $575M $154M
15. New Jersey Devils $550M $181M
16.  San Jose Sharks $540M $164M
17.  St. Louis Blues $530M $171M
18. New York Islanders $520M $115M
19. Minnesota Wild $510M $149M
20. Calgary Flames $500M $138M
21. Anaheim Ducks $480M $137M
22. Colorado Avalanche $475M $130M
23. Tampa Bay Lightning $470M $140M
24. Nashville Predators $460M $135M
25. Carolina Hurricanes $450M $128M
26. Ottawa Senators $445M $127M
27. Winnipeg Jets $420M $127M
28. Buffalo Sabres $400M $135M
29. Columbus Blue Jackets $325M $119M
30. Florida Panthers $310M $105M
31. Arizona Coyotes $300M $102M

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Former Humboldt player Ryan Straschnitzki takes 1st steps since crash

Former Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki is walking again for the first time since being paralyzed from the chest down in the team's fatal bus crash in April 2018.

Straschnitzki's father, Tom, shared a video Wednesday on Twitter showing his son taking his first steps with help from a therapist.

Straschnitzki underwent surgery in Thailand earlier this month to have a stimulator implanted in his back, according to Leah Murray of Air 106.1 FM. The stimulator uses electrical currents to stimulate nerves, allowing Straschnitzki to move his legs and gain more core control.

"The therapist (told Ryan), 'You're going for a walk,'" Tom said. "I didn't think he was ready, I was afraid his knees would buckle or his ankles, but they made him go and he was training his brain.

"I went, 'Holy shit, last time he walked was when he walked onto the bus.'"

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Crosby donates All-Star Game MVP car to veteran

Ahead of Veterans Day, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby surprised a local veteran by gifting her the car he won for being named MVP at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

The recipient of the car - a 2019 Honda Passport - was 28-year-old Madeline Malizio, who has served as an Army Specialist for the past five years and is going to school for legal studies, according to Sam Kasan of NHL.com. She's also a single mother to a 3-year-old son.

After learning Malizio didn't own a car, Crosby decided to help. He met her inside the Penguins' locker room following practice Friday and then took her to the facility at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, where the car was waiting.

"He was telling me how he heard about my story and he wanted to do something to help my situation," Malizio said. "I was confused. I wasn't sure what he could be talking about. He puts the garage up and it's this car. I felt weak in my knees. I felt speechless. I don't really think there is a word to describe how you feel in that moment."

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Report: ‘Mighty Ducks’ reboot in development for Disney+

"The Mighty Ducks" reboot is reportedly moving forward.

A series based on the 1990s hockey movie franchise is being developed for Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, with production expected to begin February in Vancouver, according to Discussing Film. Rumors of a reboot first surfaced in January 2018.

The new series will reportedly center around a 13-year-old boy who gets cut from the junior division Mighty Ducks team. The boy and his mother then start their own squad by finding other players, a coach, and somewhere to play.

"The Mighty Ducks" was released in 1992 and was followed by two sequels and an animated television series. Several members of the original cast reunited for a ceremonial puck drop at a game between the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks last season.

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Kessel says he never used lonely theater room in Pittsburgh house

Phil Kessel's suburban Pittsburgh home hit the real estate market this summer following his trade to the Arizona Coyotes, and it quickly went viral thanks to a photo of its single-seat theater room.

Kessel explained during a Tuesday interview with NHL Network that there was a good reason for the emptiness: he never used the room.

"I was selling my house and, you know, there's nothing in there, right? It was used as a bedroom, like a blow-up mattress and everything," Kessel said. "I actually never used that movie room one time, but my realtor's wife thought it was a good thing to put in there one chair or something, look like I used it or something. But, I don't know. I never used it one time there."

Kessel's realtor, Dave Tumpa, said they thought the single chair "would be cute" and highlight the size of the room.

The listing for the house is still up, so it appears it hasn't sold yet.

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P.K. Subban, Lindsey Vonn announce engagement

New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban and Olympic gold medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn are engaged.

The couple, who started dating in June 2018, broke the news in an interview with Alexandra Macon of Vogue.

"I got the ring and said, 'You know what, I'm just going to do it (at) home,'" Subban said. "Everything kind of came together on that day. Everyone says the stars aligned - well, it was actually a full moon. I was worried because I knew she would want to be dressed up and not in her pajamas, and it just so happened she had a business meeting, so she was fully dressed up."

Vonn said they aren't in a rush to walk down the aisle and are focused on settling in for the upcoming NHL season - Subban's first with the Devils following a summer trade from the Nashville Predators.

"We're in such a busy time right now. We're trying to move to New Jersey," she explained. "I just want to enjoy the moment and the engagement. We're not in a big hurry to get married. It kind of depends on his playing schedule, and when we have time to sit down and go through it. I don't want to stress him out because he has a big season coming."

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Watch: Conor McGregor delivers pregame pep talk to Bruins

The Boston Bruins received some words of encouragement from Conor McGregor prior to the UFC star dropping the ceremonial puck at TD Garden on Saturday night.

The Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime on a goal by Brad Marchand, who celebrated by breaking out McGregor's famous strut.

"He's an incredible guy, very energetic," Marchand said of McGregor, according to Ken Powtak of the Associated Press. "He was humble. He was happy to be here. He's expressed that to everyone. It was an honor to meet him. It was great to have him here. It's something we'll remember."

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Watch: Best flows from the 2019 Minnesota State HS League tournament

The annual Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament kicked off at the Xcel Energy Center earlier this week, and as per tradition, players showed up with outrageous hairdos.

Here are some of the standout looks:

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