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Incredible Blackhawks victory parade a sight to behold

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Patrick Kane (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their third Stanley Cup in six years in front of an estimated two million fans over a parade route that culminated at Solider Field. The images captured yesterday show the Windy City knows how to party like few others.

Fans gather early at Soldier Field to get a good spot at the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Rally. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Fans gather early at Soldier Field to get a good spot at the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Rally. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Members of the Chicago Blackhawks parade through downtown on a double-decker bus.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Members of the Chicago Blackhawks parade through downtown on a double-decker bus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Gretzky and Co. meet to talk hockey and homophobic bullying

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Wayne Gretzky, Brian Burke, Brendan Shanahan and Paul Coffey.

(Photo by Joel Nadel, Event Imaging.)

By Rachel Villari

When you get historical greats of the game together for a night of catered pizza, putting golf and a walk through the largest private collection of Maple Leafs memorabilia in the world, there’s one topic of conversation that is going to be prominent: the game.

When Wayne Gretzky, Brian Burke, Brendan Shanahan and Paul Coffey sat in front of 60 attendees at The Ultimate Leafs Fan’s home Monday, each in turn fantasized ways in which the game needed to change. All implored creativity needed to be reintroduced.

“My son will sometimes just get on his knees in the living room and play with a little rubber stick, and he doesn’t think he’s learning anything,” said Shanahan, president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “And I say, ‘You’re learning a lot, you’re using your imagination.’ That’s how guys like Wayne, I’m sure, and – well, nobody can explain Wayne – but I’m sure he spent a lot of time as a little kid imagining ways to play the game.”

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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: June 22, 2015

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THN_6824-25-400In the June 22 edition of THN, it’s our annual Free Agency Preview, looking at the needs – and wants – of all 30 NHL teams, plus salary projections for every UFA and RFA league-wide. Who will land this season’s big fish? Features include:

Mike Babcock – Toronto is the perfect destination for the world’s most coveted coach because he’s patient, he relishes a challenge and he’s at home in the limelight

Top 10 Summer Storylines – Who needs a sexy free agent class? This off-season has a wild coaching carousel, the biggest draft in years and much more

Mike Green – The star free agent D-man has evolved from his free-wheeling ways. But that doesn’t mean the Caps can keep him

Numbers Games – How the advanced stats boom has changed the way agents and GMs evaluate players during contract negotiations

Mastering The Marketplace – Free agency involves a lot more than just throwing money at players. The prep takes all year for team execs

Substance Over Style – The evolution of free agency has made it more about finding the best bargain than landing the biggest fish

Dale Hawerchuk – Thanks to Wayne Gretzky, Hawerchuk was overshadowed during his career. But he was the first to cash in as a Group III free agent

General Motorin’ – Eric Lindros and the 1990 Oshawa Generals recall their thrilling, improbable Memorial Cup run 25 years later

Hall Of Fame Class 2015 – Lidstrom and Pronger played contrasting styles on the blueline, but both were Hall of Fame forces

Rebuilding An NHLer – Hockey players require a long healing process for their broken bodies before they can even think about training hard

Seeing Is Believing – We’re getting closer to universal eye protection as NHL grandfathers mandatory visor use among players

The Greatest Hockey Fight Of All-Time – A generation before the fictional bench-clearing brawls in Slap Shot, the Habs and Rangers went at it for real, and for keeps

Battle Of Alberta Burns Again – Oilers may have the generational talent in McDavid, but it’s the Flames who are poised to win sooner

What If Toronto Won? – Had fate twisted the other way in their 2013 playoff series, the Leafs would’ve been even worse off than they are now, and the Bruins would be in better shape

Scotland’s Great One – We’ll never know if Tony Hand could’ve made the NHL, but the man called the ‘Scottish Gretzky’ had a pure dead brilliant career in the U.K.

