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This week's cover: November 20, 2014

 

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Mel Pearson: At the helm of the Huskies

 

By Alyssa Hollenback
Let’s Play Hockey

Have you heard? The Michigan Tech Huskies are the nation’s new No. 1 team. At 10-0-0, Michigan Tech is the NCAA’s only undefeated team and is off to the best start in the program’s 94-year history. While an impressive feat for these young athletes, any true sports fan knows that a team is only as good as its leaders. And with leadership like Mel Pearson, who is now in his fourth season as head coach, it is no surprise that the Huskies have become a force to be reckoned with in men’s Division I hockey.

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Want to be a strong, explosive skater?

 

Study the photos from Diane Ness’ column from last week’s edition of Let’s Play Hockey

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Diane Ness’ column and three photos last week (LPH, Nov. 13) are so profound, I’m taking this week off. The best thing I can do is ... well … do nothing. If you want to be a great skater, study her column: “The load, the push, the extension.”

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One of the Carlson (not Hanson) brothers

 

Former Fighting Saint and North Star Jack Carlson is now sharing life lessons as a youth hockey referee. And, no, he wasn’t in “Slap Shot.”

 

By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Guest Columnist

In the spring of 1976, the movie “Slap Shot” was filmed, in Johnstown, Pa. The now-iconic movie was based upon the minor league hockey team playing there. Written by the sister of a Johnstown Jets team member, “Slap Shot” starred legendary actor Paul Newman. The script portrayed the Johnstown Jets in the movie as the fictitious Charlestown Chiefs. The three hockey playing brothers in the movie – the Hanson Brothers – were inspired by Jeff, Jack and Steve Carlson, brothers who each played for the Johnstown Jets.

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Golden Rules for Defensemen

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