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February 21, 1992

February 21, 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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Howe has earned place in the Hall

Impertinent thoughts on pertinent subjects: □ Czechoslovak Jaromir Jagr raises a serious question of blatant prejudice when he charges referee Ron Hoggarth calls infractions against him differently because he’s European. Jagr isn’t alone in his feelings about officiating hostility toward foreigners. Ask Slava Fetisov. □ Granted this is a minority view, but Mark Howe is a future Hall of Famer in my book. □ One of the least-touted onesided exchanges in NHL arbitration history was Randy McKay and Dave Barr to New Jersey as compensation for Detroit’s signing of Troy Crowder. McKay alone fights more vigorously and scores more than Crowder whose big-league future is dubious, at best. □ Can there be any argument Pat Quinn is both coach and executive of the year? □ Mark this on your calendar for next December: by Christmas,…

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An early line on CHL awards

Eric Lindros is on assignment, Yanic Peneault is CHL history and Pat Falloon is in San Jose. So who are the stars in the Canadian Hockey League this season? Here are some of the leading candidates for the CHL’s MVP, top defenseman, goaltender and rookie awards. MVP: Jean-Francois Labbe, G, Trois Rivieres. Labbe leads the QMJHL in wins (20-112), goals-against average (3.23) and has the Draveurs in first place. Also: Fred Brathwaite, G, London. Bill Lindsay, RW, Tri-City. Defenseman: Scott Niedermeyer. Kamloops. The class of rearguards since returning from New Jersey. He was an all-star at the World Championships. Also: Scott Boston, Belleville. Francois Groleau, Shawinigan. Rookie: Alexandre Daigle, C, Victoriaville. He’s among the QMJHL’s top scorers (42 games, 22-52-74) and factors in more than half the Tigres’ goals. Also: Chris Pronger, D,…

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Student clashes for the ages

Here’s a look at college hockey’s top rivalries: Michigan vs. Michigan State: The 70-year-old rivalry is even better this season. Both teams are nationally ranked and have a legitimate shot at an NCAA title. Series record: Michigan, 98-89-6. Boston College vs. Boston U: U.S. Olympic team plucked BC bare, but they still hold the upper hand this season (1-0-1). One of college hockey’s oldest rivalries dates back to 1917. Series record: BU, 82-78-10. Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: This conflict has roots in the mutual dislike between former Badger coach Bob Johnson and former Minnesota coach Herb Brooks. Rivals first met in 1964. Series record: Minnesota, 96-58-11. St. Lawrence vs. Clarkson: Located 10 miles apart in Canton and Potsdam, N.Y.. the Saints and Golden Knights battle twice annually. The ECAC neighbors first met in 1925. Series…

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Defense springs a leak

Patrick Roy called it his worst game of the season. And there are few who would argue with the Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender. Roy was beaten on a 70-footer by Toronto defenseman Ric Nattress-whom nobody mistakes for Brett Hull-as the Canadiens dropped their third straight game, 6-4 Feb. 8 against the Maple Leafs. The Nattress goal pretty much summed up what has happened to the league’s best defensive team. Their once air-tight defense has sprung some huge leaks. The Canadiens were outscored 42-35 in an 11-game stretch through Feb. 8. They went 3-8-0 during that span. Captain Guy Carbonneau suggested the team had stopped putting defense first and instead was waiting for the opposition to make a mistake. Montreal coach Pat Bums concurred. “Our defense is lamentable and it’s worrying me a lot,” said Bums,…