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Michael Buble

Honors NHL Star Geno Odjick

'Best Hockey Fighter EVER'

10/31/2014 10:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
103114_michael_buble_launchMichael Buble respects a man willing to fight 5 men at the same time ... which is why the long-time NHL fan says Gino Odjick is the best hockey brawler EVER!!!

Odjick was a BEAST out on the ice during his 12-year run in the NHL ... but Buble says his favorite memory ever is when the guy tried to fight an ENTIRE hockey team at once. 

We think Buble was talking about an incident in May '95 ... when Odjick went after several players on the St. Louis Blues.

Odjick is currently battling terminal heart disease ... and just like when he played, Gino says he refuses to go down without a fight. 


NHL Star Semyon Varlamov Sued


... Ex-GF Claims

10/27/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1025-semyon-varlamov-getty-01NHL star Semyon Varlamov is being sued by his ex-GF ... who claims he terrorized her for years and tried to kill her in a drunken rage ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The woman behind the lawsuit is Evgeniya Vavrinyuk ... a former law student from Russia ... who says the Colorado Avalanche goalie had a bad habit of getting super drunk and then beating the living crap out of her.

In her suit, filed in Colorado by attorney Keith Fink, Vavrinyuk claims Semyon first attacked her back in 2012 in a "drunken animal rage" ... kicking and punching her even after she was "helpless on the ground."

Vavrinyuk claims the abuse occurred multiple times ... with Semyon constantly apologizing and begging her for forgiveness when he sobered up.

In her suit, Vavrinyuk says some of the abuse occurred when they were living in Russia -- but even when neighbors called police, "they refused to file any report or press charges due to Varlamov's celebrity hockey player status in Russia."

"The officers even shook his hand and wished him the best of luck the following season after speaking to the beaten and bruised Vavrinyuk," her lawsuit claims.

Vavrinyuk claims the final straw occurred in the early hours of October 29th, 2013 ... when the NHL player allegedly came home from a Halloween party in Denver and drunkenly beat her with closed fists with deadly intentions.

In her suit, Vavrinyuk claims a friend noticed her bruises later that day and contacted police and Semyon was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.


But despite a police investigator testifying that Vavrinyuk had bruises on her body, criminal charges against the hockey player were ultimately dropped for lack of evidence.

Now, Vavrinyuk has taken her case to the civil courts where the burden of proof is significantly lower -- sources tell us she's looking for more than $1 MILLION in damages.

We reached out to Varlamov's camp for comment -- so far, no word back.


Ottawa Game Canceled

Following Deadly Shooting

10/22/2014 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1022-canada-shooting-nhl-getty-02The NHL has postponed tonight's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators because of the tragic shootings in Ottawa this morning.

No make-up date has been set for the game yet ... with the league saying it will announce the new schedule at a later time.

The chaos started this morning when a man allegedly armed with a rifle shot and killed a soldier at the National War Memorial downtown.

TMZ Sports obtained a release from the NHL, saying ... "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa."

We're also told the Maple Leaf players are currently on lockdown at a hotel on Parliament HIll.

Story Developing ...

NHL Star Slava Voynov


... Says Cops Misunderstood

10/22/2014 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1022-slava-voynov-getty-02L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov is adamant he did NOT attack his wife -- and claims cops simply misunderstood his wife's explanation for her injuries because she doesn't speak English.

TMZ Sports spoke with Slava's attorney Craig Renetzky, who tells us he met with Slava and his spoouse after the NHL star was arrested for domestic violence in L.A. on Monday -- saying the whole thing is a real-life case of "lost in translation."

Renetzky says he spoke with Voynov's wife using a Russian interpreter -- and "after this detailed interview, it became abundantly apparent to me that there was a misunderstanding by the police as to what actually occurred."

So what happened? We're told his wife is adamant she "fell down" ... and that's why neighbors heard her crying. Slava's attorney says she tried to explain that to police ... but cops got the wrong impression and arrested Slava.

"It is my hope that when the police conclude their investigation they will realize that there was no criminal activity on the behalf of Mr. Voynov," Renetzky tells us.

"Charges are not warranted in this case. My client is also hopeful that the NHL will conclude its investigation promptly and will likewise allow him to join his team."


NHL Star Slava Voynov

Dom. Violence Victim Hospitalized

10/20/2014 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The woman who was allegedly attacked by L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov was injured so badly, she was rushed to the hospital ... where staffers called the cops on Voynov ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement tells us ... Voynov was actually arrested at the hospital in Torrance, CA around 1 AM Monday morning on suspicion of domestic violence. 

We're told Voynov had accompanied the woman to the hospital -- and shortly after they arrived, hospital staffers called authorities to report Voynov as the person suspected of attacking the woman. 

Our sources also ell us the woman claims she was in a relationship with Voynov. 

Voynov was hauled to a nearby jail -- where he was eventually released on $50k bail. 

Story developing ...


Cuba Gooding Jr. On

Topless NHL Celebration:


10/1/2014 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Screw Ebola, Cuba Gooding Jr. has clearly been infected with another troubling ailment ... BIEBER-ITUS ... 'cause the Oscar winner can't seem to keep his shirt on these days. 

Cuba was leaving Cafe Habana in Malibu Tuesday when we asked about his recent topless hockey celebration -- when he ripped off his top moments after scoring a mid-ice shot during an NHL shooting challenge.

Cuba's explanation? THAT'S HOW HE DO!!!

... and then he ripped off his shirt again.

Bieber-itus ... it's spreading.  

