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January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017

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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FIVE TIPS FOR VEGAS

DEAR VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS, Welcome to the NHL. We’ve known you were coming for a while now, and you still don’t have any actual players. But you have a name and a logo. It’s a big step for you. This all feels suddenly real. Now, don’t screw it up. Well, don’t screw it up any more. You’re already off to a rough start with that whole video fiasco. Just try not to make it any worse. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but this is the NHL. Our track record with expansion teams has been, shall we say, hit and miss. But the good news is that means there are plenty of examples we can point to over the past few decades to help you out. So, let’s dig into the history books and…

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SAME FAMILY, DIFFERENT BREED

PEDIGREE ALONE WON’T carry Matthew Strome to the NHL. Despite having two older brothers drafted in the top five, the youngest of the Strome trio has a lot to prove in the eyes of critics. In his second OHL season, Strome led his turnaround Hamilton Bulldogs with 15 goals and 27 points through 25 games and was easily on pace to break his 16-goal, 38-point total from his rookie year. These numbers have helped make him a borderline first-round prospect for 2017. Some, however, question whether his skating ability is good enough for the next level, a critique he’s well aware of. “Both my brothers went through it and they both had stuff written about them like that,” he said. “I just have to move on from that, I can’t let that…

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BETTING ON EXPERNIECE

WHEN GEORGE MCPHEE was finishing his law degree at Rutgers many moons ago, he hung out with a few guys in medical school. The aspiring doctors had an enduring credo: eat when you can, sleep when you can, work out when you can, and don’t fool around with the spleen. Really, when it comes down to it, what more life advice does a guy need? By the time he graduated, McPhee was just three years removed from an NHL career that ended largely because he was 5-foot-9 and played like he was 6-foot-3. He took the words to heart and, almost a quarter century later, not a day goes by when McPhee doesn’t work out. Hard. Because that’s the only way he’s ever known how to do things. Whether it’s skipping…

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WAITING FOR THE NORDIQUES

The good people of Quebec paid $370 million in tax money for an NHL arena a few years back, and they’re still waiting for a team to return. Patiently. As they do, the words of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman continue to echo in their ears. He never said the NHL was turning them down. He just said expansion was being “deferred, at least for the time being.” You heard that too, right? “They’re on our radar screen for another time, perhaps,” he said. “Another day when circumstances allow.” So, you’re saying there’s a chance! Meanwhile, the Videotron Centre, an 18,259-seat arena, sits vacant most nights when the Quebec Remparts aren’t playing. Most nights. There is, of course, Dec. 27 when it will host President’s Choice SuperDogs, which, according to the promotional…