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The Best of Everything in Hockey

The Best of Everything in Hockey

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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DRAMA ON THE LINE

HENRIK LUNDQVIST AGE 29 BORN ARE, SWE. HT 6-1 WT 195 TEAM N.Y. RANGERS NHL SEASONS 6 DRAFT 205TH, 2000 Whether posing as one of People magazine’s 100 most beautiful people, sitting courtside at a New York Knicks game with Justin Bieber or kicking out pucks at top speeds, Henrik Lundqvist shines with confidence. Ever since the NHL implemented the shootout in 2005-06, ‘King Henrik’ has taken the league by storm. He holds the record with 37 career shootout victories and his career .768 shootout save percentage is second amongst goalies who have faced 100 or more shots in the contest. The 29-year-old native of Are, Sweden, stymies shooters using his size and quickness. He’s patient when shooters break in on him and doesn’t bite on leg kicks or pump fakes. He ensures his hands are in front of…

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BARON OF BLUELINERS

Ask a good number of young blueline prospects who their NHL mentor is and the answer will be Nicklas Lidstrom. In some cases the style of play fits, in others you’re left to wonder if they just gave the answer they thought they were supposed to give. Either way it’s a pretty big compliment for the sublime Swede – youngsters know that to play like Lidstrom is to welcome success. A stalwart in Detroit for nearly 20 years now, Lidstrom’s trophy case is well-stocked, with the 2011 Norris making it seven for the Red Wings rearguard. But it’s astonishing to think that if hockey hadn’t worked out for Lidstrom, his educational background was telecommunications. Meaning, that if he hadn’t become the best European hockey player ever and the second-best defenseman behind…

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STOP HIM IF YOU CAN

ALEX OVECHKIN AGE 25 BORN MOSCOW, RUS. HT 6-2 WT 233 TEAM WASHINGTON NHL SEASONS 6 DRAFT 1ST, 2004 The top priority for the New York Rangers entering their first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals last spring was to stop Alex Ovechkin, the best goal-scorer in the NHL. It did not matter Ovechkin had recorded by far the fewest goals of his career (32) or that he looked injured during certain stretches of the 2010-11 season and lethargic at others. The 26-year-old Russian can take over a playoff series with one monster night and the Rangers knew that better than anyone. Just two years earlier, Ovechkin tormented New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 49 shots in a seven-game series. He scored on three of them. The task of slowing Ovechkin this time fell to the Rangers’ talented young…

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LA CUISINE MAGNIFIQUE

Comparing rink food is not an easy task. Menus vary widely from one locale to another, with offerings spanning the gap between fast food and fine dining. Bring regional specialities into the mix and the job gets even tougher. But there is one staple that is available throughout the NHL, that lowest common denominator of arenas from Tampa to Tuktoyaktuk, the oft-maligned but nonetheless overwhelmingly popular hot dog. And the best of the bunch is the chien chaud at the Bell Centre in Montreal. At least that’s what Steve Williamson claims. And he ought to know. In the fall of 2007, the Florida resident spent a month on the road, hitting all 30 NHL barns in as many days. He exhausted his vacation time and frequent-flyer points, but he managed to find…