The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Champions Issue 2021

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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1 min
jersey hound

EL PASO RHINOS >2021-22 HOCKEY IS PACKED WITH bears, tigers and hawks, but the animal kingdom offers so much more when it comes to fierce mascots. That is why it’s satisfying to see a franchise go off the board and really nail it, like the El Paso Rhinos. The team will join the NAHL next season after playing at a lower junior level this year, and the jersey looks fantastic. El Paso’s rhino crest is top-notch, and the details surrounding it are just as impressive. The horned “EP” shoulder logo brings to mind the Anaheim Ducks, while the collar detail cribs from the Los Angeles Kings. Now they just need a rival team with a hippo mascot.…

3 min
boy of steel

THE CHICAGO STEEL STEAMROLLED through the USHL regular season and playoffs with a loaded roster that was extra-stuffed thanks to players who needed a team when their leagues were cancelled or delayed. Montreal prospect Sean Farrell returned to the team when Harvard cancelled, while 2021 NHL draft prospect Jack Bar jumped over from the BCHL. And Chicago was already going to be great thanks to 2021 prospects such as Mackie Samoskevich and Matt Coronato. So, of course, in a year when the unexpected was the norm, it was the youngest player on the team who led the Steel to the Clark Cup. Center Adam Fantilli, the star 2023 draft prospect from Toronto, was named playoff MVP with eight goals and nine points in eight games, as Chicago swept Dubuque and Muskegon before…

1 min
crazy-good cole

GIVEN EVERYTHING THE WORLD has gone through in the past year-and-a-half, hockey players who got a chance to play this season were extra-grateful for the opportunity. To win a title on top of it all? That’s just plain exhilarating, a reward for all the hard work that goes into a championship campaign like the one put together by the NAHL’s Shreveport Mudbugs. “We definitely believed it, starting a couple of months ago,” said goalie Cole Hudson. “But if you told me in August, during COVID, that I’d be lifting the Robertson Cup, I’d call you crazy.” What’s crazy is how good Hudson was for the Mudbugs. The NCAA Vermont commit was playoff MVP after going 9-0 in the post-season with a 1.54 GAA and .941 save percentage. Shreveport beat a tough…

4 min
no rules? no, rules

MAYBE IT’S FOR THE best that I never had the talent to be an NHL player. Because everything that we’ve seen in terms of how the game is called speaks to an undeniable truth: you can get away with pretty much anything, as long as it’s in the playoffs. Officiating and “game management” have been on the hot seat all year long, with the Tim Peel firestorm setting off a debate on what the role of referees should be in an NHL game: are they on the ice to strictly enforce the rulebook, or do they have a license to massage the flow of action as they see fit? I’m getting a little flowery with my language here, so let’s just strip it down to that great hockey cliché: “Let the players…

4 min
secret to success

THE ACCOUTREMENTS accompanying Marie-Philip Poulin to the post-game podium were usual championship-celebration fare. The swim goggles, the half-empty champagne bottles, the beer, it was all standard issue. Beyond Poulin and the rest of Montreal-based Team Bauer’s standard-issue basking in the aftermath of their Secret Cup title, as winners of the Canadian leg of the PWHPA’s 2021 Dream Gap Tour, there was also uniqueness in their revelry. All involved were celebrating the PWHPA’s massive accomplishment and the fact they had, at long last, played meaningful games. For a long while, that was no guarantee. The COVID-19 pandemic threw into disarray any plans the PWHPA had fashioned for 2021. Players still practised when they could – and prepared however possible – but ever-evolving health guidelines and protocols made scheduling Dream Gap Tour games…

3 min
pacific division notes

ANAHEIM DUCKS The school of thought that 20-year-old TREVOR ZEGRAS will be broken in slowly over the next couple years and get sheltered minutes in Anaheim’s middle-six is about to be blown out of the water. The No. 1 prospect in Future Watch 2021 is ready for prime time. He’s coming off a 24-game NHL trial in which he averaged just over 15 minutes and scored three goals. Anything less than 18 minutes a game and top-line duty next season will be a surprise. If he’s not your favorite for the Calder Trophy, he should be. ARIZONA COYOTES Is left winger MICHAEL BUNTING the real deal, or is he a career minor-leaguer who hit a hot patch? Look for the Coyotes to make every attempt to re-sign the pending UFA in the hopes…