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March 15, 1996

March 15, 1996

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Referee attacked in university game

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I.-Criminal charges are expected to be laid against members of the University of Moncton Blue Eagles hockey team who physically assaulted an official after a playoff game in Charlottetown. P.E.I. Referee Brian Carragher was punched in the head and speared in the groin moments after he ruled the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers had scored in overtime to clinch their Atlantic Universities Athletic Association semifinal series against the Blue Eagles Feb. 24. Several of the players chased Carragher into a comer and manhandled him before the two linesmen and members of the Panthers stepped in to free the shaken referee. Carragher escaped serious injury, but was visibly shaken. He declined comment. Charlottetown police, UPEI campus police and hockey officials were also on the scene. “This is the most deplorable act of cowardice…



When the Toronto Red Wings won the championship at the recent Quebec International Peewee Tournament, it was due in no small part to left winger Ryan Merriman. Ryan, 13, of Markham, Ont., scored six goals and 10 assists in seven tournament games, bringing his season totals to 73 goals and 80 assists in 85 games. Coach Craig Clark says Ryan’s greatest asset is his heavy shot. “He’s a man already,” says Clark. “He’s got a slapshot 85 to 90 miles an hour?’ Ryan, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, is also a gifted baseball player; he was an all-Canadian pitcher at his age level last year.…


Battle of bands in Bruins’ dressing room

When Dave Reid was a junior hockey player, he worked at a Toronto record store on Saturdays. He was a big hit with his teammates, because he’d bring all of the latest tapes on the bus for road trips. Today, Reid is 32, and his musical tastes—the Eagles, the Beatles, Queen, Paul Simon, the Who, Elton John—are considered too moldy for lengthy CD play time in the FleetCenter dressing room, in the opinion of one Boston Bruins teammate. “There’s a big generation gap,” says 18-year-old rookie defenseman Kyle McLaren, whose tastes run to Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Stone Temple Pilots and the like. “We’ll get in little battles now and then, (as to) who’s in charge of the CDs,” Reid says. “Kyle McLaren, he’s there every day with the CDs. I’ve got…


Don’t be harsh on Tikhonov just nyet

Maybe that old adage about nice guys finishing last really is true. Vasily Tikhonov-if you can believe it with that last name-is the nice guy. And while the Kansas City Blades weren’t last in the International League, they were perilously close. The son of legendary Red Army and Soviet national team coach Viktor Tikhonov deserves better than to be judged on what happened in a season that has resembled a garage sale in a tornado. The parent San Jose Sharks shocked everyone when a week into the IHL season they promoted Kansas City coaches Jim Wiley and Mark Kaufman and reassigned Tikhonov and assistant Drew Remenda to the Blades. The Blades have struggled ever since under rookie coach Tikhonov, the first Russian-born head coach of a North American pro team. They had nine losses…