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NHL's Mike Richards Off the Hook in Drug Case ... For Now

2/24/2016 11:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0224-mike-richards-getty-01NHL star Mike Richards just caught a big break in his drug possession case in Canada, but should be on his best behavior for the next year.

A judge in Manitoba just stayed the charge ... which means the charge is off the table, but can be brought back to life within a year. If Richards manages to stay out of trouble during that time, the case will be completely dismissed.  

As we previously reported, the ex-L.A. Kings player faced up to six months in jail after he was popped for smuggling Oxycodone across the border in June and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The 31-year-old center was dropped by the Kings after the arrest, but signed a contract with the Washington Capitals last month. 

NHL Star Ryan Miller Shouting Out My Hot Wife ... For Throwback Game

1/8/2016 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Canucks goalie Ryan Miller's going super old school with a sweet custom made throwback helmet that gives props to his hot actress wife -- and could be worth $10,000 when it's all said and done.

Miller, one of the best in the game, is prepping for the 20th anniversary game at Vancouver's Rogers Arena next month by ordering a helmet that features the team's old color scheme -- black, red and yellow.

Here's what's really cool about the gear -- the back of it has his nickname, "Miller Time" ... and it also says, "Puck Noureen Bodhi." Bodhi is for his son, Puck is his dog, and Noureen is for his wife, Noureen DeWulf from "Anger Management."

0108_ryan_miller_family_twitterBishop Designs in Michigan (Ryan's a Michigan State guy) did the paint job, and tells TMZ Sports ... Ryan only plans to wear the mask once -- which will instantly jack up its value.

Warwick Mask made the helmet itself, and owner Gary Warwick says after the game it could be worth somewhere between $6,000 - $10,000!! Keep in mind, it only cost $2,700 to make and paint the thing.

Go 'Nucks!


NHL Star Dustin Penner Accused of Assault in Gym Repo

1/8/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dustin Penner -- former hockey star for the Ducks and Kings -- is accused of assaulting a local gym manager ... but cops say it's just a civil dispute over money. 

Here's what allegedly went down -- an Orange County gym that holds kickboxing classes for kids got rolled by 6 guys and a German Shepherd back in December. The crew made off with everything -- punching bags, floor mats, boxing dummies -- and TMZ obtained surveillance video of the incident.

Sources connected to the Orange County gym say Penner was one of the guys who made off with all the gear. In the video you can see the 2-time Stanley Cup winner squaring off with a manager of the gym. 

Penner tells TMZ he was just helping a buddy repo the gear because the gym had missed payments on the equipment.

But our gym sources insist they've paid in full, and they consider it a robbery. Cops disagree, and tell us they've decided it's a civil matter, not criminal.

Chris Chelios 'NHL Should Move to Europe' Don't Mess With the Game!

11/22/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Chelios does NOT want the NHL to start messing with the rules to create more goals -- telling TMZ Sports if Americans can't appreciate the game we have now, it should move to Europe.  

It's a big topic in the NHL right now -- with Patrick Roy recently telling ESPN he thinks smaller goalie equipment and larger nets will lead to more goals ... which will help create more interest in the game. 

But Chelios ain't feelin' Roy ... with the Hall of Famer telling us, "The NHL should move to Europe and we shoudn't play hockey anymore here."

The point is ... if Americans can't appreciate hockey the way it is now ... maybe we don't deserve it at all. 

Chelios says there is ONE thing wrong with the NHL -- but it doesn't have to do with equipment.  

Check out the clip.

Kings Slava Voynov I'm Kicking Myself Out Of America ... Before America Does

9/16/2015 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0916_slava_voynov_gettyEx-L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov is taking his talents back to Mother Russia in the wake of his prosecution for domestic violence -- choosing to leave before getting deported.

As we previously reported ... Voynov pled no contest to domestic violence stemming from an incident where his wife accused him of kicking and choking her. Immigration officials have had Voynov in custody since earlier this month when he completed his jail sentence.  

Deportation was on the table, but Voynov just announced he would leave on his own.

He says, "I sincerely apologize to those in and around the game of hockey, who have been affected by my situation, and I also wish the players of the L.A. Kings success in the future.’’

The Kings say they had already decided to cut Slava, and were going to announce it later this week. 

Do svidaniya.

NHL's Slava Voynov Held By Immigration Officials ... Deportation On the Table

9/4/2015 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0904-slava-voynov-tmz-01L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov could be shipped back to Russia -- after immigration officials took him into custody ... following his release from jail stemming from a domestic violence conviction.  

As we previously reported, Voynov pled no contest to misdemeanor corporal injury to a spouse -- stemming from an altercation with his wife at their Redondo Beach home back in October. 

But after doing his time behind bars, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (I.C.E.) swooped in and took him into custody. He's now being held at an undisclosed location. 

Voynov is being held without bail -- waiting for his case to be called in front of an immigration judge, who could send the NHL star packin' -- which could in turn create huge problems with the L.A. Kings. 

Stay tuned ... 

NHL's Mike Richards Charged with Drug Possession ... In Canada

8/27/2015 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0827-mike-richards-getty-01Ex-L.A. Kings player Mike Richards has been charged with possession of a controlled substance over an incident involving prescription drugs ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

As we previously reported, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were investigating the NHL player for allegedly transporting Oxycodone across the border back in June.   

