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Leafs star Auston Matthews confirms he tested positive for COVID-19

TORONTO - Auston Matthews felt safe in Arizona - until he wasn't.

The star centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs confirmed Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19 last month in his home state.

Matthews shared the news as the team opened training camp ahead of the NHL's restart after the league was shut down by the novel coronavirus back in March.

Canucks sign Hoglander to entry-level deal

Nils Hoglander knows the jump to the NHL can be a big one.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning wouldn't be surprised if Vancouver's latest signing takes that step at training camp ahead of the 2020-21 season - whenever that might be.

The club announced the signing of the flashy, diminutive winger Wednesday to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Canada beats Russia for gold at world juniors

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic—Akil Thomas was in the crowd two years ago when little-used Tyler Steenbergen scored the winning goal for Canada at the world juniors.

Having just turned 18, he made a declaration to his friends.

“I'm going to score that goal one day," Thomas told them. "That's going to be me, watch.”

The statement turned out to be eerily prescient.

Lafreniere won't play against Germany, but world junior status is up in the air

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Alexis Lafreniere's knee injury will keep him out of Canada's next game at the world junior hockey championship, but the star winger hasn't been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

The 18-year-old was helped off the ice early in the second period of his team's embarrassing 6-0 loss to Russia on Saturday after twisting his left knee on an awkward fall.