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October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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GAINING MOMENTUM

DANA TYRELL ISN’T the type of person who finds any benefit to sitting around doing nothing. “I’ve got an aggressive personality,” he said. That’s why he much prefers being active and on the go. Tyrell takes that same approach on the ice. He’s very much a hound-the-puck type of player, a guy who insists on dashing, darting and banging. Whether he plays wing or center, the second-year pro uses his speed to force the issue, especially on the forecheck. “I think the biggest fear defensemen have is the fear of being hit when they’re going back for the puck,” said Tyrell. “I have to try and throw the big body check when I can. I’m not the biggest guy (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), but I play big.” That quickness, combined with a willingness to make things…

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ROAD WARRIORS A RARE BREED

The Quebec Remparts (143-128-8) and Moncton Wildcats (137-127-13) are the only Quebec League clubs that are .500 on the road the past eight seasons combined. “We always tell our kids that the only advantage home ice gives you is what you allow it to do,” said Moncton coach Danny Flynn. “If you’re on the road and you allow the fans, the travel or the referee to be a factor, then you’ve given your opponent a home-ice advantage.” Moncton had a .500 road record in six of the past eight seasons. Quebec managed the feat five times during that stretch. Mental toughness plays a key role. “Ultimately, the game belongs to 20 players against 20 players,” Flynn said. “You have to factor out the things you can’t control and control the…

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STAR PLAYERS GET RELIEF

The league has dropped its annual all-star game, saying too many games are being played by its top players, but at the same time is considering an outdoor contest. “When the NHL brings the Winter Classic into an Ontario marketplace, that would be the obvious time we would seize that opportunity,” said commissioner David Branch, using the example of the WHL playing an outdoor game on the same site as this year’s Winter Classic, McMahon Stadium in Calgary, home of the CFL Stampeders. Branch said fatigue was the main factor in abandoning the all-star game. “It just gets to a point where we’re taxing some of our key players far too much and the issue of the number of times we call upon those players was our leading factor.”…

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Dallas

TOM HICKS has made a fortune by taking risks, but his sports empire is crumbling because he misread the economy. Hicks purchased the Dallas Stars in 1995 and turned them into one of the top franchises before buying MLB’s Rangers. Then he partnered with former Canadiens owner George Gillett to purchase Liverpool FC of the English Premier League. But Hicks defaulted on $525-million worth of loans for the Stars and Rangers and now can’t get financing to build a new Liverpool stadium. The result is he has lost the Rangers to bankruptcy, the Stars are for sale and is barely holding onto Liverpool – he’s disputing a sale accepted by the club’s directors.…