The Hockey News

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The Hockey News
THN Logo.svg
Editor Jason Kay
Former editors Bob McKenzie
Steve Dryden
Staff writers Ken Campbell
Ryan Kennedy
Matt Larkin
Categories Sports
Frequency 18/year
Total circulation
(December 2012)
First issue 1947
Company TVA Group
Country Canada
Based in Toronto, Ontario
Language English
ISSN 0018-3016

The Hockey News, commonly abbreviated to THN, is a Canadian ice hockey magazine published by TVA Group. The Hockey News was founded in 1947 by Ken McKenzie and Will Côté, and has since been the most recognized hockey publication in North America. The magazine has a readership of 225,000 people per issue, while the magazine's website counts two million total readers.[2]


The Hockey News (ISSN 0018-3016) publishes 18 subscriber issues per year, including four specialty magazines – Future Watch (March), Draft Preview (May), Yearbook (August) and the Collector’s Edition (October). It also publishes an annually Poolbook, which is newsstand-only. It is the top-selling hockey magazine in North America[2] and is available through subscription in North America and digitally to the rest of the world. THN is also available at many newsstands in North America. The magazine principally covers the National Hockey League (NHL), relying on local beat writers to cover each team. Smaller sections in the regular issues cover minor league, junior, college, and international hockey.

All-time NHL player rankings[edit]

In 1997, The Hockey News commemorated their 50th anniversary with a list of the 50 top NHL players of all-time. The rankings, which heralded Wayne Gretzky as the best player in the history of the NHL, were determined by a panel of judges that included past and present NHL general managers, coaches and players, as well some of the most eminent members of hockey media. The following year, THN expanded the list and published it as a book: The Top 100 NHL players of All-Time. Their list again featured Gretzky as the top player. The top 10 players, in order, were: Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard, Doug Harvey, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, Terry Sawchuk and Eddie Shore.[3]

Ten years later, in 2007, THN came out with a list of revised list in The Top 60 since 1967, which limited the rankings to players solely of the NHL's post-expansion era. In addition to accounting for the 10 years that had passed since previous rankings, editor-in-chief Jason Kay explained that the list was revised to exclude the pre-expansion era because most analysts are not able to put the early NHL into sufficient context, adding that the original Top 50 publication "relied heavily on historical and statistical information to bring players of bygone eras into perspective."[4]

In 2008, the THN staff participated in the selection of the IIHF Centennial All-Star Team.

In 2010, THN released a revised list of the top 100 players of all-time, except this time it was top 20 players per position.


Editor in Chief - Jason Kay; Senior Editor - Brian Costello; Senior Writer - Ken Campbell; Associate Senior Writer - Ryan Kennedy; Managing Editor - Edward Fraser; Associate Editors - Ronnie Shuker, Matt Larkin; Designer - Shea Berencsi.

People who have held the Editor in Chief position in the past include TSN broadcaster Bob McKenzie (no relation to the founder) and TSN producer Steve Dryden.


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "About Us". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  3. ^ Ulmer, Michael; Dryden, Steve (1999). The Top 100 NHL players of All-Time. The Hockey News (McClelland and Stewart). ISBN 978-0-7710-4175-4. 
  4. ^ Kay, Jason; Ken Campbell; Adam Proteau (2007). The Hockey News - The Top 60 since 1967. Montreal: Transcontinental Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-9738355-4-0. 

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