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Backchecking: Russian star Sergei Makarov speaks (very) softly but carried a huge stick

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By Denis Gibbons

Terry Crisp bent over backwards to show Sergei Makarov respect when the great Soviet winger came to play in the NHL for Calgary in 1989. One day the Flames coach was drawing up a play on the board, illustrating to Makarov how to position himself. Suddenly, Makarov grabbed the chalk, crossed everything out and started making his own diagrams.

“Tikhonov bad guy, good coach,” he said to Crisp (in reference to the late Soviet bench boss). “You? Good guy, bad coach.”

Crisp, who had led the Flames to a Stanley Cup the year before, said Makarov, who played in the Soviet Union on the KLM line with Vladimir Krutov and Igor Larionov, probably had more talent than anybody he had ever coached. Read more

Marleau, Thornton share Maple Leaf Gardens memories as Sharks take ice at legendary arena

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By Melissa Wronzberg

It was a Wednesday in February, 1997, when Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton stepped onto Maple Leaf Gardens ice for their first game action at the iconic building. They were highly ranked prospects squaring off against one another in the NHL/CHL top prospects game.

Marleau had one assist for Team Orr in a 7-2 win. Thornton notched two assists on the only goals for Team Cherry.

In the NHL draft several months later it would be Thornton coming out on top as the first overall pick to the Boston Bruins. Marleau would go next to San Jose.

Eighteen years later, on another Wednesday, the two entered the building again, this time as teammates during a practice with the Sharks. Read more

A letter to myself: Scott Hartnell tells his rookie self to keep his head up – literally

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(For our Rookie Issue earlier this season, we ask Blue Jackets veteran and NHL fan favorite Scott Hartnell to provide some advice to himself 15 years ago when he entered the league as an 18-year-old rookie with the Nashville Predators. This is what he had to say…)

Hey Buddy:

Wow, that was some hit, wasn’t it? You’ll probably never skate through the neutral zone with your head down when Darren Langdon is on the ice again, right? In case you’re wondering where you are at the moment, you’re in Raleigh, N.C. Actually, you’re in an ambulance and, yeah, that’s your dad riding with you. Way to screw up the Dads’ Trip there, pal. Read more

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: Future Watch 2015

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It’s THN’s annual Future Watch, where we countdown the world’s top 75 prospects, grade each NHL team’s collection of youngsters and provide scouting reports for 300 up-and-comers. Additional features include:

Editor’s Notebook: The Filip Forsberg trade shook up the entire NHL prospect landscape

Sam Reinhart: In the talent-laden Reinhart clan, the best has come last

Leon Draisaitl: His development plan was iffy, but the final chapter was well written

Sam Bennett: Going under the knife cut deep, but it was the right move for the long run

The McDavid Factor: A perfect storm of 2015 prospects makes tanking a no-brainer

Predicting The Payoff: What’s the secret to prospect success? Look to the middle

Winnipeg Jets: Their GM was called gun shy, but the Jets are primed for the 2019 Cup

The AHL’s Euro Wave: Will prospects be better seasoned with spice from both sides of the pond?

The Next NHL GM?: Patience paying off for Rob Blake in his hunt to become a head honcho

Hockey Factories: The most prolific producers of NHLers have plenty of bite

NHL Draft Sneak Peeks: From a slight risk in 2015 to the next Teemu in 2016 to Texas-sized lad in 2017

NCAA Free Agents: Whoever inks BU goalie Matt O’Connor will get a sound body and mind

Future Watch Rewind: The 2005 FW class is one the hockey world will never forget

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store, digitally on the IPad or through Zinio, or subscribe at thehockeynews.com

Skate right into summer with these hot hockey sandals

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From sewing skate laces on old flip-flops in the basement to filling an order for the St. Louis Blues, it’s been a crazy couple years for Myles Doak, Kevin Hennessy and the SummerSkates team.

The brainchild of Doak, the sandals featuring a hockey-lace band are an idea he had as a teenager. In 2011, he received a deal when he appeared on the hit TV show Dragon’s Den. Two years later, Hennessy joined the team the company took off.

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Memory of late Minnesota teen lives on with help from the Wild

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It’s difficult for anyone to find a piece happiness out of a tragedy, but Mike and Gayle Schoonover may have found just a little joy after awarding the first ever Patrick Schoonover Award in memory of their late son.

On March 4, Ben Doherty, a first-year Alexandria bantam A player, received the award established by the Minnesota Wild after Patrick’s passing. It’s given to the Minnesota pee-wee or bantam hockey player who best exemplifies hard work, high character, loyalty, honesty, humor and athletic achievement – the hallmarks of Patrick’s life that ended suddenly late last year.

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NHL 2015 Trade Deadline Central

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Weeks of rumors and speculation are over. The trade deadline is finally upon us.

The Hockey News’ Trade Deadline Central offers up-to-the-minute analysis for every March 2 trade as soon as it happens. Our experts break down the ins and outs of every deal from the minor deals to the newsmakers of the day.

From the time the first deal of the day is made, make sure you head back to The Hockey News, the authoritative source for hockey, for immediate insight and information.

(To see deals that happened prior to March 2, check out THN’s Trade Log, maintained by The Sports Forecaster.)

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