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December 2, 1994

December 2, 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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FEATURE

Flim-flam man or friendly fellow too nice for his own good? United States’ federal prosecutors believe Bruce McNall is the former and on Nov. 14 they charged the Los Angeles Kings’ president with masterminding a scheme to defraud six banks of more than $236 million over a 10-year period. McNall’s attorney, Tom Pollack, paints a more sympathetic picture of the one-time NHL power broker. McNall’s woes, Pollack said, can be attributed to his “non-confronta-tional nature” and are the result of a desperate attempt to buy time until he could find the means to pay off an unexpected $120-million debt. Either way, the once-flamboyant and free-spending McNall, who in 1992 rose to chairman of the NHL board of governors, is in the legal battle of his life. McNall has been charged with two counts of bank…

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McPhee’s knee could keep him sidelined

Mike McPhee continues to rehabilitate faithfully. He spends most mornings stretching or lifting weights. He tries to skate whenever possible-whenever the pain permits. Still, his injured knee is coming along slowly. “I can’t play now, and I really don’t know when I will be able to,” McPhee said. “We didn’t realize until after the surgery how bad the knee was. After the operation, the doctor said he had a new realization the knee wasn’t in that great of shape.” Just how bad? The 34-year-old McPhee isn’t sure. He said no further surgery is necessary and he’s starting to work it with a large brace to build strength. If the season were to start Jan. I or sooner, there’s still no guarantee the veteran left winger would be ready. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound McPhee is coming off…

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PLUS MINUS

1. Michel Picard PEI winger scores four straight goals in one game; eight points (2-6) in another. 2. Hall of Fame Harry Watson, Lionel (Big Train) Conacher, Brian O’Neill and Ted Darling honored. 3. IHL gets it done New CBA agreement has built-in freeze on some ticket prices. 4. It’s about time NHLer Teemu Selanne pops first goal in eight games for Jokerit in Finland. 5. Player of week RPI walk-on Kevin Kwasniewski scores first goal in four years. 1. In coach’s bad books Michigan Tech player Kyle Ferguson attacks coach after being cut. 2. Turncoat Mikael Renberg joins Swedish team after saying he wouldn’t take countryman’s job. 3. Joe Canale Beauport coach suspended for littering ice with water bottles, sticks. 4. Chop chop Another 10 games lopped off NHL schedule leaving potential of just 60. 5. Player of…

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Friesen irked by demotion

The anticipation that burned within San Jose Sharks’ prospect Jeff Friesen at the end of training camp has been replaced by frustration. Friesen is miffed about being back in junior after earning a job in the NHL following an impressive training camp. He’s also frustrated about playing for the Regina Cougars of the Western League-a team that isn’t expected to contend for the Memorial Cup championship. Friesen feels he isn’t gaining anything from the experience. “After playing at the NHL level, it’s tough to come back down here and adjust to this playing style,” he said. “When I was in San Jose, I was learning every day. It seemed I was moving forward and every day was a new experience. Coming back here was a downer.” Friesen, the 11th overall pick in the 1994 entry…