The Hockey News - - Your Say - – MAL­COLM CAMP­BELL

Af­ter search­ing for six years, James Be­nesh had nearly given up hope. The 35-year-old from Regina, Sask., was look­ing for a com­plete col­lec­tion of The Hockey News, from the first is­sue on Oct. 1, 1947 to 1995, when he be­came a sub­scriber at 14. An an­swer fi­nally ap­peared: a man who’d sub­scribed since Is­sue 1 had ev­ery edi­tion up un­til 1998 and was will­ing to sell. Amaz­ingly, he lived steps away. “For years I thought, ‘I’m go­ing to have to go to the U.S. or find some per­son across the coun­try,’ Be­nesh said. “But no, I could walk to his house he was so close.”

Be­nesh’s drive to com­plete his col­lec­tion wasn’t with­out pur­pose. He is a So­ci­ety for In­ter­na­tional Hockey Re­search mem­ber, as well as a con­trib­u­tor to and their All-Time Draft. “It’s kind of like a com­pet­i­tive re­search project, where you want to build the best all-time team,” he said. “You want to have ac­cess to as much re­search ma­te­rial as pos­si­ble to get an edge on your com­peti­tors.”

With more than 2,500 is­sues at his fin­ger­tips, he now has a leg up.

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