Since this is the Superstar Issue and all, if there were ever an appropriate time to employ the oldest and most hackneyed trick in the Guide to Mediocre Sportswriting, this is it. So please, behold it in all its greatness. “Webster’s defines superstar as: ‘1. A star (as in sports or the movies) who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal and can usually command a high salary, or, 2. One that is very prominent or a prime attraction.’ ”
In the hockey world, we tend to throw around the term “superstar” very liberally without actually having defining criteria for the position. Of course, the last four men who have been in charge of “discipline” and “player safety” in the NHL combined for a total of 6,193 career penalty minutes, so you can see we’re not so big on “criteria” i...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.