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March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

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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BEEN A LONG TIME COMING

WE ALL KNOW THERE ISN’T one single road to the NHL, but there’s also no single time frame any one player has to get there. For example, take a close look at the San Jose roster and you’ll see the Sharks employ a pair of 25-year-old defensemen – Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Matt Irwin – who have drastically different credentials. The former is fast approaching the 500-game mark as an NHLer, while the latter just got his first taste of the world’s best league after slugging it out as an undrafted player in the American League for the past two years. Irwin is one of a slew of more mature pros – at least 25 years old or older – to break into the NHL this year. Also on the list is…

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

IF THE MONTREAL CANADIENS HAVE ANY concerns over the fallout from their treatment of P.K. Subban – and they should – we present to you Toronto Maple Leafs captain and defenseman Dion Phaneuf. There was a time when Phaneuf was brash, confident, exuberant and engaging, the same way Subban is right now. At times, Phaneuf even rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way, the same way we can only conclude Subban does occasionally. And when that happened, Phaneuf had the spirit beaten out of him in Calgary, the same way the Canadiens appear to be doing to Subban. So if that’s what you want, just look at the shell of the former player Phaneuf is now. Is it any coincidence once Phaneuf had his personality and fervor emasculated, he began a…

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MINOR LEAGUE MILESTONE

HE’S THE MOST HATED MAN ON the ice many nights, yet it’s hard to imagine anyone who enjoys his job more than Steve Cruickshank. The veteran referee was scheduled to officiate his 1,000th minor league game Feb. 23 when the Central League’s Missouri Mavericks took on the Wichita Thunder in Independence, Mo. That’s tops in league history. “I’m so thankful for my bosses that they have given me the opportunity to do this for as long as I have,” Cruickshank said. “My knuckles are sore from knocking on wood, I’m so lucky.” His bosses consider themselves fortunate to have had an official who’s worked for as many years while consistently being considered one of the league’s best. According to CHL commissioner Duane Lewis, Cruickshank’s reputation is rock solid even with the people…

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FROM THE FIRE TO THE FLAMES

IT’S GETTING HARDER THESE DAYS FOR AN ASSISTANT GM IN hockey-mad Canadian NHL markets to operate as a relative unknown. But for John Weisbrod, life as GM Jay Feaster’s No. 1 aide in Calgary brings him just that, at least compared to his short spell in the hot spotlight of the NBA as GM of the Orlando Magic. “I like the anonymity, at least, compared to the way it was in Orlando,” Weisbrod says. “Being in Calgary and walking around, old NBA GMs aren’t really a topic of discussion or concern. It’s worked out quite well. I sort of prefer it this way.” Weisbrod isn’t some basketball lifer who somehow stumbled over into the world of pro hockey. Rather, he’s a former Minnesota North Stars draft pick, International League player and…