Bigger decisions besides bodychecking facing Hockey Canada, the NHL awards, analysis of the Senators elimination, studying NHL forwards drafted in the top five since 2004, and more.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier applauds Hockey Canada’s commitment to player safety by banning bodychecking for players under 13, but notes the decline in participation in youth hockey in Canada is a bigger concern.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron also notes the declined of participation in youth hockey in Canada, and why that may be behind the ban on bodychecking for under-13s

SB NATION: Steve Lepore reports the 2013 NHL Awards will be held over two night during the Stanley Cup Final.  No glitzy award ceremony in Las Vegas this year.

Will the Avalanche choose Seth Jones (l) or Nathan MacKinnon?

Will the Avalanche choose Seth Jones (l) or Nathan MacKinnon?

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz analyzes the Ottawa Senators season, notes the choices facing the Colorado Avalanche with this year’s first overall pick, and profiles Adam Berkhoel in Absurd Goalie Monday.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: A study of NHL forwards drafted in the top five since 2004.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: A summer survival guide for New York Rangers fans.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Michael Amato wonders if Pekka Rinne can bounce back from hip surgery.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Will Scott Hartnell bounce back next season?

DOWN GOES BROWN: On this date 20 years ago, the most infamous moment in Toronto Maple Leafs history occurred: Kerry Fraser’s non-call on Wayne Gretzky for high-sticking Doug Gilmour in overtime of Game Six of the 1993 Campbell Conference Final.

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