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The Hockey News July 17,2017 - Stanley Cup

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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how great is no. 8?

THE POST-MORTEM headlines read Alex Ovechkin played through “pain-numbing injections.” If I were a Caps supporter, I’d be upset with Ovie for not sharing. That fan base deserves 10 ccs of something dreamy to dull the hurt. Again.The gap between expectations and results for the Capitals during Ovechkin’s tenure is as wide as the one between his retirement fund and yours. Blame has been spread all around D.C., and lately there has been some chatter among those who matter that Ovechkin should be traded, a notion his GM, Brian MacLellan, hasn’t completely squashed. Some question whether Ovechkin has the requisite leadership skills to get his mug on the cover of this, our Champions Issue. One or two others have conducted their dissections with a far deadlier knife. Are they correct?…

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stick check: slash and burn

FOR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE COVERAGE, VISIT THN.COMONCE YOU LOOKED, you couldn’t unsee it. The tip of Marc Methot’s pinky finger was starring in a Saw movie, partially hacked off, oozing bright red blood. And, as if the injury didn’t attract enough attention, the man inflicting it was Sidney Crosby.Methot’s finger “shattered,” as the Ottawa Senators reported it, on March 23 against the Pittsburgh Penguins when Crosby swung his stick at Methot’s, hoping to stop him from retrieving a loose puck. Crosby caught glove and finger instead of stick. A little more than a month later, with Crosby crashing the net in a playoff game against the Washington Capitals, Alex Ovechkin swung his stick similarly. It knocked Crosby off balance, he fell forward, and he ate a cross-check to the head from Matt…

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black ice: the val james story

Black Ice: The Val James Story, co-authored by John Gallagher, follows the unlikely journey of a sharecropper’s son, transplanted from Florida to New York, who didn’t learn to skate until he was almost 13. Yet, James went on to become a feared enforcer in the AHL and the first U.S.-born black NHLer. While racism shaped James’ career in some ways – his pugilistic talents were honed while retaliating to the racist taunts spewed by his opponents – and may have inhibited it in others, much of his story is funny and upbeat. Black Ice ultimately is the proud tale of a man who enjoyed almost every moment of his career. The 2017 edition is revised with a new afterword, with James reflecting on the personal demons he rediscovered when writing…

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the cwhl goes global

BRENDA ANDRESS & ALEX ZHAO, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR KRS(PAT BARKLEY)ONE YEAR AFTER the CWHL celebrated its 10th anniversary, the league is set to attempt its most daring task: putting a team in China.The Kunlun Red Star will join the circuit next season, making the CWHL the only major North American sports league with a Chinabased franchise. “We’ve been very stable, we’re trusted, we’re very knowledgeable, we’ve got a proven track record, and every now and then, when you know it’s the right move, you make a bold move,” said commissioner Brenda Andress. “This is where we’re at. We believe we’re stable, we can take this bold move, and I think we need to take more of those as we grow.”Red Star will play out of Shenzhen,…

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hall monitor

HALL OF FAME LOCK-O-METERINDUCTED IN A FLASHTEEMU SELANNEAlmost 700 goals and one of the greatest rookie seasons in the history of major pro sports. Selanne skips the line in his first year of eligibility.PATIENCE WILL PAY OFFMARK RECCHIHe’s 12th all-time in points and fifth in games. Plenty of lesser players have gotten in. Recchi has been Hall eligible since 2014 and is due.TOO LITTLE, TOO LATETIM THOMASWent off like a supernova in his mid-30s, with two Vezina Trophies, a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe. But was the sample size of his success too small?DON’T BET AGAINST ITDANIEL ALFREDSSONDoesn’t own a ton of individual hardware, but had a stellar career and was Ottawa’s greatest captain. Might be a better fit for the Hall of Very Good, but voters will like…

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jersey hound

LOGAN BROWNWith every Memorial Cup in recent years has come a special military-themed commemorative jersey from the host team. The Spitfires’ edition this year paid tribute to the HMCS Windsor, a Canadian submarine named after the city. For the main crest, the team played it straight with the submarine’s badge, which is a pretty solid decision. A lion with a fish tail, holding a trident? Tough to beat that for originality.The Spitfires put one of their very strong alternate logos on the shoulder, and the poppy over the heart drives home the military remembrance tie-in. Overall, the color scheme works very well. The jerseys were auctioned off in support of the Dominion Poppy Trust Fund, which benefits veterans and their families. ■…