The Hockey News Yearbook 2021-22

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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16 Issues

in this issue

3 min
returning to ‘normal’

TWO SEASONS, TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS roughly nine months apart and two laps around the ice clutching the Stanley Cup…but the latter felt far different for the Tampa Bay Lightning players in 2021. This time, they celebrated to deafening roars from a near-capacity crowd of 18,110 at Amalie Arena, their home rink. The goosebump-inducing moment signalled a shift in the hockey world toward a distant concept called “normal.” No more bubble tournament. No more empty barns. The COVID-19 pandemic is the most globally impactful event since the Second World War, but its stranglehold on our lives, and on our sports, has hopefully, mercifully peaked thanks to the advent of vaccines. That means, as we’ve churned out the pages for this 2021-22 Yearbook during a sprint of an off-season, we’ve done so preparing for a…

3 min
hockey iq

YEARBOOK IS A TIME to celebrate the coming NHL season, and this year is a very special one indeed as it is our second of 16 issues in The Hockey News’ 75th season. Not only are subscribers getting the Yearbook, but we are printing an extra 10,000 copies that will be available as a bonus for readers who subscribe at in the coming months. It is really an accomplishment for a magazine – or, for that matter, any business – to still be in operations to start off its 75th year, but, being a subscriber, all you should really care about is that The Hockey News raises your Hockey IQ while it entertains you. Information is power, and power is wealth, so if you want to be the smartest person in…

6 min
get your popcorn

THERE’S AN OLD YIDDISH proverb that goes Mann tracht, un Gott lacht. If you needed any more proof that “Man plans and God laughs,” take a look at your calendar for the past 18 months. Or ask Gary Bettman. It is indeed trite to liken the trials of a league owned by billionaires that employs millionaires to the real-life havoc that COVID-19 has caused to millions of people around the world, so we won’t. But like every other business in the world, the NHL has been hugely impacted by events beyond its control, and that has had very real consequences. The millionaires were pretty much able to get by, but many of the thousands of people employed by NHL teams and the spinoff industries they create were crushed. We think that’s…

14 min
top 50 players in the nhl

1. CONNOR MCDAVID C • Edmonton Oilers Just when you thought he couldn’t surprise us anymore, Connor McDavid went out and had himself a season for the ages. In leading the Oilers to second place in the North Division, McDavid set the league on fire with 105 points in 56 games. His 1.88 points per game were the most of any NHLer in the past 10 years, and hitting 100 in the shortened season was seen as an incredible feat – even though the Oilers captain was preoccupied with other concerns most of the time. “There was a stretch there going in and out of COVID breaks and we kind of got stalled a bit, so it was tough to think about,” McDavid said. “As we got back in the swing of things…

9 min
calm, cool and deflected

NHL players don’t overshare. They’re not known to broadcast their emotions or willingly spill details of their personal lives. But if they see a teammate about to take the blame for something that wasn’t his fault? Suddenly, they’re chatterboxes. We saw it firsthand from the typically stoic Shea Weber following Game 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup final, in which his Montreal Canadiens bowed out to the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning after a shockingly magical run for a team that finished with the 18th-best record in the NHL. Placing his head on the guillotine in the post-game presser: Carey Price. Having delivered a .924 save percentage across 22 post-season games, he offered his take on why Montreal lost. “At the end of the day, I don’t think I played well enough at…

11 min
center of attention

During the early part of the 21st century, mammas in Finland weren’t letting their babies grow up to be centers, not elite centers anyway. So when Jukka Jalonen looked over his roster for the 2016 World Junior Championship, he saw some guy named Roope Hintz…and not much else. With no other options, he tapped his chin, looked at the list again and came up with an idea that would change the course of history. OK, perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch. But Jalonen’s decision to move Sebastian Aho from the wing to the middle of the top line for Finland’s entry in the tournament set in motion a series of events that has given the Carolina Hurricanes one of the best 200-foot centers in the NHL. Or as they…