2021-22 NHL Schedule to Be Released Thursday on ‘SportsCenter’ | Bleacher Report

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The Tampa Bay Lightning just won their second straight Stanley Cup on July 7, but the NHL is already turning its attention to the upcoming season.

Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press cited a source from ESPN PR and noted the league will announce the 2021-22 regular-season schedule on Thursday during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the league is wasting little time focusing on the start of next season as it attempts to return to normalcy with the schedule. After all, the 2019-20 campaign was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a truncated 2020-21 season that started later.

The divisions were realigned in an effort to minimize travel during the pandemic, which reshaped the playoff picture.

There are still remaining questions about what the upcoming season will look like,

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Throwback Thursday: 1972-73 Alabama Basketball

“C.M.” Newton’s legacy in basketball is well known, including his 12 seasons as the head coach at Alabama (1968-80). He had an overall record of 211-123, was named the league’s coach of the year twice and led the Crimson Tide to three SEC Titles (1974, 1975 and 1976).

Newton’s 1975-76 team advanced to the NCAA’s Round of 16. Four of his teams (1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76 and 1976-77) finished ranked No. 14 or higher in the final national rankings.

But his most interesting team may have been the 1972-73 Crimson Tide.

Wendell Hudson, an All-American who was also named the SEC Player of the Year, led the Southeastern Conference in scoring. Signed by Newton in 1968 as the program’s first African-American student-athlete, he averaged 20.7 points per game. 

Meanwhile, Charles Cleveland joined Hudson as a first-team All-SEC selection, while  Ray Odums and Leon Douglas were second-team picks. 

Among the programs records

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