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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.

Buzz

BEHIND THE MASK

JACOB MARKSTROM >CALGARY FLAMES IT’S ONE THING FOR Jacob Markstrom to arrive at the idea for a Johnny Cash-themed mask for 2023-24. The handiwork by Jordon Bourgeault of JBo Airbrush, however, is otherworldly. Bourgeault went above and beyond to create this mask masterpiece. The polaroids and silhouettes of the ‘Man in Black,’ each adorned with titles of his most iconic songs, catch the eye first, but it’s the fine detail that elevates this beyond normal headwear fare. The use of scorched edges across the mask and a ring of fire surrounding Markstrom’s number fit theme and team perfectly, and Markstrom and Bourgeault get bonus marks for the singed cage. Thoughtfully designed, perfectly executed.…

Bruins Centennial

TOP 100 BRUINS

WHEN LOOKING at the greatest Boston Bruins of all-time, one thing immediately stands out: elite defensemen. No other franchise can claim that their three greatest players are defenders. According to our 2017 collector’s edition, Top 50 Players of All-Time By Franchise, only two teams – Nashville and St. Louis – even have two defenders among their top three. And it’s really not that close, either. In our 1997 list of the top 100 NHL players, Bobby Orr and Eddie Shore, whose legacies are entirely based on their time in Boston, placed second and 10th across the league. Ray Bourque was 14th, with four excellent seasons still to come. (Phil Esposito, who only played about half his career in Boston, was 18th.) Blueliners Dit Clapper (sixth) and Zdeno Chara (10th) also rank…

NHL

THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS

THE ONLY TEAM THAT ever drafted Torey Krug was the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers – let’s bow our heads in a moment of silence, please – who took him in the 13th round of the 2007 proceedings. Clearly, they were not scared off by the fact that he was 5-foot-3 and 125 pounds. A year later, Krug and his father made the almost five-hour drive from their home in suburban Detroit to Indianapolis with the express purpose of getting cut from a USHL team so he could return home to play high-school hockey. Krug instead made the Indiana Ice at 17, and then really good things started to happen. But all the way through his days leading up to the NHL – where he was never drafted, either – he had to…

NHL

ALL WASH-ED UP

IN MUCH THE SAME way one hopes to learn about the human body’s conductivity in science class rather than figuring it out firsthand by seeing how much loose change will fit in an electrical outlet before the lights flicker, the life of an NHLer is one of understanding but wishing to never really experience the painful business side of the league. Some do manage to skate on by, unscathed by the players-as-commodities reality of professional sports. These are your superstars, your top-pairing defensemen and the league’s elite netminders. Others, like Dylan Strome, are far less fortunate. Once considered central to Arizona’s rebuild – which wave, we’ve lost count – Strome was traded three-and-a-half years and fewer than 50 NHL games after being drafted third overall in 2015. And even after he established himself…