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This Week In The Hockey News magazine: Yearbook 2016-17

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It’s the 2016-17 edition of The Hockey News’ Yearbook, your essential guide to the upcoming NHL season. Inside you’ll find:

NHL TEAM REPORTS – The hunters are now the hunted as the Penguins get set to defend their crown. Your survival guide is here, packed with all you need for the 2016-17 season: outlooks, prospects, depth charts, stats, schedules and predictions for the Pens and the 29 teams stalking them.

STATS & SCHEDULE – 20 pages for the numbers nerds and calendar watchers in all of us.

Plus features on:

VICTOR HEDMAN – It took seven long years, but Hedman is now the standard for blueline behemoths.

P.K. SUBBAN – New team? No problem. It’s in his DNA to take the heat and adapt to change.

T.J. BRODIE – The man of so few words opens up about being the NHL’s most underrated player.

The THN TOP 50 – Crosby is king once again, but the challengers to his reign are primed and ready to usurp his crown.

BRENDAN GALLAGHER – Short on stature and big on guts, he’s gunning for glory with the Habs after a season to forget.

JOE THORNTON – The dude is so brutally honest and wacky even his agent brother thinks he’s a weirdo.

JACK EICHEL – He started out as a deer in headlights, but now he’s staring down the spotlight as a budding star.

And much more!

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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: World Cup 2016 Preview

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001_THN_7003_UPC-400In our World Cup Preview, we provide the need-to-know for hockey’s hottest tournament with in-depth breakdowns of each team and features on the tourney’s most intriguing personalities. Who’s ready for world domination? Inside you’ll find:

THE FIRST WORD – Stop pining for the Olympics and embrace the World Cup, says Jason Kay

A GOLDEN SUNSET? – After a dominant performance in Sochi at the 2014 Olympics, Canada remains hockey’s pre-eminent superpower and enters the World Cup as the clear favorite. But with a decline in grassroots participation in the country, will the Canucks soon relinquish their crown?

FAMILY MATTERS – Datsyuk’s return to mother Russia all about daughter

BRAVE NEW WORLD – New World Cup is an experiment with infinite possibilities, and 2016 is the guinea-pig tourney

CANADA – Only pressure can topple tournament favorite; Marchand makes his mark with malleability

CZECH REPUBLIC – Outlook bleak for once-proud Czechs; Voracek seeks redemption after lost season

EUROPE – Euros’ chances a matter of chemistry; Josi is The Man on more than one team

FINLAND – Finns mine for gold by embracing the grind; Komarov hopes to make most of swan song

NORTH AMERICA – Kids are World Cup’s speedy podium sleepers; ‘Johnny Hockey’ saves his best for big moments

RUSSIA – Russians’ blueline anything but an Iron Curtain; Kucherov ready for elite sniper status worldwide

SWEDEN – Can ‘King Henrik’ and friends avenge Sochi loss?; World Cup is Ekman-Larsson’s launching pad

USA – Will Yanks regret building team to beat Canada?; Wheeler puts it all together with mouth and play

THE LAST WORD – Gimmick-team ideas from Ken Campbell to top Europe and North America

And much more.

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Rapid Fire: with Panthers center Nick Bjugstad

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Nick Bjugstad. (Getty Images)

With Emma Mason

Who did you model your game after?

I was always tall and always skinny, so I liked watching players like Ryan Getzlaf and other bigger guys. Blake Wheeler is a Minnesota kid like me, so I watched him when I was younger. There are a lot of guys that I’ve watched in the league that I take little things from, and I definitely keep learning stuff, especially being able to have 1-on-1 time with Jaromir Jagr. That’s probably the best teaching I can get.

What’s your favorite part about being an NHLer? Read more

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide 2016-17

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PBK16-ENG-400Get a leg up in your hockey pool with THN’s Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide. Inside you’ll find point projections and insights for more than 600 players, full-page previews of every NHL team with extended depth charts, top 10 prospects and our exclusive points-o-meter, plus specialized stats breakdowns and a whole lot more.

In the issue you’ll also find features on:

– why the NHL’s salary cap created a poolie who’s a lot less slob and a lot more savvy

– how do 20-goal or 50-point men today compare to those from past eras?

