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The Hockey News March 6, 2017

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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that’s a paddlin’

THERE HAVE BEEN more words exchanged on the subject than at a spelling bee, more brows furrowed over it than during an Alec Baldwin/Donald Trump Saturday Night Live sketch. There is virtual unanimity that the NHL mandate its goalies wear smaller equipment, but the conversation on how to make that happen has been protracted, to put it politely. The targeted activation now is the start of the 2017-18 season. Curiously, despite all the conversation about the protective gear, one piece of the goalie’s armor hasn’t come under scrutiny: the stick. According to a source, the notion of exploring shrunken sticks hasn’t been tabled at any of the managers’ goalie gear meetings. That’s puzzling. Along with pads, pants and gloves, stick size has inched upwards since Georges Vezina brandished his 1920s’ twig. To…

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bye week: boon or bane?

THE NHL RUNS up against the Law of Unintended Consequences quite frequently. Rules intended to make the game faster (taking out the red line) also make it more dangerous (more huge hits); rules put in to increase scoring (the goalie trapezoid) end up having the opposite effect (90 percent of goalies are terrible at handling the puck; why stop them?). But innovation and experimentation is necessary in a league where over-coaching often grinds down all the best intentions of the excitementenablers. One of the latest wrinkles in the NHL is the bye week, which guaranteed teams a fiveday break during the season. It was negotiated with the NHLPA as a trade-off for players participating in a more strenuous 3-on- 3 All-Star Game format. And with the World Cup of Hockey pushing…

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a guy like me

In his new autobiography, A Guy Like Me: Fighting to Make the Cut, John Scott takes us through his journey of how he went from an average collegiate defenseman to a fourth-line tough guy to last year’s All-Star Game MVP. Scott offers a fresh point of view on the NHL, one that no 50-goal scorer could give. He details what it’s like to be a bubble player, constantly changing teams and uprooting his family. Co-written by Brian Cazeneuve, A Guy Like Me tells Scott’s side of the story on his controversial election to last year’s ASG, including his sudden trade and demotion, the NHL’s tactics to dissuade him from participating. But the entire book isn’t just happy memories. Scott recalls his friendship with former teammate Derek Boogaard, who passed away in 2011.…

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strong as ever

FORGET FLORIDA. MANY First Nation kids in Ontario have their March Break marked for something else: the Little Native Hockey League tournament. It’s a week-long event that was created in 1971 to give First Nation youth a tournament to play in. The first tourney featured 17 teams and 200 players. “Native kids didn’t play on organized teams (before the 1970s), so they never got to go to any tournaments,” said Marvin Assinewai, the LNHL’s former president. Former NHL player and coach Ted Nolan participated in the inaugural event. “I’ve played in the OHL, AHL and NHL and coached in the NHL and at the Olympics, and to this day, one of my fondest memories of the sport is playing in the Little NHL,” he said. “It was a gathering for our…

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no debate here

IMMORTALIZED IN INFAMY > CAPITALS TRADE FILIP FORSBERG TO PREDATORS FOR MARTIN ERAT AND MICHAEL LATTA April 3, 2013 Most of the famously lopsided deadline deals look bad only in hindsight. This one was slammed the second it happened. Caps fans whimper at the mere mention of Forsberg’s name today. IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ’EM, MAKE ’EM EVEN STRONGER > WHALERS TRADE RON FRANCIS, ULF SAMUELSSON AND GRANT JENNINGS TO PENGUINS FOR JOHN CULLEN, JEFF PARKER AND ZARLEY ZALAPSKI March 4, 1991 Francis and Samuelsson were integral in the stacked Pens’ consecutive Stanley Cup wins in 1991 and 1992, each scoring one of the finalclinching goals. The Whalers got a guy with a great name in Zalapski. HEY, CUPS IS CUPS… FLAMES TRADE BRETT HULL AND STEVE BOZEK TO BLUES FOR ROB RAMAGE AND RICK WAMSLEY March 7, 1988 Hull became…

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jersey hound north bay battalion | 2016-17

Ever since they were stationed in Brampton, the OHL’s North Bay Battalion have been known for their distinct military-green uniforms. But movement is nothing new for the city, which was treated to junior hockey in the past by the Centennials. That North Bay squad moved to Saginaw in 2002. So with a great throwback on the ready, the Battalion rocked old Centennial jerseys in January, with the Saginaw Spirit as a fitting opponent. For those who remember the OHL champions from 1993-94, this is the sweater you want. Not only did the Cents have a pretty sweet primary logo, but the train with hockey stick on the shoulder crest puts things over the top. Just a great, all-around effort from the Battalion.…