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Whether for St. Patrick’s Day or Star Wars, custom jerseys can be made to fit any theme

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(Chris Gigley/OT Sports)

By Chris Gigley

No two days are ever the same for Scott Gollnick. That’s because no two jerseys his company makes are ever alike.

Gollnick is VP of sales and marketing for OT Sports, a Burlington, N.C., company that specializes in producing theme night jerseys for minor league teams. From special children’s hospital charity jerseys that feature the art of a patient, to ‘Game of Thrones’ jerseys celebrating HBO’s hit TV show, OT has designed and produced those and everything in between.

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Past and present NHL line combinations you can count on

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By Egan J. Chernoff 

With 67,000 possible line combinations based on numbers, the stars must align – figuratively and literally – to create a recipe worthy of numeric nickname status.

Hockey line nicknames based on jersey numbers, or “numberlines,” are a rare occurrence in the NHL. The most recent popular combination was coined during the 2014 playoffs, when the Los Angeles Kings put Jeff Carter (No. 77) between Tanner Pearson (No. 70) and Tyler Toffoli (No. 73) to create ‘That ’70s Line.’ The name was inspired by the sitcom ‘That ’70s Show,’ which aired on Fox from 1998 to 2006. While the line didn’t last (Pearson broke an ankle midway through last season), the nickname evolved as Dwight King and his No. 74 took his place, creating ‘That ’70s Line 2.0.’

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Sponsorship deal with Adidas means changes coming to NHL jerseys, but nothing drastic yet

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By Matt Carlson

In most of the world, the team sport linked to Adidas is soccer – or “football” just about everywhere outside the U.S. and Canada. And Adidas’ new seven-year partnership as the NHL’s “authentic outfitter of on-ice uniforms” figures to give the league’s licensed apparel sales and global brand exposure a boost when it kicks in, starting in 2017-18.

With the deal, Adidas immediately became a hockey brand in jerseys, the NHL’s signature merchandise category. But its parent Adidas Group didn’t suddenly become a hockey company when the deal was announced this off-season.


The German-based corporation owns Reebok, the NHL’s jersey provider the past decade, as well as sister-brand CCM, the century-old maker of skates, sticks and player protective and goalie gear. But the deal means the Adidas name and logo – the iconic “Brand with Three Stripes” – will appear on NHL jerseys in some form that’s still to be determined, according to company and league execs. Players, coaches and training staff will also be outfitted in other Adidas-branded products.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he’s thrilled by the resources Adidas will dedicate to the partnership, but the league isn’t releasing financial terms on the deal that makes the global footwear and apparel company its marquee “official supplier of licensed apparel and headwear.” The key to the agreement: Adidas will make, brand and distribute authentic and high-end replica NHL jerseys, including best-selling Premier models, that fans are buying in increasing numbers.

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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: December 7, 2015

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UPC1_THN_6908-400It’s THN’s annual Goalie Issue, with top to bottom coverage of hockey’s masked men. Features include:

THN Goalie Rankings – Carey Price is so good, he’s in his opponents’ heads, and also the heads of every ex-NHL goalie who voted on our definitive rankings. We look at what makes the best of the lot so great, from Lundqvist’s brain to Rinne’s glove to, well, everything Price does

A New Iron Man Era in Net – Modern goalies don’t log the crazy minutes they used to, but workloads are trending back up
By Ronnie Shuker

History of Goalie Equipment – Tracking the gear’s evolution from maskless heroes in leather to the Michelin Men of today

Braden Holtby – The Caps’ star stopper mastered the space between his ears to become a beast between the pipes

Jim Carey 20 years later – ‘Net Detective’ burned bright and faded fast in the ’90s. His teammates reflect on what went wrong

Editor’s Notebook – Don’t fear change – or larger nets – in hockey

Inside Hockey – Evaluating goalies based on shot quality

Marc-Andre Fleury – Can The Flower catch Marty’s wins record?

