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Rookie Issue 2024

Rookie Issue 2024

In our 2024 Rookie Issue, our cover story focuses on two Minnesota freshmen who are making their marks in Year 1: Brock Faber and Marco Rossi. We also take a deep dive into Connor Bedard's game by speaking with his junior coach/GM and a group of pro scouts, and we profile two other sensational rookies: Connor Zary and Dmitri Voronkov. In addition, we look at what's led to the successful start of the PWHL and preview the NHL trade deadline, with breakdowns for all 32 clubs.

2024 World Junior Championship


COMING INTO THE 2024 world juniors, the spotlight could not have been more searing on Sweden’s top guns. The trio of Jonathan Lekkerimaki (VAN), Noah Ostlund (BUF) and Liam Ohgren (MIN) were all returnees and NHL first-round draft picks, but they needed to step up from their performances the previous year in Halifax. In that tournament, the high-end trio combined for just 10 points in seven games, and the Swedes finished short of a medal, losing to Team USA in the bronze game. And, of course, there was the little matter of Sweden failing to earn a gold medal in the world juniors since 2012 – a bewildering futility streak for a nation that has produced so many global talents. Luckily, the kids weren’t fazed by the chance they had in…



BRUINS FANS WHO COLLECT hockey cards should take note of the new Boston Bruins Centennial box set, released by Upper Deck in late 2023. The set consists of 100 of the most popular players in the B’s century-long history. The legends you’d expect to find – Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Gerry Cheevers, Eddie Shore, Cam Neely, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and many others – are present, but the set also pays homage to fan favorites who made their marks in Boston, such as Mike Milbury and Terry O’Reilly, as well as stars like Jacques Plante and Rick Nash, who spent only a short time in Beantown. In addition to the full 100-card set, each Bruins Centennial box set includes four parallel cards and one “Beantown Classics” insert card.…



GOOD THINGS COME TO those who wait. For professional women’s hockey players, it appears the wait, one that spanned decades and multiple leagues, is over after the launch of the Professional Women’s Hockey League. The circuit set ambitious goals with exactly six months from announcement to puck drop, a span that included choosing markets, securing arenas, scheduling, holding a draft, building rosters, hiring staff, making rules, securing broadcasting, finding sponsors and developing merchandise and branding. With the inaugural season underway, some of these items remain in the works. As PWHL New York GM Pascal Daoust said, at times, the process has been “like building a plane while flying.” Despite the challenges, the on-ice product speaks for itself. “We got the hockey right,” said PWHL board member Stan Kasten. “Women’s hockey works. It…



UP IN THE PRESS box at every home game of the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, Don Awrey consistently does his job as a volunteer off-ice official. When a goal is scored, he marks who is on the ice at the time, and his work shows up in the game sheet in the plus-minus column. Meanwhile, he chats up the other volunteer officials, which include his wife, Marie. Boston Bruins fans of a certain vintage remember Awrey as a defenseman who played 10 of his 16 NHL seasons in Beantown. He was known for his aggressive play – earning the nickname ‘Elbows’ – and backing up Bobby Orr. He won the 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cups, was part of the Montreal Canadiens team that won the 1976 Stanley Cup – but since he…