The Hockey News Goalie Issue 2021

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in this issue

3 min
we need to grow from this

THE HOCKEY WORLD HAS taken a lot of damage recently, and it’s natural to wonder about what the future of the culture will look like. Kyle Beach’s revelations in the Chicago Blackhawks scandal resulted in a lot of action impacting both Chicago – where GM Stan Bowman and executive Al MacIsaac resigned – and Florida, where coach Joel Quenneville quit due to his involvement in the Brad Aldrich scandal, dating back to his days as the Hawks’ bench boss. The NHLPA’s handling of the case also has the players questioning the union’s leadership. There was also the sexual-assault investigation surrounding former AHL coach Clark Donatelli from his days with Pittsburgh’s farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In that case, the Penguins reached a resolution with Erin Skalde and husband/former assistant coach Jarrod Skalde…

3 min
my solution is a great one!

IN MY LAST PUBLISHER’S Note, I called upon the Hockey Hall of Fame to induct Walter Gretzky into its exclusive club in the builders’ category. Now, I call upon Ken Hadall to donate the Wayne Gretzky memorabilia that he has in his possession to the Hockey Hall of Fame in time for Walter’s 2022 induction. I believe that, along with me, so many millions of hockey fans around the world would like to know more about how Ken Hadall came into possession of certain Wayne Gretzky memorabilia. There are a few facts that everyone can agree with, which are: 1. Wayne Gretzky’s name on equipment, trophies, etc., is valuable. 2. Wayne Gretzky’s father housed memorabilia in his home in Brantford, Ont. 3. Walter Gretzky has passed away. 4. Ken Hadall has some Wayne Gretzky memorabilia in…

4 min
the blue paint problem

THERE MIGHT NOT BE a better example of the great divide when it comes to goaltender interference than a goal that was called back for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an early November afternoon game against the Ottawa Senators. You want vexing? This one was vexing. With a faceoff in the Senators’ end after an icing, the Lightning won it and worked the puck around the zone. While that was happening, Tampa’s Steven Stamkos skated into the slot. And this is where things got interesting. Ottawa’s Nick Paul pushed Stamkos from behind. Stamkos glided into Sens defenseman Artem Zub, who knocked down goalie Matt Murray. Tampa’s Mathieu Joseph picked up the rebound and scored, but the play was blown dead by the referee. Lightning coach Jon Cooper appealed and lost and…

1 min
jersey hound

ANCHORAGE WOLVERINES >2021-22 THE ANCHORAGE Wolverines, one of the newest teams in the NAHL, brought a sweet look with them to the junior game. In terms of a mascot, a wolverine is pretty strong to begin with, but this unique and fearsome crest takes it to another level. As for the color scheme, there’s a lot to like. With so many teams in hockey these days, it’s getting more difficult to be original, but Anchorage manages to pull it off by incorporating different shades of blue with orange (it’s almost an Edmonton-Islanders mash-up in that sense). All in all, it’s a great effort by the first-year team.…

1 min
in the cards

PERHAPS THE least-flattering photograph to use on a goaltender’s hockey card is one where he is sitting on the bench, watching the game instead of playing in it. Such a picture screams “second-stringer,” immortalizing him as a backup to any collector who has his card. Unfortunately, this happened to former Canucks goalie Steve Weeks twice in consecutive seasons. Despite playing 35 games for Vancouver in 1988-89 and putting up decent numbers, Weeks is shown warming the bench on his 1989-90 O-Pee-Chee card. He’s even wearing a towel around his neck – an integral part of the backup goalie’s attire back then. That season, he’d appear in just 21 of 80 games for Vancouver. The following year, Weeks was again shown riding the pine, this time on his 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee card.…

2 min
five foods endorsed by nhlers

1. WAYNE GRETZKY Campbell’s Chunky Soup You could fill a book – or at least a pantry – with all the different snacks and beverages Wayne Gretzky endorsed, from candy bars to soft drinks. One item picturing Gretzky was Campbell’s Chunky Soup during the 1996-97 season, part of its “Take a Check from The Great One” promotion. The grand-prize winner would receive a $100,000 cheque signed by Gretzky. Other prizes included gloves and shoulder pads – to protect you from the other kind of check. 2. MARIO LEMIEUX Mario Bun Candy Bar Baseball fans had the Reggie Bar, named after Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson. Hockey’s answer to that was the Mario Bun, a chocolate-covered peanut and caramel puck-shaped candy endorsed by Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux in 1992. As a bonus, each Mario Bun came with…