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May 2, 2006

May 2, 2006

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Benchmark was set by 2002 final run

RECENT PLAYOFF HISTORY The Hurricanes’ surprising run to the 2002 final still lingers in Raleigh, where it remains the standard against which all Carolina teams have been measured until now. That team was built around defense and the power play potency of Ron Francis and Jeff O’Neill, quite different from this year’s edition. Four years later, only nine players remain – Rod Brind’Amour, Glen Wesley, Erik Cole, Bret Hedican, Aaron Ward, Kevyn Adams, Craig Adams, Niclas Wallin and Josef Vasicek. POST-SEASON SLEEPER After missing 59 games with torn ligaments in his left knee, Vasicek returned to action with the first four-point night of his career in early April. Strong on the puck, rangy and skilled, the left winger can be unstoppable at times. Despite his lost season, the Canes need Vasicek…

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CROSSWORD

Answers in next issue & online @thehockeynews.com ACROSS 1 Netminder ___ Niittymaki 4 Rick Di___ tends goal for the Isles 9 Cause trouble 10 Far from smart 11 There’s ECHL hockey in San ___ 12 There’s been NHL hockey in Los ___ since 1967 13 Bob ___ calls hockey for CBC 15 ___ Templeton was a long-time junior coach 18 Elmer Lach was the first winner of this trophy (in 1948) 21 Brandon is home of the ___ Kings 23 Glen Sather is a ___ (he was born Sept. 2) 24 Kind of shot 25 Made amends 26 Free ___ are unsigned players DOWN 1 Jacques Demers won back-to-back Jack Adams ___ 2 Slang for goals, '___ ticklers' 3 There’s United League hockey in this Virginia city 5 Sending the puck the length of the rink 6 One who follows the main action of a play 7 Home of the Central League’s…

IN THIS ISSUE

Captain continues charitable actions

Memphis didn’t make the playoffs, but captain Don Parsons accomplished another goal, raising $22,994 for local charities. It is the fourth straight year Parsons’ Pledge, a goals-for-charity program, raised more than $20,000 for organizations like the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Parsons started the program in honor of his father, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and his daughter, who was born severely deaf…Three Laredo Bucks won CHL awards: Terry Ruskowski was named coach of the year; Serge Dube most outstanding defenseman; and owner Glenn Hart received the Rick Kozuback Award for “dedication and commitment to hockey.”…

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Flyers’ kids take flight

Philadelphia’s R.J. Umberger scored his 20th goal in the final game of the season, joining fellow rookie Jeff Carter (23) in the club. It’s the first time two first-year Flyers have hit 20 goals in the same year and the first in the NHL since Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley in 2000-01. NORTHEAST DIVISION BOSTON Restricted free agent goalie Andrew Raycroft – with Tim Thomas and Hannu Toivonen ahead of him on the depth chart and signed for next season – on his status in Boston: “Overall, I guess I don’t really expect to be back.”…Forwards Brad Boyes and Travis Green were the only Bruins to play all 82 games. Boston lost 403 man-games to injury …The B’s went 0-10-1 on the road after the Olympics. BUFFALO The Sabres entered the final…