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December 17, 2012

December 17, 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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Bleeding Red, White and Bleu

It would have been easy for the Sarnia Sting to pack it in this year. The long-forsaken franchise was coming off an all-or-nothing season featuring No. 1 NHL draft pick Nail Yakupov, hired guns Ryan Spooner and Brett Thompson and scoring import Ludvig Rensfeldt, all of whom are gone now. But what they do have this season, is a healthy Alex Galchenyuk. The third overall pick in 2012 missed all but two regular season games last year with a knee injury, but he has shown no ill effects so far, guiding Sarnia to a battle for first in the Ontario League’s West Division with Plymouth. “He’s a leader,” said coach Jacques Beaulieu. “He runs our power play, he’s our captain; full of character and a big part of our team. Without him,…

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Place Your Bets

Some good Hall candidates will endure a wait in 2013 when a mixed field is up for election. Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios are sure bets, but there’s a group of five first-year eligible candidates, plus a long list of holdovers, who will vie for one of the other two spots. Here are THN odds: Brendan Shanahan - 3: 2 One of game’s best-ever power forwards and a proven winner. Second year eligible. Rob Blake - 8: 1 Crafty offensively, reliable defensively and best hip-checker of his generation. First year eligible. Sergei Makarov - 10: 1 One of six players voted to the IIHF’s all-centennial team. The other five are in the HHOF. 13th year eligible. Eric Lindros - 12: 1 His size and skill made him an unstoppable force for a few years. Fourth year eligible. Keith Tkachuk…

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PLUS MINUS

+PLUS TRUST IN BRUST Abbotsford Heat goalie Barry Brust posts three shutouts in his first four games of the AHL season. –MINUS SHAPED LIKE A HAND, BUT THUMBS DOWN Five of six worst teams in CCHA are from Michigan, including pre-season faves U. of M., Western Michigan. +PLUS OPERATION HAT TRICK NHLers participate in charity game in Atlantic City to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. –MINUS DID I SAY THAT OR JUST THINK IT? They may not like Gary Bettman’s style, but players cross the line when they resort to name-calling.…

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SIDNEY CROSBY MAN OF STEEL

IT’S A MONDAY MORNING during the NHL lockout at the Pittsburgh Penguins practice facility in Canonsburg, Pa., and a familiar figure pushes a net across the ice for a scrimmage while his teammates take a breather. HE ALSO COACHES the practice, handles interviews without team officials, co-ordinates travel plans around the continent, sharpens skates for himself and teammates, signs his daily barrage of autographs and somehow does it all with a smile on his face. ‘Sid the Kid’? Nah, try ‘Sid the Man.’ At 25, Sidney Crosby has won a Stanley Cup, scored Canada’s Golden Goal, reached the pinnacle of his sport, dealt with a career-threatening injury and now finds himself heavily though not happily involved in the lockout. This isn’t child’s play. Surviving a 15-month battle with a concussion put the smile back on…