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May 28, 2012

May 28, 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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Ya Gotta Love Imperfection

In preparing for Adam Proteau’s piece on the 25th Anniversary of the Easter Epic between the Capitals and Islanders (see pg. 18), several of our staff members gathered around a Mac, searched YouTube and took in a handful of highlights from that historic contest. Ah, the good old days. The thing is, the hockey wasn’t that good. Not by today’s standards. In 2011-12, every NHLer is an elite skater and shooter. Not so in ’87. Play in the Epic, even before overtime, was ragged at times and slow at others. Goalies Bob Mason and Kelly Hrudey made sensational saves, but the evolution of equipment and technique is apparent. The butterfly wasn’t yet de rigeur; the stand-up stopper, who relied on reflexes and acrobatics, was still popular. The Islanders had a tough time…

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Roads to Revelation

MARTIN BRODEUR WHEN THE DEVILS drafted Martin Brodeur in 1990, they already had Sean Burke and Chris Terreri on their roster. And just for good measure, they took Mike Dunham and Corey Schwab in the same draft. They thought they were solidifying themselves at the position, but not even they dreamed a member of that group would become a Hall of Famer who would lead them to three Stanley Cups and become the NHL’s all-time leader in wins. But they did know they had a unique talent. “Some players are thoroughbreds and this was a guy who was the son of a goalie who played in the Olympics in 1956 (Denis Brodeur) when the NHL was a six-team league and each team had one goalie,” recalled Devils director of hockey operations David Conte,…

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Talk About It

An NHL team is like a brotherhood; any player will tell you that. But sometimes brothers fight and crying to mom won’t do anything about it. That’s where the playersonly meeting comes in handy. As proven by Nashville’s suspension of forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn after a violation of team rules during the Predators’ second round playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes, team chemistry is important and honoring the other guys in the dressing room is paramount to success. But airing grievances is a necessary part of the season and can get a team back on track when a sour patch hits. “It’s kind of a cleansing exercise,” said retired defenseman Neil Sheehy, now a prominent player agent. “Got something to say? Get it off your chest. You’ve got poison around…

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Prepping To Pounce

It’s no coincidence the Saint John Sea Dogs have won the Jean-Rougeau Trophy as Quebec League regular season champs all three seasons Jonathan Huberdeau has played for them. He’s the most talented player to don their jersey. He was effective as a rookie in 2009-10 and exploded for 105 points while leading the Sea Dogs to the Memorial Cup in 2011. And, true to form, the Florida Panthers 2011 first-rounder (third overall) was crucial to Saint John’s success this year, notching 72 points despite playing only 37 games due to a broken foot. Everything about the St-Jerome, Que., native’s game says he’s NHL ready – but his 6-foot-1, 171-pound frame isn’t. “The biggest thing revolves around strength,” said Scott Luce, the Panthers’ director of scouting. “When he was drafted into the Quebec…