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September 20, 1996

September 20, 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.

COLUMNISTS

Blake returns to new-look King-dom

The last time Rob Blake played a shift for the Los Angeles Kings that was not impaired by injury, Wayne Gretzky was team captain; Marty McSorley was along to ride shotgun; and Darryl Sydor and Alexei Zhitnik were considered two of the brightest young defensemen in the game. That was back in 1994, one season removed from the Kings’ unexpected trip to the Stanley Cup finals. Coach Barry Melrose was going on about how there was no need to sell hockey in L.A. anymore because, as he put it,”hockey was sold.” Quote, unquote. So here are the Kings in the fall of 1996, trying to regain market share-ah, hockey talk in the 1990s-pinning their hopes on Blake. After playing only 30 games the past two seasons, he is healthy again following reconstructive…

COLUMNISTS

Game gets poorer as players get richer

In the absence of spotlights beaming into the sky on the CoreStates Center’s opening night, Bob Goodenow’s face lit up the night. “Beautiful building,” the executive director of the players’ association said as he stood in the concourse. It seemed a little more up to date than The Corral, for sure. The new home of the Philadelphia Flyers seats 2,200 more than their old one, which now sits forlorn and frumpy across the parking lot, obsolete at age 30. The CoreStates Center has 126 suites and club seating for 3,000. Ticket prices average $5.00 more than at the Spectrum and hot dogs are 25 cents more. It is a huge cash cow now grazing contentedly at the south end of Broad Street. And farmer Goodenow and his aids are already to go a-milking. “As…

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Pro stick wizards stress practice

Pete Mahovlich, known as one of the best stickhandlers of his era, has a simple philosophy about the skill. “I always felt that if I had the puck,” he says,”then the other team didn’t,” And Mahovlich had the puck a lot as an NHL center for 16 seasons between 1965 and 1981, playing for the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins. A four-time Stanley Cup winner, Mahovlich collected 485 assists and 773 career points. Mahovlich knows the team that controls and dominates the puck is going to win its share of games. He employed that philosophy while coaching the Edmonton Oilers’ American League farm team, the Cape Breton Oilers, and now, as a pro scout, he eyes the opposition’s dominant players-speedsters who are very capable of controlling the puck. How did Mahovlich…

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STICK BUYERS’ GUIDE

BALISTIC Product: Balistic Composite Features: Shaft; graphite and fiberglass composite shaft, stiff flex, 52”, 430g; Blade & Handle; options include wood-reinforced fiberglass, wood blade with ABS insert or nylon/graphite composite, 5” birch handle. This graphite stick has a wood feel. Its combination of quality and price make it suitable for your recreational all the way up to your pro hockey player. Product: Balistic Roadkill MVP-1000 Features: Shaft; aluminum powder coated shaft, medium flex, 50”; Blade & Handle; options include wood-reinforced fiberglass, wood blade with ABS insert or nylon/graphite composite, 3” birch handle. This sticks price and quality make it a great recreational hockey stick, other uses include roller, sponge and floor hockey. This is the stick of choice of Canadian Roller Hockey Champion’s Balistic Roadkill. Product: Balistic Extreme Intermediate STW-3500 Features: Shaft; aluminum powder coated, textured shaft, regular…