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Superstar Issue 2020

Superstar Issue 2020

The Hockey News celebrates the best of the best with our Superstar Issue. Inside you'll find features on Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Sidney Crosby, Auston Matthews & Mitch Marner, Elias Pettersson and many more.

Time Out


Name GAME Use the picture clues to uncover the name of a prominent hockey personality. Separated AT BIRTH Hockey doppelgangers: can you tell these two familiar faces apart? DOLPH LUNDGREN In Rocky IV, caused Apollo Creed’s sudden death. Born in Sweden. Starred in The Expendables. Rival of Michael B. Jordan in Creed II. RASMUS RISTOLAINEN At 2014 world juniors, scored in sudden death to beat Sweden. Some trade rumors say he’s expendable. Faced Michal Jordan three times. PUCK PUZZLE Can your hockey brain bring its A-game? The challenge is on! The Calder Trophy goes to the NHL’s top rookie. Seven recent winners are listed here. Once you’ve figured out who they are, the name of the oldest Calder winner – he was 31 – will appear in the red boxes. NAME GAME SOLUTION: LEON DRAISAITL PUCK PUZZLE SOLUTION: MYERS, BARZAL, MALKIN,…



IN A MOMENT OF needed levity, the constant hounding of Elias Pettersson by the media and opposition players was tempered by a hygiene question. What is the skin regimen for the slick Swedish center? After all, the Vancouver Canucks star has a blemish-free complexion that looks like something out of a magazine – soft, supple and shiny. Not what you usually associate with a 21-year-old acne-challenged athlete. “A lot of water,” Pettersson laughed. Hydration isn’t the secret to his on-ice success, but Pettersson has avoided the sophomore slump by continuing to craft his eye-popping game, building strength and stamina and having a backbone to address added physical attention while being even harder on himself. Amid all that, another side of the 2018-19 Calder Trophy-winner is slowly emerging. The camera captures the steely-eyed focus,…


Jersey HOUND

SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE | 2019-20 THE USHL’S DEFENDING CLARK CUP champions held their annual wiener dog race in February. It’s been 13 years of dashing dachshunds, and the team rebranded itself as the Fighting Wiener Dogs for the occasion, complete with special uniforms. Sioux Falls already has the benefit of a nice color scheme, but the sight of charging wiener dogs on the crest really makes this one a winner. On top of watching races during intermissions, fans could learn about adopting dogs from the Dakota Dachshund Rescue. Proceeds from a jersey auction and chuck-a-puck also went to the rescue organization.…

Connor McDavid


AFTER THE WEEK THEY’D had, the Edmonton Oilers deserved this. They sure did. Two installments of the Battle of Alberta, replete with a shootout stick flip, a line brawl and a goalie fight (a goalie fight!), all of which bookended a hard-fought win over the reigning Stanley Cup champions. The reward was a full day off on Super Bowl Sunday in 78-degree temperatures, something they refer to in northern Alberta in early February as dying and going to heaven. Almost 100 years ago, folks in Phoenix took the hint and named this place the Valley of the Sun in an effort to boost tourism. That is because it’s where nature’s fireball shines brighter and hotter than almost anywhere else on the planet. But the spotlight on hockey players? Not so much. So when…