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March 22, 1991

March 22, 1991

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Goaltender Tim Cheveldae of the Detroit Red Wings, who recorded three straight wins, a 1.33 goals-against-average and a shutout, was named the NHL Pro Set Player of the Week for the period ending March 10. Cheveldae edged St. Louis Blues’ right winger Brett Hull, Los Angeles Kings’ center Wayne Gretzky and Calgary Flames’ right winger Theoren Fleury, to capture the award. Throughout the 1990-91 NHL season, Pro Set, Inc. will donate $500 to the youth hockey organization designated by the Player of the Week. Pro Set will also contribute $1,000 on behalf of the Player of the Month and $7,500 for the Player of the Year Award. As a first-year sponsor of these NHL awards, Pro Set is contributing over $26,000 to youth hockey organizations across North America. Cheveldae, a 23-year-old native of…



Robert Dirk looks menacing. His name even sounds menacing. The dictionary defines dirk as a long, straight-bladed dagger. You don’t expect a guy named after a lethal weapon to play a finesse game. And there is little that is subtle about the 24-year-old defender from Kelowna, B.C., acquired by the Vancouver Canucks at the NHL trade deadline March 5 in a six-player trade with the St. Louis Blues. The deal brought Dirk, center Cliff Ronning and left wingers Geoff Courtnall and Sergio Momesso to Vancouver in exchange for defenseman Garth Butcher and center Dan Quinn. Dirk is a tough kid who is being asked to replace one of the NHL’s more aptly named defenders—Butcher. Butcher, 28, was the key among the players exchanged, while Quinn was a throw-in. St. Louis general manager Ron Caron said…



RED WINGS A Los Angeles physician recommended surgery to remove bone spurs on Gerard Gallant’s problematic lower back. Gallant, Detroit’s most consistent winger—he has averaged 36 goals and 238 penalty minutes the previous four seasons—was seeking a second opinion. Surgery or not, he likely will miss the rest of the season…The additions of center/right winger Kevin Miller, defenseman Dennis Vial and goaltender Allan Bester in eleventh-hour trades enabled the Red Wings to establish club records for the number of players (44) and goaltenders (six) used in a season. Vial impressed the Wings in his first two performances. After his first game—a 6-2 loss to Minnesota March 9—Wings’ coach and GM Bryan Murray said Vial was, “as steady a guy as we had.” In his second game, a 4-1 win over St.…



Neil Smith was the big winner in the Madison Square Garden house cleaning that cost New York Knicks’ GM Al Bianchi and president Jack Diller their jobs. But Diller—the man who hired Smith—will now concentrate entirely on being Rangers’ president. And that will help Smith concentrate on his own job. It will also give Smith more power in the executive decision-making process, because Diller has given the Rangers’ GM the power to do whatever he wants…Brian Leetch’s agent. Jay Grossman, and Mike Richter’s agent Don Meehan will play hardball with Smith and Diller over new contracts for their clients in the off-season. Both players have established themselves as two of the team’s best. In just over three months, Richter will become a free agent. He should garner significant attention from…