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November 15, 1996

November 15, 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.


Intranuovo makes journey back to Edmonton’s farm

For less than a month, all was perfect in the hockey life of Ralph Intranuovo. The ninth player taken in the Sept. 30 NHL waiver draft, Intranuovo was out of the American League and playing with his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. “It was always my dream to play for the Leafs,” Intranuovo said. “My family and friends are all in Toronto.” But the dream didn’t last long for Intranuovo, a second-team AHL all-star in 1994-95. As the Maple Leafs struggled through the first three weeks, management decided the 5-foot-8, 185-pound center wasn’t the answer and placed him on waivers Oct. 25 for the purpose of sending him to the St. John’s Maple Leafs. The Oilers immediately claimed him back and assigned him to the Hamilton Bulldogs. “When you’re picked up on waivers, you…


Langenbrunner, Harvey lead way

The Dallas Stars loaded up on high-priced veteran help in the off-season, but a couple of 21-year-olds from within the system were making the biggest impact. Todd Harvey and Jamie Langenbrunner have been providing inspiration with their energetic play. “What they help us do is establish momentum and get energy in the game,” said coach Ken Hitchcock. “They’ve been able to do it consistently since the beginning of the season.” Harvey and Langenbrunner were anchoring the N-R-G (energy) line and playing with a rotation of left wingers, including enforcers Bill Huard and Marc Labelle, as well as more skilled players such as Dave Reid, Brent Gilchrist and Greg Adams. “Even at 21, they help in their own way to lead the team and fire up some of the veterans,” Hitchcock said. Harvey is a 1993…


Dunham’s status thorny issue

Having already supplied much of the NHL with quality goaltenders who came througn the New Jersey Devils’ system, GM Lou Lamoriello has vowed he will not let highly regarded rookie Mike Dunham leave after this season via free agency. The problem that faces Lamoriello and coach Jacques Lemaire, however, is how to get Dunham into 28 NHL games to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted Group VI free agent after this season. “This is not something of which Mike, his agent and I are unaware,” Lamoriello said. “He’ll be in 30 games. It’s not an issue.” Yet it seems to be an issue on a team which boasts Martin Brodeur as its No. 1 goalie. Corey Schwab and Chris Terreri appeared in a combined total of 14 games last season and both were…


Maxwell fined for incident: It will never happen again’

An apologetic Bryan Maxwell has been fined $200 after pleading guilty to assaulting Western League referee Brent Reiber following a March 23 playoff game. Maxwell, the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ coach and director of hockey operations, was tried Oct. 28 in Lethbridge. “I’m very sorry about the incident,” Maxwell said outside court. “It will never happen again.” Maxwell was found not guilty on charges of assaulting linesman Jeff Klick. A third charge of uttering a threat was withdrawn. Maxwell confronted Reiber underneath the stands at the Lethbridge Sportsplex following a 6-5 loss to the Regina Pats. During testimony, Maxwell admitted grabbing Reiber and spinning him around. A defense application that Maxwell be granted an unconditional discharge was denied, meaning Maxwell has a criminal record. Judge A.P. Demong said the courts can’t condone actions against officials. Maxwell plans to…