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September 3, 1993

September 3, 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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Summer too long for Mark

Mark Recchi can’t wait for the endless summer to end. The Philadelphia Flyers’ right winger is coming off his most productive season from an individual standpoint, but one of his most frustrating in terms of team goals. With 123 points, Recchi broke Bob Clarke’s team mark for points (119) in a season. But when the Flyers missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season, the scoring milestone was all but forgotten. The 25-year-old has reason to believe this might be his last long, hot summer because of several moves the Flyers have made. They acquired right winger Jim Cummins from the Detroit Red Wings, signed free-agent defenseman Jeff Finley (formerly of the New York Islanders) and added free-agent center Dave Tippett, who last played for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers also made it known that…

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Bonk deal not expected to open teenage floodgate

It’s a gamble for all involved, but Radek Bonk will try his luck in Las Vegas at age 17. The Owen Sound Platers hold the junior rights to the Czech center after selecting him in the Canadian Hockey League import draft. Instead Bonk signed with the International League’s Las Vegas Thunder July 30. He will become the youngest player ever to play in the IHL. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Bonk has the size and the mental toughness to compete against veteran players 10 years older, said his agent Mike Barnett. Bonk turns 18 Jan. 9. “This is a unique situation and Radek is a unique player,” Barnett said. “When you consider his size and skills and watch him train, you realize he can compete very comfortably in the IHL.” The move to the expansion…

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Kingston returns to Nats after being bitten by Sharks

Former San Jose Sharks’ coach George Kingston is back with the Canadian Olympic team. Kingston was named director of hockey operations Aug. 18. The 53-year-old was fired by the Sharks April 19, after compiling a two-year record of 28-129-7. He has experience at the national level, having served as Dave King’s assistant coach with the Canadian Olympic team in 1984. He also spent two seasons as the head coach of Norway’s national team prior to joining the Sharks. NEW SCHEDULE: ESPN and its fledgling second network, ESPN2, will combine to televise more than 150 NHL games this season, up from 64 presented last year. The cable giant, which is seen in more than 60 million American homes, will present 26 regular-season games and up to 37 playoff matches, including every game of the Stanley Cup final. The…

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Potvin demands still stand

After a one month cooling off period, the controversial Felix Potvin poker game has resumed. The Leafs were stunned before the entry draft in June by the young goalie’s $2-million-per-season contract demand. And after both the Leafs and Potvin’s agent Gilles Lupien failed to negotiate during the month of July, August arrived and neither side had budged. Lupien reiterated his client’s wish to receive more than a 1,000 per cent pay hike from the $150,000 Potvin took home in 1992-93, and said Potvin would play out his option and head for free agency next summer if the Leafs did not capitulate. Lupien did not rule out the possibility of a training camp holdout by the second-year netminder. “The price is going to get a lot higher a year from now,” Lupien said. Leafs’ general manager…