Ever wonder where your favorite NHL from days gone by ended up? THN.com's Backchecking looks back at the career of former greats and chronicles their life after hockey.
by The Hockey News - March 31, 2013 9:55 AM EDT
Maxwell is happy for the simple life
after enduring some of the craziest antics
in league lore both on and off the ice
By Richard Kamchen Retirement has brought peace and stability to Brad Maxwell’s life. After seven solid seasons with the Minnesota North Stars to start his NHL career, Maxwell bounced around with four clubs in four years after his All-Star Game appearance in 1983-84.
by The Hockey News - March 17, 2013 10:25 AM EDT
Early in his career, Froese learned to keep his eyes on the prize – a lesson he teaches now after trading hockey talk for sermons
BY GREG OLIVER Mentoring came easy to Bob Froese, almost as easy as a kick save. In 1989-90, his final season, the New York Rangers asked him to look after their prize pupil, Mike Richter.
by The Hockey News - March 3, 2013 9:20 AM EST
Slaney’s goal clinched Canada’s first WJC on home soil and launched a long pro career.
BY ROBIN SHORT For all he's done in hockey - the ninth overall draft pick in 1990, a 15-year pro career, 268 NHL games, a pair of top defenseman awards in the American League - John Slaney is remembered for one moment, one goal.
by Adam Proteau - February 18, 2013 10:30 AM EST
The Czech blueliner built a career out of defying the odds. He defected as a teenager and thrived as an undersized NHLer
When a teenaged defenseman named Petr Svoboda made the choice to leave his Czech homeland, it wasn’t with the relatively small consequences endured by Europeans who choose to play hockey in North America today.
by The Hockey News - February 3, 2013 9:15 AM EST
Nick Vitucci never played an NHL game,
but he’s the only pro goalie to score on
another and he helped build the ECHL
By Brian Liu There have only been 10 NHL goaltenders to score a goal, making it one of the rarest feats in sports. To hit an open net from 200 feet away, everything has to go just right – the opposition net has to be vacated in favor of an extra attacker, the goalie needs time to shoot, sublime accuracy and the temerity to tempt fate (and the gods of icing).
by The Hockey News - November 3, 2012 12:50 PM EDT
Syl Apps Jr. was never forced to fill his
legendary father’s skates. He was his own man on the ice and has made his mark off it
By David Salter You’d think being the son of the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf in history would put pressure on a young hockey player.
by The Hockey News - October 6, 2012 12:45 PM EDT
Alexei Gusarov was a stellar blueliner in his homeland and the NHL. Now, he stays close to the game he adores as a KHL assistant GM
By Denis Gibbons The city was called Leningrad while he was growing up there, as it was in its final months as part of the Soviet Union when he left to play in the NHL in 1990.
by The Hockey News - September 22, 2012 10:20 AM EDT
Paul Henderson brought Canadians to their feet in the ’72 Summit Series. Battling
cancer at 68, he’s once again a role model
By Evan Boudreau In November 2009, Paul Henderson got the shock of his life. During a routine checkup, his doctor recommended an abdominal ultrasound – a seemingly harmless precaution.
by The Hockey News - September 15, 2012 11:05 AM EDT
O’Reilly was made to be a Bruin, spending his entire NHL career in Boston and loving every minute of it. Especially with ‘Grapes’
By David Salter No player has ever epitomized what it means to be a Boston Bruin like Terry O’Reilly. Tough? Check. Talented? Check.
by The Hockey News - February 25, 2012 10:20 AM EST
Helmetless Ron Duguay looked and lived the part of a playboy, especially during his Ranger days. But, man, could he ever play.
By David Salter Standing outside a tiny dressing room at a dingy arena in Sackville, N.S., Ron Duguay looks a little out of place. With long, feathered hair, tanned skin and a bright smile, he could easily pass for movie star or at the very least an understudy for Jon Bon Jovi.
by The Hockey News - February 11, 2012 10:15 AM EST
Energized by the Summit Series, Dennis Hull filled Bobby’s shoes as Chicago defied the odds to reach the final in 1972-73.
By David Salter The future looked bleak for the Chicago Black Hawks entering 1972-73. They had qualified for the Stanley Cup final two years earlier, but their superstar, Bobby ‘The Golden Jet’ Hull, had signed with the World Hockey Association’s Winnipeg Jets in the summer and left a seemingly irreplaceable void in Chicago’s lineup.
by The Hockey News - September 24, 2011 10:40 AM EDT
As the Senators mark their 20th anniversary, we catch up with the team's original captain from the modern era.
By Murray Pam This season will mark the Ottawa Senators’ 20th anniversary since their return to the NHL. During the season, the Senators are taking the opportunity to honor their legendary early-20th-century clubs and players, including Frank Nighbor and Cyclone Taylor.
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