The Hockey News Meet The New Guys 2021

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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3 min
more new, more guys

OUR ANNUAL MEET THE New Guys issue mirrors the first day of school. It publishes in early autumn, when there’s a nip in the air, an aura of anticipation, the thrill of seeing new faces in new places. With every NHL team tied in the standings at 0-0-0, even the most jaded fan bases cling to morsels of hope. But for this year’s edition, the classrooms overflow with so many new kids that it’s difficult to remember who belongs to which homeroom. The 2021 NHL off-season featured the most roster turnover in the sport since the introduction of the salary cap shuffled the NHL’s player deck irreversibly in summer 2005. The looming introduction of the Seattle Kraken as the league’s 32nd franchise made waves early in the off-season, as several clubs traded…

4 min
san jose to seattle in 30 years

ON OCT. 5, 1991, I was at the Cow Palace (called the California State Livestock Pavilion from 1941-1944) in Daly City, Calif., attending the first-ever home game of the San Jose Sharks. I had moved to San Jose in 1988 after a tip I had received from Brian O’Neill, the then vice-president of the NHL when its headquarters were based in Montreal and the president was John Ziegler. While I was a student at Concordia University in the 1980s, I opened an ice cream and dessert parlor called Casablanca on Lucerne Road in the Town of Mount Royal. One of my employees was Sandy O’Neill, daughter of Brian, and Brian would occasionally drop by to pick up his energetic and charismatic daughter. After winning a lottery for my U.S. Green Card, I…

4 min
a world of possibilities

THINK ABOUT HOW HARD the NHL has worked over the past two decades to achieve the geographic zen it will have when it debuts its Original 32 this season. For years, it traipsed through the desert, valiantly fighting for a team that has struggled both on and off the ice. It allowed a franchise to relocate from Atlanta to Winnipeg. And it took the risk of becoming the first of the Big Four professional sports to drive its stake into the ground in Las Vegas. And with the addition of the expansion Seattle Kraken for 2021-22, the NHL now has a perfect balance of 16 teams in the East and 16 in the West, half of its teams in the Eastern time zone and the other half in the Central, Mountain and…

1 min
jersey hound

IOWA HEARTLANDERS >2021-22 THE ECHL’S NEWEST SQUAD put their intimidating white-tailed buck mascot front and center, giving fans a great crest for both the jersey and a hat. Accenting that stag is a color scheme that blends the toughness of grey and black with a pop of ‘sunrise gold’ that verges on fluorescent. Also noteworthy is the addition of the Iowa state flower, the wild prairie rose, on the shoulders. Not only are flowers uncommon on jerseys, but pink is especially rare (the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen have used it, but has anyone else?). And the Heartlanders already have a third jersey in the works that will emphasize the rose even further.…

1 min
jay greenberg & robin short

THE HOCKEY NEWS LOST a pair of valued contributors when Jay Greenberg and Robin Short died this summer. Greenberg was a popular columnist in these pages for much of the 1980s and 1990s and a THN contributor for more than three decades. The native of Johnstown, Pa., started covering NHL hockey as a beat reporter for the Scouts with the Kansas City Star in 1974-75. From there, Greenberg moved on to the Philadelphia Bulletin in 1975, then the Philadelphia Daily News. He also wrote for Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Sun and New York Post. His unique style of wry humor and edgy analysis made his columns and features must-reads. Greenberg was recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 and given the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for distinguished hockey journalism. In…

2 min
five examples of the ea sports cover curse

1. POST-SEASON FUTILITY EA started featuring a single player on its game covers beginning with NHL ’97. But being a cover star quickly became an omen of post-season futility. The first five such players – John Vanbiesbrouck (NHL ’97), Peter Forsberg (NHL ’98), Eric Lindros (NHL ’99), Chris Pronger (NHL 2000) and Owen Nolan (NHL ’01) – all played on teams eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in their respective cover seasons. Since then, another seven cover boys have been bounced in the first round, while 10 more were on teams that didn’t make the post-season at all. 2. OWEN NOLAN Just getting Owen Nolan’s photo on the cover of NHL ’01 had its own challenges. He had signed a deal with equipment company Mission that summer, so a photo of…