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September 10, 2012

September 10, 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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What’s THAT SOUND?

WANT TO KNOW HOW to tame a tiger? Call it a ‘Sound Tiger’ as Bridgeport of the American League did more than a decade ago. Googling the nickname only gets you sites linking to a collection of tiger roars, so what exactly is a Sound Tiger? Established in 2001, the name is actually a reference to Long Island Sound, an estuary between New York and Connecticut, along which Bridgeport is located. The team’s moniker was the product of a contest even though Sound Tigers wasn’t originally on the list. Fans were given four choices: Scrappers, Shore Dogs, Corsairs or Beach Tigers. The latter two are references to the area. The Vought F4U Corsair was a fighter aircraft built in the area that was used in the Second World War and the Korean…

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RICHES TO RAGS

With the current economic climate, the NHL and NHLPA would be committing suicide if there is another lockout. Three lockouts under commissioner Gary Bettman has to tell you something. After all these years, he is still not a hockey guy. If the owners are so concerned about contracts, why are Shea Weber, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter getting absurd deals? Bettman and union head Donald Fehr need to watch Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars to see how a deal gets done. The NHL is not the NFL or NBA. Fans may not come back. Think long term. SPILL FOR A DRILL! The author of our lead letter next issue wins a Premium DEWALT 20V MAX* Hammerdrill!…

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Windsor’s Border Patrol

Situated on the border with Michigan, Windsor has become an NHL prospect factory thanks to an equal development of Canadians, Europeans and Americans. The latest prize comes from the same U.S. national team development program that saw Cam Fowler, Jack Campbell and Kenny Ryan don Spitfires jerseys. And proximity certainly mattered for Ann Arbor, Mich., defenseman Pat Sieloff. “I grew up watching the OHL thanks to Plymouth,” he said. “Windsor, they put guys in the NHL. There isn’t another team I would have gone to in the ‘O.’ ” Which is probably cold comfort for Miami RedHawks fans. Sieloff was originally slated to go the NCAA route, but with the NHL draft approaching (Calgary selected him with the 42nd pick overall) he changed his mind and signed with Windsor, a team…

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Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick

Jack Campbell is un-flappable. It’s kinda his thing. He recently attended his third Dallas Stars development camp and despite the fact he and fellow goaltenders Tyler Beskorowany and Christopher Nihlstorp had a different regimen from the rest of the skaters, he was more than happy to bring some leadership to the newbies. “It’s good to know what to expect,” he said. “I can show them how hard they need to work and what the organization expects out of us.” The plot arc starts with a comet trail for Campbell, the 11th pick overall in 2010. At the world juniors that year, he famously came into the net for Team USA in the third period of a crushingly tense battle with Canada and shut the door, allowing future Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson…