• This Week in The Hockey News magazine: October 26, 2015

    The Hockey News

    UPC1_THN_6905-400It’s our Jersey Issue, with everything you need to know about the sweaters you love. Features include:

    The Top 100 Jerseys Of All-Time: You won’t find any gaudy Fishermen or Spiderknights here. Only the all-time best in ice fashion make our definitive list of hockey’s coolest duds. But who comes in at No. 1? Spoiler alert: it’s not, as we’re sure you assume, the Chicago Blackhawks.

    The History Of Sweaters: From woolly mammoths to streamlined works of art, hockey jerseys have undergone a massive overhaul since they first hit the ice

    Inside the new Adidas Deal: Jerseys are set to take on a different stripe – or three – following the NHL and NHLPA’s latest partnership

    Theme-night Jerseys: Whether for St. Patrick’s Day, Fifty Shades of Grey or Star Wars, Scott Gollnick makes jerseys fit any theme

    Also in the issue:

    Tyler Myers: Winnipeg’s other giant D-man likes to take his time eating Chinese food, but his game has quickly taken off with the Jets

    Vladimir Tarasenko: St. Louis’ star sniper was driven to succeed by his father and grandfather in Russia

    Jaromir Jagr: The single life suits him just fine, thank you very much. His first love is hockey, and the love affair continues in Florida for the ageless wonder

    Don Edwards: The former NHL goalie has said goodbye to Canada, but he’s still fighting to keep his parents’ killer behind bars

    Editor’s Notebook: Stars don’t align with one team anymore

    Keeping the fans safe: Security trumps speed with metal detectors

    Best of the Books: The Albert Einstein of hockey photographers

    Prospect Report: Red Bull pouring money into hockey hothouse, and introducing Ryan ‘Boom Boom’ Pullock

    The Straight Edge: Islanders prospect Ryan Pilon is better off removing himself from hockey if the interest and passion don’t come naturally to him

    Strange But True: ‘Big Bill’ Dwyer had an unsavory occupation during Prohibition, but he used his money and clout to keep the NHL alive and vibrant

    Overtime: How many players must die before the hockey world starts taking care of its own?

    And much more.

    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 thehockeynews.com.

  • James Wisniewski injured 47 seconds into Hurricanes debut

    Jared Clinton
    James Wisniewski clutches his left knee. (via YouTube)

    Carolina didn’t make many big moves in the off-season, but one deal Hurricanes GM Ron Francis did pull off was the acquisition of defenseman James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, Francis and Wisniewski, the blueliners time in Carolina hasn’t started so well.

    In Thursday’s season-opening contest against the Nashville Predators, Wisniewski went down with an apparent leg injury little more than three minutes into the game. For Wisniewski, the injury occured after he had spent a mere 47 seconds on ice for the Hurricanes and it was his second shift of his tenure with the team.

    It’s uncertain how long, exactly, the 31-year-old will be sidelined, but at first glance the injury didn’t appear to be a minor one: Read more

  • Zach Parise scores opening night hat trick against Avalanche to spark Wild comeback

    Jared Clinton
    Zach Parise (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Down 3-0 to the Colorado Avalanche in the second period, it looked as though the Minnesota Wild were well on their way to starting the 2015-16 campaign with a loss. Even after Zach Parise scored Minnesota’s first goal of the season to make it 3-1 with 13 minutes left in the second frame, things looked bleak. It looked even worse when John Mitchell put the Avalanche up 4-1.

    But then Parise scored his second of the night early in the third, which was followed shortly thereafter with a goal by Nino Niederreiter and another by Thomas Vanek. In less than half a frame, the Wild had dug out of a 4-1 hole and brought the season-opening contest against the Avalanche level.

    With the game tied 4-4, Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog was whistled for interfering with Jason Pominville, giving Minnesota a power play while they had all the momentum. And on that power play, Parise capped what was an incredible opening night on for both he and the Wild: Read more

  • Awesomeness of 3-on-3 OT proven by Philadelphia and Tampa

    Ryan Kennedy
    Jason Garrison scores on Steve Mason (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

    The shootout has very few fans in hockey, but there was also some reticence towards 3-on-3 overtime, one of this season’s new wrinkles. Would coaches adapt and turn the open ice into a snorefest? Nope.

    Even with the benefit of time, I can’t see even the stodgiest bench bosses having any effect on 3-on-3 and last night’s Philadelphia-Tampa Bay game was the perfect example. Simply put, the end-to-end action was insane and endlessly entertaining. Let’s go to the videotape:

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  • Watch Jack Eichel snipe his first career goal on the power play

    Jared Clinton
    Jack Eichel (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    Well, that didn’t take long.

    Buffalo Sabres first round pick Jack Eichel has already found the back of the net. In the seasoning-opening game against the Ottawa Senators, Eichel buried the first tally of his career.

    In the third period, the 18-year-old Eichel took a pass from behind the net and notched his first career tally by blowing a wristshot over the shoulder of Ottawa Senators netminder Craig Anderson. Read more

  • Raffi Torres responds to 41-game suspension, apologizes to Jakob Silfverberg

    Jared Clinton
    Raffi Torres (Getty Images).

    San Jose Sharks left winger Raffi Torres was handed down a behemoth 41-game suspension Monday afternoon for his illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks right winger Jakob Silfverberg. Thursday, Torres issued a statement addressing his latest suspension.

    In the statement, Torres, 33, was accepting of his most recent suspension and issued an apology to Silfverberg, the Sharks organization and his teammates. Read more

  • Buffalo Sabres’ Robin Lehner injured in season opener

    Jared Clinton
    Robin Lehner (Tom Brenner/ Getty Images)

    If the Buffalo Sabres weren’t already facing an uphill climb after 2014-15’s basement finish, 2015-16 may be getting even more difficult as starting netminder Robin Lehner has gone down with an apparent leg injury.

    After dropping to make a save midway through the second period, Lehner appeared to injure himself. He needed help off the ice and toward the Sabres’ dressing room and has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday’s game. Read more

  • Wild’s Matt Dumba is throwing hits for charity this season

    Jared Clinton
    Matthew Dumba (Gerry Thomas/Getty Images)

    If you see Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba throwing around the body a bit more this season, just know he’s doing it for a good cause.

    On his Instagram page, Dumba announced a new program he’s calling Dumba’s Hits For Heroes, in which the Wild blueliner will donate $100 to Defending The Blue Line for every hit he throws on Xcel Energy Center ice during the 2015-16. Defending The Blue Line is a charity which provides the opportunity for the children of military members to play hockey. Read more