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From the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. to the 2018 World Cup currently underway, referees have always played an integral part in competitive athletics. But as technology advances and the means to make more accurate on-field calls improves, these men and women find themselves under increasing pressure to keep up.

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The Capital Region Development Authority has opened the bidding process for the sale of Hartford’s XL Center.

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The Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League has pledged to recognize the team’s past as the Hartford Whalers. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is looking to take advantage and has invited the team to play a game at Hartford’s XL Center or outdoors at East Hartford’s Rentschler Field.

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Nick Bonino is a hockey player who was born in Hartford. He’s not just any hockey player—the Avon Old Farms product won his second straight Stanley Cup as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins two weeks ago.

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The Hartford Yard Goats' home opener on April 13 coincides with a day that some of the city's biggest sports fans will never forget.

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Members of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team threatened to sit out the 2017 IIHF World Championships over a labor dispute, but the team will now play in the event after agreeing to a four-year wage agreement with USA Hockey.

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The 2017 Women’s World Hockey Championships are later this month, and the U.S. team has won the last three titles. But its players may not even show up if they aren’t given what they are asking for: fair wages and support from USA Hockey.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is taking on the National Hockey League for what he calls "apathy and indifference" to concussions among its players.

Captain Sidney Crosby and company will be bringing another cup home to Pittsburgh — but this year, they had to make a stop first in California to pick it up. The Penguins finished off the Sharks on San Jose's home ice to claim the Stanley Cup in six games.

The championship marks the second for Pittsburgh's formidable tandem of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, two likely Hall of Famers who last won a Cup together precisely seven years ago, in 2009. It is the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Fates can change quickly in sports. The fates of two New England cities with long hockey histories became intertwined this week, with one winner and one loser.

Two weeks ago, people in Springfield, Massachusetts were bemoaning the loss of the city’s American Hockey League team to Tucson, Az. and the likely end of almost 80 years of professional hockey in western Massachusetts.

" I think people really thought we were losing hockey, but now it seems we've been able to pull a rabbit out of our hat," said  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

Quinnipiac Tops Boston College to Reach NCAA Hockey Final

Apr 8, 2016
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A Connecticut college hockey team will have a chance to win a national championship this weekend for the first time since the all-Nutmeg State final in 2013 that saw Yale win its first title in school history.

Connecticut High School Basketball and Hockey State Championships Decided

Mar 21, 2016
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It was a thrilling weekend of high school basketball and ice hockey as eleven state championships were decided in Connecticut. This included the showcase boys Class LL hoops game -- won in double overtime -- and the Division II hockey game, which ended 1:22 into overtime.

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University of Connecticut officials said a school investigation has confirmed a hazing incident last year in its women's ice hockey program.

The university issued a statement Thursday after WFSB-TV reported this week that a former player has filed a lawsuit in Rockville Superior Court alleging she was pressured to drink and wear sexually inappropriate clothing during what upperclassmen called "Rookie Night" last fall.

Victor Hedman's very good Stanley Cup playoff run got much, much better Monday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman notched two assists including a brilliant setup to Cedric Paquette for the game-winning goal late in the third period, over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning have a 2-1 lead in the final.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper is among those impressed with the 24-year-old Swede's performance in these playoffs. "This is really his coming-out party," Cooper said. "He was a monster tonight."

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Back in 1996, Connecticut hosted one of the original teams of the first American women's professional basketball league, the American Basketball League. Now, Connecticut will be home to one of the four inaugural teams in the first women's professional ice hockey League in the U.S., the NWHL.

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