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December 2, 2013

December 2, 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.



THE UGLY, INDEFENSIBLE SPECTACLE involving the Flyers and Capitals Nov. 1 makes life easier for those of us who have been arguing the NHL must rid itself of superfluous fighting. It does no favors for the league or the sport. And that the sight of Ray Emery punching unwilling combatant Braden Holtby was met mostly with disgust is yet another indictment of the archaic mentality that stubbornly supports this egregious garbage. When Philadelphia goalie Emery skated the length of the ice to goad Washington keeper Holtby into a fight during a line brawl, I thought the NHL would have no choice but to suspend him. I was wrong. When the league announced Emery wouldn’t face supplementary discipline, I wasn’t happy. It said it has no precedent within the rulebook to punish…



A TOP THE QUEBEC LEAGUE scoring race in early November, towering double digits above the runnerup, you’ll find Anthony Mantha. It’s been a staggering statistical season for the Val d’Or Foreurs right winger from Longueuil, Que., whom the Red Wings drafted 20th overall this past June. He was one of three major junior players to score 50 goals last season, and it appears he’ll sleepwalk to 60 this year. Mantha’s 20 goals and 43 points in 17 games put him on pace for 78 goals and 167 points. That would be one point shy of Sidney Crosby’s total in his final junior season. Mantha and Foreurs coach Mario Durocher agree, his sweltering start is thanks in part to attending Red Wings training camp. “He learned from camp that he has to use…



ANSWERS AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT ISSUE AND AT THN.COM/XWORD ACROSS 1 Claude ___ is a Flyers sniper 4 Slang for skates 9 Bans 10 Championship 11 Wrapped up 12 Jordan ___ is now a Blue 13 The most desirable Olympic medal 15 The Wild’s ___ Cooke 18 Geraldine Heaney is third female ___ to HHOF 21 Carolina’s Tuomo ___ 23 Lars ___ is a center with the Habs 24 Philadelphia rarely loses when it plays God Bless ___ 25 Audition 26 How teams travel in the minors DOWN 1 Fight, drop the ___ 2 Ranked 3 Unassisted 5 Release: two words 6 Known as ‘Hockeytown’ 7 Reliable 8 United States Hockey League: abbr. 14 Ryan ___ is with Colorado 15 San Jose’s Patrick ___ 16 The Coyotes are known as the ‘___ Dogs’ 17 Tickets 19 Finnish city that boasts an elite hockey team 20 Veteran captain Shane ___, pictured 22 Forward lines LAST WEEK’S CROSSWORD SOLUTION ACROSS 1. FRASER, 4.…



FIRST, ALEXANDER STEEN WAS TOLD WHAT he could do. Then he was told what he couldn’t do. Both shaped him into who he is today, a player who was leading the NHL in goals and a player Blues coach Ken Hitchcock recently called the “conscience” of his club. Steen, 29, went from the playpen to the Winnipeg Jets locker room. The son of Thomas Steen, a star for the franchise in the 1980s and early 1990s, Alexander grew up surrounded by players such as Teppo Numminen, Phil Housley, Tie Domi, Keith Tkachuk, Teemu Selanne and Alexei Zhamnov. “They were unbelievable teams and great guys,” Steen says. “They were awesome to me. I was allowed to hang around the room and run around. I was always welcomed. It’s hard not to want…