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February 16, 1990

February 16, 1990

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.

THE NHL

KRYGIER’S RISE TO THE PROS ‘MIRACULOUS’

The University of Connecticut has one of its former students playing in the National Basketball Association. The school also has one of its former students playing in the NHL. But that’s where the similarities between the Huskies’ basketball and hockey programs ends. The basketball program, which produced Portland Trail Blazers’ rookie center Cliff Robinson, is a multi-million dollar. Big East machine. The hockey team, which produced Hartford Whalers’ rookie left winger Todd Krygier, is a glorified Division III pick-up squad. Cut by the Rochester Institute of Technology, turned down by major college hockey programs and finally ending up at an outdoor rink at Storrs, Conn., Krygier’s rise to the Whalers’ No. 1 line with Ron Francis is practically a miracle. He has had to overcome asthma, to boot. ’’Todd is an amazing story,” Whalers’…

IN THIS ISSUE

EX-BRUIN REARGUARD NOT YOUR AVERAGE SMITH

During his 13 years in professional hockey, Rick Smith’s life centered on the fast-paced life of cities and their noisy arenas. Today, Smith has traded city life for a quiet rural setting, and has given up rowdy stadiums to spend time with his energetic children. And the ice which interests him most these days is that near his house on Buck Lake, in eastern Ontario. “Life is really centered on the lake here,” says Smith. “I spend most of my (spare) time on or near the lake with my beautiful daughter Samantha, who’s seven, and my son Dustin, who’s nine.” After leaving hockey in 1981, Smith got his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. He now teaches computer courses at the school, and says the laid-back lifestyle is…

COLUMNS

CARPENTER’S GOT TOOLS TO MAKE A WINNER

You can cut Doug Carpenter’s intensity—if you’re lucky—with a laser beam. His stare has been known to bore a hole through a referee’s conscience and his handshake could crunch a bunch of walnuts. As for his coaching, well, he has restored what once was a Toronto Maple Leaf theme of another era—Guts, Goals and Glamor. More than that, he has taken a club that was going nowhere last fall and re-shaped them into a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Just how he did it is a mystery. Or is it? “First I had to deal with the attitude of the players,” he says, thrusting his jaw out like an ice-breaker. “Then, there was a matter of instilling a work ethic. Finally, I had to instill a team concept. When a club hasn’t been…

DEPARTMENTS

RECLUSIVE MOGILNY A SILENT SOVIET

Sabres’ rookie Alexander Mogilny remains the most interview-elusive of all the Soviet players in the NHL. “By his own choice, Mogilny is not doing any interviews,” says a club spokesman. However, Mogilny’s agent, Don Meehan, has another view of his defector-client and the media. “The club has sheltered Alexander by de- sign,” says Meehan, “because of (U. S.) immigration matters. This is Sabres’ policy and Alex is comfort- able with it.” Like compatriot Viacheslav Fetisov, Mogilny has slowly learned English but, unlike the Devils’ defenseman who freely grants interviews with or without interpreter Dmitri Lopuchin, Mogilny shuns both help and question-answer sessions. “He doesn’t want an interpreter,” adds Steve Rossi of the Sabres’ publicity bureau. “Alexander under- stands questions but he’s afraid he’ll say something wrong and embarrass himself.” NHL’S HAPPY The…