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December 1, 2008

December 1, 2008

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.

IN THIS ISSUE

Local hero

THE TOWN OF SMITHS FALLS, Ont., has a reputation for being a great summer tourist spot. And, at one time, its major employer was responsible for producing fine chocolate goods, which were sold around the world. But recently, the tiny community in the heart of the Rideau Canal has become recognized for manufacturing quality products of another sort: Hockey players. The town’s Jr. A team, the Bears, are becoming a feel-good, reversal-of-fortune story. At the end of the last season, the Bears graduated seven players to NCAA Division I schools, with three of those athletes being selected by NHL clubs at the 2008 entry draft. No other Jr. A club in Canada had three players drafted into the NHL. In fact, only three major junior teams (Sarnia, Mississauga and Kelowna) topped Smiths Falls…

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best of the rest

echl Goebel gobbles league honors Rookie Tommy Goebel brought a fresh perspective and a lot of talent to the league-leading Wheeling Nailers. The 23-year-old right winger impressed with seven goals, 19 points and a plus-10 rating through 10 games. The league recognized Goebel’s stellar play with player-of-the-week and plusplayer honors, and he was also October’s player of the month. “I play with two veteran guys (Rob Sirianni and Aaron Clarke), our coach (Greg Puhalski) does a great job getting us prepared and we have a great group of guys on the team,” the veteran-sounding Goebel told the Wheeling Intelligencer. – MIKE MASTOVICH United States league Chiasson chases the dream When the NHL holds the 2009 draft in Montreal, native son Alex Chiasson will be center stage. The 18-year-old Des Moines Buccaneers prospect from St. Augustin, Que.,…

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ASK Adam

Adam, Why is it that Maple Leafs rookie Luke Schenn, born in 1989, was drafted last summer, but his younger brother Brayden, born in 1991, is eligible for the 2009 draft? Taira Hill, Brandon, Man. Taira, The discrepancy has to do with the Schenn brothers’ dates of birth. Because NHL rules state a player must be 18 years old by September 15 of any given year to qualify for selection in that same year, Luke was not eligible for the 2007 draft thanks to his Nov. 2, 1989, birthday. Brayden was born on Aug. 22, 1991, making him eligible to be drafted in 2009. Hey Adam, I have two questions: First, can Colorado turn their season around? And second, they need a new goalie, so who would be a good fit for them? Andrew…

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Papa Bear recovering

Hershey Bears GM-president Doug Yingst was recovering from multiple injuries sustained in a fall from the roof of his Pennsylvania home. Yingst sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident. He was taken to Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and is under the care of Dr. Kevin Black, the center’s head of orthopedics and Bears team doctor. In his 27th season with the organization, Yingst has served in his current capacity since 1998-99. He has twice been named the league’s top executive and won the 2008 Thomas Ebright Award for his contributions to the league. QUICK STRIKE In the league for all of 28 seconds, Hartford rookie defenseman David Urquhart scored a goal on his first shift in a win over Albany. Urquhart, who played four seasons of Canadian university hockey at McGill, helped…