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November 2023

November 2023

In the November issue of The Hockey News: we celebrate the Boston Bruins centennial by counting down their top 100 players, reliving 20 memorable moments, and we ask six legends to tell us "what it means to be a B?" Also, we find out why Brad Marchand is the perfect fit for the Bruins captaincy, and we travel to Switzerland with Nico Hischier to get a glimpse into where the Devils star was born and raised.

The ‘New’ Code

THE ‘NEW’ CODE

EARLY ON THIS SEASON, the Minnesota Wild visited Toronto and faced a former teammate: Ryan Reaves. One of the league’s most intimidating players, Reaves came to the Maple Leafs with a mandate to play hard, be physical and drop the gloves when necessary. And even though Reaves had played for Minnesota the year prior, he had no problem making his presence felt in the contest. In one shift in particular, he crunched Marco Rossi along the boards before blowing up Frederick Gaudreau with an open-ice hit that momentarily downed the Wild center. In response, Marcus Foligno went after Reaves and the two fought. “It’s a good hit, but it was on Freddy, and it was kind of from the side,” Foligno said. “The Marco one on the wall was a good…

Rewind

A PEACHY PLACE TO PLAY

SOME SAY IT WAS the greatest collection of hockey talent ever assembled on a small-town ice surface. When the Montreal Canadiens took on the Saskatoon Sheiks in an exhibition game in Grimsby, Ont., on Nov. 19, 1924, more than half of the 18 players were future Hall of Famers. The Sheiks, who played in the Western Canada League, won the game 4-2 over the Canadiens, who played in the NHL and had won the Stanley Cup the previous season. In goal for the Sheiks was George Hainsworth, who later played for both the Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs during his Hall of Fame career. Former Habs star Newsy Lalonde, the Cook brothers – Bill and Bun – and Harry Cameron also were in the Saskatoon lineup. Many Sheiks players formed the core of…

Buzz

IRON MAN-O-METER

A puck off the pipe is one of the game’s great sounds. And while it’s music to a goalie’s ears, the ping has led to many shooters looking skyward and cursing their rotten luck. That’s been the case most often for these six players, who’ve hit the most posts and crossbars since the NHL began tracking in 2009-10

PWHL

PERFECT TIMING

FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE at 23, Sophie Jaques is in the right place at the right time as a hockey player. On Oct. 27, the do-everything defender from Toronto signed her first pro contract with the PWHL’s Boston organization. Just over a month earlier, the Ohio State graduate walked the purple carpet in the atrium of the CBC Toronto headquarters at the first PWHL draft. Boston GM Danielle Marmer called her name 10th overall, making Jaques Boston’s second pick on the day. For her part, Jaques was thrilled. “It was such a fun day, and it felt like a very professional environment,” Jaques said. “Growing up, this league is something I never could have even imagined. The fact that the draft took place in Toronto of all places, where I grew up,…