Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Kevin Allen has been USA TODAY's hockey writer since 1986, and has spoken hockey fluently since he was a young man growing up in Wayne, Mich. He has covered roughly 570 NHL playoff games, 25 Stanley Cup finals. and seven Olympic tournaments. He wrote his first NHL story in the 1970, and covered his first playoff series in 1983-84. He believes Gordie Howe is the best all-around player in ...

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Canada rallies late to win the World Cup of Hockey — TORONTO - Canada posted a 2-1 win against Team Europe on Thursday to capture the best-of-three World Cup of Hockey championship series at the Air Canada Centre. The Canadians, 6-0 in the tournament, now hold the Olympic, World Championships and World Cup titles in ice hockey. — TORONTO - Regardless of how Team Europe fares against the Canadians in the World Cup of Hockey Final, coach Ralph Krueger will be viewed as the one who got away. Krueger will return to his job as chairman of the Southampton Football Club in the English Premier League next week while we wonder why he isn't coaching or managing an NHL team.

Marian Gaborik's injury could be a costly one for Kings — Speedy Los Angeles Kings winger Marian Gaborik is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks because of a foot injury sustained during the World Cup. Here's the good, bad and the ugly of his injury for the Kings. Good: Because Gaborik has a history of injuries, the Kings know how to live without him.

Jets' Jacob Trouba unlikely to get quick resolution to trade request — That a restricted free agent must be signed by Dec. 1 to be eligible to play in the corresponding season is the best hope of a resolution in the Jacob Trouba vs. Winnipeg Jets dispute. The defenseman's May trade request become public Friday. It is a wish that will be difficult to facilitate quickly.

Sidney Crosby’s legendary resume is missing one thing: World Cup gold — TORONTO - Steven Stamkos and his pending free agency were the talk of Toronto for months last season and still Stamkos wouldn't pretend to relate to the load of pressure and expectations Sidney Crosby carries on a daily basis. "Everyone is looking at him, whether it's the coaching staff, teammates, media, fans," said Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lightning captain.

Team USA ends group play at World Cup of Hockey winless — TORONTO - Team USA's 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic in its final World Cup game put a frame around the Americans' most disappointing tournament performance since the 1998 Olympics, when an unexpected early exit led to players trashing rooms in the Olympic Village. This U.S.

Coach John Tortorella calls out players dissing USA Hockey's performance — TORONTO - U.S. coach John Tortorella said Thursday he expected to "take our medicine" from the media about the team's poor performance at the World Cup. What he didn't appreciate is negativity coming from within the U.S. family of players. "We'll take it from (the media) all day long," Tortorella said.

Projecting Team USA's roster for 2018 Olympics — TORONTO - Given Team USA's poor performance at the World Cup, it is likely the Americans will want a new-look roster going forward. The next major international tournament would be the 2018 Olympics, however the NHL and IOC must first reach a deal to send players to the Games.

Team North America has won hearts of fans — TORONTO - Swedish defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is 29 years old, and yet he felt like a codger more than once when he was chasing after North American 23-and-under players Wednesday at the World Cup of Hockey. "I felt pretty old out there the first 10 minutes," the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman said.

USA's World Cup of Hockey medal hopes done after loss to Canada — TORONTO - The Americans brought a skating team to the 2014 Olympics in Russia and had disappointing results. They switched to a gritty team for the World Cup of Hockey and now have been eliminated from medal contention after two games. USA Hockey may be out of options for this group of players.
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Sep 29, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Two late strikes lift Canada past Team Europe for the World Cup of Hockey title. 

Sep 27, 2016

The Kings have survived without Marian Gaborik before. But it might not be as easy now. 

Sep 27, 2016

Sidney Crosby's greatness sees no boundaries when it comes to winning. 

Sep 26, 2016

Jets' Jacob Trouba unlikely to get quick resolution to trade request. 

Sep 26, 2016

Sidney Crosby is making this winning-on-the-big-stage thing look easy.. 

Sep 26, 2016

Bovada has listed Canada as a 10-1 favorite now to win the World Cup. Seems low. Wouldn't you have guessed 20-1?

Sep 26, 2016

Bruins make it official: They sign Marchand to an eight-year, $49M extension. 

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