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March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

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.

DEPARTMENTS

ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS

IN JANUARY, THE NHL ANNOUNCED IT WILL hold outdoor games in Boston, Colorado and Minnesota next season and in Winnipeg, versus a TBD foe, in 2017, bringing the number of franchises that have played outside to 22. The tradition started as a novelty in 2003, when Edmonton hosted Montreal at the inaugural Heritage Classic. Five years later, the league began holding its annual Winter Classic and the number of outdoor matches surged with the addition of the Stadium Series in 2014. The NHL is becoming more ambitious with its locations, as California gets set to host its second outdoor game in as many years when San Jose takes on Los Angeles Feb. 21. It may border on oversaturation for some, but these record-breaking, money-making games are here to stay.…

DEPARTMENTS

THE MOUTH THAT ROARED

JOSH HO-SANG IS EDGY. HE’S confident, outspoken and often controversial. While those personality traits may be a concern to some in the hockey community, one thing is certain: his skill is undeniable. Just ask Niagara IceDogs coach-GM Marty Williamson: “He’s electrifying. Absolutely. What he can do with the puck and the speed he can do it at, that’s something that has pro written all over it. He’s got that part down pat. It’s the rest of the game he needs to work on.” Williamson sees more positives than negatives in the 19-year-old New York Islanders prospect, who during his Ontario League draft year was mentioned in the same breath as then Toronto Marlboros midget teammate Connor McDavid. That’s why Williamson traded a good portion of the IceDogs’ future to the Windsor…

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THE TEENAGE SENSATION

DANNY LEWICKI MAY NOT HAVE HAD THE FAIREST OF SHAKES AT an NHL career, but he can be remembered for one particular record. He remains the only player to win the Allan Cup, Memorial Cup and Stanley Cup as a junior. “I don’t think that record will ever be broken,” he said. Lewicki, 83, has fond memories of his playing days but also recollects some things that didn’t go his way, resulting in a short career. In his autobiography, From the Coal Docks to the NHL, Lewicki highlights his life from his childhood growing up in an immigrant enclave in Fort William, Ont., all the way to the end of his pro career-nine seasons as an NHLer. “There were many problems with management in those years,” Lewicki said. “You were not allowed…

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LAST MINUTE OF PLAY

Guess WHO! “I captured four Lady Byngs, plus the 1954 Norris as the NHL’s best defenseman.” “I won four Stanley Cups with Detroit and four more with Toronto after a I960 trade.” “Leafs coach Punch Imlach made me a center. I racked up points in a ’second career.’ “ Separated AT BIRTH R. NUGENT HOPKINS Works for struggling team that often finishes 30th. Plays on CBC in acit where hockey is religion. JACK MCBRAYER Works for struggling TV show on 30 Rock. Does anything for NBC that isn’t against his religion. Email your suggestions to sab@thehockeynews.com CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Burke, pictured, is a feisty Flames exec B Jose was NHL MVP in 2002 9 Sell tickets at inflated prices 10 He was Norris Trophy winner in 2013 11 Dumb 14 T.J. is a shootout specialist 15 Pronger won Hart, Norris in 2000 20 Sarnia’s junior team 21 Where ’Stevie Y’…