Do you remember the old days when we had several hockey magazines to flip through at the local drug store or convenience shop?
There was titles like Hockey Illustrated and Goal. I always liked Canadian Hockey Magazine. Of course, The Hockey News has always been around.
And then there was Hockey Digest. I always liked Hockey Digest, especially their "Who's Better?" segments, often written with the controversial pen of Stan Fischler. I rarely agreed with "The Maven," (I still rarely do) but I sure enjoyed reading the magazine.
Hockey Digest lasted longer than all of the other magazines, with the exception of The Hockey News of course. I assume Hockey Digest is no longer in print because I haven't seen it on shelves anywhere in BC for at least 3 years now. The specialty magazine marketplace is awfully tough nowadays, losing much of it's readership to online sources.
Fortunately, some of Hockey Digest's archives are available online, and much of it for free.
FindArticles.com is a good research tool. Much like Sports Illustrated's SI Vault, articles are archived and indexed in searchable and text form, making it wonderful for researchers to work with.
In no time at all I found articles ranging from praising a young and yet undrafted Alexander Ovechkin to Reed Larson being named to the 1978 All Star Game to Don Beaupre's heroics in the 1981 playoffs to a tribute to Herb Brooks.
You can even read my only article ever published in Hockey Digest: Secrets of the Summit Series.
It's funny how back in the day I did not give Hockey Digest enough attention. I sure miss it now.