Prospect Report – We focus in on Lawson Crouse and Hunter Shinkaruk, and THN’s draft guru provides his Mock Draft

Crease Cold Shoulder – It should come as no surprise NHL teams are more and more reticent to draft goalies in the first round

Game Of Guarantees – In the spirit of making vows, here are some other sure-fire promises you’re bound to see in the coming months

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

The story of Danny Lewicki and the unbeatable championship record

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Danny Lewicki (THN Archives)

By Namish Modi

Danny Lewicki may not have had the fairest of shakes at an NHL career, but he can be remembered for one particular record. He remains the only player to win the Allan Cup, Memorial Cup and Stanley Cup as a junior.

“I don’t think that record will ever be broken,” he said.

Lewicki, 83, has fond memories of his playing days but also recollects some things that didn’t go his way, resulting in a short career. In his autobiography, From the Coal Docks to the NHL, Lewicki highlights his life from his childhood growing up in an immigrant enclave in Fort William, Ont., all the way to the end of his pro career – nine seasons as an NHLer. “There were many problems with management in those years,” Lewicki said. “You were not allowed to speak back, which I did, unfortunately.” Read more

Poker star Daniel Negreanu leading charge for Las Vegas expansion

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Daniel Negreanu (Photo by Neil Stoddart)

By Sean Chaffin

For more than a decade, Daniel Negreanu has been the face of poker. With an arsenal of skills at reading opponents and making just the right moves, Negreanu was nicknamed ‘Kid Poker’ after winning his first championship at the World Series of Poker in 1998. The six-week poker extravaganza kicks off next week, but lately the affable Negreanu has been moving beyond the poker felt and getting involved with another lifelong passion – hockey.

Seventeen years after his professional introduction and with tournament winnings totaling almost $30 million, Negreanu is first on poker’s all-time money list. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame last year, recently named as a partner for the new Poker Central television network, and has been a sponsored pro for online site PokerStars for years.

In recent months, however, Negreanu has set his sights on trying to bring an NHL expansion team to Las Vegas. As a boy growing up, Negreanu was an avid Maple Leafs fan – crying after losses and playing street hockey until dark almost everyday after school in front of his house. Now living in Las Vegas, hockey remains one of his big passions in life outside of poker. He even chronicles his playoff wagers on Twitter. Read more

Theo Fleury hopes to help, heal through ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’

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Theo Fleury (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

By Andrew McCormack

The Calgary Flames are out of the post-season, and it’s been 26 years now since they won their lone Stanley Cup in 1988-89 with rookie Theo Fleury on the roster. The 46-year-old native of Oxbow, Sask., who always dreamt of playing in the NHL, is now on a mission to improve mental health through promoting an understanding of the effects of trauma.

The November 2014 release of Conversations with a Rattlesnake – coauthored by occupational therapist Kim Barthel – is the second book by Fleury, following 2010’s Playing with Fire. He chose entertainment writer Kirstie McLellan Day to tell readers about his tough home life as a child, the sexual abuse his junior hockey coach, Graham James, subjected him to as a teenager, his drug and alcohol addiction, and being on the brink of committing suicide. Read more

The family business: How Paul Reinhart helped sons Sam, Griffin and Max become top prospects

Sam Reinhart (Ken Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)

By George Johnson

Watching his father, Paul, on ESPN Classic is like being transported into another world for Sam Reinhart. But it’s not his dad’s skill that has Sam in awe. The effortless skating style, crisp passing and ability to read the play in the high-octane ’80s – all of that transcends eras and styles. Besides, as the most hotly anticipated teenage talent outside the NHL not named Connor McDavid, Sam has all those qualities himself.

No, it’s that luxuriant thatch above Paul Reinhart’s upper lip that gets Sam’s attention.

“I’ve been trying to grow that mustache for 19 years,” Sam said.

At 19, Sam may not be able to manage his father’s Chia Pet mustache, but as the baby of the hockey-playing Reinhart brood, he’s the closest in style and the highest in hype. Read more