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Backchecking: Former Hawk Troy Murray thinks NHL's a good investment

Backchecking: Former Hawk Troy Murray thinks NHL's a good investment

by The Hockey News - January 18, 2009 10:35 AM EST

The 15-year, Cup-winning veteran thinks grit sells the game and the NHL is fine.
BY COREY ERDMAN In no other sport are the rules and governance questioned as frequently and passionately as they are in the game of hockey. Specifically in times of economic hardship, fans and pundits alike are quick to offer their number-crunching and bailout plans for the National Hockey League.


Backchecking: Former Leaf, Hawk Dave Hutchison giving back

Backchecking: Former Leaf, Hawk Dave Hutchison giving back

by The Hockey News - November 28, 2008 11:00 AM EST

The legendary tough guy is showing a soft spot in his post-playing life.
BY KEVIN GLEW There’s tough and then there’s Dave Hutchison tough. The rugged defenseman shattered almost every bone in his face during his NHL career.


Backchecking: Slow Joe Contini set speed record

Backchecking: Slow Joe Contini set speed record

by The Hockey News - October 10, 2008 11:08 AM EDT

The former Rockies and North Stars center holds the record for the fastest Memorial Cup hat trick.
By Kevin Glew Throughout his hockey career, Joe Contini was repeatedly told he wasn’t fast enough, but the pesky center continually proved his detractors wrong.


Backchecking: Garry Monahan grinded way to NHL

Backchecking: Garry Monahan grinded way to NHL

by The Hockey News - August 14, 2008 11:07 AM EDT

The first ever NHL draft selection, Garry Monahan never figured he'd make it to the NHL in the first place.
BY JUSTIN DICKIE Garry Monahan didn’t have the typical smooth transition to National Hockey League fame from the junior ranks that has become expected of top prospects, especially considering the recent impact arrivals of guys such as Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Patrick Kane.


Backchecking: Tough guy Jim Kyte overcame handicap to make NHL

Backchecking: Tough guy Jim Kyte overcame handicap to make NHL

by The Hockey News - July 31, 2008 11:13 AM EDT

A veteran of nearly 600 NHL games, Kyte was the first legally deaf player to skate in the big leagues.
BY SABINA LAM Jim Kyte was like any other tough guy in the NHL – big, tough and intimidating – except for one thing; he was legally deaf.


Backchecking: Hometown hero Joe Daley still calls Winnipeg home

Backchecking: Hometown hero Joe  Daley still calls Winnipeg home

by The Hockey News - July 24, 2008 12:41 PM EDT

The WHA's winningest goaltender runs a hockey card shop and welcomes the chance to talk to fans.
BY KEVIN GLEW Canadians often visit sports card stores to buy memorabilia of their hockey heroes. But what if their favorite player was working behind the counter? This scenario has played itself out at Joe Daley’s Sports Cards in Winnipeg many times, where the affable ex-NHLer mingles with customers and rings through sales.


Backchecking: Herron's Habs days a 'dream come true'

Backchecking: Herron's Habs days a 'dream come true'

by The Hockey News - May 22, 2008 12:05 PM EDT

The former NHL goalie had the opportunity to play for his favorite team and once led the league in GAA.
BY KEVIN GLEW Denis Herron consumed his share of room service meals during his 14 seasons in the NHL, but little did he know his hotel experiences would help him launch a successful second career.


Backchecking: Dorey made unforgettable debut

Backchecking: Dorey made unforgettable debut

by The Hockey News - April 3, 2008 11:34 AM EDT

Former NHL and WHL defenseman Jim Dorey set the record for PIMs in a single game in his first big league contest.
 BY NEIL ACHARYA Jim Dorey was largely unknown when he made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 16, 1968 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Backchecking: St. Croix was a Saint

Backchecking: St. Croix was a Saint

by The Hockey News - March 27, 2008 1:53 PM EDT

Former Flyer and Leaf Rick St. Croix never had it easy in the NHL, but teaches the lessons he learned to the goalies of tomorrow.
BY KEVIN GLEW Rick St. Croix is proof not even a saint could save those abysmal Maple Leaf teams of the early 1980s. The goaltender nicknamed ‘The Saint’ gave the Leafs everything he had after he was acquired by the club in January, 1983.


Backchecking: O'Donnell skated with the best

Backchecking: O'Donnell skated with the best

by The Hockey News - March 17, 2008 2:50 PM EDT

Former NHLer Fred O'Donnell saw plenty of talent during his years with the Boston Bruins.
 BY NEIL ACHARYA The Boston Bruins of the early 1970s are solidified in hockey lore. Orr, Esposito, Buyck and Cheevers are some of the names that immediately come to mind.


Backchecking: Malinowski still working magic

Backchecking: Malinowski still working magic

by The Hockey News - March 6, 2008 10:31 AM EST

The former Colorado Rockie and Canadian Olympian continues to influence the game, now as a Jr. B coach in Ontario.
BY KEVIN GLEW The Magician is still performing at the rink. No, he may not be dazzling fans with nifty moves anymore, but Merlin “The Magician” Malinowski is now pulling rabbits out of his hat as coach of the Junior B Western Ontario League’s St.


Backchecking: Surviving 9/11 gave former NHLer Rob Cimetta a new outlook on life

Backchecking: Surviving 9/11 gave former NHLer Rob Cimetta a new outlook on life

by The Hockey News - February 9, 2008 8:24 PM EST

Working at the World Trade Center Tower II, Rob Cimetta was one of the lucky ones who escaped, but he'll never forget what he saw that day.
BY ROBIN SHORT Every now and again, seven years after that horrible September day, Rob Cimetta closes his eyes and sees the silhouettes of heroes.


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