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Taking a look back at 50+ years worth of "The Hockey News" covers

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03-26-2013, 04:05 PM
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There's also another cover calling him The Great Gretzky, player of the year, in the 79-80 set.

http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/Co...ml?sort=4&o=31
Man, if you keep scrolling forward from that issue, you get the following 4 in a row:

- Isles win the Cup
- Gordie Howe retires
- Miracle on Ice team
- Don Cherry and Blue doing puppy eyes

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By the way, for the guy who asked which player has appeared on the cover the most, this was an official count by THN in their 60th anniversary issue back in 2007.

Wayne Gretzky - 73
Mario Lemieux - 58
Gordie Howe - 49
Bobby Hull - 46
Phil Esposito - 37
Bobby Orr - 35
Eric Lindros - 32
Glenn Hall - 29
Mark Messier - 29
Bobby Clarke - 28

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Man, if you keep scrolling forward from that issue, you get the following 4 in a row:

- Isles win the Cup
- Gordie Howe retires
- Miracle on Ice team
- Don Cherry and Blue doing puppy eyes
Here's the main Miracle on Ice one.


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There's also another cover calling him The Great Gretzky, player of the year, in the 79-80 set.

http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/Co...ml?sort=4&o=31
So we can definitely trace it at least as far back as '78-80 in terms of "wide-spread" use. Kinda interesting.

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By the way, for the guy who asked which player has appeared on the cover the most, this was an official count by THN in their 60th anniversary issue back in 2007.

Wayne Gretzky - 73
Mario Lemieux - 58
Gordie Howe - 49
Bobby Hull - 46
Phil Esposito - 37
Bobby Orr - 35
Eric Lindros - 32
Glenn Hall - 29
Mark Messier - 29
Bobby Clarke - 28
That almost looks spookily close to some sort of "all-time" ranking...

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By the way, for the guy who asked which player has appeared on the cover the most, this was an official count by THN in their 60th anniversary issue back in 2007.

Wayne Gretzky - 73
Mario Lemieux - 58
Gordie Howe - 49
Bobby Hull - 46
Phil Esposito - 37
Bobby Orr - 35
Eric Lindros - 32
Glenn Hall - 29
Mark Messier - 29
Bobby Clarke - 28



Here's the main Miracle on Ice one.

Habsfan18, thanks for the list of who graced the cover the most times...I like the picture of Team USA, especially Ken Morrow. Always appreciated his role on that team and the 4-time Cup champion Islanders. That beard made him stick out, his play made you remember him.

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Habsfan....

I am waiting for you to come down to St Louis and take pictures of my 600+ magazine for me.

Great job on the pictures. I know how time consuming something like that can be.

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Habsfan....

I am waiting for you to come down to St Louis and take pictures of my 600+ magazine for me.

Great job on the pictures. I know how time consuming something like that can be.
Mail them all down here. I promise to send them back.

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Very nice collection. I have kept the draft reveiws and certain issues that pertain to the Flyers only since the early 70's. I did drop my sub for a few years as a protest over format changes. I really miss the large newspaper format but the glossy format does hold up better over time. I still like the Hockey New's Draft review and the Yearbook and Future Watch. I store mine in large flat boxes under the bed

Thanks That took some work to do.


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Very nice collection. I have kept the draft reveiws and certain issues that pertain to the Flyers only since the early 70's. I did drop my sub for a few years as a protest over format changes. I really miss the large newspaper format but the glossy format does hold up better over time. I still like the Hockey New's Draft review and the Yearbook and Future Watch. I store mine in large flat boxes under the bed

Thanks That took some work to do.
Thanks!

I really miss the newspaper format as well, but I understand why THN had to change. It's not the "news" anymore. I still subscribe, but only for collection purposes. Many people don't realize how great of a publication THN once was.

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Bump for a great thread!

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Just noticed this:



There was a discussion a little while back asking when "The Great One" or "The Great Gretzky" first became his nickname. Common belief was 1981 or 1982 some time, but this is an issue from 1978. Could have just been a "catchy" headline, but it appears he was already being referred to as "Great" by that time.
This stuff is awesome. And who the hell is Sobchuk?

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By the way, for the guy who asked which player has appeared on the cover the most, this was an official count by THN in their 60th anniversary issue back in 2007.

