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Champions Issue 2023

Champions Issue 2023

Vegas is your Stanley Cup champion! We celebrate the Golden Knights' historic victory, as well and the title runs for teams across the world in our Champions Issue. Also inside: 31 break-out players to watch next season, the future of NHL expansion and much more.



After a solid sophomore campaign, SETH JARVIS turned it up a notch in the playoffs for a second straight year, this time with 10 points in 15 games. The return of injured star Andrei Svechnikov means a spot in the top six will have to be earned, but the fact Jarvis was able to keep up on a post-season line with offensive catalyst Sebastian Aho bodes well for the near future. Jarvis has always had top-notch offensive instincts and hockey IQ, so it’s not a surprise he’s been able to gel with a talent such as Aho already. There were times when KENT JOHNSON did something that took then-coach Brad Larsen’s breath away. Whether that was a positive or a negative depended on the play in question. But the risks in…



IN THE NHL’S post-expansion era, only 36 teams – including this year’s champions – won more than 70 percent of their games in a single post-season. And as you might guess, that list serves as an indicator of which teams won the Stanley Cup in those respective seasons. In fact, it’s almost perfect, save for a solemn outlier: the 2003 Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Yes, those Ducks hold the inauspicious record for the best single-season playoff performance without a trip to the winner’s circle since 1967-68. Famously led by goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, that Anaheim outfit sandwiched a 4-2 second-round victory over Dallas between sweeps of Detroit in the first round and Minnesota in the conference final. But the storybook run ended one win short of glory, as the Ducks finished with a…

Publisher’s Note


MICHAEL ANDLAUER, AS ANNOUNCED by the Senators on June 13, was the winner of the sale process, as he has acquired a controlling interest in the Ottawa Senators. He won fair and square, as he led his group to outbid and outlast all the others after a gruelling eight-month sale process. I know how long and difficult the process was, because I was in it. I also know Michael Andlauer well, and if I am going to lose the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire what has been my NHL home team since the 1990s to someone, I can tell you Michael is the one person who I am happy to see skate around the ice carrying the prize. But he and his partners are not the champions. The financial winner of the sale…



HOCKEY FANS IN NORTH America have a propensity to look back on the 1972 Summit Series and the 1980 Miracle on Ice as events that were far more important than just hockey. They see those events as geopolitical clashes between countries and ideologies that were diametrically opposed, where the good guys won both times. And there’s something to that, since both were Cold War competitions where the ice was the setting for battling for hockey supremacy and proving whose system was better. But do you really want geopolitical? How about taking the ice against an opponent you hated for reasons that were very real, not ideological? How about going nose-to-nose against the players of a nation that had controlled your country for more than two decades and subjected your people to…