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July 1, 2011

July 1, 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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Ready To Roar In Pennsylvania

Starting a top-flight NCAA hockey team is not for the faint of heart, but the engineers behind Penn State’s upcoming entry had at least one natural advantage to work with: The Nittany Lions name is golden in college sports. The team will play one year of club hockey before starting an official Div. I campaign – most likely in a new Big Ten conference – but recruiting is in full swing for 2011-12 and beyond. “My dad is an alum and we’ve been waiting for this move to come for awhile,” said defenseman Brandon Russo, who played for Indiana in the United States League this year. “They have every other sport and do great, so why wouldn’t they do hockey? I was already sold.” Russo, 19, is the youngest player to commit…

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DRAFT DAY DELUSIONS

THE 2011 KHL DRAFT began as expected with 17-year-old Russian Anton Slepyshev going first overall to Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Three more Russians went next, but then things went a little sideways. At No. 5, Vityaz Chekhov selected Canadian Memorial Cup MVP Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs. “I don’t know why they drafted me,” the 18-year-old told the National Post. “For sure, I don’t want to go there.” North Americans being drafted by KHL teams is nothing new, but Huberdeau represents an all-time high. In 2010, NHL No. 1 pick Taylor Hall went 89th to Ak Bars Kazan. Other top-ranked North Americans taken this year included Sean Couturier (133rd) Ryan Strome (111th) and Ryan Murphy (106th).…

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MVP TIM THOMAS

ENTERING this year’s playoffs, Tim Thomas had won awards named after Georges Vezina, Roger Crozier, William Jennings, Urpo Ylonen and Lasse Oksanen. The only two left were named after Lord Stanley and Conn Smythe. And in the case of Thomas they came as a pair. He was the clear-cut winner of the Conn Smythe for playoff MVP and his Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. In the end, the Conn Smythe wasn’t even close. Nor was it a close race in THN.com’s award for most valuable player in the playoffs, which Thomas won on the basis of most three-star selections. It was almost as if Thomas showed up with a gun to a knife fight in this one, or perhaps a bow and arrow, which is his weapon of choice when he…