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Golden Knights provide pizza for homeless near NHL’s Edmonton bubble

The Vegas Golden Knights gave back to their host city Wednesday by having pizza delivered to homeless and poverty-stricken Edmontonians near the NHL bubble.

Boyle Street Community Services, an organization that provides support for Edmonton's vulnerable people, thanked the Golden Knights in a Facebook post.

Elliott Tanti, the communications and development manager for Boyle Street, told Global News' Phil Heidenreich that the people who paid for the meals wanted to remain anonymous, but disclosed it was "a couple of guys from the Vegas team."

"I got a call yesterday from an individual with the team who had mentioned that he'd noticed the people in front of our building and he asked if it would be appropriate ... if the team could send down some pizza to the group," Tanti said. "The call was later in the day and our building was shutting and we just didn’t have the staff to do that. So he asked if he could do it today instead.

"I said, 'Of course.'"

The Golden Knights will face the St. Louis Blues on Thursday in their second round-robin contest.

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NHL 21 release date pushed back to October

The newest installment in EA Sports' NHL video game series will be out later than usual this year.

It was announced Monday that NHL 21's release is being pushed back from September to October, citing "major adjustments in developing the game from home" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement also revealed NHL 21 will only launch on Xbox One and PS4, though it will be playable on the next generation of consoles.

EA Sports promised the new game - whose cover star has yet to be unveiled - will be "worth the wait" and that fans will get their first look in late August.

Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews graced the cover of NHL 20, with the Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson and Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine appearing on the Sweden and Finland editions, respectively.

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170-year-old hockey stick valued at $3.5M up for auction

What is believed to be possibly the oldest known hockey stick in existence is up for grabs through Goldin Auctions.

The auction house's description says the stick dates back to the time period between the 1850s and 1870s, prior to the first recorded indoor hockey game in Montreal on March 3, 1875. It has been appraised at a value of $3.5 million.

The item has been dubbed the "Morse Stick" after its owners, Gary and Germaine Morse. It was gifted to the couple by Germaine's brother, Anthony Bean, who found it after purchasing their grandmother's house in Northfield, Vermont, in 1980.

International Hockey Hall of Fame board of directors member J.W. "Bill" Fitsell examined the stick twice and wrote in a letter to Gary Morse that he found "it to be a unique and most interesting artifact that fills the void in 19th century hockey history between shinny, ice polo, and ice hockey." The Hockey Hall of Fame has also expressed a desire to have the stick displayed there.

The auction has an opening bid of $100,000 and runs until May 16.

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David Ayres honored with hockey trading card

David Ayres now has his own official trading card.

The 42-year-old Zamboni driver turned emergency goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes is featured in the latest pack of Upper Deck's 2019-20 Game Dated Moments cards, available through the company's e-Pack platform.

Since Ayres isn't a member of the NHL Players' Association, a special deal was reached between him and Upper Deck to produce the card, according to Ryan Cracknell of Beckett. Upper Deck is also creating a rookie card for him.

Ayres, a Zamboni driver with the Toronto Marlies, entered Saturday's game for the Hurricanes against the Maple Leafs after goalies James Reimer and Petr Mrazek both suffered injuries. Carolina won the game 6-3.

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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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