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December 10, 1993

December 10, 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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Goal-scoring king Bruce hopes stay won’t be long

David Bruce has goal-scoring numbers that are very impressive in the minor leagues, but he can’t make them add up to an extended stay in the NHL. The Kansas City Blades’ left winger has picked up where he left off the last time he spent significant time in the minors. Bruce pumped in 10 goals in his first 13 games for the Blades after the parent San Jose Sharks farmed him out in early November. And that led to this staggering statistic: Bruce had scored 102 goals in his last 104 IHL games, dating back through the 1989-90 playoffs with the Milwaukee Admirals. The veteran of 232 NHL games has split six of the past eight seasons between the minors and the big leagues. Bruce scored 64 goals in 60 games to lead the…

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Looking out for No. 2

When the San Jose Sharks made Pat Falloon their first pick in their first ever entry draft in 1991, he instantly became a franchise player. That was an inescapable circumstance. Now will his play allow him to remain one? While the Sharks make their first tentative steps toward respectability in the NHL, the third-year Falloon isn’t racing to immortality. After 27 games. Falloon had nine goals and stood as the Sharks’ leading goalscorer. He has improved defensively and the Sharks’ management is generally pleased with his game. But is he a franchise player? Certainly not yet. Will he ever be one? It may be too early to tell, but it doesn’t look that way. Falloon is only 21 and until this September, he wasn’t old enough to legally sip a beer in California. “Don’t forget,” said…

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Gretzky, Bourque fans’ top choices

Los Angeles Kings’ center Wayne Gretzky and Boston Bruins’ defenseman Ray Bourque are the early leaders in balloting for the All-Star Game. Gretzky polled 47,741 votes for the Western Conference team through Nov. 24, while Bourque had 40,388 for the Eastern Conference. The NHL’s 45th annual All-Star Game takes place Jan. 22, 1994 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The fan balloting program began in all NHL arenas Nov. 1 and continues until Dec. 15. The 112 players on the ballot consist of 18 wingers, 10 centers, 10 goalies and 18 defensemen for each conference. There were some surprises. Eric Lindros led the balloting at center in the Eastern Conference, ahead of such stars as Mario Lemieux, Pat LaFontaine and Pierre Turgeon. Wendel Clark, the league’s leading goal-scorer, wasn’t even included on…

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Thunder Bay soars to top

Long road trips aren’t a problem for the Colonial League’s Thunder Bay Senators. Thunder Bay, Ont., is located at the northern tip of Lake Superior, so the Senators must travel farther than other CHL team to play road games. But the long trips haven’t kept them from soaring to the top of the East Division. They were 12-4-1, 10 points ahead of the second-place Brantford Smoke. They were 8-0-0 at home and 4-4-1 on the road. Among the road wins was a 2-1 triumph in Flint, ending the Generals’ nine-game winning streak. “They’re the best road team in the league,” said Flint coach Peter Horachek. HELPING HAND: The CHL is trying to organize an all-star benefit game for St. Thomas’ Chris Garafalo, who lost an eye after a freak accident in Flint Oct. 23. Commissioner…