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Fully Loaded, Winter 2013

Fully Loaded, Winter 2013

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.

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Behind Enemy Lines

Alone in the middle of a crowded bar stands a stool with the markings “Section 414, Row 8, No. 7” on it. The numbers represent where it used to reside in the Montreal Forum, before it was mounted and placed next to the hardwood at Kilgour’s Bar Meets Grill in Toronto, which has been in operation for 17 years. Yes, there is a bar in the heart of Hogtown that houses a seat from the original Forum. Despite the long and spirited rivalry of the two teams, Kilgour’s bartender Adrian Griffin, a Leafs fan, insists the establishment plays nice to locals while flying the flag of the bleu, blanc et rouge. “The owners, Pete and Andrew Kilgour are brothers – Pete’s a Habs fan and Andrew’s a Leafs fan,” Griffin said.…

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Bottoms Out

‘Hockey ass’ is a problem for amateur and professional hockey players everywhere. Regular pants don’t cut it for a physique molded by playing regular hockey and doing hockey-specific lower-body exercises. The crew at Gongshow Gear, which includes three former players from Jr. A and NCAA, knows the problem well. The explayers grew tired of buying jeans too tight in the seat, so they created Beauty Fit Jeans – a line to fit the hockey behind. Co-founder Ger McNamee admits he was met with quizzical looks when getting a first sample made, but the jeans are now well known among hockey players and parents. Although scrawny rink rats are better sticking to Gongshow’s T-shirts and hoodies, the company’s hockey threads are gaining traction among Nhlers, though no sponsorship deals are in place –…

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ROAD HOCKEY

It’s hard to get hyped for January in Canada. Weather-wise, there’s no better month to head south for warmer temperatures. But the New Year is prime hockey-viewing time. If you need your fix, we have three hardcore holidays for you to choose from. Instead of fleeing via the skies, we suggest some serious road trippin’. Starting from Toronto, Winnipeg or Vancouver, you have roughly two weeks to take in 10 games. Rent a ride and turn south for some minor pro, major junior and collegiate action. Plus, we’ve detailed fun places for you to visit along the way. If you do try one of our adventures, hit us up on THN.com and you may be featured in the next Fully Loaded.…

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DAVOS DÉJÀ VU

For a couple of years leading up to this past summer, things were not going well in the hockey life of left winger Rick Nash. The Columbus Blue Jackets, the only NHL team he’d ever suited up for, were imploding under a deadly combination of injuries and under-performance. Yes, he was still that organization’s top player and compensated accordingly, but with just one playoff appearance – and a four-game appearance at that – in his nine-year pro career, the 28-year-old was suiting up far too often for his native Canada at the annual IIHF World Championship. After waiting patiently for the Jackets to improve around him, Nash asked for a trade last season. Although it took Columbus until July to grant him his wish, Nash was dealt to a bona fide…