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June 11, 1993

June 11, 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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If Berry wants to return, team will roll out red carpet

St. Louis Blues’ coach Bob Berry has received ringing endorsements from his players and management for his performance this season. They all want him to return behind the bench, but he hasn’t confirmed he will. “I’m still caught mentally in the whirlwind of the season and haven’t had the opportunity to evaluate it in depth,” Berry said after the Blues lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Norris Division final. “I think at this point, I’d like to coach. When I took the (coaching) job, people said, ‘You had a nice job working as Ron Caron’s assistant, why would you ever go back into coaching?’ Well, for four years, they treated me pretty nice here. If they thought I could help, then that was the least I could do, come back…

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Coaching field cut to six

The San Jose Sharks have begun to contact candidates for the team’s coaching position and plan to start interviewing applicants June 1. Dean Lombardi, the team’s director of operations, said management plans to schedule meetings with six candidates for the job created when George Kingston was fired April 19. Sharks’ associate coach Bob Murdoch and minor-league coach Kevin Constantine of the International League’s Kansas City Blades (San Jose’s top minor-league affiliate) are among the candidates. The Sharks also sought permission to contact St. Louis Blues’ assistant Wayne Thomas, New Jersey Devils’ scout John Cunniff and junior coaches Ted Nolan of the Ontario League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Bryan Maxwell of the Western League’s Spokane Chiefs. □ Constantine has coached Kansas City the past two seasons and led the Blades to the IHL title…

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Officials bucking for big raise

Hockeys men in stripes have the toughest job of all officials in professional sports. At least that’s what they say. We’ll see if the NHL agrees when talks for a new collective bargaining agreement begin after the season. That’s when the 1988 deal between the league and the NHL Officials’ Association expires. Officials are seeking higher wages, an improved pension plan, alteration to their current rating system and a better severance package. Referees currently earn between $50,000-$125,000 per season, including playoffs. Linesmen start at $33,000. “The current agreement needs a complete overhaul, major surgery,” said Don Meehan, a Toronto-based player agent who is representing the officials in their CBA talks. Meehan said his goal is to “dramatically increase the starting wage.” He said both sides have agreed not to discuss specifics on the talks. He’ll negotiate…

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THE CENTURY CLUB

One hundred years of Stanley Cup competition has provided millions of hockey fans with thousands of memories. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, The Hockey News has selected 100 (take our word on the number, or count yourself) people, places and oddball occurrences that make the trophy special and unique. Noel Picard. Trips Bobby Orr to provide most vivid, everlasting memory in hockey. Mel (Sudden-death) Hill Scores three overtime goals for Boston Bruins in 1939. Ken Dryden. Leans on goal stick and stands Bruins on their ears in ’71. Steve Smith. Proudly hoists Stanley Cup one year after scoring in own net. X marks the spot. Peter Pocklington puts dad’s name on Cup; NHL X’s it out. Kate Smith. God bless Kate for singing Goa Bless America at Philadelphia Flyer games. Henri Richard. Pocket…