In the April 2 issue of The Hockey News:
• Our cover story looks at St. Louis’ David Backes, a dominant force on the ice, a devoted husband and a rescuer of animals off the ice.
• In his editor’s notebook, Jason Kay writes about a perceived East Coast bias in the media and whether or not it really exists.
• In the THN Inbox, the best letters to the editor are printed and we take some of the best responses we received on Twitter that answer the question, Who would be the best celebrity commissioner?
• Inside Hockey looks at the Canadian League’s war on fighting and whether or not it will be cracked down on further in the junior ranks; the odds against diminutive and diabetic Cory Conacher; the possibility of an Alexander Radulov return; and much more.
• In Proteau Type, Adam Proteau looks at Nashville assistant coach Brent Peterson’s ongoing battle with Parkinson’s and how a revolutionary treatment has given him his life back.
• Ryan Kennedy looks at the underrated contributions of David Krejci to Boston’s winning ways.
• NHL Team Reports look at Zach Bogosian’s evolving game and how it has helped the Jets contend for a playoff spot; how Ray Whitney is still an offensive force as he closes in on his 40th birthday; plus we include depth charts from all 30 NHL teams, complete with first power play and who’s next in line for a call-up.
• In Prospect Report, we look at Daniil Zharkov’s dedication to one day making the NHL and a journey that has taken him halfway around the world; Toronto’s patience with defenseman Korbinian Holzer is about to pay off; and throwback “cranky” player Damon Severson brings some mustard to the blueline of the Kelowna Rockets.
• In Beyond the Spotlight, we catch up with some of the players covered in a 2007 online feature entitled “Year of the Ram” that followed the season of a Minnesota high school team from Roseau. The collection can be read at thn.com/ram
• Last Minute of Play features Larry Humber’s crossword puzzle, Jersey Hound, which looks back at a classic University of Denver look; and more.
• And in overtime, Ken Campbell writes how the Pittsburgh Penguins will be a difficult team to handle come playoff time, as a fresh Sidney Crosby will be ready to contribute.