The Hockey News Prospects Unlimited 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
welcome back, young guns

IT MIGHT’VE FELT LIKE a throwaway effort in the dog days of March, but it was the last meaningful thing Alexis Lafreniere would accomplish on the ice for a long time. His three-assist effort on March 8, 2020, helped his Rimouski Oceanic defeat the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-2. Little did Lafreniere know, he wouldn’t play another second of organized hockey until Jan. 14, 2021, when he started taking shifts for the New York Rangers, who’d selected him first overall with their lottery pick in the 2020 NHL draft. The COVID-19 pandemic wiped the QMJHL’s 2019-20 season away, the Rangers withheld Lafreniere from the 2021 WJC and the 2020-21 NHL campaign had no pre-season, so Lafreniere was thrust into the world’s top league as perhaps the coldest No. 1 overall pick in NHL history,…

3 min
walter gretzky - hockey hall of fame builder

WALTER GRETZKY BUILT A hockey rink in his backyard for his kids a half century ago not knowing what impact it would have on the game of hockey around the world. This was the first of many of his builds that makes him an obvious 2022 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builder category unlike any other in the modern era of the game we all love today. He also built relationships and memories that have impacted many millions of people in the hockey world, yours truly included. Walter was a fixture at my hockey stick factory ( in Hespeler, Ont., during the past many decades, and I talked with Wayne about it last year before Walter’s passing. After more than a century in the old Hespeler building…

5 min
bullish again on blue paint

MIKE RICHTER WAS TOO excited. He wouldn’t let his fellow former New York Rangers goaltender wait any longer. Steve Valiquette had to go watch this teenager stop pucks. After a few months of pestering, Valiquette caved and ventured out to take a peek at a 14-year-old named Spencer Knight, who played AAA in Connecticut for the Mid Fairfield Rangers. He was working that day with an impressive skill group including a dynamic young center named Trevor Zegras. Valiquette’s jaw hit the floor. Knight was huge for his age. He used his shoulders and elbows deftly to block high shots. His timing on when to drop was impeccable. “Oh my god,” Valiquette remembers saying. “This is the best 14-year-old I’ve ever seen.” Four years later, the Florida Panthers picked Knight 13th overall in…

1 min
jersey hound

ST. CLOUD STATE | 2021-22 ORDINARILY, THE NC AA’S St. Cloud State Huskies take to the ice in some pretty sweet jerseys featuring an homage to the Montreal Canadiens’ famous ‘CH’ logo (with an ‘ST’ replacing the ‘H’). But this year the Minnesota-based program is adding a tremendous throwback sweater. This beauty harkens back to the 1985-86 season and features a full skating husky with a great old-school font surrounding it. Everything else is kept clean, with numbers on the arm but nothing on the shoulders, allowing that great crest to stand out. Last year’s national runners-up, the Huskies will look as good as they play.…

1 min
in the cards

CARD COMPANIES ARE PUT in a quandary when a team relocates, since photos of players in their new uniforms usually don’t exist in time for production. So, when the Flames moved from Atlanta to Calgary prior to the 1980-81 season, Topps and O-Pee-Chee did their best to hide the outdated Atlanta Flames logo. Topps used closeup photos on all eight Flames cards found in its set that fall. O-Pee-Chee did that as well, while also airbrushing out the old logo on six additional Flames cards, making Calgary’s players look more like beer leaguers in generic jerseys than NHLers. Willi Plett seemed especially annoyed by this.…

2 min
five hockey collectible card games

1. ONE-ON-ONE CHALLENGE (1995-96 TO 1996-97) Just as CCGs were really starting to boom, sport card company Playoff released a 330-card hockey game called One-on-One Challenge. Gameplay involved using skill numbers, like scoring ability or aggressiveness, and rolling special dice to score against your opponent. One-on-One Challenge was popular enough to stick around for another season, with a 1996-97 expansion set adding another 110 cards. These orange-bordered cards are trickier to find. 2. TEAM OUT! HOCKEY (1996-97) If a deck of playing cards and a pack of hockey cards had a baby, it would undoubtedly look like Team Out! Hockey. The objective is to be the first player to build a six-man team consisting of a center, left winger, right winger, left defenseman, right defenseman and a goalie. Part of the fun is stealing cards…