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Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet (right) listens to Mike Sullivan yell at linesman Brian Murphy during a game against the Arizona Coyotes in Pittsburgh, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Coyotes hire Rick Tocchet

PHOENIX — The Arizona Coyotes have named Rick Tocchet as head coach, replacing Dave Tippett, who parted ways with the franchise after last season.

Submitted photo Francesco Corona cleaned up at the Midland Flyers’ year-end awards banquet. The fleet-footed forward was named the club’s hardest worker and top point-getter; he tallied 82 points in 34 games to finish second in league scoring. The Barrie native and former Rama Aces star will play for the Laurentian University Voyageurs this coming season.

Record-breaking season for former Ace

Former Rama Aces star Francesco Corona, who had a record-breaking season last year in Midland -- including several big games against the rival Orillia Terriers -- is taking his speed and scoring prowess north this fall.

Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on March 12, 2017 in Chicago. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks deal away Panarin

Even before the first name was called, before the first jersey was handed out, before the first draft pick got to shake the hand of commissioner Gary Bettman, blockbuster trades dominated the 2017 draft weekend in Chicago.

Gabriel Vilardi checks out the field during the NHL Draft prospects media tour at Wrigley Field on June 21, 2017 in Chicago. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chaos reigns in NHL draft

CHICAGO — As young Gabriel Vilardi slowly buttons up the pinstriped Chicago Cubs jersey he has just been handed, it’s not the shirt on his back that has a leather-lunged fan in the stands voicing his playful displeasure.

Models unveil the expansion Vegas Golden Knights' new jersey in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (AP Photo/John Locher)

NHL unveils new jerseys

The unofficial fashion police have spoken. And their verdict: The Vegas Golden Knights are winners even before they’ve filled out their roster.

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan smiles during a game against the Calgary Flames Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Doan's days in desert done

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes will not offer forward Shane Doan a contract for the upcoming season, leaving the longtime captain to decide whether to retire or join another team.

Lethbridge Hurricanes' Jordy Bellerive tries a wrap around on Calgary Hitmen goalie Cody Porter during WHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on March 10, 2017. (Ryan McLeod/Postmedia Network)

It's official: WHL lawsuit can happen

An Alberta judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against the Western Hockey League may proceed, making it the second such case against a major junior league in Canada.

Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71), and Sidney Crosby (87) kiss the Stanley Cup after defeating the Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final in Nashville on Sunday, June 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

An unconventional championship

At the beginning of the Stanley Cup final, I asked Jimmy Rutherford about the combined legacies of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and what it would mean for them to have won one more Stanley Cup than Mario Lemieux managed as a player with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Oilers captain Connor McDavid (97) and Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) skate during first period NHL action in Edmonton on Nov. 29, 2016. The Oilers, Leafs and Canadiens are among the favourite from Canada to win the 2018 Stanley Cup. (Ed Kaiser/Postmedia Network/Files)

Odds look good for Oilers, Leafs and Habs

Less than 24 hours after the Pittsburgh Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup for a second consecutive season, the oddsmakers were showing some love for the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens when it comes to projecting the 2018 winner.

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