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November 1, 1991

November 1, 1991

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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CHEERS & JEERS

Paul Coffey: The Penguins’ majestic defenseman set the record for most points by a defenseman (1,053). Derek King: Isles’ winger broke Mike Bossy’s team mark for the fastest three goals in a game (78 seconds). Alex Mogilny: His be havior—firing Don Meehan, alienating teammates—is not what the Sabres need. The Oilers: Is anybody happy playing (or not playing) for the five-time Stanley Cup champions?…

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Rookie Roussel nets rave reviews in debut

When your goaltending is shaky and your next two opponents are French Canadian teams, it would only make sense to go with a kid named Roussel. That logic didn’t dawn on the Philadelphia Flyers until they fell behind the Quebec Nordiques 3-0 early Oct. 17 at the Spectrum. With just 2:54 gone in the second period, coach Paul Holmgren pulled goaltender Ken Wregget and inserted Dominic Roussel, a rookie seeing his first NHL action. The Hull, Que., native stopped all 12 shots he faced and the Flyers rallied for five unanswered goals and a 5-3 win. Two nights later, the 21-year-old made his first NHL start against the Montreal Canadiens and was equally brilliant. To the chants of “Roo! Rool”, Roussel held the Canadiens to a solitary goal—coming off the skate of Brent Gilchrist which…

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Two-organ transplant after player’s collapse

University of North Dakota player Jace Reed remains in serious but stable condition after receiving a kidney and liver transplant Oct. 7. Reed, a junior left winger-defenseman from Grand Rapids, Minn., collapsed from severe dehydration during a 10-kilometer training run Sept. 15. “He has made very strong progress in the past week,” Fighting Sioux coach Gino Gasparini said Oct. 20. “His body is accepting the organs and he has been removed from intensive care.” Reed collapsed about midway through the run. His body temperature was 106 degrees when he was rushed into the emergency room at The United Hospital in Grand Forks. Blood was not flowing freely internally and there was damage to at least five major organs. When complications arose, he was taken by air ambulance to Rochester, Minn., where he underwent surgery…

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Sputtering Spitfires fire Smith

The Max Factor is again a factor in Windsor and Motor City Smitty had no choice but to motor out of town. The power struggle in Windsor finally ended Oct. 15 when Spitfire owners fired third-year coach Brad Smith and installed general manager Wayne Maxner as interim coach. Assistant Aach Dave Prpich was also let go by the Ontario League club. Maxner rejoined the Spitfires last season after being fired after four years as coach-GM of the London Knights. It wasn’t a well-kept secret that he and Smith weren’t co-existing. Smith got assurance from the owners last season that only they had the power to fire him. They exercised that power when the Spitfires got off to 2-6-2 start this season. “(Reports of the personality conflict) have been definitely overblown,” Maxner said. “I worked…