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June 24, 2017 3:50 AM Canucks land Hulk-wannabe Elias Pettersson with surprise No. 5 pick

On one of those campy pre-draft questionnaires that earnest hockey prospects fill out – they’d sing Madame Butterfly if a team asked them – Elias Pettersson told the National Hockey League that if he could be a superhero he would be The Hulk. If he were, the skilled centre from Sweden would have been the first player chosen Friday at the NHL Draft in Chicago 8

June 24, 2017 3:07 AM 'There's no words': Nico Hischier goes first overall at NHL draft

CHICAGO — Maybe it was destiny. Maybe it was fate. Maybe it was just meant to be. “Maybe it’s all those things,” agreed Nico Hischier. “It’s pretty special how it worked out, isn’t it?” Here he was, the kid from Naters, Switzerland, grinning from ear to ear in front of dozens of cameras and microphones and reporters Friday night. Just minutes earlier 7

June 24, 2017 2:32 AM Leafs use first pick on Swedish defenceman Liljegren

Liljegren looking forward to joining young Leafs CHICAGO — Moments after the Toronto Maple Leafs made him the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday, Swedish defenceman Timothy Liljegren was already being tested on his new team’s illustrious history with some of his countrymen. With a grin, Liljegren mentioned former Leafs captain Mats Sundin 7

June 24, 2017 12:25 AM Devils draft Marner clone Hischier first overall

Nico Hischier first Swiss No. 1 pick. Flyers pluck pre-draft favourite Nolan Patrick second. CHICAGO—Flashy winger Nico Hischier went first overall to the New Jersey Devils, while two-way centre Nolan Patrick — perhaps hurt by an injury-filled season — went second to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night at the NHL draft. The who’s No. 1 debate of 2017 didn’t 8

June 24, 2017 12:13 AM Devils select Hischier first overall at NHL Draft

Hischier overjoyed after being taken first overall by Devils The New Jersey Devils ended the long simmering debate on Friday night, making Nico Hischier the first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history. The so-called "Swiss McDavid" got the nod over Nolan Patrick, the Brandon Wheat Kings centre who was long projected to go first in a draft lacking the slam-dunk 9

June 24, 2017 12:06 AM Blackhawks make surprising trades while Devils take Nico Hischier first overall at NHL draft Add to ..

The NHL’s annual entry draft almost always doubles as a big swap meet, the league’s version of a spring garage sale, where teams look for hidden treasures amid all the clear-out merchandise. But rarely does a draft host city, in this case, Chicago, complete the sort of massive overhaul to its team that we saw Friday. The Blackhawks traded away two core pieces 8

June 23, 2017 11:58 PM New Jersey Devils select Nico Hischier 1st overall

Vancouver Canucks select Swedish centre Elias Pettersson 5th overall The New Jersey Devils ended the long simmering debate on Friday night, making Nico Hischier the first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history. The so-called "Swiss McDavid" got the nod over Nolan Patrick, the Brandon Wheat Kings centre who was long projected to go first in a draft lacking 6

June 23, 2017 5:27 PM Ottawa seeks 'clarity' in court on tribunal findings on First Nations health

The Liberal government said Friday it is going to Federal Court to seek "clarity" on two aspects of a compliance order issued in May by a quasi-judicial human rights tribunal on the delivery of First Nations child health care. In a joint statement, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the government's plan to seek clarification 7

June 23, 2017 3:37 PM Alberta soldier faces child luring, child porn charges in cross-border investigation

Cpl. Steven Massey, 32, arrested in Edmonton An Alberta member of the Canadian Armed Forces is facing child luring and child pornography charges after a joint investigation by Alberta police and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. Cpl. Steven Massey, 32, has been charged with child luring, making child pornography and distribution of child pornography 6

June 23, 2017 3:33 AM Bulls’ loss Raptors’ gain on NBA draft night

Raptors pick Indiana’s OG Anunoby, a “P.J. Tucker clone” coming off knee surgery, at No. 23 after Chicago ships nemesis Jimmy Butler out of the conference to Timberwolves. The best thing that happened for the Raptors in the NBA draft might have been that the Chicago Bulls took a step back. On a night that was far more fizzle than flash, the Raptors stuck 6