In the March 5 issue of The Hockey News:
• Think you know Chicago’s Jonathan Toews? Think again. ‘Captain Serious’ is the focus of this week’s issue where we discover he’s not always that serious at all.
• In his Editor’s Notebook, Jason Kay recalls the simpler days when side-show entertainment was secondary or non-existent and hopes there’s still room for charm in sports.
• In the THN Inbox, the best letters to the editor are printed, we reveal the results of online polls and Adam Proteau answers questions on Ilya Kovalchuk, Tim Connolly and more.
• In Inside Hockey we look at some of the NHL’s most unsung heroes, the Hockey Players For Kids charity, some of the odd superstitions that have come up over the years and we tell the tale of the Whiskey Robber.
• With the trade deadline approaching, we look at the day from all angles: the buyer, the seller, the star, the prospect, the goalie, the role player, the wild card and the agent.
• In his column, Adam Proteau looks at what the Buffalo Sabres should do around deadline day: stay the course or turn over the team?
• Agent Allan Walsh writes that it’s time to stop dragging our feet when it comes to head injuries.
• In Team Reports, Patrice Bergeron was fine with his all-star snub because it allowed him to rest and prepare for a push down the stretch, Taylor Hall plays the game at a tremendous speed dangerous to himself and his opponents; plus all 30 NHL team depth charts are displayed, complete with first power play unit; and more.
• In Prospect Report, Zack Kassian was known for his belligerence when he was drafted, but he’s harnessed his aggression as a pro player; Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers is a big-city kid who doesn’t mind causing collisions; and Jordan Caron has moved off the farm fields to become one of Boston’s top young guns for the future.
• In Backchecking, we catch up with Pat Hickey, who once played for the Rangers and is now a youth worker in Harlem.
• In Last Minute of Play, Larry Humber’s crossword puzzle provides a challenge and Jersey Hound looks at the old 1979-80 St. Louis Blues get-up.
• Finally, in Overtime, Ken Campbell writes that, while Edmonton is on the right track back to being a good team, the road ahead is still uncertain.