Search for your favorite player or team

© The Hockey News. All rights reserved. Any and all material on this website cannot be used, reproduced, or distributed without prior written permission from Roustan Media Ltd. For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


November 25, 1994

November 25, 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.

IN THIS ISSUE

Pulford says losses real

Like everyone associated with the NHL, Chicago Blackhawks’ general manager Bob Pulford is baffled by the labor conflict. “What really frustrates me when I talk to players is how they don’t believe we are losing money,” said Pulford, who was the first president of the NHL Players’ Association in the late 1960s when he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “They didn’t believe it when we said we lost $30 million two years ago and $37 million last year. Now they’ve asked for (the figures).” Pulford blames NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow with convincing the players the league isn’t in financial trouble. “(The players) feel we’re making money, which is wrong, and that there is no need to put a drag on salaries,” Pulford said. “I had one player tell me that if our…

IN THIS ISSUE

Tradition of mediocrity hits skids in Colorado

For years, Colorado College had a number of built-in excuses to finish in the lower echelon of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. As a private school, it was too expensive for walk-ons, so teams never had depth. The ancient Broadmoor World Arena was a figureskating rink and was lousy for both playing and watching hockey. There wasn’t enough support from the town or school administration. Losing fostered losing. With Broadmoor destined for a wrecking ball, the Tigers were 8-280 in 1992-93 and faced National Collegiate Athletic Association sanctions after rules violations by former coach Brad Buetow. Things looked bleak when Don Lucia took over as coach last season. Or did they? “All we needed was a change in attitude,” said captain Kent Fearns. “We needed someone who made it fun to come to the…

IN THIS ISSUE

Rolston’s development stymied by bureaucracy

Please forgive Brian Rolston for feeling a little discouraged about the game of hockey. The 1994 U.S. Olympian had hoped to be playing this season for the New Jersey Devils, but understood his assignment to the Albany River Rats of the American League during training camp. The rookie center knew development time would be best. Only when the lockout began, saving money became more important to the Devils than his development. Rolston had a one-way contract worth $250,000 so he was recalled to New Jersey Oct. 13, meaning he wouldn’t be paid. That’s when Rolston’s agent, Steve Bartlett, found a way to keep his client playing. He proposed that Rolston be signed to an AHL contract and be paid $50,000. That contract would be tom up when the lockout ended. Devils’ general manager Lou…

IN THIS ISSUE

Jimmy Carter could settle NHL dispute

I am one hockey fan who is baffled at the lack of communication between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association. It seems to me neither side really cares whether or not the season will start. With that in mind, I have some suggestions to end the lockout: □ Why don’t the owners just arbitrarily pass a salary cap? □ Why don’t we just lock the NHL and NHLPA into a room and not let them out until they have an agreement? □ How about brining Jimmy Carter in to settle the dispute? He stopped two potential conflicts, but this would certainly win him the Nobel Peace Prize. Rich Abcunas, Atlanta, Ga. My life is over An open letter to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: You’ve taken hockey away. Hockey is my life. Please give me back my life. Daniel…