This week's cover: February 19, 2015

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Character check


By Dan Bauer

There is a popular saying, “Character is what you do when nobody is looking.” I think character in athletics is what you do when everybody is looking. The sports arena is linked with a captive, sometimes emotional and always biased audience. There is virtually no place to hide when you step onto the field of battle. Your ability, your emotions and every gesture of your body language is under the microscope. The pressure to perform and win is a constant companion and your character is always on display.

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Goaltending troubleshooting at a glance


By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist


I ran this article in 2002-03, and it’s time for a “new generation” of goaltender coaches to see it. Goaltending is probably the most difficult position in hockey – and the most competitive. It truly takes exceptional talent, dedication, mental control and now size to progress as a goaltender.

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Chasing the dream game


By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

As I watched the movie “Red Army” twice this weekend, I was reminded of the Soviet “dream games,” featuring deceptive passing, puck control, weaving, regrouping and non-stop highlight plays.

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“A big, strong, amazing athlete”

Five-time state tournament participant Anders Lee is now among the best young players in the NHL


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Guest Columnist

About the time this issue of Let’s Play Hockey goes to print, the first week of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) boys’ section playoffs will be winding down, and the girls’ state tournament will be nearing its championship games. Many outstanding hockey players have grown up in Minnesota who never played in the state tournament. There are others who cherish their one experience to have played in the state high school tournament in St. Paul. A very few have been fortunate to play high school hockey in St. Paul in March more than once.

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