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The Hockey News The Rookie Issue 2020

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6 Min
the cleanest sheet

THE BLYTH MEMORIAL Arena, located in Squaw Valley, Calif., is permanently etched into hockey’s historical memory as the site where the United States won its first international gold medal in an improbable victory over the Soviet Union at the 1960 Winter Olympics. The legacy of the U.S. upset of the Soviet dynasty was buoyed by the fact the Squaw Valley Games marked the first time Olympic competition had been beamed into American households via television. A fact from this tournament that has seemingly glided below the surface in the annals of hockey history, however, is the 1960 Games also served as a showcase for another technological watershed that has become synonymous with the sport to this very day: the ice-resurfacing machine. This machine, known as a Zamboni, was named after its inventor, Frank…

9 Min
ochapowace to the oilers

THE LEADER OF THE Ochapowace Cree Nation is standing in the middle of the Regina airport, crying. It is June 26, 2015, and Chief Margaret Bear has missed her flight to Florida by five minutes. And while the beaches of Fort Lauderdale are indeed enticing, Bear had a more important reason for making the journey. “My heart was crushed,” she said. “But I pulled myself together and started booking new flights.” The chief made numerous stopovers and slept on the airport floor, but she got to Florida at 10 a.m. the next day – just in time to wheel over to the NHL draft, where she watched the Edmonton Oilers select Ochapowace’s own Ethan Bear in the fifth round, 124th overall. Fast-forward to the present day where Bear is a key member…

3 Min
german expressionism

MAYBE IT WAS THE guy who looked like a biker, whose vest featured patches of hockey teams instead of skulls. Or maybe it was the fact the small but strong contingent of fans at the world juniors already had more supporters chants than Canada (my favorite being the one set to Go West by the Village People, though I have no idea what they were saying), but I think the future of German hockey is looking bright right now. The Germans showed well in Ostrava, getting points in the ‘Group of Death’ with Canada, Russia, Team USA and the host Czechs, but this is not a one-year wonder team. No longer is Germany dependent on one star, like a Leon Draisaitl. This team had depth, and it will continue to do…

1 Min
in the cards

SABRES GM PUNCH IMLACH was so bored during the 1974 NHL amateur draft that he decided to have some fun and select a fictitious player named Taro Tsujimoto in the 11th round. Tsujimoto, Imlach claimed, was a center on a Japanese team called the Tokyo Katanas. League president Clarence Campbell fell for the ruse, and Tsujimoto’s name was listed as a Buffalo draft pick in the NHL Guide and Record Book that fall. Eventually, Imlach fessed up to his shenanigans, and Tsujimoto became an inside joke among Sabres fans. Nearly four decades later, Panini America paid homage to Punch’s prank and issued a Tsujimoto card, using a photo of an unknown player on the front and even fabricating a biography on the back. The card is almost as elusive as…

1 Min
behind the mask

THATCHER DEMKO | VANCOUVER CANUCKS MANY OF DEMKO’S MASK designs have paid tribute to actor Will Ferrell. Demko has featured Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers’ Brennan Huff and Dale Doback in the past. For the new design by Dave Gunnarsson: Jackie Moon from the Ferrell basketball movie Semi-Pro. And that’s just on the backplate of this ambitious mask. On the sides: Poseidon, god of the sea, riding an orca, and a skull version of ‘Johnny Canuck’ designed by Demko’s father.…

10 Min
reaching for the top…again

AS PART OF our ongoing Peer-To-Peer series of conversations, The Hockey News owner Graeme Roustan sat down with Chicago Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough. GRAEME ROUSTAN: When you wake up in the morning and you’re heading to the office, what are you thinking about for the day? JOHN MCDONOUGH: Well, first of all, you’re inspired that you have the opportunity to do this and you recognize the challenges because whatever you think is going to happen, isn’t. We’re in the solution business. And we’re just trying to continue to construct a world-class organization. And you have to go through the highs and lows, you have to recognize that’s part of the business. It’s a big responsibility, but it’s one I’m very grateful for. GR: Let’s go back to 2007, you were running…