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October 1, 1996

October 1, 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.


Help for helicopter line

The Philadelphia Flyers have their Legion of Doom line. For the past three years, the closest the Ottawa Senators have come is the Legion of One. Who to play on a line with talented center Alexei Yashin? That has been an ongoing question each year with the Senators. There have been lots of candidates. Few have lasted longer than a few weeks. The fact that question is being asked at all this training camp is news. This is Yashin’s first camp in two years in which talk isn’t about his contract. After threatening to hold out in 1994-95- the season the whole league was locked out-he returned at the last minute when the Senators came up with a bonus package. Last year he followed through on his threat, sitting out just less than…


Avalanche promises to bury ‘em all again in 1996-97

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Last year, we called for a Colorado Avalanche to hit the Pacific Division and it did, burying everything in its path. Colorado ended up winning the Stanley Cup, but it all began in the Pacific Division. So is there any reason to believe things will be different this season? None at all. Although the Avalanche had contract squabbles with left wingers Valeri Kamensky and Chris Simon, coach Marc Crawford, goalie Patrick Roy and right winger Claude Lemieux were all taken care of by GM Pierre Lacroix. Backup goalie Stephane Fiset and surplus defenseman Craig Wolanin were shipped out, but otherwise this team is intact and loaded at every position. The only question is: by how much will Colorado lap the field in the league’s weakest division? Boredom should…


Hall of Fame welcomes Swedish pioneer Salming

When Borje Salming lived in Toronto, he occasionally visited the old Hockey Hall of Fame. Even when Salming moved on and the Hall moved downtown a few years ago, the quick Swede liked to stop in and take a slow walk during visits. Next time, he’ll see himself there. The Hall of Fame’s 18-member selection committee unanimously approved enshrinement of the former Toronto Maple Leafs’ rearguard in the players’ category. Also gaining induction were the late Bobby Bauer in the veteran players’ category and Al Arbour in the builders’ category. The induction celebration takes place Nov. 25 in Toronto. “This is a dream come true for me,” Salming said from his home in Waxholm, a suburb of Stockholm. “When you grow up. you dream to play in the NHL. When you’re in the NHL, you…



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