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The Hockey News 2017/18 - Yearbook

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. THN is published 18 times a year, including 14 regular issues and four special issues – such as Future Watch, Draft Preview, Yearbook, the #1 selling hockey annual in North America.

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English
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Roustan Media Ltd.
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17 Issues

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three’s a crowd

DEPENDING ON WHO you believe, it was former Laker Byron Scott or his teammate Wes Matthews who coined “threepeat.” What’s not in dispute is that their coach, Pat Riley, turned it into coin. Riley’s private company trademarked the term in 1988, following L.A.’s backto- back NBA titles, and Riley cashed in thanks to subsequent successes – and merchandise sales – of the Chicago Bulls (1996-98), New York Yankees (1998- 2000) and the Lakers (2000-02).Riley has yet to receive a cheque from an NHL licensee. He had his first chance the same year his Lakers were going for the triple. The Oilers had just steamrolled to a second straight Cup, going 16-2 in the playoffs and appearing invincible. Then, that August, the unimaginable happened: Wayne Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles,…

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‘s’ is for stories

Matthews wowed with his rookie year. Now he’ll try to top it as a sophomore in hopes of earning a massive contract extension. (GRAIG ABEL/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES)WHILE WE HAVE a moment, let’s harken to the good old days of the Original 30. The NHL will never be the same, now that the little fraternity is growing. What’s next, Seattle? Well, if they ever get their arena situation sorted out, the NHL will perhaps begin holding its breath again. Maybe the league will be faced with that very possibility this season. Regardless, there’s no shortage of storylines in 2017-18. Here are some in A-to-Z form:AUSTON: You could argue that, for the first 99 years of their existence, the Maple Leafs never had a true superstar in their lineup. Then in…

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what’s new

UNIFORMSWITH THE VEGAS Golden Knights reveal used as a jump-off, the NHL unveiled new uniforms for all 31 franchises, designed by new provider Adidas. The ADIZERO jerseys were constructed to be up to 19 percent lighter than the previous NHL sweaters, with an emphasis on the crest. Clima technology was instituted for a cooler fit, with a streamline silhouette and materials that maximize air flow lending a hand. Tougher fabrics were also put through burst and abrasion tests to make sure the jerseys can stand up to the rigors of an NHL workload. In terms of design, there wasn’t a lot of change, though teams such as Minnesota and San Jose look particularly good.MARC-ANDRE FLEURYVEGASTHE NHL GAINS its 31st franchise this season with the Vegas Golden Knights ready to go.…

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rookie report

WE’VE GOT A wide-open race this year, folks. Whereas 2016-17 was always going to be dominated by Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, expect “older” rookies to play a bigger role in this season’s Calder Trophy chase. Will Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick be in the mix? Sure. But there’s also a host of players who torched the NCAA ranks and/or have already seen some pro hockey who should definitely be on your radar this fall. Let’s take a look at the early rookie of the year candidates.NICO HISCHIERNEW JERSEY, CHischier, 2017’s No. 1 overall draft pick, will be expected to step in and provide some punch. But the Swiss can’tmiss has the fortune of going to a Devils team that should afford him ample opportunity. With a combination of skill,…

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what the fans say

STANLEY CUPNORRIS TROPHYERIK KARLSSON 32%BRENT BURNS 16%VICTOR HEDMAN 11%ROMAN JOSI 9%KRIS LETANG 8%OTHERS 24%PRESIDENTS’ TROPHYHART TROPHYCONNOR MCDAVID 37%SIDNEY CROSBY 20%ERIK KARLSSON 12%AUSTON MATTHEWS 11%PATRICK KANE 7%OTHERS 13%ART ROSS TROPHYCONNOR MCDAVID 44%SIDNEY CROSBY 24%PATRICK KANE 9%NICKLAS BACKSTROM 5%JAMIE BENN 5%OTHERS 13%ROCKET RICHARD TROPHYPATRIK LAINE 23%SIDNEY CROSBY 19%AUSTON MATTHEWS 18%ALEX OVECHKIN 10%PATRICK KANE 9%OTHERS 21%CALDER TROPHYNICO HISCHIER 18%NOLAN PATRICK 16%THOMAS CHABOT 15%CHARLIE MCAVOY 11%MATHEW BARZAL 9%OTHERS 31%VEZINA TROPHYCROSBY: DAVE SANDFORD/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; MCDAVID+TALBOT: ANDY DEVLIN/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; KARLSSON: ANDRE RINGUETTE/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; HISCHIER: JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; PRICE: FRANCOIS LACASSE/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; HOLTBY+BOBROVSKY: JONATHAN KOZUB/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES; MURRAY: MINAS PANAGIOTAKIS/GETTY IMAGES ■…

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free agent watch

2017-18: Call it the Season of Reason. For once, teams weren’t falling over each other on July 1st with wallets splayed open, ready to toss a fortune at anyone on the free market. Similarly, players didn’t just take as much money and term as possible; they considered fit and flexibility. Sure, there were some overpays, but not many that could be considered tragic. Let’s look at the best value signings.KEVIN SHATTENKIRK, NY RANGERSMake no mistake, Shattenkirk, the most coveted free agent on the board, could’ve taken more term and more cash. But the New York native loved the fit in Manhattan, so he accepted a bit of a pre-emptive hometown discount. The best part? He’s the righthanded shot partner that captain Ryan McDonagh needs on the first pairing. CONTRACT: 4…

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