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The Hockey News Mar. 9, 2020 - Superstar Issue

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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3 min
superstars taylor made

HOCKEY HAS A RAP, bad or otherwise, for being staid, stuck in tradition, resistant to change. That wasn’t always the case. There was a time the game was as innovative as the ShamWow. Granted it was the early 20th Century, the era that gave rise to such marvellous inventions as the teddy bear, fortune cookies and the theory of relativity, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. As much as anyone, Frank Patrick – with help from brother Lester – was at the business end of hockey’s cutting edge. He’s credited with the construction of hockey’s first artificial rinks in Canada, the introductions of the blueline, forward pass and penalty shots, the creation of assists on goals and an attempt to form a women’s league. And it’s entirely possible Frank (or Lester)…

2 min
looking for a win-win scenario?

Dear readers, The Hockey News subscriber renewal rates are among the very best in the publishing industry, a trend that has been consistent for the past 73 years. In addition, newsstand sales of The Hockey News, whether at international airports or at big-box retailers such as Indigo, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart and Costco, are among the top tier of all magazines. One of the reasons that readers are so loyal is because the content the editorial team produces has consistently been the very best available to the serious hockey aficionado. Another reason is, as my grandfather once told me, hockey people are simply the best people in the world – and he never lied. As you depend on the deep-dive insight that The Hockey News provides, we depend on you to help…

1 min

There’s no other answer than Leon Draisaitl. His 1.61 points per game is the highest in the league since Crosby in 2010-11. McDavid, Neal, Kassian, Russell and others are all out of the lineup and he’s carrying the Oilers (who are first in the Pacific). It’s not a debate.@mitchywoo People who say Draisaitl “and it’s not close” are being hyperbolic and not looking at the details. Measuring goals and primary assists only, it’s Draisaitl with 70 to Pastrnak’s 69. ‘Pasta’ has a Corsi For of 54 to Draisaitl’s 47. David Pastrnak is the winner here (albeit it’s VERY close).@pozzolane Nathan MacKinnon. The stats clearly show that he’s putting the team on his back night after night. No other player has as much distance in scoring from the second-place guy on the team.…

4 min
draft rules: no peeking!

DOING SOMETHING unprecedented is usually a good thing in the NHL, but the Arizona Coyotes have made news for the wrong reasons. As first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Coyotes were being investigated for allegedly putting at least 20 draft-eligible prospects through physical testing this season, which violates NHL rules. There are sometimes gray areas in the rulebook, but not when it comes to the fitness testing of draft-eligible players. And that’s why even seasoned hockey executives hadn’t heard about a case like this before. “Never,” said one GM. “The rules are so strict on this.” Basically, it’s an ironclad law: NHL teams are not permitted to work out players before the NHL draft combine, which is held every summer, typically in early June. The rule has been on the books…

1 min
behind the mask

JOHN GIBSON | ANAHEIM DUCKS WHEN KOBE BRYANT, HIS daughter Gianna and seven others died in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash, the grief transcended basketball. Athletes across sports paid their respects. Gibson did so via mask art from Shell Shock Designs. The sides feature Kobe’s L.A. Lakers jersey numbers, 8 and 24, with the years of his five NBA titles and career-high single-game point total (81). On the back: a silhouette of Kobe and Gianna, plus the names of the other victims.…

1 min
jersey hound

SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE | 2019-20 THE USHL’S DEFENDING CLARK CUP champions held their annual wiener dog race in February. It’s been 13 years of dashing dachshunds, and the team rebranded itself as the Fighting Wiener Dogs for the occasion, complete with special uniforms. Sioux Falls already has the benefit of a nice color scheme, but the sight of charging wiener dogs on the crest really makes this one a winner. On top of watching races during intermissions, fans could learn about adopting dogs from the Dakota Dachshund Rescue. Proceeds from a jersey auction and chuck-a-puck also went to the rescue organization.…