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IN THIS ISSUE

Freedom of choice
If you could go anywhere to do what you loved, where would you go? For Tomas Plekanec, the answer is obvious.

Warp speed
Sometimes, it only takes a split second for a life to change. Just ask Marc-Andre Bergeron. In 2009-10, his NHL career took a turn almost as fast as his trademark slap shot.

The missing ingredient
In search of the secret recipe for playoff success, newly-minted GM Pierre Gauthier did a little shopping. What ended up in his cart was exactly the veteran center he was looking for.

Future Watch
Being the next hometown hope would be pressure enough for any player, let alone one drafted in the first round by the team he grew up cheering. Louis Leblanc wouldn't have it any other way.

Blast from the Past
Any time company comes to town, a gracious host should pull out al the stops to help make their visitors feel as welcome as possible. Always willing to feature their own special brand of Montreal hospitality in the early '80s, the Canadiens had their owqn unique way of making their guests feel right at home.

Ask Eddy
In the latest edition of the wildly popular feature bearing his name, Eddy Palchak explains the weirdest way of taping sticks, the myths of Guy Lafleur equipment and superstitions of coaches.

The Last Word: Clara Hughes
With the Vancouver Olympics now in the books, Canadian speed skating legend Clara Hughes is officially hanging up the skates - but that hasn't slowed the six-time Olympic medaist down one bit. We caught up with the speed demon to find out how her love of all things ice and Quebec translates to her NHL team of choice.

On the Fly
Quick hits, insider chatter, and other random facts including:

-Josh Gorges: the Dairy King
-My influences: Mathieu Darche
-My Playlist: Tom Pyatt
-Dining Out with Travis Moen
-Behind Enemy Lines: Tim Thomas on Glen Metropolit
- The pop culture Quiz

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