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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: 2016 Champions Issue

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THN_7001-400It’s our Champions Issue, celebrating the winners from the 2015-16 season. And we commemorate the life of Gordie Howe with a special section dedicated to the man known as Mr. Hockey. Features in the issue include:

THE FIRST WORD – NHL should honor Gordie Howe with a trophy in his name

SID & THE KID – One was born to dominate. The other came from humble bloodlines. Both took the Stanley Cup playoffs by storm. Crosby added grit and obsession to an already-full tool belt. Murray showed rookie poise in goal not seen since Dryden. Together, they led Pittsburgh’s championship charge

STANLEY CUP IN PHOTOS – Sharks, Penguins create heart-stopping and heart-warming snapshots throughout the final

TOP 10 NHL MOMENTS – John Scott a Cinderella man, Dennis Wideman a marked man in a memorably oddball 2015-16

CHL CHAMPS – Knights owe crown to skill, chemistry and…dancing?

AHL CHAMPS – From high school to college to the Calder Cup,  Werenski emerges as Lake Erie’s monster on ‘D’

ECHL CHAMPS – Two coaches overcome a whirlwind of change and tragedy to defy the odds and reach Kelly Cup final

KHL CHAMPS – Metallurg reaches summit on the shoulders of mystery man Mozyakin, Russia’s secret star

FINNISH CHAMPS – Tappara’s Sullen Six finally win it all on fourth try

SWEDISH CHAMPS – Third Swedish title best yet for ‘the other Lundqvist’

CWHL CHAMPS – Motherhood helps make Mikkelson a CWHL champ;

NWHL CHAMPS – Boston Pride do it for Denna to win the Isobel Cup

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Duchene excels in Swiss Army Knife role for Canada; American women have secret to conquering Canucks


THE LAST WORD – Left-for-dead Rutherford brought Pens back to life

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THN Versus: Was now the right time for the Maple Leafs to acquire Frederik Andersen?

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Mike Babcock. (Getty Images)

No. What ever happened to that Maple Leafs rebuild?



THN_KenCampbell_TOP4By Ken Campbell

One of the first things that came out of Mike Babcock’s mouth after he was hired to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer was, “If you think there’s no pain coming, there’s pain coming. The path we’re taking has to be different. There’s no chance for a quick fixer here.”

Well, apparently that pain threshold isn’t quite as steely and strong as we all thought. That path that was supposed to be so different? Well, accelerating rebuilds is a path so well worn in Toronto that the organization still has too look up to see ground level. And no quick fixer? How’s that working out? Well, the first chance the Maple Leafs had, they went out and got a quick fixer.

Whatever happened to that rebuild that was supposed to take place in the Center of the Hockey Universe™? Well, it went out the window when the Leafs traded two draft picks in exchange for goalie Frederik Andersen, then handed him a five-year contract worth $27 million. It’s a move that makes no sense on so many levels for a team that says it’s committed to rebuilding properly.

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Top Nine Golf Gifts for Him

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June is the perfect time to give the gift of golf. Whether it’s a present for a new graduate or for Dad on Father’s Day (or, hey, even yourself), Golf Town has it. Here are nine must-haves for guys who hit the links.



Hit the Sweet Spot

This driver’s lightweight carbon composite crown packs the power, and the massive sweet spot keeps every shot right on target. An adjustable loft sleeve and multiple shaft options make it a custom-style club for a less-than-custom price.

TaylorMade M2 Driver, $499.99

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What the hockey world is saying about the passing of Gordie Howe

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Gordie Howe (Getty Images)

Hockey legend Gordie Howe died at 88 on Friday. Howe was such an iconic figure he was simply known as Mr. Hockey. There was an outpouring of grief and condolences from around the world after the news of his death broke.

Here’s just a small sampling of what some hockey players, teams, and politicians had to say about Gordie Howe.

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: June 20, 2016

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THN_6916-400It’s THN’s Free Agency Preview, with everything you need know about your team heading into the summer. Features include:

Kyle Okposo – The free agent winger’s family name means ‘Heavy rains and thunderstorms,’ and he’ll attract a tempest of lucrative offers as the top prize not named Steven Stamkos. Life as an Islander made Okposo the hardworking family man he is today. But that doesn’t mean he’ll stay in Brooklyn

Steven Stamkos – Could the sweepstakes be for suckers in the end?

Trade Bait  – Big names on the block could bust open trade market

Every Free Agent – UFAs and RFAs for all 30 teams and projected cap hits

Mock Draft – After the top three, the field is wide open. Here’s how we see the first round playing out

Prospects – Cliff Pu puts his trust in major junior hockey royalty, and Libor Hajek continues Saskatoon’s Euro pipeline

The Last Word – Lombardi can finally turn focus to on-ice problems, explains Ken Campbell

Top 10 NHL GMs – The off-season is when the suits begin to shine. We break down the premier roster architects in the business

John Chayka – Youngest GM in NHL history won’t only be using numbers to turn Coyotes into Cup contenders

Free Agent Power Rankings – Who will go where? Have our Top 20 list at the ready when the feeding frenzy begins July 1

Hired Guns – 2018 Olympic host nation South Korea loads up on Canadian talent ahead of the Winter Games

Ed Snider – The NHL’s most colorful owner rocked it old-school in Philly, and fans loved him for it

And much more!

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Former NHLer Tom Lysiak passes away at 63 after battle with leukemia

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Tom Lysiak. (Getty Images)

Editor’s Note: Former NHLer Tom Lysiak passed away on Monday following a battle with leukemia. He was 63. Former THN Atlanta Thrashers correspondent John Manasso profiled Lysiak during his battle for a feature in the Dream Teams special issue released in September 2015. Here is the feature in its entirety.


Tommy Lysiak was recovering from a bone marrow transplant earlier this year when a nurse at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital made a suggestion. She wanted him to walk two miles a day to aid in his recovery after undergoing leukemia treatment. Part of her pitch was it shouldn’t be that hard for Lysiak since he used to be an athlete.

Lysiak, the Atlanta Flame and Chicago Blackhawk forward who finished second in Calder Trophy voting in 1974, took exception. “No, you’re mistaking me for an athlete – I played hockey,” Lysiak told her. “I wasn’t really an athlete. I didn’t work out. I didn’t go to camp in shape. Camp was meant to get into shape.”

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