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NHL's J.T. Brown Smashes Fan's iPhone ... After On-Ice Brawl

11/22/2016 12:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tampa Bay Lighting winger J.T. Brown didn't get all of his aggression out on the ice Monday night -- smashing a fan's iPhone moments after he was sent to the penalty box after an all-out brawl. 

Brown went straight Conor McGregor on Nashville Predator defenseman Ryan Ellis after a blindside hit in the 3rd period.

As Brown was sent off the ice, Preds fan Brendan Johansen began to heckle him ... and that's when Brown reached up and smashed the cell phone.

We spoke with Johansen who says he's not mad and isn't taking any legal action -- but says he hopes the Lightning will spring to get him a new phone ... because his screen got shattered in the mayhem.

As for the game, the Predators won 3-1. 

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Wayne Gretzky Shows Love For Alex Ovechkin ... 'I Hope He Breaks My Goals Record'

11/8/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Wayne Gretzky isn't afraid of losing his seat at the top of the all-time regular season goals list ... matter of fact, he HOPES Alex Ovechkin passes his total of 894.

TMZ Sports ran into the Great One at LAX ... when we asked him if the Washington Capitals star could break his nearly untouchable goals record.

"I hope he does, he's a great player." Gretzky says. "Records are made to be broken."

Gretzky also shares why he doesn't golf with PGA's star son-in-law, Dustin Johnson ... and it's a pretty legitimate reason. Check it out.

Jeremy Roenick Anthem Protest 'Disgusting' Bench Players Who Don't Stand

9/10/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NHL legend Jeremy Roenick says Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protest is "pretty disgusting" -- and he believes coaches should be allowed to bench players who follow Colin's lead. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Roenick specifically about NHL coach John Tortorella -- who's also coaching Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. 

Tortorella recently warned his players if they sit during the National Anthem, they will sit for the entire game. Some people are pissed ... Roenick is NOT one of them. 

Roenick says the issues that Kaep is trying to spotlight are important -- but he needs to find another way to make his point without disrespecting the flag and the country.

Jeremy Roenick I Can Help Bieber's Hockey Game ... Call Me, Bro

8/12/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NHL legend Jeremy Roenick says he wants to personally mentor Justin Bieber on the ice -- telling TMZ Sports he GUARANTEES he can take JB's skills to the next level.

Roenick says he saw the new hockey footage Bieber posted online this week -- and was genuinely impressed ... but says the guy has serious room to grow.

"He's pretty tough up top, I don't know about the calves and the thighs though ... it's a little weak."

So, what's the plan?

Jeremy says he'll put together a REAL comprehensive hockey-based workout plan for Bieber -- noting, "I will make you a WAY better hockey player."

"The personal invitation for tutelage is right here ... I can definitely make him the top scorer of any men's league team on the planet."

Evander Kane Pleads Not Guilty In Bikini Bar Incident ... Video Proves I'm Innocent!

8/1/2016 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0801-evander-kane-TMZ-01NHL superstar Evander Kane just pled not guilty to charges he got physical with several women at a Buffalo bikini bar back in June ... and says VIDEO evidence will prove he did nothing wrong. 

The Buffalo Sabres star was arrested earlier this month -- after officials say he got violent during a night at Bottoms Up bar on June 24th. 

According to media reports, Kane allegedly yanked one of the women by the hair and grabbed her throat while pushing her into his car.

The bouncer tried to break it up and Kane put his hands on him too. The entire incident was reportedly captured on security video. 

But on Monday, Kane went before a judge in Buffalo City Court ... and pled NOT GUILTY to criminal trespassing, harassment and disorderly conduct.

If found guilty, Kane faces up to 90 days in jail ... however, first time offenders are rarely locked up, according to the DA.

Kane is due back in court on September 9th.

NHL Legend Ray Bourque .249 Blood Alcohol During Drunk Driving Arrest

6/27/2016 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627_Ray-Bourque_getty-2Ray Bourque's blood alcohol level was more than 3 TIMES the legal limit when the Boston Bruins legend was arrested for drunk driving this weekend ... this according to the police report. 

55-year-old Bourque -- considered one of the greatest defensemen of all time -- was arrested in Andover, Mass. on Friday night after allegedly rear-ending a minivan at 11:30 PM. 

Cops arrived to the scene and arrested Bourque -- who admitted to "having a few drinks" at the Andover Country Club, according to the police report obtained by the Eagle Tribune

Bourque appeared in court earlier today and pled not guilty to OUI -- operating under the influence. 

Bourque issued a statement -- saying, "For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory. I am not happy about the situation I put myself into on Friday night."

"I am a very proud person that accepts the responsibility of my actions and have always accepted being in the media eye."

"I have used this popularity to try and positively impact as many lives as possible. I am happy that no one was hurt in the accident and thank everyone who has reached out in support of my family and me. Please be patient as I go through this process and respect my family and my privacy."

NHL's P.K. Subban I Want to Be Known As A Great Player ... Not Just A Black Player

5/10/2016 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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P.K. Subban says he's sick of being known as the black guy in the NHL -- and would rather be known as "one of the best players in the league" ... regardless of race.

The Montreal Canadiens superstar was out at The Nice Guy in Hollywood Monday night -- when we asked him what it was like being one of only 20 black players in the league in 2015. 

"I like to be recognized as one of the best players in the league, not just a black player," Subban told us. 

FYI-- Subban's been a stud on the ice ... a 2-time All Star and the 2013 James Norris trophy winner for best defensive player in the league. 