Prospect Report – No clear No. 1 in 2016 goalie draft class

The Straight Edge – NAHL now breeding ground for netminders

Best Of The Books – The straw that broke Roy’s back in Montreal

Strange But True – How Habs goalies Durnan and McNeil were driven to tears

Overtime – Why do vets earn top dollar after they peak?

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store or digitally on your IPad or through PressReader, Kobo, Google PlayZinio or Nook. You can also subscribe at

Flyers star Jakub Voracek continues to lean on Halifax billet family

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Jakub Voracek. (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Jason Buckland

The phenom arrived in jeans and a T-shirt, all floppy blond hair, stepping out from a Ford Explorer. He was delivered personally by his GM.

Stephen and Dawnelda Murray looked out and saw him, the teenager with the hype, the can’t-miss kid from the faraway land. It was the summer of 2006 in their quiet, middle-class neighbourhood in Cole Harbour, N.S. For years this had been Sidney Crosby’s town. Suddenly, a new No. 1 pick was on the scene.

Jakub Voracek looked back and saw them, too, the big cop with the goatee, his bubbly wife with the smile that seemed to stretch clear to Halifax. Before him were two people he had never met and a house he had never set foot inside. For the next two years, it would be home. For the next two years, Stephen and Dawnelda would be Mom and Dad. “They are one of the big reasons why I am where I am right now,” Voracek said. “Every time I needed them, they’ve been there for me.”

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Sequel to cult classic ‘Goon’ takes closer look at decline of enforcers

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(Courtesy of Jay Baruchel)

By Dan Marrazza

One of the hottest issues in hockey the past few years is how the physical elements of the game, particularly fighting, have steadily diminished. It’s in this spirit that the long-awaited sequel to the 2011 breakout hit ‘Goon’ has begun filming in Toronto, Barrie and Hamilton, Ont.

‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’, starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel, is scheduled to be released in theatres in 2016. “This is about an age that’s drawing to a close,” Baruchel said. “It’s a role, the goon, that’s going out of fashion. It was the stuff of talking heads when we made the first movie, about whether or not these guys have a place and how much of a place they should have. This is even more so now. It’s timed out perfectly to what we wanted to say about Doug’s (Seann William Scott) career. If we do our jobs telling the story right, then Doug is the prototype and represents a bygone era. He’s the last cowboy during The Depression, sort of thing. That’s the goal of the story we’re trying to tell.”

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Why the Rangers and Capitals are due for a switch in the standings

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Henrik Lundqvist (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

By Malcolm Campbell

Like many hockey fans you are probably thinking the New York Rangers are the team to beat in the Metropolitan Division this year. And after watching Henrik Lundqvist blank the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, it’s hard to believe otherwise. King Henrik has indeed looked like royalty this season, and his backup, Antti Raanta, has put up even better numbers. The problem for both of them is their ridiculously high caliber play is the only thing standing between the Rangers and a drop in the standings.

The story told by advanced statistics is that the Metro division is due for a shakeup. The three teams atop the table right now are separated by four points in a battle of the NHL’s second-most competitive group. The Rangers are riding a six-game winning streak heading into Thursday and have only lost twice in regulation this year. Right behind them are the Washington Capitals, with two more regulation losses than the division leaders, and rounding out the top three are the Pittsburgh Penguins, also four points back. While Pittsburgh doesn’t seem to be on the same level, the season is young, and it seems the Rangers are due for a regression. The only problem for the Penguins though, Washington isn’t.

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Mike Danton back on hockey radar after joining Polish national team

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Mike Danton.

By: Dan Marrazza

When you bring up the name Mike Danton to people in hockey, a lot of different thoughts are conjured. None of them are pleasant.

The thoughts center on Danton’s involvement in one of the ugliest episodes in the sport’s history, when he hired a hitman – who turned out to be an undercover police officer – in a failed murder-for-hire plot that targeted his controversial former agent, David Frost.

When the whole sordid episode concluded, Danton was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison, of which he served 65 months. Although only 24 at the time his NHL career was halted, and it was clear the hockey world preferred to forget Danton ever existed.

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