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5134Happy New Year!!!

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  • D. Atkinson
    Jan 1, 2014
      Now that the Winter Classic is over (loved the snow...just needed a few ice fishing holes in the neutral zone to make it REALLY authentic), I'd like to wish everyone remaining in the APBA hockey community a happy new year and best wishes for a great 2014.

      With that said, we have a pending issue for future disks that I can use the community's (you all) help with.
      For those of you that don't know, we rely very heavily on The Hockey News for position information. I used to have multiple reliable sources for that info, but over the years, they have dwindled away. The key really is the defenseman info, as many sites carry fairly accurate forward position information, but the only place I know that keeps track of LD/RD splits is The Hockey News.
      The issue is that The Hockey News seems to have decided they'd rather use the space dedicated to position info for more "stories", and have eliminated it in recent issues. Peter Dallara has been collating the information from The Hockey News for the disk project, and he recently emailed them to find out why they stopped providing the info in each edition. Here is the response:

      From: Fraser, Edward [mailto:efraser@...]
      Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2013 8:42 AM
      To: Peter Dallara
      Subject: Re: THN.com - Contact Us Form Submission

       Hi Peter. Thanks very for taking the time to provide feedback. Based on the changing ways people are gathering information like the depth charts, we're experimenting with eliminating them in favor of longer stories in that space. Depending on what we hear from our readers such as yourself, we will either stay the course, go back to running depth charts in the majority of issues or run them sporadically. Regardless of the outcome, I sincerely hope you would find the other features in the magazine interesting enough to continue your subscription.

       Take care and please let me know if you have any further questions or comments.


      Edward Fraser

      Managing Editor, The Hockey News 

      So, it appears that we have an issue for next year's disk (and beyond). I think we can fix this, based on the email, by having people on the disk email The Hockey News and tell the that you would like them to continue the position information in each issue. Unless we can find a reliable source for defenseman position information (I have looked for years), I'm not sure how we are going to get that part correct on the disk going forward.
      Please do help if you can.

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