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September 12, 2011

September 12, 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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ASK ADAM

Hey Adam, what teams are your dark horse picks to do damage in the NHL this year? Paul Frenette, Boston Hey Paul: In the age of parity, there aren’t many teams you can call “dark horses” in the traditional sense. But if all goes right for the Blue Jackets – meaning, if goalie Steve Mason reverts to his stellar rookie form and new additions Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski pan out – Columbus will make the playoffs. Same goes for the Maple Leafs. Should James Reimer stand on his head as he did last year and new additions Tim Connolly and John-Michael Liles make solid contributions, Toronto will challenge for a post-season berth. Adam, with the deaths of Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien, do you feel there’s too much pressure on athletes to succeed?…

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Showtime Nationwide

Catching up with Columbus goalie Steve Mason at a charity golf tournament, former NHL netminder-turned-analyst Kevin Weekes was not shy about his assessment of the Jackets stopper’s abilities. “Does he understand how good he can be in this league?” Weekes said. “Seriously. I believe this guy can be a Vezina candidate, but does he believe it and is he willing to work hard enough to do it?” The Blue Jackets had a great summer, answering questions at center (Jeff Carter) and the power play point (James Wisniewski). But Mason is the real X-factor: a return to Calder form will mean playoffs; a reversion to the past two seasons spells doom. To help the young netminder regain his magic, Columbus has brought in goalie coach Ian Clark, formerly of the Vancouver Canucks.…

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Pavel UNRAVELLED

EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA It is 4:00 a.m. and the long summer sun is already beginning to peek over the Ural mountain range, burning off the morning mist. Eight instructors and the one journalist invited along to record the trip are among those aboard a Lufthansa flight bound for Koltsovo Airport in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Their final destination is a fourth-year hockey school designed to impart North American coaching techniques to kids aged eight to 16. It’s a long way for the instructors to come and, because it’s for two weeks, a substantial time investment. As one steward says upon learning why this mixture of Canadians and Americans is on the flight: “That’s a strange place to go for a hockey camp.” It is, until you meet the personality responsible for it: hockey’s most unknown…

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The Instigator