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Sniper shootings cause NHL to stop selling team hats

Updated: October 17, 2002, 8:31 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The NHL is planning to stop selling team hats known as "Sniper Caps'' because of the deadly shootings in the Washington, D.C., area.

In hockey lingo, a "sniper'' refers to a team's top goal scorer. But with a real life sniper still on the loose in their region, the Washington Capitals asked the league to remove the reference to the word from the team hat sold on the NHL's online store.

The Web site listed for sale a Washington Capitals "Navy Sniper Fitted Cap.'' ...

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