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Stanley Cup Issue 2015

Stanley Cup Issue 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.

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BEASTS OF THE BLEU PAINT

It’s not fair, really. Not only have the Montreal Canadiens had some of the most dynamic and offensively talented skaters in NHL history, they’ve been blessed with some of the best goaltenders to ever strap on the pads. Here are eight of them who came before Carey Price, all of whom are either in the Hall of Fame or won the Hart Trophy, or, in the case of Jacques Plante, both. Will Price follow them to their lofty heights? GEORGES VEZINA – 1910-26 175-146-6, 3.28 GAA*, 2 Cups The Canadiens discovered their first superstar goalie when they were on a barnstorming tour through Quebec in 1909. The Habs played Chicoutimi in an exhibition game and lost with Vezina, a leather tanner by trade, almost singlehandedly leading the Sagueneens to victory (*NHL ONLY) GEORGE HAINSWORTH –…

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PUT YOUR NAME ON IT!

@THEHOCKEYNEWS /THEHOCKEYNEWS /+THEHOCKEYNEWS I read Ken Campbell’s cover story on Phil Kessel (March 9) and had to laugh. Why is it when people in this article (and many others) have wonderful things to say about an individual they are identified? But when something negative is said they are almost always “a former teammate who requested anonymity” or “a rival team executive”? If they don’t have the balls to put their name behind a quote, don’t print it. Be accountable like Ron Wilson was. Ed Nudge, Glendale, Ariz. LOVE OR HATE ONE OF OUR FEATURES/STORIES? LET US KNOW BY EMAILING US AT LETTERS@THEHOCKEYNEWS.COM MAN UP? The Kessel story was very enlightening. Not so much about Kessel himself, but more about a certain kind of dinosaur that still roams the hockey world. It’s 2015, spurting b.s. about alpha males…

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GOLDEN LINING

JANINE WEBER’S STICK WAS EVENTUALLY DONATED TO THE Hockey Hall of Fame, but it took Twitter to save the day. The 23-year-old third-line center and Canadian Women’s League rookie for the Boston Blades wanted to oblige when asked to donate the stick she used to score her 3-2 overtime game-winner against the Montreal Stars in the Clarkson Cup final, but the devil was in the details: her only other stick was broken and she’d have nothing to play with while representing Austria at the Div. I, Group A World Championship in April. CWHL players are professional in quality of play but don’t pull salaries to match. They don’t pull salaries – period. Some have sponsors, but most must budget for it out of their day jobs. Weber’s is teaching developmentally delayed…

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EVERYONE NEEDS A PLAN B

ON THE DAY I MADE MY STANLEY CUP PREDICTION, six teams were tied for first overall, four more were within striking distance and I identified 10 in total I wouldn’t be surprised to see win it all – including one that, technically, wasn’t in a playoff position. So how do you whittle it to The One with any confidence? You shut a bunch of hockey geeks in a windowless room, without sustenance, and give them one task: don’t come out until you’ve reached a consensus. When the ice chips settled, the chosen ones were the Tampa Bay Lightning (see pg. 38 for more), a selection we all stand behind even if it wasn’t everyone’s first pick. You win as a team and lose as a team. You play for the…