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September 5, 2006

September 5, 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.

DEPARTMENTS

Capitals putting faith in Fleischmann

EYE ON CAMP The Capitals are too heavy on one side and too light on the other. Therein lies the biggest training camp battleground. Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Matt Pettinger and Donald Brashear are on the left. The right side features some physical players, but no proven 25-goal scorers. Among the candidates at right wing is Tomas Fleischmann, up from Hershey (AHL), but he’s a lefty and the team hopes he, or somebody, can make the transition. Additions to the left will also move Ben Clymer, but that may help in the end. Clymer has played defense in the past and that is where the Caps still need a lot of help. However, based on past performances it doesn’t matter which side certain players are assigned to. Ovechkin and Semin are both noted…

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Be a Bruin hits TV in fall

Due to air on NESN this fall, Be A Bruin – the first U.S. hockey entry in the sports/reality genre – offers the promise of an invite to the 2006 Boston training camp to the three top performers. Over 200 hopefuls turned up at last spring, paid the $100 fee and took part in evaluation sessions. “We put them through three skating drills, two puckhandling and passing and three shooting drills,” said Hall of Famer and ex-Bruin defenseman Brad Park, who came up with the series concept. “Based on their times and accuracy in the shooting drills, we listed them from top to bottom.” The top 36 candidates were invited to take part in a six-day camp beginning July 8 at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass. Cameras rolled all day long,…

DEPARTMENTS

Cuthbert makes call to join junior ranks

Chris Cuthbert has returned to his roots. The former Hockey Night In Canada and current TSN broadcaster is part of the Guelph Storm’s new ownership group. Cuthbert, a Brampton native and an original season-ticket holder of the expansion Battalion in 1998, cut his teeth on major junior in the Kingston Canadiens’ radio booth in 1980 as a Queen’s University student. “When I graduated, I went out to Yorkton, Sask., for radio for the Tier 2 (Jr. A) team,” he said. “That franchise was worth $25,000 and I said someday I’d like to have a team like that. But that was my last brush with junior.” Cuthbert spent more than 20 years on HNIC beginning in 1984 and didn’t give ownership much thought until his agent, Mississauga lawyer Elliott Kerr, formed a group to buy…

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Ice Bears ink coach: Bermingham stays

After entertaining offers to coach in higher leagues over the summer, Jim Bermingham signed a three-year contract to remain with the defending champion Knoxville Ice Bears. “He is the face of the Ice Bears’ organization,” said GM Mike Murray. The deal, which also gives Bermingham a stake in the team’s ownership, rolls over annually at the coach’s option. Several teams inquired about Bermingham, including the CHL’s Amarillo Gorillas. “You have to see what’s out there and that’s what I did,” said the 34-year-old Montreal native. “I didn’t go looking for them, they came looking for me.” Bermingham, drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1991, played for Knoxville in 2002-03 and has a 96-70-6 record in three years as coach.…