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December 11, 1992

December 11, 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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Rookie Hirsch backstops Binghamton to new heights

When Corey Hirsch graduated from the Western League to the American League, he set some modest goals for himself. Among them was to have a.500 record for the Binghamton Rangers. But it might be time for the rookie to set those goals a little higher. Hirsch still hadn’t lost two months into the season. Through Nov. 24, the league’s lightest player-5-foot-9, 150 pounds-had some pretty heavy numbers: a 9-0-1 record with a 2.48 goals-against average. The 20-year-old Hirsch, New York’s eighthround pick in the 1991 entry draft, was the AHL’s leader in victories and GAA and was third in save percentage (.912). “Coming into the season, 1 expected to learn a lot,” said Hirsch, the major junior goaltender of the year last season. “I wanted to come in, work hard and earn as much…

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State of Union’s goaltending in Villa’s capable hands

It’s a good thing Luigi Villa isn’t allergic to rubber. The sophomore goalie stopped a ton of shots for Union College in the first three games of the Eastern College Athletic Conference season and he’ll likely see plenty more as the year goes on. Villa, 20, has the somewhat dubious honor of being Union’s No. 1 netminder. The Skating Dutchmen joined the ECAC last season and finished with a 2-19-1 record (3-21-1 overall). They allowed a league-high 118 goals. Coach Bruce Delventhal expects his team to be much improved this season and he’s looking to Villa to provide stability and leadership. The Mississauga, Ont., native responded to the pressure Nov. 21, leading the Dutchmen to a 3-2 win over the Vermont Catamounts-the team’s first ECAC Division I win at home. In typical fashion, the…

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Frustrated Leach gets fresh start with Whale

Jamie Leach knew before the season began he wouldn’t play a significant role with the Pittsburgh Penguins With Jaromir Jagr, Joe Mullen and Rick Tocchet at right wing, Leach probably wouldn’t play at all. So he asked Pittsburgh general manager Craig Patrick for a trade. When that didn’t come, he asked to be placed on waivers. When the Penguins finally obliged, tee was claimed by the Hartford Whalers Nov. 21. “I just think the coach (Scotty Bowman) wasn’t interested in me,” Leach said. “The thing that hurt me was when (former Penguins’ coach) Bob Johnson passed away. Bob was a big fan of mine. He was going to give me a chance. Scott Bowman had different plans.” Leach, 23, had seven goals and 14 points in 55 career games entering the 1992-93 season. He played five…

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Philly tax man comes calling

NHL players have until Dec. 15 to pay the city of Philadelphia back taxes based on their earnings there for 1991. The 4.3 per-cent non-resident wage tax applies to anyone who does business in Philadelphia. This includes all NHLers who played in Philadelphia, except for those who are retired and for Canadian residents on Canadian-based NHL teams. The tax is based on the number of days players worked in Philadelphia. The city has agreed to a request by the NHL Players’ Association that Oaxable income be based on days, not games. That means a player who played one game in Philadelphia in 1991 is taxed based on l/276th of his salary (the number of days for which a player is paid), not l/80th. The tax means Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux, the league’s highest-paid player,…