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Meet The New Guys 2020

Meet The New Guys 2020

It's double the fun with our WJC Preview/Meet The New Guy Issue! Get all the info you need on the World Junior Championship while learning about the new faces in new places for the 2020-21 NHL season. In the WJC section, we have previews on each team, plus profiles on key players to watch. In Meet The New Guy, you'll find stories on Matt Murray, Alex Pietrangelo, Taylor Hall and many more. Published December 2020

2021 WJC PREVIEW

2021 World Junior Championship

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: HOW’S that for a 2020-21 motto? It is accurate, however, especially when it comes to the 2021 WJC, which is slated to be held in a bubble in Edmonton. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of life, and hockey has been no different. For the world juniors, that means a similar fan-free zone to the NHL playoffs, teams quarantining before the tourney and a round-robin that begins on Christmas Day instead of the traditional Boxing Day. There’s no relegation this year, either, which is great for the smaller programs that made it – and tough for those hoping for promotion to next year’s festivities. Though the off-ice portion of the bubble won’t be exactly the same as what the NHLers experienced in Edmonton, there will be similarities,…

2021 WJC PREVIEW

Cam York

WHEN HE ISN’T PLAYING hockey, Cam York likes nothing better than to jump into the family’s 28-foot center console boat with his father, Jeff, and head toward Catalina Island 25 miles off the coast of Orange County, Calif., to go tuna fishing. The coves and reefs around the shoreline are a natural habitat for all kinds of fish and one time two summers ago, he and his father threw out a dead mackerel at the end of their line and landed a 100-pound mako shark. “We usually catch and release, but we kept that one,” York said. “It was probably one of the best fish I’ve ever had and probably one of the coolest fish catches that my dad and I have ever had on our boat. I really enjoy that,…

NHL

Meet the New Guy

Eleven days after hoisting the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay, KEVIN SHATTENKIRK signed as a free agent with the bottom-feeding Ducks. His 30-30 mission is to spark the league’s 30th-ranked power play and become Anaheim’s first 30-point blueliner in three years. With little cash left in the budget, the Coyotes went bargain-hunting for fourth-liners in the off-season. So the new guy is GM BILL ARMSTRONG. Don’t expect him to do any maneuvering early, but with almost $33 million coming off the books next summer, he’ll be active in 2021. With five UFA defensemen on their way out this off-season, the Flames set their sights on a sturdy, right-shot, defense-first blueliner. CHRIS TANEV fit the bill perfectly. He smoothed things out for rookie Quinn Hughes last season and will do the same for…

Future Watch

PRESENT GREATS, FUTURE LEGENDS

IN OUR 2020 COLLECTOR’S Edition magazine, available for purchase on newsstands or online at TheHockeyNews.com/store if you’re not a subscriber, we count down the Top 100 Defensemen of All-Time and tell the story of each legendary player. Eight active blueliners made the list, but these 10 – listed in alphabetical order – are on track to join them in the future. Mattias EKHOLM EKHOLM ROSE FROM A fringe prospect drafted in the fourth round to a fixture on the NHL’s best defensive quartet. He has one of the game’s longest reaches, making it extremely difficult for opponents to get around him. He’s crucial on the PK, and Nashville rode him more than 25 minutes a night during its run to the 2017 Stanley Cup final. He’s overshadowed on his own team by Roman Josi,…