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Jamie Pushor's No. 1 in this week's Top 10, but he can't crack the Blue Jackets' top six, spending this year in the AHL. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Names of the season

Brian Costello
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With much of northeastern North America buried beneath another blanket of white stuff, there are a handful of hockey personalities I can’t get out of my mind.
 
Canada has seen its greatest total winter snowfall in more than 40 years and the season isn’t over yet. Some cities and communities have reached record accumulations.
 
With that in mind, here are some names that keep cropping up.
 
10. Garth Snow.
The Isles GM has fallen and he can’t get up. A growing number of critics tend to walk all over him.
 
9. Ritch Winter.
Sometimes mild, sometimes frosty super-agent. Many believe he has overstayed his welcome. You can leave anytime now.
 
8. Jim Storm.
Having his best season since scoring six goals for Hartford in 1993-94.
 
7. Leo Gravelle.
This gritty Canadiens winger from the late 1940s didn’t mind doing the dirty work.
 
6. Frank Spring.
Projected to make his long-awaited season debut March 21.
 
5. Tim Watters.
Rumor has it he’ll soon be replacing the Isles GM.
 
4. Mush March.
If spring gets off to a hot start, we’ll definitely see more of Mush March.
 
3. Randy Mitten.
And on a cold day, some ordinary ascetic mittens are fine, too.
 
2. Pat ‘Whitey’ Stapleton.
Somewhere in this world of whiteness, he’s guarding the famous black puck from the 1972 Summit Series.
 
1. Jamie Pushor.
It seems every few days I get out the snow shovel and Pushor, Pushor, Pushor.

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