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January 16, 2012

January 16, 2012

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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Crossing Jordan

The Badgers aren’t the only team in Wisconsin to watch for prospects. Over in Green Bay, the United States League’s Gamblers brought in a shiny new addition this season in 2012 draft prospect Jordan Schmaltz. The puckmoving defenseman was ranked 41st overall by International Scouting Services and acclimating himself to the juggernaut Gamblers after an early-season trade from Sioux City. The University of North Dakota commit has excellent puck skills, can quarterback a power play and uses his smarts and stick to defend. At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, he still needs time to fill out. “His height right now, in a way, is detrimental,” said one scout. “But he has figured out ways to be a dominant force.” And that means the rich get a little richer in Green Bay.…

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He Can Hackett In The Wild

Considering Uncle Jeff played 500 games as an NHL goalie, it was only natural for Matt Hackett to follow the family tree to the crease. Except Jeff Hackett didn’t want his nephew to play goal. “He said there was too much pressure,” Matt said. Jeff, now 43, recalls giving that advice, too. “When he’s a young kid, you’re not sure how he’s going to react to everything,” he said. “I know how demanding the position is, especially having the same name being in a city like London (Ont.) where it can add more pressure.” Matt’s parents agreed, but even the most well-meaning adults can only listen to incessant begging for so long. “I just kept bugging them and one year they got me a set of pads,” Matt said. “I was just…

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Anaheim-lich Maneuver

Every year there’s at least one completely competent team that, for whatever reason, goes in the toilet. Take, for example, the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006-07 and last year’s New Jersey Devils. True, there’s usually a crucial injury or two that plays a part in the disaster, but one look at the team’s lineup on paper leaves you shaking your head. Such is the case with the current edition of the Anaheim Ducks, a squad not far removed from a Stanley Cup, but very far from returning to its company right now. “We have almost tried everything,” said right winger Teemu Selanne. “It just seems like we can’t catch any breaks. One mistake and it’s in the back of the net. Obviously confidence is the biggest issue.” The future Hall of Famer knows of…

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THE BIG PICTURE

Learning To Fly Freshman Harry Zolnierczyk got a lesson in verticality, but proved he’s already a master by scoring seconds after this snap.…