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The Hockey News May 25, 2020 - The Inspiration Issue

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6 Min
go west young man

NOTHING WILL GET YOU in the good books of Edmonton Oilers fans faster than going after someone from the Calgary Flames. Leon Draisaitl certainly gave the fans what they wanted prior to the NHL All-Star Game when he proclaimed he didn’t even want to be on the ice at the same time as Matthew Tkachuk, even though both were on the Pacific Division team. Tkachuk, of course, had a running feud going with Oilers heavy Zack Kassian, who caught a two-game suspension for attacking Tkachuk after the Flames agitator had taken several runs at him. In the early going, it seemed as though Draisaitl would get his wish, as his 3-on-3 all-star linemates were Connor McDavid and relatively nicer Flames star Mark Giordano, while Tkachuk played with Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson and…

5 Min
the countdown: shortened greatness

PATRICK MARLEAU should have a pretty special career achievement right this minute if not for circumstances completely out of his control. The 40-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins winger – remember, he was acquired from San Jose at the trade deadline – could, should, would be the NHL all-time leader in games played if not for 129 games missed due to two lockouts and a season curtailed by COVID-19. Marleau stands at 1,723 regular-season games, fifth all-time but just 44 behind Gordie Howe’s 40-year-old record of 1,767 games. We’re not sure if Marleau will be back at 41 in 2020-21 to resume his hunt, but it would be a shame if work stoppages, rather than injuries or a stark drop-off in play, were the primary reason why he fell short. We’re using Marleau as a proxy…

4 Min
the dark horses of long island

YOU WOULD THINK that college hockey writers would be ecstatic every time a new school decided to start a Div. I program. After all, it’s not something that happens every year. But a curious phenomenon occurred this spring when Long Island University announced it would be adding men’s hockey to its department: a lot of pundits turned into haters. Sure, the LIU Sharks will be attempting to put together a team for 2020-21 in breakneck time, having just months to find a coaching staff, players and opponents, but it’s hard to believe the school went into this blind. In fact, I know it didn’t, because athletic director Bill Martinov had already had discussions with former Notre Dame coaches Dave Poulin and Ric Schafer about his venture. Martinov spent more than a…

10 Min
out of the darkness, into the light

IT WAS THE BIGGEST night of Jake Newton’s hockey career, and he couldn’t shake the terror. He wasn’t merely fending off the butterflies that accompany any youngster’s first NHL pre-season game. This was true fear, the urge toward flight over fight, the sense something or someone was out to hurt him. Newton, 22 at the time, had the best opportunity of his life in front of him. He was a 6-foot-3, 200-pound puck-moving defenseman signed out of college to an Anaheim Ducks club that had just lost Scott Niedermayer to retirement. Five minutes into a Sept. 24, 2010, clash with the San Jose Sharks, Newton buried a feed from Ryan Getzlaf for a power-play goal. It was a high unlike any Newton had experienced before. Five minutes after that came the game’s…

9 Min
the fan-less experience

IT’S THE THIRD PERIOD of a one-goal game late in 2019-20 with a playoff spot at stake. The trailing team pulls the goalie. The coach calls a timeout. He starts drawing up a play and prepping six skaters to send over the boards. He glances down the bench to see the other team’s coach, craning his neck toward him, hanging on every word. The arena is dead silent. It’s empty, with no fans. There’s no music playing. And, in a crucial part of this contest, the opposing team can hear every sentence uttered during this timeout. That scenario is a stripped-down version of what the NHL’s return to play committee has begun envisioning for whenever the league returns from its COVID-19 imposed shutdown, which went into effect March 12. It’s a…

2 Min
scouting report: grigori denisenko

HOCKEY IQ “Offensively it's very high. Defensively he has some details he needs to improve on. He can kill penalties, I’ve seen him do it at the under-20 tournaments. He can get in lanes and has a good stick, but with the language barrier and coming over to North America for the first time, there will be a lot of new systems for him, and there will be a learning curve.” COMPETE LEVEL “I actually love his compete level and passion. He’s a skilled player, but he can play the game any which way you want him to. I’ve seen him in physical games and he’s been a catalyst, going through bodies and winning puck battles. He does not shy away from physical plays. He’s not huge by any standard (5-foot-11, 180 pounds),…