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May 8, 1992

May 8, 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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THE WEEK IN HOCKEY: APRIL 20-26

A weekly compendium of significant events and developments. April 22: St. Louis Blues take 2-1 series lead as right winger Brett Hull scores in double overtime in 5-4 win over Chicago Blackhawks. April 23: Tampa Bay Lightning name Terry Crisp head coach. Pittsburgh Penguins’ center Mario Lemieux records three goals and three assists in 6-4 win over Washington Capitals. Washington leads series 2-1. April 25: Washington right winger Dino Ciccarelli scores four goals in 7-2 win over Pittsburgh. Washington leads series 3-1. April 26: Canada defeats United States 8-0 to win Women’s World Championships in Tampere, Finland. It is Canada’s second straight title. Lac St-Louis Lions defeat Thunder Bay Kings 6-1 to capture Air Canada Cup national midget championship.…

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Russell finds comfort in Chicago after dealing with loss of wife

When Cam Russell got the call from the Chicago Blackhawks that he was being recalled from Indianapolis for the playoffs, the 23-year-old defenseman wasn’t sure he wanted to report. The Hawks understood. Only weeks earlier, on March 24, Russell’s 25-year-old wife, Karen, committed suicide in Fort Wayne, Ind. “At first, I wasn’t sure 1 wanted to come because it might bring the other guys down if I was depressed,” Russell said. “I know it had a big effect on the guys at Indianapolis. They were on a roll late in the season, then after it happened they lost eight of nine and missed the playoffs.” Grief-stricken and confused, Russell finally reported to Chicago April 16 after a talk with his father. “My dad said, ‘Pick up the phone and tell Darryl (Sutter) you’re ready…

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Bertrand secret to Cents’ success

Ron Bertrand doesn’t want to silence his critics. Just the opposite. He wants them to keep talking about his goaltending for the North Bay Centennials. In previous seasons, Bertrand has been faulted for the Centennials’ lack of success in the Ontario League playoffs. Now he’s a major reason North Bay made it to this year’s final against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. “I can’t really let it bother me. All I can do is go out and prove everybody wrong,” Bertrand said. He led all OHL goalies with a 12-2 playoff record and 2.43 goals-against average heading into the championship round. Bertrand, 20. was outstanding in the Leyden Division final against the Peterborough Petes as the Centennials won in five games. The one loss to the Petes snapped a seven-game winning streak by Bertrand…

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Whalers have worn out Hartford welcome

First off, let’s get one thing straight. Although I think it would be best for the NHL if the Whalers left Hartford, this is not meant to be an exercise in bashing the city of Hartford. The place has been through enough, what with the recession hitting there as hard as anywhere. When the local economy is in the dumpster like it is in Connecticut, the last item on your list of priorities is the fortunes of the local hockey team. So, this is not a free-for-all aimed at the people of Hartford, whom critics contend embarrassed the Whalers and the NHL when 5,602 showed up at the Civic Center for a first-round playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens. Heck, the Canadiens could have probably scheduled a prime-time practice at the Montreal Forum…