Longtime South Florida sports owner, philanthropist and businessman H. Wayne Huizenga died Friday. He was 80.
Huizenga was involved in various charities and funded the business school bearing his name at Nova Southeastern University.
He bought a small portion of the Dolphins in 1990 and became full owner of the team three years later. They went to the playoffs seven times during his ownership, and South Florida hosted three Super Bowls.
Huizenga sold the team to Stephen Ross over the course of 2008 and 2009. He sold the Marlins in 1998 and the Panthers in 2001.
The ice hockey team at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School won a state title Sunday, 11 days after a gunman killed 14 students and three teachers at the school.
Stoneman Douglas senior Joey Zenobi told WBBH-TV that the team was playing for the victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting.
“We came into the game knowing we had to give it our all to get the win, and that’s what we did,” Zenobi told the news station. “This wasn’t for us, this was for the 17 victims. We played for them.”
Some team members dyed their hair yellow in honor of Joaquin Oliver, a friend of theirs who died in the Feb. 14 mass shooting.
“We almost didn’t even come here, because we didn’t know if we wanted to play or not,” senior Ronnie Froetschel told WBBH-TV. “I’m just glad to be alive.”
The fourth-seeded Eagles upset top-seeded East Lake High School in an elimination game Sunday before routing Tampa’s Jesuit High School 7-4 later in the day to win the Lightning High School Hockey League Tier 1 state title, according to ESPN.
Officials with Jesuit High School congratulated the Stoneman Douglas team on Twitter after the win.
“The SD players endured unimaginable tragedy at their school, and now they will bring a state title back to their grieving community,” school officials said.
Stoneman Douglas senior Matthew Horowitz told WBBH-TV that the team was awarded 17 medals, one for each player on the ice. He said the team plans to bring the medals back to the school to honor each of the 17 shooting victims.
The ice hockey league is sponsored by Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida, according to ESPN.
Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998 at Nagano, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds Thursday with a 3-2 shootout victory.
Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of USA Hockey and general manager of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team, died in his sleep Sunday morning, USA Hockey said in a statement. He was 53.
USA Hockey said Johannson died at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“We are beyond shocked and profoundly saddened,” USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher said in the statement. “As accomplished as Jim was in hockey, he was the absolute best, most humble, kind and caring person you could ever hope to meet. His impact on our sport and more importantly the people and players in our sport have been immeasurable. Our condolences go out to his entire family, but especially to his loving wife Abby and their young daughter Ellie.”
Johannson’s death comes a few weeks before the United States competes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Games begin Feb. 9.
Johannson has been with USA Hockey since 2000. This season was going to be a challenge for the American team, as it would be competing without NHL players for the first time since 1994.
Johannson played college hockey at Wisconsin from 1982 to 1986 and led the Badgers to an NCAA title as a freshman. He played for the U.S. men’s hockey team in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics.
This year’s U.S. hockey squad is coached by Tony Granato, who was Johannson’s teammate on the 1988 squad.
The Pittsburgh Penguins can add another piece of history to their trophy case.
Team co-owner and former star forward Mario Lemieux won an NHL award Saturday for having the greatest moment in the history of the league.
Lemieux’s five goals in five different ways against the New Jersey Devils in 1988 beat out Bobby Orr’s game-winning goal to win the 1970 Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins.
The contest was voted on by fans to commemorate the NHL’s first 100 years. Fans voted on the bracket-style format to determine which moment was the greatest.
On Dec. 31, 1988, Lemieux scored an even-strength goal, a power-play goal, a short-handed goal, a penalty shot goal and an empty net goal. It was the only time in NHL history that a player had scored in five different ways.
Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin promised a 13-year-old cancer survivor that he would score a goal during Saturday’s game against Toronto.
Then the NHL superstar went out and scored three of them, in the Capitals’ 4-3 victory against the Maple Leafs.
When Ovechkin beat Maple Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney at 12:43 of the first period, he gestured toward the stands at Air Canada Centre where he thought Alex Luey was sitting, NHL.com reported.
An hour earlier, the teenager was sitting on the Capitals bench when Ovechkin skated to him and promised to score a goal.
Ovechkin scored again before the first period ended and added the hat trick with nine seconds left in the third period.
Luey, a youth hockey player with the Niagara Falls Flyers, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last year, NHL.com reported. He had part of his right leg amputated, but has returned to play thanks to a prosthesis.
When Sportsnet held its "Hometown Hockey" telecast in Niagara Falls on Oct. 8, hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone surprised Luey with a video message from Ovechkin, his favorite NHL player.
“Hi, Alex. It's your buddy Ovi,” Ovechkin said in the video. “I hear you're cancer-free. You're coming to the game in Toronto in November. I can't wait to meet you, so I'll see you there soon.”
On Saturday, with the Maple Leafs celebrating Hockey Fights Cancer, Luey's hockey dream came true.
In the locker room before the game, Ovechkin gave Luey a quick pep talk. He was invited to read the starting lineup to the players. Upon the mention of each name, the player gave a yell.
“That's the best pregame pep talk I've ever heard,” coach Barry Trotz told NHL.com. “I didn't have to do anything to get the guys fired up. It was all Alex.”
Erin Andrews is a married woman!
Just days before the ceremony, Andrews took to Instagram to share a beautiful photo of the sunset.
“Stop,” she captioned the image.
The couple started dating in 2012, and Stoll proposed over the holidays at Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33.
Andrews described the romantic proposal during an interview with “Good Morning America.”
“We went there for Christmas to see the Christmas decorations, and we had a lovely dinner there, and he did it right there at dinner at Disneyland. I was bawling like a child,” she gushed.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators to win the Stanley Cup on June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jim Jost is one proud grandfather, and he's not afraid to show it.
When his grandson, Colorado Avalanche rookie Tyson Jost, scored his first NHL goal on Thursday, Jim couldn't help but shed a few tears.
His joyous reaction was a hit with hockey fans.
A golden retriever had his chance to shine on the ice before Saturday’s Washington Capitals game in D.C.
The dog played fetch on the ice with a police officer, running and sometimes slipping, down the ice to get pucks tossed down rink, the NHL posted.
The first run went a little haywire when the unnamed dog wasn’t able to stop until he crashed into the boards, but the rest of the game seemed to go smoothly once he figured out his footing.
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