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Rookie NHL player's grandfather cries when he scores first goal

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.

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His joyous reaction was a hit with hockey fans. 

Golden retriever retrieves pucks before Caps game

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.

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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.

Penguins fan offers homeless man ticket

A Pennsylvania police officer made a homeless man’s day last week — not with a handout, but with tickets to a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game.

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Jimmy Mains, who works in the Pittsburgh suburb of Rankin, went to last Friday’s game between the Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. As Mains approached PPG Paints Arena, a homeless man asked him for money. 

Mains told the man, identified as Rob, that while he did not have any money, he did have an extra ticket to the game. Once convinced that the offer was not a joke, the homeless man accepted the ticket and sat with Mains. 

“He was ecstatic,” Mains said. 

Once the puck dropped, Mains wrote on Facebook, Rob cheered the entire game. During an intermission Mains bought chicken tenders. And both enjoyed the outcome of the game, won 5-2 by the Penguins. 

Rob asked how he could repay the gesture of kindness, and Mains said “I just told him to pay it forward.”

“Just trying to put some positivity on Facebook,” he wrote.

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Dallas Stars take aim at Trump, post fake inauguration numbers on Jumbotron

The operator of the Jumbotron for the Dallas Stars hockey team had a little fun at President Donald Trump’s expense during Saturday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, jabbing the new Republican administration over reportedly inflated inauguration crowd estimates.

>> Read more trending stories   Sports blogger Kate Morrison caught the number when it flashed on the huge overhead screen. Stars Jumbotron with a topical joke. pic.twitter.com/9vsmTG1Agj— Kate Morrison (@unlikelyfanatic) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Jumbotron announced “Tonight’s Attendance 1.5 Million,” clearly a lot more people than the 18,000 the American Airlines Center can hold and a direct reference to the Trump administration’s insistence that some 1.5 million people attended his inauguration on Friday.

Pictures and video of the inauguration clearly showed far fewer people in attendance.

The new president accused the media of lying about the numbers on Saturday, claiming there was a “massive field of people” at the inauguration.

Trump’s inauguration had the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer also insisted.

But the humor didn’t help the Stars. The Capitals won, 4-3, in overtime. 

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NHL player chokes up about his son seeing him score a goal

Edmonton Oiler Patrick Maroon helped his team get a win Monday night against the St. Louis Blues.

What happened after the game melted the hearts of even non-hockey fans.

After Maroon scored the game-tying goal, a camera caught Maroon's son celebrating his dad's shot, according to Bleacher Report.

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Maroon's hometown is St. Louis, but he plays for Edmonton.

Many fans don't realize that while players are traveling across North America playing 82 games a season, they're away from their families for months at a time.

That fact hit home for Maroon during the after-game interview.

The interview started out like any after-game interview, rehashing the big plays and the win, but the tone quickly changed when the reporter asked Maroon about his son seeing his goal.

Watch the whole interview below, or click here for the emotional segment.

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Steelers, Penguins spread cheer in holiday videos

Tis the season for Pittsburgh sports teams to get into the holiday spirit. The Steelers and the Penguins have released videos that are sure to bring a smile to fans' faces.

Steelers players donned their best ugly team sweaters to give a performance of "Frosty the Snowman" like no other. 

The Penguins' holiday e-card features their re-enactment of "Elf."

Hockey legend Gordie Howe dies at 88

Legendary hockey player Gordie Howe has died. He was 88.

Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey," was born in Canada and played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League, 25 of those seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Howe set many records during his lengthy career, including being a 23-time NHL All-Star. He was the recipient of the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.  

Howe is the only player to have actively played the sport professionally in five decades and technically, stretched his playing time to six decades when he signed a one-game contract with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL in 1997.

According to WWJ, Howe suffered a significant stroke in October 2014. He received stem-cell treatment in Mexico as part of his recovery process.

Fans took to social media to pay their respects.

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