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September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

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.

IN THIS ISSUE

HOCKEY COMMUNITY HELPS TO HEAL ONE OF ITS OWN

WHEN RILEY DUNDA RECEIVED A tweet from his favorite hockey player, naturally he was excited. He just wished it were under better circumstances. The tweet was a message of support from Mike Richards of the Los Angeles Kings, wishing him a speedy recovery and letting him know that Richards and the rest of the Kings were thinking of him. Riley, an 19-year-old Jr. A forward with the Hamilton Red Wings, is recovering from a stroke he suffered in early May, one that set in motion a chain of events that left his family marvelling at the amount of support from the hockey community. As soon as news broke of Riley’s stroke, tweets, texts, emails and messages started to pour in from across North America and even Europe. When his family opened his…

FEATURES

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

TO GET TO HIS NEW NHL HOME, DAN Boyle had to go coast-to-coast. It wasn’t easy uprooting his wife and two young daughters from San Jose to the New York suburbs after six years in California. As expected, it required some planning. “I was just on the phone with the movers,” Boyle said. “We’re pretty close on finding a place near the Rangers’ practice rink.” With the to-do lists on the front burner, Boyle, a staple of the Sharks blueline and the highest-scoring defenseman in team history, wasn’t concerned that he had yet to speak with Rangers coach Alain Vigneault about his role. “Listen, they got me for a reason,” Boyle said. “I’m not going to reinvent myself. They know what they’re getting.” The Rangers signed Boyle, 38, to a two-year, $9-million…

IN THIS ISSUE

ROAD TRIPPIN’

FANS, WE KNOW you’re hurting for some hockey, and we feel your pain. When the dog days of the hockey calendar set upon the NHL, transactions slow to a trickle, and all that’s left to do is wait for the start of the season. But for those with vacation time to spare, a stash of cash to burn through and an adventurous spirit to unleash, it’s a perfect time to plan for some serious road trippin’ come October. Just to grease the wheels a little, we’ve put together four road trips to consider, one per division. Be warned. These are for hardcore trippers only. The starting points are last season’s division winners. Each route runs through every city in its division and wraps up before Halloween. The itineraries are a mix of…

FEATURES

BLACK AND BLUE AND WHITE

FIVE MONTHS LATER, STEPHANE ROBIDAS’ right leg still swells up after a long workout. It’s going to be like that for about a year, he said. One last reminder of just how painful last season was for him. The veteran defenseman has been no stranger to injuries over his 13-year NHL career. He’s received a concussion from being sucker-punched in the face and had his nose and jaw broken in two incidents involving loose pucks. But last season, in which he broke his leg twice, was easily the worst. In November, he toe-picked while trying to block a centering pass and fractured his fibula. “I blacked out from the pain,” Robidas said. In April, after being traded from Dallas to Anaheim, Robidas got tangled up with another player and fell awkwardly on the…