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Contact sports ban leaves 49ers, others in limbo
Santa Clara County, home of the 49ers and Levi's Stadium, issued enhanced COVID-19 guidelines for professional, collegiate and youth sports on Saturday afternoon that effectively put a three-week ban on any contact sports taking place in the county.[read more]

Top 300 player rankings for the 2020-21 fantasy hockey season
Welcome to the best season yet of ESPN Fantasy Hockey, as we give you the top 300 player rankings and catch you up on all the improvements to this year's game.[read more]

Indigenous NHL pioneer Sasakamoose dies at 86
Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the National Hockey League, has died after fighting COVID-19. He was 86.[read more]

Eye injury ends career of Islanders D Boychuk
Expressing concern for his safety after suffering an eye injury last season, Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk announced his retirement Wednesday.[read more]

NWHL to squeeze '21 season into 2-week bubble
The NWHL's six teams will each play five games -- facing each team in the league once, followed by the Isobel Cup playoffs -- during a two-week span from Jan. 23 to Feb. 5 inside a bubble in Lake Placid, New York.[read more]

What we're thankful for in hockey
From the community of hockey fans, to a return of bold, colorful jerseys, to the expansion of Gritty into non-hockey culture, here's what we love about the sport in 2020.[read more]

Blue Jackets say several players test positive
The Columbus Blue Jackets said Tuesday that several players recently tested positive for COVID-19 while preparing for the new season and went into quarantine.[read more]

Four Vegas players test positive for COVID-19
Four Golden Knights players tested positive for COVID-19, the team confirmed on Monday night.[read more]

The best, worst contracts for every NHL team
Which veteran player is providing the most value per dollar? Who is providing the least? We identify the best and worst for all 31 clubs.[read more]

Bruins lock in DeBrusk with two-year contract
The Bruins have signed forward Jake DeBrusk to a two-year extension worth $3.675 annually.[read more]