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December 6, 1991

December 6, 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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Ulfie’s story one of love and hate

Ulf Samuelsson could change his name to Kennedy and still be the most hated man in Massachusetts. Look at Boston’s lineup, see the gaping void where No. 8 usually can be found, and it’s easy to see why. Samuelsson has singlehandedly shattered the stereotype of the timid Swede, probably with a well-placed elbow when no one was looking. When he became a father for the first time during the off-season, someone wondered if his newborn son would spend his first few days of life blindsiding other infants in the nursery. The Pittsburgh defenseman is admired by many, loathed by more. Some think of him a rugged, unyielding defenseman in the mold of Leo Boivin and Terry Harper. Others will tell you he is a malicious, wicked player who gets courage from his…

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Mais oui, Manon! A hockey first

There’s not too much unusual about the way Manon Rheaume plays hockey. She positions herself in the crease, she braces herself for a shot, she pounces on rebounds. But the 19-year-old goaltender is a pioneer in the Canadian Hockey League. She is the first female to suit up for a major junior hockey team. Rheaume was the Trois Rivieres Draveurs’ back-up goalie Nov. 19 when they met the St-Hyacinthe Laser in a Quebec League game. The native of Quebec City didn’t see any action but she was on the team—and the Draveurs insist it wasn’t a publicity stunt. “She deserves to be here,” Draveurs’ coach Gaston Drapeau said. “She had a good training camp and we treat her Iike everybody else. I said she was the No. 3 goalie in our system.” Rheaume played briefly…

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LISTS

Oilers’ well running dry With the trouble Edmonton has had scoring this season, the Oilers could use some of the players they’ve dealt away in recent years. Here’s a look at some of them, the players for whom they were traded and their point totals as of Nov. 24. Vladimir Ruzicka (21) for Greg Hawgood (0). Mark Messier (29) for Bernie Nicholls (0), Steven Rice (0) and Louie DeBrusk (1). Paul Coffey (26) for Craig Simpson (13) and Chris Joseph (0). The former Oilers had 76 points in 65 games; the current Oilers had 14 in 39 games. Teens left out in Calder race Winning the Calder Trophy is no longer a young man’s pursuit. Breaking down the past 10 winners in five-year segments shows the aging trend. 1982-86: Dale Hawerchuk, 18; Steve Larmer, 21; Tom Barrasso, 18; Mario…

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Flames should be liable for Macoun hit

Buffalo Sabres’ coach Rick Dudley was wrong when he said Calgary Flame defenseman Jamie Macoun’s hit on Pat LaFontaine was a “cheap shot”. It might have been stupid. Bill-conceived and irresponsible but it wasn’t anything outside of what passes for “unfortunate” in the NHL. In case you missed it, it was the blade of Macoun’s stick, making contact with the tip of LaFontaine’s jaw Nov. 16, that caused this fuss. Shockingly, the NHL decided a hearing wasn’t warranted and no punishment was expected. The video shows LaFontaine, with a clear scoring opportunity, sweeping down on the Flames’ net with Macoun, a good two steps behind, giving chase. It then shows Macoun, with both hands on his stick, reaching in for what appears to be a heavy hook or slash. It’s standard practice in the…