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November 20, 2007

November 20, 2007

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.

PROSPECTS UNLIMITED

His town, his night

Bruce Landon came to Spring-field in 1969 as a 20-year-old rookie goalie prospect for the L.A. Kings. In the 38 years since, Landon never really left. Even as his playing career took him around New England in the AHL, WHA and NAHL before being ended by a knee injury in 1977, Landon stayed based in Springfield, raising a family. Now president, GM and part owner of the Falcons, Landon has remained in the game through several incarnations of AHL hockey in the city that is also home to league headquarters. On Nov. 3, the AHL recognized his service by holding Bruce Landon Night at the MassMutual Center. Landon was both surprised and humbled by the gesture. “It’s been 30-some years of doing something I’ve loved and loved doing every minute of it,” Landon said.…

THE STANDARDS

INSIDE THE NHL

GRETZKY HAS THN COVERED AS IF THERE WERE ANY DOUBT, when it comes to face time on the cover of The Hockey News, Wayne Gretzky is the reigning king – and likely always will be. No. 99 has graced the front of our publication a record 73 times in his career. And in a case of art imitating life, Gretzky is followed in the standings by his old rival, Mario Lemieux. The Pittsburgh Penguins great managed to get on Page 1 a total of 58 times, no doubt helped along by his back-to-back Stanley Cups, not to mention a miraculous return from Hodgkin’s disease and several retirements/un-retirements/re-retirements. Since the original covers of The Hockey News – which dates back to 1947 – sometimes featured cartoons, the chances of early hockey stars getting their face…

THE STANDARDS

SNAPSHOTS

ONE MAPLE LEAF’S response to his team being booed by fans: “You deal with the booing, but people should realize one thing. The more they boo, the less the good free agents are going to want to come here.” On the contrary, the more Toronto fans boo, the greater the chance ownership will bring in a management team that knows how to build a winner. IF FLORIDA’S OLLI JOKINEN breaks Guy Charron’s record of 734 NHL games without making it to the playoffs, it won’t be for a lack of effort. The Panthers captain was superb in the early going, scoring seven goals and 13 points in 12 games. He is aiming to lead the Panthers in scoring for the fifth straight season. IF THE NHL does not ban penalized players from…

IN THIS ISSUE

TIPS FROM THE POINT WITH ROBYN REGEHR

CLEARING THE CREASE Getting body position on a guy as early as possible is key. If the puck goes to the point, for example, pick him up as he’s coming from the corner. Be as big as possible and if he’s already there, go under his stick, because that’s where he’s most dangerous and positioned for tip shots or tap-ins. CALGARY FLAMES AGE: 27 POS: D NUMBER: 28…