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The Hockey News 2017 Special Collector Issue

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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top 50 by franchise

SOME FILLED THE net. Some terrified us with mammoth hits and bloody knuckles. Some stole our hearts with heart-stopping saves. And some, like Jaromir Jagr, brought us to our feet with jaw-dropping dekes and spread joy with an infectious smile at every career stop. These NHLers had the greatest impacts on their franchises, be they through longevity or memorable peaks. We’ve rolled up our sleeves, hammered out our debates and emerged from the war room with these definitive rankings. ■…

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the great equalizer

(JACLYN LOCKE)WITH ABOUT A month to go in 2010- 11, Corey Perry was having a nice season. He was seventh in the scoring race and sixth in goals, trailing league leader Steven Stamkos by 10. Then Perry caught Lightning (and five others) in a bottle. Over his next 14 contests, he scored 19 times to reach the celebrated 50 plateau, blowing past the field to snare the Rocket Richard Trophy. The Ducks won 10 of those 14, and Perry recorded the winner in five of them. It was truly an astounding run, and it earned him the Hart Trophy.But (and you knew a “but” was coming), it could be argued that while Perry deserved the Hart in 2011, his MVP performance was the weakest of the past few decades. The…

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anaheim ducks

(DAVE SANDFORD/GETTY IMAGES)THE DUCKS represent the fun and anguish of our top-50 exercise. Their franchise lore blends longserving players who failed to win a championship and short-term studs who helped them hoist the Stanley Cup in 2007.Who, then, deserves loftier perches in the Ducks’ pantheon? Paul Kariya was the team’s original star but came a win short of a Cup. Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer had brief but triumphant tenures. Teemu Selanne and Jean-Sebastien Giguere were locks because they straddled both lines, leading the team in most major stat categories while also getting their names etched on the holy grail.1 TEEMU SELANNEPOS | RW YEARS | 1996-2001, 2005-14 GP | 966 G | 457 A | 531 P | 988IT HAD TO BE ‘The Finnish Flash’ and then the rest.…

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sitting duck in net

(JEFF GROSS/GETTY IMAGES)SOMETIME IN 1993, Guy Hebert stood on a float parading down Main Street, Disneyland’s most crowded and most cheerful artery. Hebert was, at the time, the de facto star on the newest attraction to southern California, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, an expansion NHL team crafted in the direct image of the hockey movie that shared its same name. It was to be a wonderful moment, a celebration of the franchise’s arrival on the scene, and yet as Hebert waved to onlookers and passersby, he had a concern. “I honestly don’t think anybody in the park thought we were the real professional hockey team,” he said. “They probably didn’t know we were in the NHL.”Such were the growing pains of leading a new pro hockey club – one,…

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arizona coyotes

(B BENNETT/GETTY IMAGES)1979-1996WINNIPEG JETSTHERE’S NO ‘I’ in team, but there’s an ‘I’ in Winnipeg and in Arizona, and that perfectly sums up the franchise’s history. To put it bluntly, the Jets and Coyotes have accomplished next to nothing as a team. Thirty-seven seasons have yielded one conference final berth, coming in 2011-12 and resulting in a five-game ousting at the hands of the L.A. Kings. To recall the best Jets and Coyotes players ever, then, is not to celebrate bearded captains hoisting Stanley Cups. Instead, the franchise’s top players are individuals who excelled on mediocre squads or team guys who gave workmanlike efforts but never won anything.1 DALE HAWERCHUKPOS | C YEARS | 1981-90 GP | 713 G | 379 A | 550 P | 929WE MAY NEVER SEE a…

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paying it forward

(IAN TOMLINSON/ALLSPORT)JUST BECAUSE YOU excel at something doesn’t mean it’s what you really want to do. We know Sean Burke as one of the game’s great goaltending gurus, but, believe it or not, he never planned to get into coaching when his playing days ended.Burke had a successful 18- year career after being drafted 24th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1985. He enjoyed multi-year runs as a starter for the Devils and Hartford Whalers and really blossomed in Phoenix, twice finishing among the top six votegetters for the Vezina Trophy. He never dreamed of becoming a goalie mentor. He actually wanted to go the front office route.In his final NHL campaign in 2006-07, however, Burke wound up being demoted to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Springfield,…