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May 5, 1995

May 5, 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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Latest rumor: off to Denver

The Quebec Nordiques have gone around the United States without even leaving town. Denver’s Rocky Mountain News reported an agreement in principal had been reached between the Nordiques and the Atlanta-based Comsat Group, which owns the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets, to move the team to Denver if a new arena deal is not reached in Quebec. Denver joins a list that includes Phoenix, Atlanta and Seattle as potential sites for the Nordiques. Team president Marcel Aubut was given an extension-from May 1 to 15-as a deadline to inform the NHL of his plans to move. That buys time for the Quebec provincial government to study the situation and assess its options. According to the report, Aubut would sell the team to Comsat for $75 million (U.S.). If the Nordiques get their new arena,…

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Days of Thunder

WICHITA, Kansas-While teammates huddled around the championship trophy at center ice, Tom Roulston continued to glide around the rink, pumping his arms back and forth. Then he jumped, arms raised high, and yelled. Roulston’s 37-year-old legs still had some spring in them after the Wichita Thunder claimed its second straight Central League title April 18. “I’ve never been so happy in hockey in my life,” Roulston said. “This is a perfect way to end my career.” Roulston, who abandoned hockey five years ago after 195 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins and four years in Europe, was Thunder coach Doug Shedden’s assistant this season until circumstances led him back to the ice. His full-time job is a stockbroker with Smith Barney Shearson, a function he still performed on occasion throughout…

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Olympic decision on hold

The hands of time are slowly winding down on a decision whether NHL players will compete for Olympic gold in 1998. The NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation want to know by mid-July whether the NHL Players’ Association will commit. They are waiting for NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow to make a move. Goodenow isn’t enamored with the proposal. He has problems with the scheduling and who will and won’t get to play in the Olympics. The NHL, meanwhile, says there is little room to manoeuvre. “I do not think there is an awful lot of discussion between now” and midJuly, said NHL vice-president Steve Solomon. “Hopefully, Bob and the players will see the wisdom in trying to market this game to this broad audience that will see the Olympics.” As part of the marketing…

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Time to get it together

As the Buffalo Sabres fought for their playoff lives, a three-day break in the schedule afforded them time to get back to basics and even get to know one another. “We’ve gotten out of sync,” said coach-GM John Muckier. “We’ve had so many changes in our lineup, you can see that guys are not used to each other and what they’re doing out there.” Following losses to the Hartford Whalers and Boston Bruins, the Sabres had lost six of seven games and were in danger of missing the playoffs. Alexander Mogilny and Craig Simpson, out with shoulder and back problems respectively, returned to the lineup, but the Sabres lost Wayne Presley to a groin injury against Hartford and were without Dale Hawer-chuk, who has a hip muscle problem. Muckier tried various grouping with so…