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January 15, 1993

January 15, 1993

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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NHL puts stamp on anniversary

Canada Post has delivered a hit with a striking set of stamps called Lightning on Ice. The set commemorates the NHL’s 75th anniversary. The NHL’s 75th anniversary was last season, but the set came out in October. “It’s one of the most popular sets ever,” said Dean Karakasis, director of stamp products with Canada Post. “We get a lot of questions about it.” Canada Post used what’s called a prestige stamp book to mark the NHL’s 75th birthday. The 25-page booklet contains 25 stamps depicting three different eras in the NHL, photos of stars from the past and present, and a brief history of the league. “We wanted to do a little bit more than what we usually do,” said Karakasis. Les Holloway and Richard Kerr designed three different sets of stamps for the book.…

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HOCKEY WEEKS: DEC. 21-JAN. 4

Dec. 21: Russia wins Izvestia tournament with 2-1 win over Czech-oslovakia. Dec. 24: Quebec center Joe Sakic signs four-year, $8.8-million contract. Dec. 28: Winnipeg trades right winger Ed Olczyk to New York Rangers for left winger Kris King and right winger Tie Domi. Dec. 29: Philadelphia center Rod Brind’Amour scores three goals and three assists in 10-2 win over Los Angeles. Fort Wayne left winger Scott Gruhl sets IHL career goal-scoring record of 552 with two goals in 7-4 loss to San Diego. Dec. 31: Mario Lemieux reaches 100-point mark for season with goal in 3-3 tie with Toronto. Jan. 2: Canada wins gold medal at World Junior Championships with 8-1 victory over Japan. Sweden wins silver medal at WJC with 9-2 victory over Finland. Jan. 4: New York Rangers fire coach Roger Neilson. Ron Smith named coach. Czech…

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Trading first overall pick would be viable option

With the Ottawa Senators looking more and more like the owners of the top overall pick in next summer’s entry draft, rumors of trade offers began to heat up at the recently completed World Junior Championships in Sweden. “We’ll listen to any serious offer, but our first position is that choice is not available,” said Senators’ CEO Randy Sexton. “But if it’s an unbelievable offer, we’d be foolish not to (listen).” The Quebec Nordiques are the team most envious of Ottawa’s pick. Nordiques’ owner and president Marcel Aubut would love nothing better than to trade for the first pick, stand up at the draft-which is in Quebec-and announce the club selects Laval, Que., native Alexandre Daigle. Daigle, 17, plays for the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior League. He is being touted…

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Expanding horizons

Is the NHL’s board of governors bending over backward to please its two newest lodge members? Maybe, but its proposals to change the rules governing expansion are being regarded as a step forward by some members of the board. The league’s market development committee, which overseas matters concerning expansion, tabled a list of proposals aimed at levelling the playing field for Miami and Anaheim, the NHL’s newest members. Michael Eisner of the Disney Corporation (Anaheim) and Blockbuster Video founder Wayne Huizenga (Miami) were granted conditional franchises Dec. 10. Both teams could be up and running by next season. The league’s board of governors met in New York Jan. 5 to discuss the proposals, which would alter the much-maligned expansion draft and all but guarantee the first overall pick to the Ottawa Senators. The proposals…