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April 1, 2013

April 1, 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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END OF AN ERA

WHEN A CHAMPION IS CROWNED AT STORIED JOE LOUIS Arena in Detroit March 24, it will mark the conclusion of the 2012-13 season of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. It will also signify the end of the CCHA itself. After 42 years, they’re breaking up the old gang that began in 1971-72 with current teams Bowling Green and Ohio State and former programs Ohio and St. Louis. “I have mixed feelings,” says current Michigan State coach and former player Tom Anastos, who was CCHA commissioner from 1998-2011. “It’s been a huge part of my hockey life, as a player, coach, commissioner and now a coach again. I’m certainly disappointed that history will go away.” The seeds of the CCHA’s dissolution were planted when Penn State announced in 2011 it was upgrading to NCAA…

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PRESCOTT PRESTIGE

FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS, Prescott, Ont., has charmed guests with its passion for hockey. And on March 22, the community (population 4,200) will do it again in its annual Leo Boivin International Midget AAA Showcase. The event is named after Hall of Famer and Prescott native Boivin, who played 18 seasons in the NHL from 1951 to 1970. “The community knows how important this tournament is and works that much harder to make it a success,” said Chris Veltkamp, a Prescott resident and chairman of the tournament committee. “People put this on their calendar. They know at the end of March where they’re going to be if they even remotely like hockey.” NHL alumni who have played in the Showcase include Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Eric Lindros, Doug Gilmour, Denis Savard…

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Behind THE MASK

The brick wall is a feature Enroth always includes in his masks. With the Sabres logo on one side and a buffalo stampede across the other, it is a timeless throwback to the American Wild West. The longhorn skull at the top makes it that much grittier.…

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HEAD ON STRAIGHT

CHANGE DOESN’T SCARE ARTTURI Lehkonen. After he played his first pro games with TPS Turku in the Finnish League last year, he moved far from his hometown to join KalPa in Kuopio. “Turku was starting to be a bit too familiar for me,” he said. “I needed some change and some new direction. I felt like KalPa was a good decision.” The decision paid off. Lehkonen has become as an integral part of KalPa’s lineup, amassing 13 goals and 29 points in 43 games on a playoff contender despite losing a handful of games to concussions. To make things even sweeter, his new team is competing for a playoff spot in this year while TPS will probably miss the dance. Lehkonen was also part of the disappointing Finnish team at the 2013…