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The Hockey News World Juniors Special

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8 min.
the decline of bodychecking

AS VETERAN DEFENSEMAN Brooks Orpik approached his 1,000th career game last season, Columbus coach John Tortorella affectionately likened him to a long-extinct species. “He’s a little bit of a dinosaur,” Tortorella said, “because he hits. And there isn’t a lot of hitting in this game.” Orpik has since retired, leaving the game without one of its heaviest hitters from the past 15 years. And as Tortorella yearns for the days of increased physicality, league-wide bodychecking continues to decline. Including the first quarter of 2019-20, hits per game have dropped in four of the past five years. The NHL is also on pace for its fewest hits per game since 2008-09. The Hockey News recently spoke with several current and former players as well as coaches and executives on the subject of hitting.…

1 min.
jersey hound

FROLUNDA INDIANS | 2019-20 TO COMMEMORATE THEIR FIRST year in Sweden’s top division, Frolunda is bringing back the jerseys they wore during that season 60 years ago. Back then, the team was known as Vastra Frolunda (translation: West Frolunda), with the current Indians nickname inspired by the team being known for its “Wild West” tactics in the 1970s. What impresses about this throwback is the simplicity and effectiveness: the lack of ads is a treat, as is the color scheme that brings to mind Sweden’s famous national sweaters. The word-mark logo on a solid stripe is great, but the ‘VF’ and proper umlaut over the ‘o’ make it really cool.…

1 min.
in the cards

SOON AFTER THE FALL of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Upper Deck tested the waters with a 1992 World Junior Championship set that was sold in Czechoslovakia and other Eastern European countries. The cards, written in Czech and in English, look very similar to the WJC cards found in the 1991-92 Upper Deck set that was available in North America but includes several notable players not found in the domestic set. The Czech cards of Paul Kariya and Roman Hamrlik predate their NHL rookie cards by a season. Also in this set is Brian Rafalski, who didn’t get a true rookie card until he made his NHL debut in 1999-2000.…

5 min.
the countdown

NHL LOGOS HOCKEY LOGO CULTURE CAN’T be topped by other major pro sports. Who else gets to stitch big, fat, beautiful team crests on the middle of their uniforms? Logos are relegated to helmets in the NFL and often take on word form on NBA and MLB duds. In soccer, the real estate belongs to ads. We’re fortunate in hockey to get such impressive canvases upon which to display team insignia. We thus should not take logos for granted. In ranking them, we should hold them to a particularly high standard. Anything that looks like a little kid could’ve drawn it in five minutes must be punished, as should a lazy, uninspired design, a.k.a. any logo that simply consists of a word. The Washington Capitals, for instance, rocked a magnificent screaming eagle…

5 min.
victor hedman vs. john carlson

AS THE NHL SEASON passed the quarter mark, the best team was the Washington Capitals, and the best player on the Capitals was John Carlson. He was leading all NHL defensemen in points by a wide margin, he was in the top 10 in the overall scoring race and ranked among the league leaders in ice time per game. He’s playing the best hockey of his career. But how does Carlson stack up in a comparison with Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning? Hedman, the 2018 Norris Trophy winner, missed a couple games this season with an injury and only started to display his top form at the end of November. When he is playing at his peak level, he is one of the NHL’s best players. Has Carlson…

4 min.
new coach, new hope

DO THE TORONTO MAPLE Leafs believe in omens? It was probably just a coincidence to see Mike Babcock fired on Nov. 20, 2019, one year and one day after the St. Louis Blues axed Mike Yeo. But maybe Leafs GM Kyle Dubas hoped he was placing his team on a parallel path with a drastic mid-season move, pink-slipping his $6.25-million coach after four-plus seasons, which included a playoff miss during a tank year and then three first-round exits. We all remember what happened with the Blues last season. Sure, goalie Jordan Binnington played a significant role in carrying the team from last place in early January to a Stanley Cup, but we can’t forget that Binnington faced one of the league’s easiest workloads according to shots against and expected goals against.…