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December 20, 2010

December 20, 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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Over-Hall Required

If the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee truly felt Pat Burns was not a worthy Hall of Famer and resisted the temptation to elect him for induction only because he was dying, they absolutely did the right thing. In fact, they should be commended for sticking to their convictions. The Hall of Fame should be reserved for only the truly great players and builders of the game and is not a place for charity or sappy sentiment. But we’ll never know what was going through their minds when it came to Burns, who finally lost his valiant battle with cancer in mid-November. That’s because the ridiculous cone of silence under which the selection committee operates protects the members from having to ever publicly explain themselves. The Hall…

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From Proud To Putrid

I understand owning and managing a professional sports franchise to a winning record (let alone to championship glory) year after year is harder than hugging a bowling ball in a grease pit. I understand injuries can derail a GM’s best-laid blueprints and hockey men with brains far more nimble and perceptive than mine have tried and failed to win at the game’s highest levels. But I cannot, for the life of me, understand what Charles Wang, Garth Snow and the New York Islanders are doing. Once again, the Islanders have plummeted to the bottom of the NHL standings. After 20 games, they had the league’s worst record (4-12-4). They were mired in a 13-game losing streak that, if it continued for two more games, was on the verge of making them 0-for-November. Virtually…

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THIS MONTH in History

It was 50 years ago this month, NHL president Clarence Campbell heard a formal complaint from the rival Western Hockey League claiming televised NHL games were affecting its attendance figures. The WHL sought financial compensation from the NHL because nationally televised Saturday night games were taking fans out of WHL seats in Winnipeg, Portland, Spokane, Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle, Victoria and Calgary. WHL president Al Leader called it a territorial invasion by the NHL, via TV. The WHL had been a top level pro league since 1944, but went out of business in ’74.…