Now, we've learned he's been charged with a crime -- and if convicted as a first time offender, he faces up to 6 months behind bars. 

He's due to appear in court in Canada next month. 

NHL's Mike Bossy Reunited with Legendary Puck ... Thanks to Famous Rich Guy

8/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-gavin-maloof-stadium-TMZ-01NHL God Mike Bossy just got a HUGE assist from a famous rich guy -- Gavin Maloof -- who shelled out a fortune to reunite Mike with a legendary hockey puck ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story, Bossy lost his famous "50 in 50 puck" -- which he used to score his 50th goal in 50 games back in '81 -- 30 years ago, after his daughter mistakenly gave it away

The guy who ended up with the puck put it up on eBay back in May -- and when Maloof caught wind of the sale, he tells us he felt compelled to take action to help Bossy get it back. 

"I said, 'We need to get this puck. It means a lot to Mr. Bossy,'" Maloof tells TMZ Sports.

"50 goals in 50 games. Only a handful of people have ever done that. I needed to buy this puck. I don't care how much it costs."

Long story short ... Maloof sealed the deal for just under $7,000 and immediately got on the horn to get in touch with Bossy so he could give it back.  

"We invited Bossy to Las Vegas, put him up in the Bellagio and are taking him out tonight for a nice steak dinner."

When Bossy got to Sin City, he authenticated the puck and checked out the model for the hockey rink Maloof is hoping to build if the NHL green lights his plan to start a new franchise in Vegas. 

As for Mike's daughter, Maloof says Bossy joked that she's finally out of the dog house -- "Once he got the puck back, he let her know that she's finally off the hook."


NHL's Patrick Kane Gets Cut from EA Sports

8/12/2015 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0812_patrick_kane_nhl_coverChicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane will no longer be on the cover of EA's "NHL16" due to the criminal investigation he's now facing.

Kane was slated to be on the cover of the game for the second time but EA just released a statement saying they're pulling the plug.The company said he won't be on the cover and he also will not be involved in any promos for the game. 

As we've reported ... Kane is under investigation for an alleged incident that went down with a woman in an Upstate NY bar. 

No charges have been filed.

Jarret Stoll Signs $800k Contract ... After Skating On Drug Charge

8/10/2015 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Things keep getting better for Jarret Stoll ... the NHL star just signed a 1-year, $800k contract with the N.Y. Rangers ... only months after being arrested for allegedly smuggling coke into a Vegas pool party.

As TMZ Sports previously reported ... Stoll -- a free agent -- got a sweet deal from prosecutors ... completely avoiding jail relating to his April arrest. Still, people wondered if a team would take a chance on signing him.

The Rangers did ... and there's more good news -- Erin Andrews is still hanging in there. The couple double dated this weekend at Disneyland!


Patrick Kane Reports: Rape Investigation Launched

8/6/2015 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0806-patrick-kane-getty-01Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane is the subject of a police probe into an alleged bar incident involving another woman -- and there are reports it's a rape investigation.

The alleged incident went down at a bar in the upstate NY town of Hamburg ... just outside Buffalo. Kane is from the area and stays there in the off-season.

So far cops are keeping tight-lipped about the investigation ... which was first reported by the Buffalo News. It's unclear when this went down, but sources tell us Kane is known to frequent a few bars in the small town during the summer months.

Kane was arrested in 2009 for assaulting a Buffalo taxi driver over 20 cents. He pleaded guilty, and got off with an apology to the cabbie.

He helped the 'Hawks win the Stanley Cup this year, and also in 2010 and 2013.

NHL's Mike Richards NHL Notified About Oxycodone Drama ... At Canadian Border

6/30/2015 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0630-mike-richards-GETTY-01NHL officials have been notified that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation into ex-L.A. Kings player Mike Richards involves the prescription drug oxycodone ... multiple sources tell TMZ Sports

Our sources say Richards was stopped while crossing from the United States into Canada on June 17th ... and we're told he was questioned about oxycodone pills, a powerful painkiller. 

For the record, Richards has NOT been charged with a crime.   

However, he has since been cut from the team for "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract."

We reached out to Richards' agent for comment multiple times but haven't heard back. Canadian officials refused to comment, citing privacy laws.   

But a rep for the NHL Players Association tells us, "We are in the process of reviewing the facts and circumstances of this matter, and will discuss the situation with the player in order to determine the appropriate course of action." 

Erin Andrews Back On with Jarret Stoll ... After Coke Bust

6/30/2015 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-erin-andrews-jarret-twitterSeems NHL star Jarret Stoll dodged TWO bullets after his cocaine arrest in Vegas -- 'cause not only did he duck jail, but now it seems he managed to hang on to his celeb GF too! 

For the first time since he was busted allegedly trying to smuggle coke into a Vegas pool party, Stoll was out in public with his longtime girlfriend Erin Andrews

There were rumblings Andrews dumped his ass after the Vegas drama ... but the two hit up a NASCAR event at the Sonoma Raceway this weekend ... acting as couply as they used to be. 

As we previously reported, Stoll was facing 4 years behind bars ... but struck a plea deal in which he basically has to do some community service. 

Dude's gettin' second chances all around -- don't blow it. 

[h/t Busted Coverage]

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