Paulina Gretzky

Pulls the Goalie

... Gets Pregnant

9/23/2014 9:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Paulina Gretzky is pregnant ... sorry fellas.

The daughter of The Great One broke the news on Instagram ... saying, "[Dustin Johnson] and I are so excited to finally share with you all our amazing news ... we're having a baby!!"

Paulina has been dating PGA star Dustin Johnson since 2011 -- and he finally popped the question back in August '13 ... though it's unclear when they plan to actually tie the knot.

As for the fetus, Gretsky didn't say when the kid's due -- but she's already sportin' a bump!


Paul Bissonnette

It Was Dirt Cheap to Pull Off

Epic Ice Bucket Challenge

8/13/2014 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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081314_paul_bissonnette_launchNHL player Paul Bissonnette's plan to pull off the most badass ALS ice bucket challenge ever ... started where most extreme ideas do -- at a bar while throwing back a few rounds -- and he tells TMZ Sports the stunt was actually pretty cheap. Bissonnette says he and 4 other friends came up with the now legendary idea while chilling in a Vancouver bar -- partly because one of his drinking buddies owns a chopper and camera gear.

Bissonnette's heard Internet haters chirping that his caper was a waste of money, and he should have just donated the production cost to ALS research -- but turns out it was way less expensive than you'd think.

According to Paul ... he only dropped $175 to fill the chopper with gas, and a few other supplies.
He and his friends also donated $1000 to the cause.

So it was ballsy AND cost-effective! Top that, LeBron.

NHLer Paul Bissonnette

Most Epic Ice Bucket Challenge Ever!!

8/12/2014 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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081214_paul_bissonnette_launchEx-Phoenix Coyote winger Paul Bissonnette didn't just take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ... he took it, multiplied it by a million, and then called out some of the biggest names in sports.

The challenge that's all over social media was designed to raise money and awareness for research into ALS. When challenged, you're supposed to dump anything ... from a pitcher to a Gatorade bucket ... filled with ice water over your head, or make a donation. Bissonnette's former teammate Keith Yandle challenged him, and BizNasty absolutely crushed it with the help of a helicopter and some bone-chilling glacier water. 

The video is amazing, and you gotta see the 3 HUGE athletes he's now challenging. We'd say Biz has balls, but after that dousing ...

L.A. Kings


... Lawsuit Claims

7/24/2014 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. Kings are responsible for destroying the sex lives of two grandparents ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports. 

The people behind the allegations are Trina and Dino Adam -- who claim they were at the L.A. Kings Icetown sports center in Riverside, CA back in January for their granddaughter's birthday party.

In the docs, the couple claims they were celebrating in a special room away from the ice rink in the sports center when a hockey puck zipped into the room and struck Trina in the head. 

According to the suit, Trina was knocked out cold ... and her husband caught her before she hit the ground ... but she suffered serious injuries from the incident -- including nausea, headaches, mood swings, memory loss and more.

In fact, Trina says less than a week after the incident she lost her balance as a result of the lingering effects of the puck injury and tumbled down a flight of stairs ... fracturing her wrist. 

But that's not all -- Dino says he's suffered as well ... claiming in the suit that he's lost the "enjoyment of sexual relations" with his wife. 

The couple is suing the Kings organization for medical expenses and other damages. 

We reached out to the Kings for comment -- so far, no word back.

Donald Sterling


... Says Ex-Kings Owner

5/7/2014 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling is finally expressing remorse about the racist comments that got him banned from the NBA ... this according to former L.A. Kings owner Bruce McNall who says Donald told him he feels "terrible" during a phone call a few days ago. 

McNall was out in Malibu on Wednesday and told us he's been friends with Sterling for years -- and had a conversation with the disgraced L.A. Clippers owner just the other day. 

"Oh man, when I talked to him ... he felt terrible," McNall says. 

"I mean he was like 'What an idiot I am. I don't know what I was thinking or doing."

It's the first time Sterling has shown any regret about the substance of his comments. The last thing he had said was that he was only angry that he didn't pay off V. Stiviano when he had the chance.

Team USA Hockey

Auctioning Off Olympic Jerseys

From Slovak Annihilation

3/19/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

T.J. Oshie's sweaty, smelly game-used jersey from the Olympics could be yours ... 'cause Team USA is auctioning off the unis from their destruction of Slovakia for charity ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Oshie, Patrick Kane and a bunch of other Team USA players have donated their jerseys to the USA Hockey Foundation ... in an effort to raise money for hockey programs for kids. 

The site is offering game-used jerseys from a couple of the Team USA hockey games in Sochi  ... including the February 13th prelim against Slovakia ... where Team USA emerged victorious 7-1. 

For the record, the jersey Oshie wore during his insane shoot-out performance against Russia isn't on the site ... but the Slovakia one still has his sweat on it. So, next best thing? 

Jeremy Roenick


Off Insane Arizona Mega-Mansion

2/19/2014 12:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NHL living god Jeremy Roenick is becoming one helluva slasher in his post-hockey career -- 'cause he just knocked $3 MILLION off the price of his INSANE Arizona mega-compound.

The future Hall-of-Famer is desperate to sell his 10,000 square foot palace in Scottsdale ... that comes complete with its own BASEBALL FIELD and GOLF COURSE.

Roenick originally put the place on the market in 2012 for $11.7 million, according to our friends at ... but didn't get the kind of bites he was hoping for. 

So, Jer lowered the price to $8.5 million, hoping a $3 million discount will finally bring in the offers.

The place is absolutely sick ... with a man cave, poker room and a car-collectors garage.

Hockey players be ballin'.

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