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January 17, 1992

January 17, 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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CHEERS & JEERS

CIS WJC team. Gold-medal winning team’s name may have changed mid-tournament, but its resolve didn’t. Milestones. Brad Marsh, Bobby Smith, 1,000 games; Mike Gartner, 1,000 points; Bryan Murray, 400 wins. Canadian juniors. Perfection can’t be expected every year, but sixth-place finish is national embarrassment. HLPA turmoil. We’re not laying blame. It’s just sad when federal investigations dominate hockey headlines.…

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Injury-riddled Guerard aiming to reclaim domain

Occasionally, you come across an athlete whose perseverance you have to admire. Stephane Guerard, a player most hockey fans outside Quebec won’t recognize, is in that category. Six operations on a wonky right knee has limited Guerard to just 72 games since turning pro in 1987. But at 23, he’s convinced there’s light at the end of the tunnel. “I’m not worried,” he said. “I’ve got my place in the NHL. If there’s no room for me when I come back, I guess I’ll have to make the room like I did when I came out of junior in 1987. People tend to forget I made the team back then.” Doctors recently pinpointed Guerard’s problem. Operated on for the fifth time before Christmas of 1990, he was worse off than before. The pain…

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Penguins show the way in All-Star Game voting

The NHL All-Star Game is in Philadelphia this year but it was another Pennsylvania city that was on the minds of fans who voted for the game’s starting lineup. Four members of the Pittsburgh Penguins-center Mario Lemieux, wingers Jaromir Jagr and Kevin Stevens and defenseman Paul Coffey were named as starters for the Wales Conference Jan. 2. Boston Bruin defenseman Ray Bourque and Montreal Canadien goaltender Patrick Roy round out the Wales team. St. Louis Blue right winger Brett Hull, who led all players with 339,706 votes, heads the Campbell Conference lineup. He is joined by Los Angeles King center Wayne Gretzky. King left winger Luc Robitaille, Calgary Flame defenseman Al Maclnnis, Chicago Blackhawk defenseman Chris Chelios and Blackhawk goaltender Ed Belfour. The All-Star Game is Jan. 18 at the Spectrum. The Wales team will…

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Farwell trades for offense

Wes Walz had trouble finding the light switch in Boston, but the Flyers believe he can turn it on in Philadelphia. That was main idea behind a Jan. 2 trade that sent defenseman Gord Murphy, minor-league right winger Brian Dobbin and a third-round draft pick in 1992 to Boston for defenseman Garry Galley, Walz and a conditional draft pick. The Flyers were willing to gamble on Walz, a scoring sensation in his junior days at Lethbridge of the Western League, because they have few gifted offensive players in their organization. Flyers’ general manager Russ Farwell gave up a solid rearguard in Murphy, 24, because he thinks the 21-year-old Walz can eventually become a 30-goal scorer. In his last season (1989-90) at Lethbridge, Walz had 54 goals and 140 points. “He was a man among…