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January 5, 1996

January 5, 1996

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.


Brown contributing now, still looking for offense

The snout of Jeff Brown was seen emerging from coach Rick Ley’s doghouse. The Vancouver Canucks’ defenseman, who ripped into his coach after being scratched two games in October, is quietly rounding into form while other controversies rage about him. After 29 games, he led the team in plus-minus at plus-7. “I thought Jeff Brown played his best game of the season in Calgary,” Ley said of the Canucks’ 4-3 victory over the Calgary Fames Dec. 9. A noted offensive defenseman, Brown found himself in a key defensive role that game and was on the ice facing a Calgary 6-on-4 power play with six seconds remaining. Brown blocked a shot and managed to chuckle about it later. “So did you like my save?” said Brown, who admitted it was pure desperation on his part. Brown…


Polillo improves with age

In the unpredictable world of the Colonial League, one thing remains constant-seeing Paul Polillo atop the list of leading scorers. The Brantford Smoke center led the ColHL the first three months of the season and was headed for his third straight crown. In 26 games, Polillo racked up league-leading totals of 21 goals and 63 points. At that pace, Polillo would break the ColHL records of 99 assists and 146 points he set last season. The 28-year-old Western Michigan graduate is the ColHL’s all-time points leader. What makes Polillo’s exploits more enjoyable is the team’s success. Brantford missed the playoffs last season, but was the ColHL’s secondbest team with a 17-8-1 record this season. “I thought last year if you stopped Polillo, you shut down the Smoke,” said Brantford coach Larry Trader, who guided…


National team lineups: Canada to Russia

Rosters for teams in the World Junior Championship must be finalized by midnight, Dec. 26. Teams can carry a maximum of 22 players and all players must be under the age of 20 as of Jan. 1. Most teams carry two goaltenders, seven or eight defensemen and 12 or 13 forwards for the tournament. CANADA Goal: Martin Biron, Marc Denis, Craig Hillier, Jose Theodore. Defense: Chad Allan, Nolan Baumgartner, Jason Doig, Denis Gauthier, Jason Holland, Justin Kurtz, Brad Lukowich, Jay McKee, Chris Phillips, Wade Redden, Rhett Warrener. Forward: Jason Botterill, Daniel Briere, Curtis Brown, Dan Cleary, Jonathan Delisle, Hnat Domenichelli, Christian Dube, Marty Flichel, Robb Gordon, Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow, Brad Larsen, Alyn McCauley, Craig Mills, Jason Podollan, Mike Watt, Jeff Williams, Jamie Wright. CZECH REPUBLIC Goal: Ladislav Kudma, Lukas Sablik, Tomas Vukoun. Defense: Miroslav Guren, Tomas Jakes, Robert…


Young Americans face long odds on home ice

Jack Parker’s decision not to name Sean Haggerty to USA’s World Junior team could be considered a bold chemistry experiment. The hockey world believes it will blow up in his face, but Parker is convinced he’s developing a better formula for success for a country that hasn’t known much of it in this tournament. “From a skill standpoint, Haggerty would be a No. 1 pick,” Parker said of the high-scoring left winger with the Ontario League’s Detroit Whalers. “But we aren’t going to win on pure talent. So we have to have good chemistry and a defense-oriented team. We are trying to build a team here.” On one hand, Parker has the 1995 No. 1 draft pick in Bryan Berard. On the other hand, he had three defensemen in camp still playing high…