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
Adam Proteau
Ryan Kennedy
Categories Sports
Frequency Weekly
Total circulation
(December 2012)
First issue 1947
Company Transcontinental Media
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 Transcontinental. 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]


THN publishes 34 regular issues and seven special magazines per year - the Season Opener, People of Power and Influence, Future Watch, Draft Preview, Season in Review, the Best of Everything in Hockey, and the Yearbook, listed as the top-selling hockey annual in North America.[2] It is available through subscription in North America and Europe 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 ten 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 ten 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; Writer/Columnist - Adam Proteau; Managing Editor - Edward Fraser; Copy Editors - Ronnie Shuker, Matt Larkin; Senior Associate Art Director - Erika Vanderveer; Web Editor - Rory Boylen; Video Producer - Ted Cooper.

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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