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November 9, 2015

November 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.

FEATURES

THE WINTER OLYMPICS

IN ANY SPORT THESE days, it’s all about the eyeballs. Whether you’re talking about high definition TV, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Apple TV or any of the other multiple variations on the boob tube, nothing makes a statement like having people’s retinas glued to your product. And there is nothing that achieves that objective more effectively than having the best players in the world playing against one another in the Olympics. It is indisputable, in fact, that the five-ring circus has drawn the largest audiences in the history of the sport in Canada and the United States. The Canada/World Cup, World Championship, Stanley Cup final and World Junior Championship pale so much in comparison that none of them even registers. So why are NHL owners so dead-set opposed to their…

DEPARTMENTS

BO KNOWS LEADERSHIP

HOW DO YOU PULL ON THE REINS when a thoroughbred wants to break from the gate? That was the delicious dilemma facing Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins in slotting Bo Horvat into his lineup this season. The bench boss wanted to protect his center from the dreaded sophomore jinx by putting the 20-year-old on the third line. He reasoned Horvat would remain defensively diligent and be good in transition to build on his 13-goal rookie campaign. That was the form chart. It didn’t last long. Horvat bolted from the pre-season gate, scored four goals and easily supplanted newly acquired Brandon Sutter on the second line. In Horvat aligning with Sven Baertschi and Radim Vrbata, the hope is the 2013 ninth-overall pick can give the Canucks a needed second scoring wave. And when…

DEPARTMENTS

WANDERING REMPARTS

UNRAVELLING the history behind major junior in Montreal and Quebec City will make some readers in the former angry and make us some allies in the latter. The Hockey News recently released a commemorative issue entitled Dream Teams, which ranks major junior and U.S. college programs based on the quality of talent they’ve pushed to the NHL. But first we had to set guidelines. Nowhere is team lineage more confusing than in the QMJHL. The Montreal Junior Canadiens played in the OHA until 1972, then suspended operations for a year. When the Kingston Canadians were created in 1973, it was done using the shell of the Junior Canadiens franchise, but we’re not linking the two in Dream Teams. Some historians connect the Junior Canadiens to the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge, which are…

FEATURES

THE VERSUS ISSUE

BEST CENTER CROSBY VS. TOEWS PAGE 19 CANADA'S TEAM MAPLE LEAFS VS. CANADIENS PAGE 20-21 BEST GOAL SCORER STAMKOS VS. OVECHKIN PAGE 22-23 WHO'LL WIN THE CALDER EICHEL VS. MCDAVID PAGE 24 BETTER PLAYOFF LOOK BEARDS VS. CLEAN SHAVEN PAGE 25 BETTER LOGO OLD JETS VS. NEW JETS PAGE 25 BEST TOURNAMENT WORLD CUP VS. OLYMPICS PAGE 26-27 SECOND-BEST LEAGUE THE AHL VS. THE KHL PAGE 28-29 BEST COACH QUENNEVILLE VS. BABCOCK PAGE 30 BEST WOMEN'S LEAGUE THE CWHL VS. THE NWHL PAGE 31 BEST EXPANSION BET LAS VEGAS VS. QUEBEC CITY PAGE 32-33…