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August 1, 2011

August 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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No Rush, Ryan

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The way Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was stroking his face, it’s a good thing the Edmonton Oilers don’t figure on an extended playoff run anytime soon. “I don’t shave around here,” he said, rubbing his cheeks and his chin. Then moving to the upper lip, he said, “I have to shave here a couple of days a week, but not much more than that.” Oh, to be young and underdeveloped. The future of the Oilers looks, well, rather slight at the moment. Nugent-Hopkins reported he has gained 10 pounds since his season with the Red Deer Rebels ended to put him up to 175 and hopes to pack on five more before 2011-12 starts. He can bench press his own weight five times, a feat he accomplished at the recent…

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Winds Of Change

It has been a second straight summer of change for Chicago. They clearly weren’t the same team that won the Stanley Cup following the roster purge last off-season, but another re-tooling has the Hawks feeling good about themselves. They are bigger and tougher, but are they better? Gone are Brian Campbell, Troy Brouwer, Tomas Kopecky, Jake Dowell, Ryan Johnson, Fernando Pisani and Marty Turco, replaced by Andrew Brunette, Steve Montador, Jamal Mayers, Dan Carcillo, Sean O’Donnell, Rostislav Olesz and back-from-Europe Alexander Salak. “I think we’re better equipped going forward for all our needs,” said coach Joel Quenneville, who envisions a team tougher to play against. “We think we have a great core and I think the guys we brought in really complement the core. Their experience, their leadership and their qualities are complementary…

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Eagles On The Rise

It’s a success story that keeps getting better. The Colorado Eagles, who have sold out every game in franchise history, are moving up the minor pro ladder, joining the ECHL as the league’s 20th franchise. The Eagles, who play at the 5,289-seat Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, have played to capacity a minor league record 311 consecutive times. They’ll need a few more seasons of SROs to catch their intra-state cousins, the Colorado Avalanche, who hold the North American pro hockey record with 487 straight sellouts. The Eagles recently began signing players, including Riley Nelson, Colorado’s all-time leading scorer (683 points in 499 games) and an original Eagle. He’s the reigning CHL MVP and three-time player of the year as voted by CHLers. Also inked was Aaron Schneekloth, who leads the Eagles in…

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THE BIG PICTURE

NO ISLAND VACATION Islanders first round draft pick Ryan Strome tries to pick a corner during the team’s prospect camp in July.…