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Fully Loaded, Summer 2012

Fully Loaded, Summer 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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Philippines’ Hidden Gem

As we walked down the stairs, our stomachs still roiling from the bumpy ride in the back of a pickup truck, the winding wooden staircase slowly opened onto an empty beach. It was August – peak travel season in most parts of the world – and here we had this secluded paradise all to ourselves. My friend and I heard about Kookoo’s Nest from an American ex-pat who used to live in the Philippines. The tiny, remote resort prides itself on being found by the few. Those who hear about it may be deterred by the half-hour ride from Dumaguete on a stuffy, packed bus along the main road followed by the 45-minute trek in a pickup truck bouncing around along a dirt road in first gear through potholes bordering on…

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How Good Are You Really?

Legend has it Mario Lemieux would always finish at the bottom of the list in bench press when the Pittsburgh Penguins did their training camp fitness tests. Guy Lafleur used to smoke cigarettes between periods. Brett Hull was fat and lazy as a teenager. Yes, hockey is good lately at producing these guys who look as though they were Photoshopped, but how many goals did Adonis ever score? Huh? That’s the philosophy behind Sport Testing Inc., a company that performs sport-specific testing, with a heavy emphasis on hockey. Most elite young players now can do chin-ups until their hands bleed, but Sport Testing is more concerned with their reaction time when carrying the puck at full speed in the neutral zone, how quick they skate backwards with a puck or, for goalies,…

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Sinning In The City

Vegas, baby, Vegas! The NHL is keeping its end-of-season award show in the world’s most famous adult playground. Hitting up Sin City when the NHL Awards arrive? Here are some cool things to do while you’re there. Everybody into the pool The most underrated thing about Vegas: sunny skies 85 percent (310 days) of the year. That means plenty of time to relax by the water. The Flamingo’s pool is famous for lagoon feel, complete with waterfall. If you like your time “adult,” visit Bare, the Mirage’s nude pool. And the creme de la creme, the Mandalay Bay, has an artificial beach complete with waves. Take a gamble Looking for a non-intimidating poker room? Try The Orleans, the 2012 Best of Las Vegas Readers’ Pick. If you like hanging with the big boys, the…

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Rocket Power

PROMOTED by Canadian women’s hockey star Meghan Agosta, the Rocket Sport Dryer boasts a unique way to air out equipment from a variety of sports – but naturally there’s only one we’re interested in. The tripod setup hangs gear off the top of a rack, which is then covered by a polyurethane bag. Heat is then pumped through and circulated by a fan, keeping the temperature inside at a steady 22 degrees Celsius (70 F). The result is dry equipment and the banishing of the notorious hockey smell – until the next game, of course.…