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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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New four-brand policy good news to industry

Hockey card companies, believing their creativity was shackled by NHL-NHL Players’ Association two-brand policy, are treating the new four-brand edict as if it is the emancipation proclamation. Starting in the 1995-96 season, companies can issue four different brands under the company’s logo. They can have five different releases under the four names. “It would be like if you were Toyota and you could only offer the Corolla and maybe the family car—the Camry,” said Pinnacle Brands spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg. “Now we can offer the Celica for the sports car person and a station wagon.” To compensate for hardship caused by the lockout, companies were allowed to issue a third brand last season. Those offerings, such as Leaf Limited, were greeted enthusiastically by the consumers. That’s the question collectors will answer in the 1995-96 season…

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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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Burned by Flames once, Francis finds Providence

Like any prospect, Bob Francis hoped the time he spent in the minors in the Calgary Flames’ organization would lead to a promotion. Since 1989, Francis had been Calgary’s minor-league coach, for four seasons with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the International League, then two with the Saint John Flames of the American League. His combined record was 222-216-51, the lone blemish being last season’s 27-40-13 campaign when the Flames were hit hard by injuries and forced to recall players from Saint John. So when Dave King was fired in Calgary, Francis was hoping for the promotion to the big-time. Instead, Calgary opted for NHL experience and hired Pierre Page, a former Flames’ assistant. Francis, 36, in turn, opted to leave and start fresh in the Boston Bruins’ organization as coach of…

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