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Survey says…sight matters! Visor usage continues big climb

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By Rachel Villari

An historically sharp rise in visor users suggests the NHL and the NHLPA’s decision to grandfather-in face shields may be doing the league some good.

In the past year alone, visor wearers have grown five percent, with all but four teams increasing in usage. Toronto, Calgary, Columbus, Chicago, Vancouver and Carolina all increased over 10 percent each.

Of the 640 players league-wide with more than 20 games this season, 549 of them wear visors. The Canes were tops in eye safety with all 20 of their eligible players. Read more

The Russian NHL trailblazer you’ve probably never heard of

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By Denis Gibbons

If all Soviet players who died before their time or under tragic circumstances had been spared, the statistical history of hockey would have to be rewritten.

Evgeny Belosheikin, named best goalie at the 1986 World Junior Championship, took his own life after battling the bottle. Anatoly Fetisov, the younger brother of legendary national team captain Slava Fetisov and a prime prospect for the 1985 draft, was killed in a car accident. New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov died from a heart ailment during a game in 2008.

Perhaps the best talent of all, Viktor Khatulev, was found dead at the age of 39 in 1994. It’s believed he was murdered, but the case was never solved. Read more

NHL Free Agent Tracker 2015

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The NHL’s free-agent spend-a-thon is upon us, and though the big names are few and far between, there’s still plenty of talent out there that can help a club get over the hump.

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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: 2014-15 Season Commemorative

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01 StanleyCupIssue-400It’s THN’s commemorative edition Champions Issue, with our 24-page blowout on the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory, plus the stories behind the Calder and Memorial Cup winners. Also in the issue:

– Editor in chief Jason Kay wonders why we’re in such a big hurry to finish games quickly

– How 3-on-3 overtime was a resounding success in the AHL and why it’ll be the same in the NHL

– The secret behind Duncan Keith’s ability to play half a game night in and night out

– The story behind a former THN editor in chief who’s being recognized by the Hall of Fame

– The best players by skill in the NHL draft

– The Top 10 defining moments of the 2014-15 NHL campaign

– Our 2015 Goalie Buyer’s Guide

– A History Of Lou: Those around him tell the story of legendary Lamoriello

– Jamie Benn: How the NHL’s Art Ross winner came back from injury to take the NHL by storm

– Our NHL team reports feature six players – Hamilton, Foligno, Dumba, Josi, Maatta & Scheifele – ready to break out, plus the No. 1 Priority for each club heading into the summer

– Prospect guru Ryan Kennedy explains why it’s time to change the Memorial Cup format to best-of-three series featuring the top four teams in the country

– And Ken Campbell explains why it’s time for the Arizona Coyotes to pack their bags and leave Glendale behind

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

Los Angeles Kings’ Jarret Stoll charged with cocaine possession

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Jarret Stoll, a center with Los Angeles Kings, has been charged with felony cocaine possession following his arrest two months ago in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Clark County district attorney’s office charged Stoll, 32, with one count of possession of a controlled substance.

According to a police report, on April 17 Stoll admitted to possessing 3.3 grams of cocaine and several capsules of ecstasy during a routine search at MGM Grand’s Wet Republic pool.

According to an Associated Press story, District Attorney Steven Wolfson wouldn’t comment on why the charge only included cocaine possession.

Stoll’s attorney, David Chesnoff, told AP he has had discussions with Wolfson and hopes the case will be resolved shortly.

Stoll is scheduled to appear in court July 1. If he’s convicted, the charge carries the possibility of up to four years in prison or probation.

How the Winnipeg Whiteout left its mark on Corey Perry

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By Carter Brooks

Long after the playoffs have ended, the Winnipeg experience lives on.

Deafening, comical and impactful have been three words commonly used to describe the crowd at MTS Centre. No other venue in the NHL comes close to the fan support offered on any given night or afternoon when the re-branded Winnipeg Jets host their opponents.

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