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March 11, 1994

March 11, 1994

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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Slaney trying to prove he’s a cut above the rest

Joe Slaney reads the newspaper and watches the highlights on television, but the real confirmation his son John has arrived will come from his scissors. When a customer comes into his St. John’s Nfld., barber shop and orders a haircut with a Washington Capitals’ logo shaved in, Joe will know his boy has hit the big time. “I’ve gotten (requests) for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins,” Joe Slaney said, “but I’ve never got one for the Washington Capitals.” Until recently, John Slaney had spent most of his pro career in the American League. The ninth overall pick in 1990, Slaney was the highest Capitals’ draft choice since Scott Stevens was selected fifth in 1982. Naturally expectations for the former star of the Ontario League’s Cornwall Royals were high. But Slaney’s development stalled after…

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Vitali signs: Improving Prokhorov brings luck, too

Vitali Prokhorov’s personal statistics during his first two seasons as a St. Louis Blue aren’t exactly awe-inspiring, but the good things that happen in games he plays are impressive. Through Feb. 27, Prokhorov had 14 goals and 21 points in 59 games with the Blues. The team was 11-3-1 in the 15 games the Moscow native scored at least one point and was 9-2-0 when he scored a goal. A statistician will tell you those numbers aren’t significant, but Prokhorov’s teammates like what they see. “He’s a pretty good hockey player,” Brendan Shanahan said. “Everybody talks about the transition and he’s starting to come around.” Prokhorov, 27, has been one of the Blues’ best forwards of late. After scoring two goals and an assist in an 11-1 drubbing of the Ottawa Senators Feb. 26,…

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Cornwall’s Ace Corbet rolls with the punches

When the Quebec Nordiques decided in training camp that Rene Corbet would benefit from a year in the American League, the rookie left winger took the positive approach. He knew he’d be able to learn the pro game while working on his deficiencies at the same time. His skating needed to improve. So did his defensive game. But in his time with the Cornwall Aces, Corbet has learned another important lesson: Change is a constant and only those who adapt advance. Corbet was the Nordiques’ second-round pick (24th overall) in the 1991 entry draft. He started the season on the left side of slick playmaking center Michel Mongeau with Denis Chasse on the right side. Corbet scored six goals in the first seven games and was the AHL’s first rookie of the week. But…