Still, Subban admits he's in an interesting spot -- considering the lack of diversity in the league ... and says he's considering making a documentary on his journey. 

NHL's Sean Avery I Got a Role In Boston Bombing Movie

4/19/2016 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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41916-sean-avery-instagramPretty big opportunity for ex-NHLer-turned-actor Sean Avery ... who says he just locked up a role in Mark Wahlberg's new movie about the Boston Marathon bombings. 

Avery posted a pic of himself in a Watertown PD uniform ... just days after announcing he got a role in "Patriots Day."

FYI -- The Watertown PD heroically hunted down the terrorists who placed the bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon. 

41916-mark-wahlberg-gettyUnclear how big of a role Avery will have, but he's clearly excited about it. 

As for Wahlberg, he was actually in character at the Marathon Monday to shoot scenes for the movie ... which co-stars John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and J.K. Simmons

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Blackhawks Sued Drunk Fan + Goal = Disaster

4/7/2016 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0807_blackhawks-united-center_gettyQuestion: How drunk is too drunk at a hockey game? 

Answer: When you sloppily fall out of your seat and crush the guy in front of you ... this according to a new lawsuit. 

A guy named John Cooke is suing the Chicago Blackhawks claiming he was enjoying the game at the United Center on May 23rd ... until some drunk jerk sitting behind him got so hammered, he couldn't stand up straight. 

The fan says people complained about the drunkard to security and arena staff -- but no one did anything. 

Problem is ... when the Blackhawks scored a goal in the 1st period, the drunk fan lost his balance and fell down 2 rows, allegedly crushing Cooke in the process.  

Cooke says he suffered injuries in the drunken disaster -- and he's suing the team and the United Center claiming the guy should have been kicked out long before he had a chance to fall on people. 

Cooke is suing for unspecified damages. So far no comment from the Blackhawks or the United Center. 

Dr. Drew Sings National Anthem for Kings ... KILLS IT!

3/27/2016 9:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oh, say can you see Dr. Drew Pinsky -- mild-mannered radio and TV doctor -- singing like Boccelli, Domingo or Pavarotti??

Of course you can't, but turns out Dr. Drew really does have musical chops ... and he used 'em to belt out the Star Spangled Banner at last night's L.A. Kings game in Staples Center.

When Drew took to the ice, you could tell the crowd was a little shocked. But the good doc -- who's now hosting "Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood" on KABC radio -- tells us he's always loved singing.

He took vocal lessons during college, and even though he never lived out his opera dreams ... he kept training while practicing medicine.

Check it out, he even nailed that last note -- the one that makes you cringe 'cause you're never sure if the person can do it.

The playoffs are coming, Drew. Just sayin' ...

Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Charged In Revenge Porn Case

3/22/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0321-garret-ross-GETTY-01A hockey player drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks is being prosecuted over revenge porn -- after officials say he shared a sex photo of a woman he should have known was not meant for other eyes.

The man at the center of the case is 23-year-old Garret Ross -- who was drafted by the Hawks in 2012 and currently plays for their minor league affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. 

According to official records obtained by TMZ Sports, Ross has been charged with one felony count of "non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images" ... more commonly known as revenge porn. 

Officials say back in August, the player shared a photo of a woman "engaged in a sexual act, which was obtained under circumstances which Ross should have known the image was to remain private."

Officials say Ross also should have known the woman "had not consented to the dissemination."

It's a big deal, especially in Illinois ... one of 28 states with harsh anti-revenge porn laws. If convicted, he faces up to 3 years in prison. 

Meantime, the judge in the case agreed to modify his bond -- allowing him to travel out of the state for work ... a must for a pro athlete. 

He's due back in court next week.  

President Obama Trolls Canadian Prime Minister 'Where's the Stanley Cup!?'

3/10/2016 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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HOCKEY SMACK TALK!!!!

President Barack Obama stuck it to Canada this morning ... hitting the Prime Minister over the subject that hurts the most -- HOCKEY!!!!

Obama was with P.M. Justin Trudeau at the White House talking about things the two countries will never agree on. One of those things ... who's better at hockey. 

When Trudeau sniped, "Don't get me started" ... Obama replied, "Where's the Stanley Cup right now?"

"I'm sorry, is it in my hometown with the Chicago Blackhawks?!"

BOOOOOM!!!!!!!

#GoUSA

New York Rangers Fan Hit By Puck Sues I'm Permanently Injured

2/29/2016 8:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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11:50 AM PT -- We spoke with Cantor's lawyer who tells us ... the 59-year-old man was at the game with his son when he reached out with his hand to block the puck from hitting his kid's face. 

We're told Cantor was struck in the left thumb -- leaving him with significant damage to his thumb, hand and shoulder ... damage which required surgery to repair. 

update_grey_gray_barA hockey fan who says he was hit by a puck at a NY Rangers game is suing the team -- claiming he was permanently injured during a 2013 game ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The man behind the suit is Robert Cantor -- who claims he was in the stands at Madison Square Garden on March 3, 2013 to watch the Rangers play the Sabres when things went terribly wrong. 

In his suit, filed in state court in NY, Cantor claims he was "struck by a high speed projectile (puck) and [sustained] severe and permanent injuries."

Cantor says he suffered pain, shock and mental anguish and is unable to perform normal activities. 

He's going after the team, MSG and the NHL -- looking enough cash to make things right.  

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