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January 3, 1992

January 3, 1992

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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Renegade sniper looks for another chance

For the first time in his professional career, Richmond Renegades’ center Trevor Jobe is playing without the security that comes with belonging to an NHL team. Jobe’s contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs expired in the off-season but it hasn’t hurt his confidence, nor his production. With 23 goals, Jobe was second to Hampton Roads’ Brian Martin, who had 24. Jobe is the league’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 120. “He has some things he has to learn,” said Renegades’ coach Dave Allison. “You don’t want to dominate here. You want to develop consistency. “Jober can be a great role model for people coming to this league. If he wants to, he has a chance to play in the NHL and that’s what this league is all about.” Turning on the red light is no longer…

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Muckler makes it clear: he’s only a stop gap

The new coach of the Buffalo Sabres is an old hand at the profession, but don’t look for John Muckler to stay behind the bench beyond the end of this season. The Sabres’ director of hockey operations replaced the fired Rick Dudley as coach immediately after the Sabres lost to St. Louis 6-3 Dec. 12. Muckler, 55, is looking to broaden his management career and insists he is strictly an interim coach. “There seems to be some confusion as to what the word interim means,” Muckler said. “I’m not going to go beyond this year. We’re going to find another coach. Whether he’s going to come from within the organization, that will be our first attempt. If we can’t fill the bill, of course we’re going to go outside.” Muckier, who was co-coach with…

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More hiccups in store for 1992

Twenty-two owners offered me a great deal on a new crystal ball-only $50 million, terms flexible-but I turned them down. Over the years I’ve learned that with a little bit of polish, Ron Caron’s head provides a clear reflection of the future. I see peace in the coming year. I see prosperity. I see Tom Kurvers with a suitcase. I don’t see what anyone has ever seen in Brian Lawton, but I certainly conjure the events of 1992 better than Shawn Cronin does his next outlet pass: Jan. 9: When the Chicago Blackhawks fall behind Toronto 2-0 early in the second period, Chicago goalie Ed Belfour pulls coach Mike Keenan from behind the bench, “I’m not faulting Keenan,” says Belfour, “I just thought the team needed something to wake it up.” Keenan…

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Bears Maine-tain No. 1 rank

The Maine Black Bears lived up to their advance billing as college hockey’s best team after the first half of the 1991-92 Hockey East season. The Black Bears-who topped several preseason polls-headed into the Christmas break with an 11-1-0 record overall, the best start in their 15-year history. The Black Bears also led Hockey East with a 5-1-0 record, two points ahead of Boston College (4-3-0) and the surprising Lowell Chiefs (4-0-0). After losing the national No. 1 ranking to Michigan in early November, the Black Bears put together an eight-game winning streak, including an impressive sweep of New Hampshire (9-0 Dec. 6 and 6-2 Dec. 7). “I’m happy with the way the players have answered the pressure,” said Maine coach Shawn Walsh. “We’ve received unexpected lifts from several people. I didn’t expect (senior…