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January 3, 2011

January 3, 2011

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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The Rockets’ Red Glare

The members of Team USA are sitting in a circle in their dressing room, basking in victory. Right winger Danny Kristo starts barking a military-style chant, with his teammates responding after every line: Oh, Mama don’t you cry/USA Hockey is do or die. Take a hockey stick in my hand/Go on off to a foreign land. When you said I’d be a star/USA Hockey will go real far. Take the Gatorade in your glass/WE JUST KICKED YOUR F---ING ASS! And with that, the room erupts. That team usurped the mighty Canadians in Saskatoon at the 2010 World Junior Championship and based on the mixture of returning players and new recruits, there’s no reason to doubt a repeat by the Americans this year. Confidence, as the song above indicates, has never been a…

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Homies and Roadies

It really is amazing how some players simply can’t get it done in certain situations, including top point-producers. Art Ross Trophy winners are pretty consistent game in and game out, but below you’ll find some interesting home and away numbers from other NHL scorers over the years.…

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Crash & Bang and Line Drives

For most people, the dream of playing professional sports dissolves in their early teens when they realize they simply don’t have the required skill set. Nyjer Morgan is not most people. Morgan is the center fielder and leadoff hitter for the National League’s Washington Nationals. A demon on the base path, he made his Major League debut in 2007 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and, now 30, has compiled a .283 career batting average. But his road to MLB was covered with ice. An African America who grew up in sun-splashed San Jose, Calif., Morgan was drawn to hockey at a young age. “When I was seven years old I saw a U.S.-Canada game and basically that was it. I was hooked,” said Morgan in reference to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. “I…

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Quebec Part Deux?

The “if you build it, they will come” axiom has typically been applied to structures, but also works on a more intangible level in sports. Construct a winner and fans will flock. It’s virtually fail-safe. Virtually. The Atlanta Thrashers may be in the process of becoming an asterisk, the exception to the rule. Even as they scale the Eastern standings and boast a respectable core, a nucleus that includes our cover boy Dustin Byfuglien, there’s persistent chatter they aren’t long for Georgia. Some reports suggest their likeliest destination is Quebec City, a move gilded with irony. Atlanta, a two-time NHL loser, forfeits its club to a town that could match the feat? Regardless of whether this happens, Quebec (along with Win-nipeg) has become a sexy choice as the league’s next landing place,…