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February 7, 2006

February 7, 2006

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.

DEPARTMENTS

Depth Charts

SEE PG. 37 FOR TRANSACTIONS, INJURIES | TOP TWO PLAYERS ON PP UNIT PLAY THE POINTS…

DEPARTMENTS

Letters

SAUCY SNIPERS FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Thank you, Adam Proteau. Satisfying indeed. Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin have not only buried the stereotypical "sullen" Russian trait, they are leading the way in rink-rousing flash, dash and showy displays of bravado. Russians? Why not? They've always been the trailblazers to a new and exciting NHL. This typically North American trait should be welcomed even if embodied by a nation whose hockey stars many love to hate. My favorite Ovechkin display came at the 2003 World Junior Championship when, following a sweet goal, he gazed into the stands while pointing to his name on the back of his jersey. Bring on the swaggering Russians. Rod Minns, Combermere, Ont. HANDS OFF, DON I don’t think Ilya Kovalchuk realized what a can of worms he opened up, but I wish more…

COVER STORY

MEET THE TALENTED MR.ZETTERBERG

DETROIT – Henrik Zetterberg knew the big test was coming, so he wasn’t surprised or startled when Darren McCarty took a run at him during his first scrimmage with the Detroit Red Wings. And he wasn’t particularly alarmed when McCarty ran him again…and again…and again. The new kid arrived in Hockeytown with a mighty reputation and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Red Wings – McCarty in particular – wanted to test his mettle. The kid, 21 at the time, passed the test. Talk about an initiation into the NHL. “He’s an unbelievable player,” says Red Wings veteran Brendan Shanahan. “I remember when he first arrived here for training camp, they weren’t sure how he would handle the physicality of the NHL, so Darren ran him a few times in our pre-season camp. It didn’t…

IN THIS ISSUE

Little respect for Stillman

thehockeynews.com They call Cory Stillman “The Starmaker”, and unlike certain governments and World Anti-Doping Agency chairmen, they don’t do it without hard evidence to back up their words. Throughout his 11-year NHL career – a career in which he has bounced between Calgary, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and now Carolina – all Stillman has done is make his team-mates better. All he’s done is put big numbers on the scoresheet, season after season. And when the league last awarded a championship, it was to the team on which he was runner-up in points produced. But he hasn’t been able to parlay that success into a permanent home in the NHL. Which is the kind of thing that makes a guy wonder what he’s got to do to be appreciated. “You wonder that sometimes,” Stillman…