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November 12, 1993

November 12, 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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Coombe having a jolly time

In a predominantly French-speaking league, Sherbrooke Faucons’ defenseman Lachlan Coombe definitely stands out. It’s the accent. Coombe, 17, is the first player bom and trained in England to play in the Quebec League. “This has been a dream of mine for a long time,” Coombe said in his thick British accent. “I’ve always wanted to play hockey in Canada.” Coombe, who hails from Bracknell, England, started playing hockey at age 10 after being introduced to the sport by Gary Stefan, the brother of former NHL goaltender Greg Stefan. Coombe was a highly rated competitive figure skater at the time and Stefan was running an arena and hockey program in the nearby town of Slough. Hockey quickly became Coombe’s passion. By age 14 he was playing with full-grown men on an English senior team. Coombe made his…

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Joe more prolific scorer in lacrosse

Joe Nieuwendyk has been a consistent scorer throughout his NHL career, but he has never approached Wayne Gretzky-like numbers. However, the Calgary Flames’ star center was the Wayne Gretzky of junior box lacrosse. In leading his hometown Whitby Warriors to the 1984 and ’85 Minto Cups-the Memorial Cup of lacrosse in Canada-Nieuwendyk was by far Canada’s premier junior-aged lacrosse player. Among his supporting cast in the 1985 championship run was Flames’ teammate Gary Roberts. Nieuwendyk scored 209 goals and 379 points in 82 games over four seasons. In 39 playoff games, he fired 104 goals and 221 points. He was the league’s top rookie in 1982; a two-time winner of the award for ability and sportsmanship; and Was most valuable player in the Minto Cup tournament in 1984. Known for his speed and stick skills.…

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McNall looking for partner to help invest in new arena

Los Angeles Kings’ owner Bruce McNall is looking to sell a piece of the club. If McNall had his druthers, he would keep the Kings to himself. But he considers the Forum obsolete-it seats only 16,005 and lacks luxury suites-and he can’t afford to shell out $100-plus million to build an arena. So McNall, who became sole owner of the Kings in March 1988, is interested in selling a portion of the team to an individual or corporation that would be willing to put up the capital to construct a building. McNall paid $20 million-plus $4 million to cover debts-for the franchise, which previously was owned by Forum and Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss. The Kings’ present value is believed to be about $70 million. McNall is reportedly negotiating with Sony for a deal which…

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Goaltending remains a concern

The best start in franchise history has significantly raised the New Jersey Devils’ expectations for this season. According to goaltender Chris Terreri, simply qualifying for the playoffs is no longer acceptable for a team which opened its first season under Jacques Lemaire with an 8-2-0 record. “I don’t think anyone would be satisfied with just getting there this year,” Terreri, said. “It’s early in the season, but our start has given the players on our team the confidence that we can go out there and play with anybody. The difference I’ve noticed is when we get behind, there’s not the panic. We have a more professional approach, which allows us to regroup and go out and do what we need to do.” Despite the team’s early-season success, there was one question which continued…