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December 1, 1995

December 1, 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.

LEAGUES

‘Mr. Zero’ Harlock still adds value

Frank Brimsek was the original Mr. Zero, earning the nickname for his 40 shutouts during his Hall of Fame goaltending career. David Harlock is the newest Mr. Zero, but with a twist. He’s putting together a different sort of zero streak: games without a goal. Harlock had no goals through 100 American League games-including playoffs-and had gone 160 games without a goal dating back to his 1993-94 year with the Canadian Olympic team. “I’m as far from a prolific goal scorer as you’ll ever get,” Harlock said. But the St. John’s Maple Leafs’ blueliner is as close to a perfect defensive defenseman as there is in the AHL. As the Maple Leafs rattled off a team-record 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2), Harlock was leading a defense that was fourthbest in the AHL (2.96 goals-against per…

NHL TEAMS

Risebrough parts company without bitter sentiments

It took almost two weeks, but when Doug Rise brough emerged from his self-imposed exile, he had come to terms with his dismissal as Calgary Flames’ GM. “When I look back, there were a number of times in my career that the owners showed strong support for me,” Risebrough said. “In this case, they chose to go another direction, which is their right. They’re the guys who put the money in.” Risebrough made one major gaffe in his tenure-trading Doug Gilmour to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 10-play-er deal that helped Toronto achieve respectability. In less than three years, all five players acquired by Calgary in the deal were either playing elsewhere or out of hockey. His other transactions are defensible in light of the team’s budgetary restrictions. The Flames wanted to…

LEAGUES

Ice Dogs pledge to remain in L.A.

When the Ice Dogs first came to Los Angeles, they came with a lot of noise. They had their logo on billboards and buses all over town. There were television advertisements and players campaigning on the radio. The home-opening crowd of 9,753 loved the fanfare. They loved the $5-$16 price range for tickets. But for all the barking and the team winning five of its first six games, the most vicious bite has been in the budget. The Ice Dogs, second in the Southwest Division of the International League, but second last in league attendance, figured on facing some difficulties. But the difficulties were worse than anyone could have imagined. Team owner Fred Comrie said he expected to lose about half a million dollars the first season. But he admits those projections have been adjusted…

LEAGUES

Hot rookie Fichaud cooling down foes

The New York Islanders might want to consider pulling a page from the Washington Capitals’ recent past. It was at this stage of the NHL season last year the Capitals were struggling with just three wins in 17 games. They recalled goalie of the future, Jim Carey from the Portland Pirates of the American League, and went on to win 19 of the final 31 games. The Islanders? They also won just three of their first 17 games this season. That’s enough reason for Worcester IceCats’ goalie Eric Fichaud to sit by the phone. He was sizzling hot with a 2.64 goals-against average and 92.1 save percentage in 11 games. The Capitals said all along last season they wanted to give Carey a year in the AHL. They also didn’t want to throw…