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October 16, 1992

October 16, 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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Keep the hats on; don’t lose your heads

Chicago Blackhawks’ general manager Mike Keenan has made it club policy to “strongly suggest” all of his players wear helmets, but he can’t make it a club rule. “I don’t see why a player would take it off,” Keenan said, “but if they want to, we have no choice. “As a team, we will recommend that all players wear helmets, but if they don’t want to…” And you can be sure at some point during the season an NHL player is going to remove his helmet. Someone is going to get into a horrible slump and he’s going to start thinking about ways to change his luck. Some guy who can’t skate with Tie Domi is going to think he is the next Guy Lafleur because like most pro-fessional athletes, hockey players are…

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New rule will stick around

The NHL board of governors has decided to stick it to stick offenders after all. Following an Oct. 5 vote, the governors decided to validate the controversial new high sticking rule. The foul has been redefined as waist-height rather than shoulder height as in the past. Results of the vote, which required the approval of at least 16 governors, were not released. Referees called the experimental rule closely during pre-season games, causing many to go beyond three hours. Cliff Fletcher, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, said the experiment was a success even though it was a painful step for the fans to endure. “Overall there were far more penalties called causing uneven situations than we would like to see in games,” Fletcher said. “But. we expected an adjustment period. Already the…

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Creamer cautiously re-enters junior ranks as GM

After a two-year absence, Pierre Creamer has returned to the Quebec League as general manager of College Francais. Creamer, who coached the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88, has been out of hockey since coaching the Laval Titan to the QMJHL championship in 1989-90. After the Memorial Cup that season, Creamer was forced to make a decision-continue coaching, or return to his executive job at the Laval Nature Center after a one-year leave of absence. Creamer decided on the latter, opting for the security and better pay. College Francais tried to get Creamer to coach the Verdun-based team last year after firing Gerard Gagnon late in the season. “I didn’t have enough time available to coach,” Creamer said. “It’s not possible to be a part-time coach.” College Francais hired Claude Therrien, but Therrien couldn’t continue this…

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Kovalev comes to terms in nick of time

An 11th-hour agreement has netted another rising star for Broadway. Highly touted Russian rookie Alexei Kovalev agreed to contract terms with the New York Rangers Oct. 5, the day before the NHL’s regular season opened. Specifics of the deal weren’t released, but estimates put it in the neighborhood of $2.5 million over four years. “We got the term that we wanted and therefore we were willing to be flexible in the amount,” said Rangers’ general manager Neil Smith. “We met in the middle of wherever we’d been. It was definitely an 11th-hour deal and we’re real happy to get it done.” Just a day earlier it appeared as though it might not get done. The two sides were at an apparent impasse and there was speculation Kovalev would spend the entire 1992-93 season in…