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The NHL’s best father-son combinations

(Left to right) Marty, Gordie and Mark Howe with the WHA's Houston Aeros. (SI)

Left to right: Marty, Gordie and Mark Howe with the WHA’s Houston Aeros. (SI)

For fathers and sons, professional sports have always been a fun way to bond and grow closer together, and hockey is no different. Plenty of kids from big Eastern metropolises, to rural Canadian farmland, and everywhere in-between develop a love for hockey from their parents.

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Simon Gagne retires after 14 seasons

Simon Gagne suited up in 23 games with the Boston Bruins last season, scoring three goals. (Bruins.NHL.com)

Simon Gagne suited up in 23 games with the Boston Bruins last season, scoring three goals. (Bruins.NHL.com)

Longtime left winger Simon Gagne on Tuesday announced his retirement, after 14 NHL seasons.

Gagne last suited up for the Boston Bruins, scoring three goals and one assist over 23 games in 2014-15. He took a leave of absence from the team in December to be with his father, Pierre, and did not return following his death.

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NJ Devils: A franchise in transition

John Hynes was hired to coach the Devils in June — the franchise’s fifth coaching change since the 2010-11 season. (via CBSSports.com)

The New Jersey Devils are in the midst of one of the most polarizing offseasons in franchise history — arguably their most drastic offseason since relocating to New Jersey in 1982.

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Calder Cup: Monarchs hold commanding lead over Wolf Pack

The Manchester Monarchs could advance to their first Calder Cup final as early as Wednesday. (Team Shred Photography via TheAHL.com)

The Manchester Monarchs could advance to their first Calder Cup final as early as Wednesday. (Team Shred Photography via TheAHL.com)

While the Rangers convincingly forced a Game 7 on Tuesday (not a bad problem to have when you have a goalie as automatic in seventh games as Henrik Lundqvist is), their American League counterparts aren’t enjoying as much success in their Eastern Conference final against Manchester. Read more

Calder Cup: 4-goal third lifts Barons in Game 1, Top Seed Monarchs win

Ryan Hamilton (right) scored as part of Oklahoma City's four-goal outburst in the third period on Thursday night. (Steven Christy/TheAHL.com)

Ryan Hamilton (right) scored as part of Oklahoma City’s four-goal outburst in the third period on Thursday night. (Steven Christy/TheAHL.com)

The top-seeded Manchester Monarchs took the first game of their series with Portland on Thursday, winning 5-2 thanks to two-goal efforts from Jordan Weal and Brian O’Neill. Vincent LoVerde scored as well in an empty net, and added two assists. Jean-Francois Berube’s work in goal was essentially cut out for him as he saw just 16 shots, but let two of them in. Read more

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