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March 24, 1995

March 24, 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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Gingras hears calling, ends short retirement

It wasn’t long ago Gaston Gingras was telling wife Jocelyne that oldtimers’ games would be his only hockey. He planned to play a sixth consecutive season in Europe this year, but the desire to be at home with his wife and two children brought him home from Italy after three pre-season games. Since then, it had been a life of retirement for the former NHLer, playing with oldtimers and in pick-up games. “But it’s amazing how things change in a week,” Gingras said. With an out-of-the-blue end to his retirement, the 36-year-old defenseman is back in the American League, filling the role of veteran for the Fredericton Canadiens. Gingras was playing in an oldtim-ers game between former Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques when the Canadiens saw he hadn’t lost his skills. “I was sitting next to…

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PLUS MINUS

1. Old reliable Four-point night against Devils puts Rangers’ Steve Larmer over 1,000-point plateau. 2. Marked man Mark Messier moves up to ninth in all-time NHL assists with 854th helper. 3. Stingers rise Had worst record in junior hockey in December, Sarnia nails down OHL playoff spot. 4. Flying high Seattle Thunderbirds on 15-game Western League winning streak. 5. THN top player Jim Carey called up to Capitals wins first four games with 1.75 GAA,.935 SP. 1. Into the Moose’s jaw Moose Jaw’s Rob Trumbley suspended two games for biting opponent. 2. Shark attack I San Jose’s Andrei Nazarov suspended four games for head-butting. 3. Shark attack II Sergei Makarov automatically suspended one game for second stick offense. 4. Royal bust Kings’ Grant Fuhr 0-4-0 with 6.55 GAA and.813 SP since trade to L.A. from Buffalo. 5. Jets flying…

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Will Melrose be buried?

The hot seat occupied by Los Angeles Kings’ coach Barry Melrose keeps getting warmer. General manager Sam McMaster said all aspects of the Kings, including Melrose’s status, would be reevaluated following a seven-game stretch ending March 20. Was Melrose in trouble? “Every coach who loses is in jeopardy of being in trouble, whether it be Barry Melrose or Scotty Bowman,” McMaster said. With 28 games left, the Kings were 5-11-4 and in danger of missing the playoffs for the second year in a row. The team was allowing an NHL-worst 4.15 goals per game despite a system that was supposed to emphasize team defense. Melrose accepts full responsibility for the Kings’ problems. “I’m the coach, this team is struggling and I take the heat for it,” Melrose said. “I’m totally responsible for what happens on the…

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For whom Bell goals? He goals for the Friars

Providence College was hovering around eighth place until a 3-1-3 finish put it in sixth place in the final Hockey East standings. Two of the reasons behind the Friar resurgence were senior center Chad Quenneville and junior goalie Bob Bell. Bell replaced Dan Dennis in a 5-2 loss to Maine Feb. 3 and has been the key man since. He concluded the regular season with a 28-save shutout win over UMass-Lowell March 3 and he also had two assists in the game. “He has been excellent,” said Friars’ coach Paul Pooley. “He has been much more under control. Instead of just making the first save, he has gotten himself into position to make the second save.” Bell shared co-player of the week honors with Boston University senior Mike Prendergast, who had his first college…