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Cammi Granato becomes NHL’s first female pro scout

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Cammi Granato, captain of the 1998 U.S. Olympic champion hockey team, is the NHL’s first female pro scout. She was hired by the league’s new Seattle franchise, which begins play in the 2021-22 season.

“I’ve had other NHL opportunities to get back into hockey,” Granato said, according to NHL.com. “Seattle is the right fit for me.”

Granato, 48 and a Hockey Hall of Famer, led the Americans to gold at the first Olympic women’s hockey tournament in 1998. She also played for the silver-medal team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

Granato also played a role in the U.S.’ run to its second Olympic women’s hockey title in PyeongChang. She spoke in person to the national team in summer 2017, her first time doing so since her retirement.

From her home in Vancouver, Granato video conferenced with the team between the semifinal and final in PyeongChang. The U.S. then beat rival Canada for gold in a shootout.

Granato, who grew up dreaming of playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, saw Seattle as a good fit as she lives just across the border. She and husband Ray Ferraro (a former NHL player, now an analyst) have 9- and 12-year-old boys.

“When they were little it just wasn’t feasible to leave, when they have one parent on the road,” Granato said, according to ESPN.com. “Now they’re getting to an age where they’re a little older and settled, so this opportunity when it came around was a perfect fit for me and for our family. I didn’t feel like I was compromising anything by saying yes.”

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Lindsey Vonn, P.K. Subban engaged

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Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban are engaged, two sources confirmed.

Vonn, who retired in February with a female record 82 World Cup wins, and Subban, a New Jersey Devils defenseman, have dated for more than one year.

Vonn was previously married to fellow Olympic skier Thomas Vonn in 2007. They announced divorce plans in late 2011.

Vonn reportedly grimaced when asked in 2013 if she would get married again.

“No, thanks!” she said, according to Vogue then. “I am definitely not getting married. To anyone.”

After her divorce, Vonn dated Tiger Woods and NFL assistant coach Kenan Smith before dating Subban, going public in June 2018 after meeting at the 2017 ESPYs.

“Right off the bat, I knew he was different,” Vonn said, according to a Vogue magazine announcement of the engagement. “But I’d been married before, so I was pretty hesitant to let myself think that I could find someone that I would want to be married to again. After a few months of dating, I knew he was the one I wanted to be with, though.”

Subban, 30, also owns an Olympic gold medal playing for Canada in Sochi.

“Lindsey’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Subban said, according to Vogue. “There are people in life that deserve to be with good people. They have that person who takes care of them and makes them smile, and she deserves to be with someone who loves her more than anything else in the world, and I do.”

Vonn and Subban would become one of the most prominent married Olympic champion couples, joining the likes of tennis players Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf and gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner.

They would be the first documented husband and wife Olympic champions from two different countries who and two different sports, according to Bill Mallon of the OlyMADMen.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov suspended from international hockey for cocaine

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Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been banned from international hockey for four years, presumably including the 2022 Olympics, after testing positive for cocaine at the world championship in May.

“I have made the decision to accept this penalty,” Kuznetsov said in a statement. “Representing my country has always been so close to my heart and something I take so much pride in. Not being able to put that sweater on for four years is very hard to take. … I feel absolutely terrible for letting you down. I realize that the only way I can win you back is to take ownership of my situation and my actions from this point forward.”

Kuznetsov, the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs scoring leader in helping the Washington Capitals to the title, is banned from Russian national team play into June 2023 but has not been suspended from the NHL.

Kuznetsov, 27, was on the Russian roster for five world championships since 2012. He was also among the Capitals’ top three points scorers each of the last four seasons.

In May, the NHL and the Capitals investigated a now-deleted social media video that appeared to show Kuznetsov in a hotel room with lines of white powder on a table in front of him. Kuznetsov said then that he had never taken illegal drugs, and he was not punished by the NHL or the Capitals.

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