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January 17, 1997

January 17, 1997

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.

IN THIS ISSUE

TAKE IT TO THE BANK FOR ALL-STAR GAME

The slowest moving object in one of the world’s fastest sports is proving to be surprisingly popular with sports collectors. Miniature replicas of the Zamboni® produced by White Rose Collectibles sold so well last year that it’s introducing an all-star roster for this season during the NHL All-Star weekend at the Pinnacle NHL FANtasy Show in San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center on Jan. 17-19. The Ice Resurfacer created by Frank Zamboni in the 1940’s in California is not often considered an attractive looking vehicle, but its uniqueness to hockey has found a nice niche in the collectibles market for White Rose. The company is producing a limited number of diecast metal Zamboni® models and piggy banks to commemorate this season’s All-Star game. The Zamboni® models, measuring about two inches in height and three…

NHL TEAMS

State looks at options

Although Hartford Whalers’ owner Peter Karmanos could have his pick of relocation cities, he has been willing to explore ways of keeping the Whalers in Connecticut. What Karmanos has been wondering is: doesn’t the state government want to explore options, too? The relationship between Karmanos and Connecticut’s politicians has been cool, to say the least. The state runs the Civic Center, which is leased by the Whalers. The team is obliged to stay through 199798. However, given the team draws no arena revenue outside of ticket sales and it has lost about $33 million the past two seasons, it would appear unlikely the Whalers would be held to a lame-duck year if they are indeed destined to move. And are they destined to move? The final decision has yet to be made. Recently, Gov. John G.…

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Exhibits a hockey fan’s ‘dream come true’

The Pinnacle/NHL FANtasy at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center promises to be a.thrill of a lifetime. “It’s a world-class attraction,” said Frank Supovitz, the NHL’s vice-president of special events. “It’s truly a hockey fan’s dream come true.” Full Impact Hockey is a virtual reality experience where NHL stars take shots on you, the goaltender. Foam rubber pucks fly at you at about 70 m.p.h. and when it’s over, the players tell you how you did. If that doesn’t send your heart racing, try Midway’s video game arcade. Every home video game involving the NHL and its Players’ Association will be available. How about The Tunnel? It gives you the sense of coming out onto the ice surface of an NHL arena. Fantasy TV is another exhibit sure to grab attention. You get behind the…

NHL TEAMS

Reichel sits during skid

After winning just six of their final 27 games in 1996, the Calgary Flames finally realized what others had suspected all along. They just aren’t good enough right now. So, to stem the bleeding, they farmed out rookie defensemen Jamie Allison and Chris O’Sullivan, plus tough guy Sasha Lakovic, and called up three players-Ed Ward, Sami Helenius and Dale McTavish-all of whom have one thing in common: They’re bigger, tougher and more responsible defensively than the trio they replaced. Perhaps the most significant decision, though, was to sit out $2-million-per-year center Robert Reichel for a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks Dec. 31. “I told him: ‘Don’t take it personally,’” said coach Pierre Page. “It’s just that we have no consistency. We’ve won six of 26. That’s not acceptable.” Reichel learned of Page’s decision…