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October 24, 2006

October 24, 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.


Stacked Eagles ready to soar

THE VERMONT CATAMOUNTS were the new kids on the block last year after leaving the ECAC to join Hockey East. They opened a lot of eyes with a season-opening seven-game winning streak and a 13-4-1 record entering the new year. But the grind of a longer (five more games) and more difficult Hockey East schedule caught up with them at the end as they won just one of their final 11 contests (1-6-4). The Catamounts are determined to avoid that swoon this year. “We realized we didn’t have the same depth as a lot of the teams in Hockey East,” said Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, who brought in nine freshmen. “There’s strength from top to bottom. Everybody has a good goalie, four good defensemen and three scoring lines. So we addressed the depth…



One of the NHL’s more useful players who just can’t seem to stick with one team is Atlanta’s Jon Sim. The Thrashers are his seventh NHL club since 2002-03. A Stanley Cup winner with Dallas in 1999, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound left winger had two goals in his first four games with Atlanta. Toronto’s Mats Sundin played his best hockey last season after helping Sweden to Olympic gold. He has picked where he left off, playing with energy and enthusiasm this year. Sundin is shooting more often and he should; he has one of the best shots in the NHL. Who knows what will transpire over the course of 82 games, but doesn’t it strike you as a little odd that the Phoenix Coyotes’ response to the new, quicker NHL was…



ACROSS 1 The last goalie before Cam Ward to capture the Smythe Trophy, pictured 4 The ‘W’ in WHA 7 Toronto’s old arena, Maple ___ Gardens 8 Nickname of the Milwaukee team beaten by Hershey in the Calder Cup final 10 Hockey’s Kings are based in L.A., basketball’s in what California city? 12 The ___ Cup goes to Canada’s junior lacrosse champs 13 Uses one’s stick illegally 14 Games that aren’t close 18 Negate (a goal, say) 19 ‘The biscuit’ 20 First name of hockey’s No. 66 21 Fredericton’s former AHL team went by this nickname DOWN 1 The most expensive seats at 7 Across 2 Taking a quick look 3 ___ Olczyk began last season as Pittsburgh coach 4 In the old days, even defenseman took ___ ___ (there were no slappers) 5 ___ Cloutier was with Quebec and Buffalo 6 The ledges at the top of the…


Another Stastny begins his career

ROSTER SURPRISE The son of Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, Paul Stastny made Colorado’s opening night roster thanks to a great training camp. The 21-year-old center played all six pre-season games for Colorado, the most of any player. He recorded his first NHL point, an assist, in his third game, a 3-2 win over Vancouver Oct. 8. Injuries, plus the retirement of Steve Konowalchuk, aided Stastny’s rise, but he might have stuck anyhow. He has excellent skill, especially as a set-up man in the corners. While he doesn’t have his father’s foot speed, he makes up for it with positioning and vision. He has played with fellow rookie Wojtek Wolski, and the two have had early chemistry. Stastny’s first assist was on a Wolski power play goal. Stastny’s point made him the fourth…