Wayne Gretzky - 73
Mario Lemieux - 58
Gordie Howe - 49
Bobby Hull - 46
Phil Esposito - 37
Bobby Orr - 35
Eric Lindros - 32
Glenn Hall - 29
Mark Messier - 29
Bobby Clarke - 28



Here's the main Miracle on Ice one.

Notable for the absence of any players from the Montreal Canadiens, by far the most successful team during the period covered.

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Thanks!

I really miss the newspaper format as well, but I understand why THN had to change. It's not the "news" anymore. I still subscribe, but only for collection purposes. Many people don't realize how great of a publication THN once was.
Yes. I subscribed to and/or regularly bought the Hockey News throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and I read it cover to cover every week. THN's coverage was simply superb. I was thoroughly informed about all the leagues, including the major junior leagues. The NHL match summaries contained the team lineups as well as all the other data so you knew which players missed the game. It also carried a complete league scoring table ranking the 120 or so players from first to last in the scoring race; it wasn't done team by team but league wide. That there were only six teams made that much easier, of course. Some day I hope some benefactor will buy the rights and put all the THN issues online. It would bring back many memories for me.

My parents, of course, threw away my THN issues and nearly all my hockey card collection as well as other memorabilia, including thousands of photos, while I was away at law school in the mid to late 1960s. I once told them they threw away a small fortune.

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This stuff is awesome. And who the hell is Sobchuk?
Sobchuk is an interesting story.

Would probably have been the #1 overall pick in the 1974 draft, but signed in the WHA part-way through his draft year, and dropped to the 5th round as a result.

Had a few big years in the WHA, then ruined his shoulder the year before the above article came out and was a shell of himself after that. Kind of a wasted career.

But yeah, it's pretty funny seeing 'OILERS FUTURE SUPERSTAR SOBCHUK' next to a picture of Gretzky in a Racers uniform.

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Notable for the absence of any players from the Montreal Canadiens, by far the most successful team during the period covered.
Maybe they had too many good players to keep giving the cover to the same guy? I dunno

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Almost 24,000 combined views. Glad people have taken the time to browse the covers. Some real gems in there.

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Alright guys, I said I was eventually going to do it, so here it is. I've had them saved on my desktop for awhile now. If anyone is interested in a cool little look back at THN history, every single cover since the beginning of the 1958-1959 season (well, 1 missing in total but it's on its way shortly, and I'll be able to add it as well) is there for your viewing, along with all the yearbooks, special magazines, pool guides etc..

Some issues are in better condition than others, and a few pictures didn't come out as clear as I had hoped. But in any case, they are all viewable.

I've broken it down onto 2 different photobucket accounts.



Make sure you click on "albums" in the bottom right corner. Then, on the next page make sure "albums and stories" (left of page) isn't hidden. All of the different albums (organized into years) will be listed.

Any comments or questions about a specific issue in the collection, feel free to ask.

So, to anyone interested..enjoy!
Very nice. I miss the newspaper style HN's. I have been a subscriber since the mid 70's( I did take a two year break out of protest) and only keep the drafts and certain Flyer related covers and that still adds up. Well done.

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Amazing.

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Very nice. I miss the newspaper style HN's. I have been a subscriber since the mid 70's( I did take a two year break out of protest) and only keep the drafts and certain Flyer related covers and that still adds up. Well done.
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Amazing.
Thanks guys. Glad you enjoyed browsing through some of the covers.

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Some sweet stuff here. I still remember the first issue I ever got when I first subscribed. Steve Yzerman was/is my favourite player ever and this was it right here, I was so pumped:

http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/Co...40575809963048

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Nice piece on Habsfan18 and his collection of THN in the current issue of The Hockey News. If you get a chance check it out.


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Habsfan18! I was right... I do know you online already!

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Habsfan18! I was right... I do know you online already!
Ah, that was you on facebook? Awesome! I'll have to go back and check out the issues your letters were featured in.

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FANTASTIC!

I subscribed from 1970---2008 had all kept.
Someone said "nobody knew how great Hockey News was" and I agree 100%.

For me living in Sweden and years before internet it was like Christmas once a week.

Also got me to know several lifelong friends in US and Canada.
Seeing all those covers from early 70-ies I remember them all.
Awesome coverage on minor and junior leagues as well.

It was known as the bible of hockey. It wasn't exactly an exaggeration. It was a fact.

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