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December 27, 1996

December 27, 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.

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Bad, bad Brad Brown sets record pace for penalties

Brad Brown was on pace to obliterate the American League single-season penalty minute record. The Fredericton Canadiens’ second-year defenseman led the AHL in fighting majors with 16 and penalty minutes with 221 in 27 games. He was on pace for 655 minutes, which would break the professional hockey record of 648 set by Kevin Evans with the Kalamazoo K-Wings of the International League in 198687. The AHL record is 491, established by Barry Nieckar for the Saint John Flames in 1994-95. But there’s more to Brown’s game than rough stuff and he’s out to prove he can play-not just fight-his way into the lineup of the parent Montreal Canadiens. “No doubt it’s an edge if you’re tough,” said Fredericton coach Paulin Bordeleau. “But you can’t go up and play in the Apple if you…

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PLUS MINUS

Rookie Berard in Calder hunt 1. Bryan Berard Islanders’ defenseman vaults into rookie-of-year race with 13 points in nine-game span. 2. Grand ref NHL referee Kerry Fraser works his 1,000th game without a hair out of place. 3. Good Brown Chicago’s Rob Brown on pace for 155 points and third IHL scoring title. 4. John Brophy Coach of Hampton Roads in ECHL collects 800th professional coaching victory. 5. Grin and bear it Kitchener fans litter ice with 2,012 stuffed bears, all to be donated to charity. Bolts play like dolts at home 1. Home kill Tampa Bay just 2-8-3 at new Ice Palace. Hey, maybe the place is haunted. 2. Gary Coupal Second major stick foul earns Columbus winger suspension for remainder of ECHL season. 3. Bad Brown Fredericton’s Brad Brown on pace to break professional hockey penalty record…

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FALL OF THE LEAFS

ROAD TO RECOVERY: 10 YEARS AFTER SWIFT CURRENT TRAGEDY GM takes heat as Toronto takes nosedive Goaltender Felix Potvin Pain of it all Facts tell disturbing story about injuries Pat LaFontaine Star Gazing Updating progress of too NHL prospects Alexandre Volchkov…

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50th ANNIVERSARY FLASHBACK

A memorable night A travelling media circus surrounded the Los Angeles Kings in March, 1994 as Wayne Gretzky chased Gordie Howe’s record of 802 goals. It was much the same thing 31 years earlier when Howe was zeroing in on Rocket Richard’s total of 544. Every stride he took leading up to the big goal was dissected like man’s first step on the moon. When the great Detroit Red Wings’ right winger finally connected for No. 545 Nov. 10,1963 against Montreal Canadiens’ goalie Charlie Hodge, it felt as if the weight of the hockey world had been lifted from his broad shoulders. Howe called the goal “the best pain-killer pill ever invented. I feel altogether different. Maybe now I’ll stop being jittery and put an end to this incessant blinking that has bothered…