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December 25, 2007

December 25, 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.

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INSIDE THE NHL

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller embraced the football spirit the first time he played outdoors. That was back in college, when he was a star at Michigan State and the university hosted the ‘Cold War,’ a game against rival Michigan that drew 74,544 fans in 2001. Miller skated to the crease with eye black on his cheeks to defuse glare from the lights, but it fit in well at a football stadium. He goes outdoors again on Jan. 1 when the Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Here’s what Miller has to say about heading back outside: I STILL RUN INTO PEOPLE who say, “I was at the outdoor game. It was the coolest thing I ever saw.” This one’s…

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MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY

THIS WEEK WE ASKED TWO NHL COACHES: Have you ever actually put an article up on “the billboard” as motivation? ALAIN VIGNEAULT VANCOUVER CANUCKS When I coached junior I did once or twice, but not in the NHL. The players up here are more aware of what they should or shouldn’t say in the press. JOHN STEVENS PHILADELPHIA FLYERS I have, several times. It never hurts to remind your team and provide extra motivation. When I played in the AHL, we lost the first two games of a series to Rochester and their paper was already planning the parade. We won that series, by the way.…

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AVS GM GIGUERE HAPPY TO HIDE

The less you hear about the GM, (the more) it means the team is playing well“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he does not exist.”– The Usual Suspects FRANCOIS GIGUERE is no devil, but he wouldn’t be upset if the general population couldn’t pick him out of a police lineup. Unfortunately for the sophomore Colorado Avalanche GM, the success of the team he’s helping to build is making it impossible for the low-key, one-time chartered accountant to retain any semblance of anonymity. “It’s just part of my philosophy…the players should be talked about first and foremost,” said Giguere, who replaced Pierre Lacroix in 2006. “The less you hear about the GM, the better; that means the team is performing well.” Giguere spent his formative years outside of hockey…

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FRESH LEGS

DEVIN SETOGUCHI SAN JOSE SHARKS, RW DEBUT Oct. 29, 2007 VS. Dallas (4-2 win) ICE TIME 16:21, 19 shifts KEY STAT 2 G, 5 shots “MY FIRST GAME My first NHL game was in Dallas, before a crowd of 17,546 people. It was the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of. It was so different than junior. Everyone was pretty supportive. Jeremy Roenick made (fellow rookie) Torrey Mitchell and I say a speech before the game. My linemates were Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton. Because of them I scored my first and second goals of my career. Both goals were identical. I cycled the puck down low, Thornton was behind the goal, I took the pass and before you know it, the puck was in the back of the net. I collected the pucks after. I can’t wait…