– which goalies will be ready to step in as starters in the next three to seven years

– which fab freshmen should you look at, other than Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine

– who are this year’s blossoming offensive defensemen

– this year’s “buyer beware” and “buyer believe” players

– the 10 pending UFAs primed to have a big season in their contract year

– former stars turned talking heads get grilled on their fantasy knowledge

– Erik Karlsson is special, no doubt, but he’s no longer in a league of his own

– top to bottom statistics from the 2015-16 season

– and much, much more.

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand of buy it from the THN.com store in either English or French.

Rapid Fire: with Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler

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Cam Fowler (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

With Matt Larkin

What was your favorite NHL team as a kid?

The Wings. I grew up in Detroit. I liked all hockey teams, but the Wings were just a little bit above everyone else.

Who was your role model growing up?

Nick Lidstrom. I modelled my game after him as best I could. It’s a tough guy to follow, but any time he was on the ice or on TV, I watched him pretty closely.

Why do you wear No. 4?

Bobby Orr was my dad’s favorite player.

What was your “welcome to the NHL” moment?

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Calgary’s Sam Bennett beginning a Flaming ‘C’ of change

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Sam Bennett (Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Randy Sportak

Based on his rookie season, Sam Bennett could be in line for a nickname. Or a different set of digits on his sweater.

The Calgary Flames’ up-and-coming center/winger was known as ‘18-year-old Sam Bennett’ during the team’s 2015 playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks (a phrase that apparently drove some Canucks fans absolutely bonkers), and that number followed him to the end of 2015-16. Just check out the stats from Bennett’s freshman campaign: 18 goals, 18 assists and not just one but two 18-game goal-scoring slumps.

It could be enough for a spinoff version of the theory that most events in the world can be connected to The Number 23, and the basis for one of the stranger Jim Carrey movies in his eclectic career.

As Bennett looks back on his first full NHL year and forward to his sophomore season, the biggest element he vows to address is consistency, not so much an indictment on his production but those lengthy goal droughts. “That’s part of my job and part of my role with the team, to generate offense,” said Bennett, who actually threw an imaginary monkey off his back after snapping the first of those goal-scoring slumps. Read more

Rapid Fire: with Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman

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Victor Hedman. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

With Ryan Kennedy

Who was your role model growing up?

Nick Lidstrom was a big role model, but I wouldn’t say we play the same game. I like the way Ray Bourque played. I liked guys who skated with the puck, like Paul Coffey.

Why do you wear No. 77?

That was Ray Bourque. I watched a lot of Colorado growing up, with Peter Forsberg. Joe Sakic gave Bourque the Cup right away, and I thought that was pretty neat. I was No. 41 back home, but that was taken by Mike Smith in Tampa, so No. 77 came to mind pretty quickly.

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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: August 15, 2016

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THN_7002-400In the latest edition of The Hockey News: it’s our Training Issue, with tips and tricks for players of all ages and skill levels. Features include:

Muscle Men – From fit to freak, these are the 30 NHL teams’ strongest

Meet The Trainers – How do NHL stars get ready to shine? These six men bring the summer polish

No Stopping Smith – Most players shut it all down well before 50. Jeff Smith? He runs the world’s hardest race

Gym? Rats! – These are the brutal exercises players love to hate

Like A Pro – The knowledge around training is more in-depth than ever, but plenty of myths still exist

Matthews & Laine – Auston and Patrik will be fan favorites, no doubt, but will the pair be the second coming of ‘Sid’ and ‘Ovie’? The comparison isn’t outlandish. One’s a soft-spoken, motivated-like-crazy jack of all trades; the other’s a larger-than-life, bull-in-a-china-shop super scorer. Let the debate begin.

Welcome to Vegas – Sin City finally gets its big-time pro team. But questions still abound

An Expansion Team Like No Other – Matt Larkin explains why Vegas is set up for on-ice success right off the hop

Down Goes Brown – Five expansion cities that came oh-so close

Youngblood at 30 – Behind the scenes of the cult classic, three decades after its silver-screen debut

Brighter Dog Days – The Coyotes have struggled, but hockey’s still taken hold in the desert

No Olympics, No Problem – So what if the World Cup is a money grab, says Jason Kay

The New Breed Management – Want to be an NHL coach or GM? Here’s the door

NHL Summer Roster Wrestling – Who won and who lost

Prospect Report – Vinny? Jamie? No, No. 3 pick Pierre-Luc Dubois is one of a kind. Plus draft grades for all 30 teams.

The Last Word – P.K. Subban’s a Predator because of “The Code,” says Ken Campbell

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