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The Hockey News World Juniors 2017 (1/2/2017)

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a curious punch line

(JACLYN LOCKE)THE LIST OF “Where were you when?” moments at the World Junior Championship is as long as Zdeno Chara’s wingspan. The combination of skilled youth, national pride and sky-high stakes creates considerable drama, excitement and jubilation.On the frowny-face side of the ledger is 1987’s ‘Punch-up in Piestany.’ If you aren’t familiar with the epic bench-clearing brawl, read Ken Campbell’s story, which begins on pg. 24. If you are familiar with it, read Ken Campbell’s story, which still begins on pg. 24, for its fresh take on an historic event. Then find a video of it to get the full effect. It was a complete shift show.The ensuing summer, the NHL enacted Rule 70.10, which states the first player to leave the bench or penalty box to engage in an…

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your say

Where’s the respect?As a Blackhawks fan who watches Corey Crawford win game after game year after year (plus two Stanley Cups), I cannot for the life of me understand why the Rodney Dangerfield of goalies gets no respect. This includes your latest Goalie Issue, where Chicago finished fifth in The Countdown. Yes, The Hawks have a great team, but I cannot begin to tell you how many times he’s saved them all on his own. I guess he’ll just have to keep winning Cups while being ignored.MIKE CREED, CHICAGOFoil the flop by boosting the barPlease stop the B.S. about all goalies being so talented these days. What has changed in the past 50 years? They’re so much bigger even before they put on all that ridiculous padding. And all every…

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a comeback for the ages

PATRIK LAINEMANY SCOFFED AT THE two gimmick teams when the World Cup format was announced. That attitude quickly evaporated once Team North America actually hit the ice in September, however.The best Canadian and American players aged 23 or younger formed one of the most exciting teams ever created. Their elimination was disappointing, but the spirit of the team wasn’t forgotten. It’s been one of the biggest stories this season: the youths are taking over.Auston Matthews opened his NHL career with a four-goal game, and his teammates Mitch Marner and William Nylander have been sensational, too. Patrik Laine vaulted himself into the NHL goal scoring lead on the strength of two hat tricks in his first 14 games. The top three scorers at the time of writing – Connor McDavid, Mark…

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the instigator

(PATRICK MCDERMOTT/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES)THN BOOK REVIEWBLEEDING BLUE$24.99 U.S. / $32.99 CDN, Simon & Schuster, 256 pages, 6" x 9", hardcoverBleeding Blue: Giving My All for the Game is an appropriate title for Wendel Clark’s autobiography. While there have been more proficient scorers in Maple Leafs history, arguably no Leaf has bled more than Clark, whose career was defined by his physical play and marred by constant back injuries. He explains the great lengths he went through to find a doctor who could help him heal enough to play through the pain. And even when he was “well,” Clark still had to undergo four hours of therapy per day just to be ready for the next game.Co-authored by Jim Lang, the book starts with Clark’s childhood and flows into his…

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top 10

ALEX OVECHKINALEX OVECHKIN BLITZED the St. Louis Blues for three goals Nov. 23, notching his 16th career hat trick. He passed the legendary Jaromir Jagr for the lead among active players in the process, despite playing 791 fewer games. ‘Ovie’ still had work to do to crack the all-time top 10 in hat tricks, however. ■…

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waiting game

NEXT IN LINEALEXANDER MOGILNY One of just six players in NHL history to score 76 goals or more in a season. Topped 1,000 career points and, more importantly, was an elite talent.GONE TOO SOONPAUL KARIYA Kariya checks off the “dominant player” box. Three-time firstteam all-star. Averaged a point per game despite playing mainly in Dead Puck era. Career shortened by injury.IT WOULD’VE HAPPENED BY NOWDAVE ANDREYCHUK All-time leader in PP goals enjoyed his best years centered by Hall of Famers. Is that why the Hall never opens its doors to Andreychuk?ALL IN THE NUMBERSMARK RECCHI If we reward longevity and pure volume, Recchi is a shoo-in. He’s fourth all-time in games (1,652) and 12th in points (1,533), but never was in discussion for NHL’s best player.HALL OF VERY GOODCURTIS JOSEPH…