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November 3, 1995

November 3, 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.

NHL TEAMS

Power play potpourri working

Shane Churla and Doug Zmolek together on the power play? Todd Harvey and Mike Kennedy as a penalty killing pair? Believe it. Dallas Stars’ coach-GM Bob Gainey knew the crackdown on obstruction fouls would put increased emphasis on special teams. What he didn’t quite expect was how much the special teams were going to affect the flow of his bench. To get additional minutes for players whom he believes are having effective games, Gainey has decided to use a few unusual combinations on his special teams. “If we’re out there for most of the game on special teams, 1 have to find ways to keep people in the game,” Gainey said. “You look down the bench sometime and realize we can’t have certain players staying there too long. It’s hard for them to…

LEAGUES

Coach suspended after challenging ref to fight

Granby Predateurs’ coach Michel Therrien has some time to rethink some controversial postgame comments. Therrien was suspended seven games and fined $1,000 by the Quebec League for derogatory comments and actions directed at referee Luc Lachapelle following a 5-3 victory over the Sherbrooke Faucons Oct. 13. “(Lachapelle) is as a thief, a double-crosser, a liar and a man who perjured himself in the witness stand,” Therrien told reporters after the game in which the referee called 114 minutes in penalties, including 32 minors. Sherbrooke was given 16 power-play opportunities (including three 5-on-3s) and scored two goals while Granby was shorthanded. The Predateurs scored one goal on nine power-play chances. After the game, Therrien took off his jacket and challenged Lachapelle to a fight. He then put on a pair of sunglasses and grabbed…

LEAGUES

Two good to be true

Batman and Robin. Rosencrantz and Guildenstem. Trammell and Whitaker. Michayluk and Callander. Eternal heroes, soul mates, teammates and linemates. Dave Michayluk and Jock Callander are not be as superhuman as Batman and Robin, as whimsical as Rosencrantz and Guildenstem or as well known in sports as Trammell and Whitaker, but for more than a decade they’ve been the most dynamic duo in minor pro hockey. Michayluk and Callander were teenage teammates for the Western League’s Regina Pats in 1980. They’re teammates and best friends today as 33-and 34-year-old senior citizens on the International League’s Cleveland Lumberjacks. “The first time I met (Michayluk) I was 18,” Callander recalled, “I was sitting out a game with Regina and they called him up from Prince Albert to replace me.” “I had no idea we’d still be together 16…

IN THIS ISSUE

Russians seek back payment

The international tug of war over Russian hockey players has turned to bookkeeping. At issue is whether NHL teams paid the bill for 40 Russian players who came to North America from 1989 to September 1994. Russia’s Central Army club says while in some cases the transfer fees may have been paid, it has no record of the transaction and wants NHL teams to prove the bill isn’t in arrears. NHL vice-president Arthur Pincus said the league is investigating the Russians’ complaints. “We heard their concerns and we promised to look at them,” he said. The issue came to a head when the International Ice Hockey Federation refused to allow Ottawa Senator holdout Alexei Yashin the right to play for Russia’s Central Army (See pg. 31 for more on Yashin). The Russians aired their complaints Oct.…