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The Hockey News 2017 Special Collector Issue

The Hockey News is an iconic, authoritative and trusted voice of hockey. It was founded in 1947 and grew to become known as The Bible of Hockey. Once a tabloid newspaper, it has evolved into a multi-platform brand that goes deeper and broader than anyone in the industry. The Hockey News publishes regular editions plus its special editions that include the Yearbook, Ultimate Pool Guide and Money and Power.

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in this issue

5 min
the great equalizer

WITH ABOUT A month to go in 2010- 11, Corey Perry was having a nice season. He was seventh in the scoring race and sixth in goals, trailing league leader Steven Stamkos by 10. Then Perry caught Lightning (and five others) in a bottle. Over his next 14 contests, he scored 19 times to reach the celebrated 50 plateau, blowing past the field to snare the Rocket Richard Trophy. The Ducks won 10 of those 14, and Perry recorded the winner in five of them. It was truly an astounding run, and it earned him the Hart Trophy. But (and you knew a “but” was coming), it could be argued that while Perry deserved the Hart in 2011, his MVP performance was the weakest of the past few decades. The competition…

9 min
anaheim ducks

THE DUCKS represent the fun and anguish of our top-50 exercise. Their franchise lore blends longserving players who failed to win a championship and short-term studs who helped them hoist the Stanley Cup in 2007. Who, then, deserves loftier perches in the Ducks’ pantheon? Paul Kariya was the team’s original star but came a win short of a Cup. Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer had brief but triumphant tenures. Teemu Selanne and Jean-Sebastien Giguere were locks because they straddled both lines, leading the team in most major stat categories while also getting their names etched on the holy grail. 1 TEEMU SELANNE POS | RW YEARS | 1996-2001, 2005-14 GP | 966 G | 457 A | 531 P | 988 IT HAD TO BE ‘The Finnish Flash’ and then the rest. Selanne has…

4 min
sitting duck in net

SOMETIME IN 1993, Guy Hebert stood on a float parading down Main Street, Disneyland’s most crowded and most cheerful artery. Hebert was, at the time, the de facto star on the newest attraction to southern California, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, an expansion NHL team crafted in the direct image of the hockey movie that shared its same name. It was to be a wonderful moment, a celebration of the franchise’s arrival on the scene, and yet as Hebert waved to onlookers and passersby, he had a concern. “I honestly don’t think anybody in the park thought we were the real professional hockey team,” he said. “They probably didn’t know we were in the NHL.” Such were the growing pains of leading a new pro hockey club – one, no less,…

9 min
arizona coyotes

1979-1996 WINNIPEG JETS THERE’S NO ‘I’ in team, but there’s an ‘I’ in Winnipeg and in Arizona, and that perfectly sums up the franchise’s history. To put it bluntly, the Jets and Coyotes have accomplished next to nothing as a team. Thirty-seven seasons have yielded one conference final berth, coming in 2011-12 and resulting in a five-game ousting at the hands of the L.A. Kings. To recall the best Jets and Coyotes players ever, then, is not to celebrate bearded captains hoisting Stanley Cups. Instead, the franchise’s top players are individuals who excelled on mediocre squads or team guys who gave workmanlike efforts but never won anything. 1 DALE HAWERCHUK POS | C YEARS | 1981-90 GP | 713 G | 379 A | 550 P | 929 WE MAY NEVER SEE a trajectory like…

4 min
paying it forward

JUST BECAUSE YOU excel at something doesn’t mean it’s what you really want to do. We know Sean Burke as one of the game’s great goaltending gurus, but, believe it or not, he never planned to get into coaching when his playing days ended. Burke had a successful 18- year career after being drafted 24th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1985. He enjoyed multi-year runs as a starter for the Devils and Hartford Whalers and really blossomed in Phoenix, twice finishing among the top six votegetters for the Vezina Trophy. He never dreamed of becoming a goalie mentor. He actually wanted to go the front office route. In his final NHL campaign in 2006-07, however, Burke wound up being demoted to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Springfield, where…

9 min
boston bruins

IF IT IS indeed true that defense wins championships, it should boggle the mind the Bruins have won only six Stanley Cups in their 93-year history. No franchise in NHL history has been blessed with the abundance of riches on the blueline that the Bruins have been over the years. That’s indisputable. Their top three players – and seven of their top 25 – played defense. Their list is also sprinkled with some of the game’s most gifted offensive players ever and all-time greats in goal. But more than anything, the Bruins have been defined by their superstars on the blueline and the toughness with which the team has played over the years. 1 BOBBY ORR POS | D YEARS | 1966-76 GP | 631 G | 264 A | 624 P…