Backchecking

Backchecking: Dennis Maruk

Backchecking: Dennis Maruk

by The Hockey News - July 7, 2011 12:50 PM EDT

Dennis Maruk set scoring records for the Washington Capitals, but had been criticized as a selfish player by some.
By Dave Salter Al MacAdam called him the most selfish player he ever played with. Others say he was another Marcel Dionne. His nickname was ‘Pee-Wee’ and he is the most unheralded of the 19 players in NHL history to have scored 60 goals in a single season.


Backchecking: Joe Juneau

Backchecking: Joe Juneau

by The Hockey News - June 16, 2011 1:15 PM EDT

The 1992 Canadian Olympian burst onto the NHL scene, but after leaving Boston his offensive output was never the same.
By Patrick Cwiklinski In 1991, after the highly publicized negotiations between Joe Juneau and Boston Bruins GM Harry Sinden fell through, the young college star was criticized by many as being selfish and unrealistic in his demands for a one-way NHL contract.


Backchecking: Dave Dryden

Backchecking: Dave Dryden

by The Hockey News - June 11, 2011 10:55 AM EDT

The only man to face off against his goalie brother was also one heckuva keeper and an innovator who changed the game.
By Todd Denault Punch Imlach was not the type of man to let a golden opportunity pass him by. Never was this more apparent than on the evening of March 20, 1971, when Imlach’s expansion Buffalo Sabres travelled to the Montreal Forum.


Backchecking: Brian Bradley

Backchecking: Brian Bradley

by The Hockey News - April 23, 2011 11:15 AM EDT

The Canadian Olympian couldn't find a way to stick with a Canadian NHL team, but settled in nicely with an expansion franchise in Florida.
By Tim Kolupanowich A native of Kitchener, Ont., Brian Bradley was a slick, playmaking center who played 651 games in the NHL, scoring 182 goals and registering 321 assists for 503 points for Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Tampa Bay.


Backchecking: Steve Webb

Backchecking: Steve Webb

by The Hockey News - April 17, 2011 11:15 AM EDT

The former Islander tough guy has retired his fists of fury in favor of lending a helping hand to families in need.
By Jordan Allard Former tough-guy Steve Webb made a living out of being a good, albeit tough, teammate. And now, even though his professional hockey days are behind him, Webb is still looking after other people - he’s just not using his fists this time.


Backchecking: Mike Marson

Backchecking: Mike Marson

by The Hockey News - March 27, 2011 9:55 AM EDT

A hockey pioneer, Mike Marson cut his hockey career short and went on to be successful in other ventures.
By Michael Amato Hockey trailblazer Mike Marson has traded in his hockey equipment for a karate uniform, bus license and paintbrush, proving his talents reach beyond the rink.


Backchecking: Don Luce

Backchecking: Don Luce

by Alan Bass - December 5, 2010 9:50 AM EST

The Philadelphia Flyers director of player development talks about his rise from a player to a front office manager.
He may not have the name recognition of others who transitioned from NHL player to executive, but Don Luce is well known in hockey circles for his ability to recognize talent.


Backchecking: Ken Hammond's whirlwind career

Backchecking: Ken Hammond's whirlwind career

by The Hockey News - November 21, 2010 9:10 AM EST

The captain of RPI's NCAA championship team from 1985, Ken Hammond's career never settled in one place.
By Kevin Glew When Ken Hammond was preparing for his first NHL game on April 2, 1985 against the Edmonton Oilers, his Los Angeles Kings teammates Mark Hardy and Jay Wells offered him advice on how to neutralize Wayne Gretzky.


Backchecking: Darrin Shannon

Backchecking: Darrin Shannon

by The Hockey News - September 30, 2010 3:50 PM EDT

The former Windsor Spitfire may have fallen short of a Memorial Cup, but he won a different title coaching his hometown team.
By Kevin Glew For Darrin Shannon, coaching the Alliston Hornets to two of the past three Ontario Hockey Association Jr. C titles has helped ease the sting of losing the Memorial Cup 22 years ago.


Backchecking: Jeff Reese

Backchecking: Jeff Reese

by The Hockey News - August 11, 2010 11:25 AM EDT

The former NHL goaltender took the lessons he learned as a player behind the bench as a goalie coach with Philadelphia.
By Kevin Glew The true MVP of the Philadelphia Flyers last season might have been goaltending coach Jeff Reese. After all, the energetic ex-NHLer managed to coax extraordinary performances out of three ordinary goalies.


Backchecking: Ranford caps off a dynasty

Backchecking: Ranford caps off a dynasty

by The Hockey News - May 9, 2010 9:10 AM EDT

Just when the Oilers were supposed to be declining, a 23-year-old kid lifted them to championship heights one more time.
By Kevin Glew The dynasty was supposed to be over. With ‘The Great One’ in Los Angeles and Grant Fuhr sidelined, the Edmonton Oilers’ glory years appeared to be behind them heading into the 1990 playoffs.


Backchecking: Morrow a main man for Miracle on Ice

Backchecking: Morrow a main man for Miracle on Ice

by The Hockey News - February 20, 2010 5:50 AM EST

The 1980 gold medalist and four-time Stanley Cup champion had a career full of memories few can match.
By Kevin Glew Thirty years later, it’s still hard for Ken Morrow to believe in miracles. In a packed arena in Lake Placid on Feb. 22, 1980, Morrow and 19 other amateurs comprising the U.


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