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March 10, 1995

March 10, 1995

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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Surprising Chasse head of 1995 rookie class

Denis Chasse embodies the new spirit of St. Louis. The rugged left winger may have been obtained by the old St. Louis Blues’ regime, but he is a Mike Keenan player. Chasse. 25, is also one of this season’s surprise rookies. Not just because he had four goals, nine points, 54 penalty minutes (including three fights) and a plus-9 rating after the first month of play-but because he’s playing at all. Less than a year ago, his hockey career was in jeopardy and back surgery had taken so much out of him, he was embarrassed to go to the gym and lift weights. “I was so weak, my wife (Carolee) was lifting more than 1 was,” Chasse said. His comeback is even more improbable than his sudden emergence as a legitimate NHLer four years into…

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Numminen loss hurts

They’re already in deep water defensively. Now the Winnipeg Jets have more work to do if they’re to stay afloat. Near the bottom of the goals-against chart, the Jets lost their most reliable blueliner, Teppo Numminen, to a knee check. The blow was delivered Feb. 6 by Calgary Flames’ forward German Titov. Numminen was examined after the hit and continued to play and practise, though he periodically complained of some discomfort. After two weeks of tests, the 26-year-old Finn was diagnosed with a surface stress fracture on the top part of his right femur and won’t play until mid-March. Oddly enough, the Jets won the first two games Numminen missed. It’s small consolation, because Numminen is coach-GM John Paddock’s choice against most opposition stars. “Teppo doesn’t commit himself on anybody whereas a lot of defensemen…

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Interference on GMs’ minds

The NHL has put off making a decision on modification of the offside rule and other potential rule changes. No concrete action was taken at the four-day general managers’ meetings in Laguna Niguel. Calif., Feb. 20-23. Plans are for the league to systematically examine several aspects of the game-including widespread interference-and consider what changes, if any, are needed to improve the product. No timetable has been set for completion of the work. The league said areas of concentration will include the neutral-zone trap, the controversial forechecking system blamed suffocating scoring in the NHL, and the proposed new offside tag-up rule. Of greater concern to many GMs is that something be done to curb interference-the pattern of hooking, holding, tugging, picking and blocking that has insinuated itself into the game. GMs say the neutral-zone trap and…

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AHL Falcons flying high

Our apologies go out to Andy and the Falcons. The Hockey News erred in its second annual ranking of minor-pro logos. In our March 3 issue, the 27th-place Springfield logo displayed as part of a 44-team rating was last season’s Indians rather than this season’s Falcons. Springfield’s ranking was based on the Falcon logo; the Indians’ logo was used by mistake. The American League Indians were sold and moved to Worcester last summer. So Bruce Landon secured an expansion franchise and Falcons emerged from a name-the-team contest. Why Falcons? The Monarch Building in Springfield has been home to two peregrine falcons for the past five years. So popular were Andy and Amelia that an around-the-clock cable channel was established near the nest to monitor the activity of the endangered birds. Amelia has since died.…