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September 8, 1995

September 8, 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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Chynoweth to step down, getting team in Edmonton

Ed Chynoweth’s desire for a change will not lead him away from the league with which he has become synonymous. Chynoweth, who has spent 23 seasons as Western League president, was granted an Edmonton-based expansion franchise for the 199697 season. The 53-year-old Chynoweth will remain president for the 1995-96 season, after which his three-year contract expires. “I’m not leaving the league totally,” Chynoweth said. “I’ll be moving from the head of the table to the side of the table.” Chynoweth has reached an agreement in principle on a lease with Edmonton Northlands, which operates the 4,000-seat Agricom. The venture received the blessing of the WHL’s executive committee. It was first discussed at the league’s annual meeting in June. Edmonton is the WHL’s 18th franchise. “It’ll be a challenge and exciting,” Chynoweth said. “I’ve preached for…

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Samsonov, Cleary stand out in Japan

NHL scouts are already looking forward to the 1997 entry draft and the Air Canada Pacific Cup gave them no reason to temper their enthusiasm. The fifth annual summer tournament which features the top under-18 players for Canada, Russia, United States and Japan is normally the official start to the draft derby for the next season. But it was two prospects for the 1997 draft that garnered much of the attention. Sergei Samsonov of Russia and Daniel Cleary of the Ontario League’s Belleville Bulls, both regarded as top prospects for 1997, were standouts for their teams. The Russians won the tournament in Shin-Yokohama, Japan with a 6-1 win over Canada in the final Aug. 7. The U.S. took the bronze with a 7-0 victory over Japan. Samsonov, a left winger, led all goal-scorers with…

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Stevens gets wish with trade back home

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been among the NHL’s elite teams for the past few seasons, so it was no coincidence that I managed to cover a lot of their games. And with the exception of the New York Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup in 1994, the Penguins were as close to a home team as you could find on ESPN. For starters, they were a Stanley Cup champion. They also had this guy named Mario Lemieux, a pretty good rising star in Jaromir Jagr and a platoon of all-stars in people such as Larry Murphy, Tom Barrasso and Kevin Stevens. As is the case with every team, the players had their own quirky routines and one of the most colorful was Stevens asking about his name in trade talks. It would…

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Shopping list sparse

Bob Clarke managed to get just about everything he needed on his summer shopping list. The Philadelphia Flyers’ GM hopes a few prospects from his own organization can take care of the one missing item—scoring depth. Penalty killing was a concern, so Clarke signed 36-year-old free-agent defenseman Kjell Samuelsson, a former Flyer who picked up a Stanley Cup ring in Pittsburgh. The Flyers also required help at center, which led to Clarke’s signing of 33-year-old free-agent center Joel Otto, late of the Calgary Flames. Clarke wanted some more options at goaltender and the acquisition of Garth Snow in a trade with Quebec/Denver covered that area. About the only thing Clarke didn’t turn up was a 25-to-30-goal scorer. Clarke indicated he might wait until pre-season play to decide if he needs more scoring to complement Rod Brind’Amour…