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February 14, 1997

February 14, 1997

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Tymchyshyn’s decision keeps Big Red in hunt

Sometimes recruiting contacts pay off in the most unforeseen ways. When Cornell assistant coach Matt Carlin was an assistant at Dartmouth, one of the players he tried to get to Hanover, N.H., was center Darren Tymchyshyn. But the native of Vegreville, Alta., instead decided to accept a scholarship offer from Illinois-Chicago. But when Illinois-Chicago dropped its hockey program in the off-season, Carlin again went after Tymchyshyn and convinced him to transfer to Cornell. Tymchyshyn was a welcome addition for the Big Red. With the graduation of forwards Brad Chartrand. P.C. Drouin and Mike Sancimino. Big Red coach Mike Shafer needed another offensive threat and someone with experience. Tymchyshyn fit the bill. “He was a great pick up off the waiver wire,” Shafer joked. Tymchyshyn scored two goals and 17 points in 34 games with Illinois-Chicago…



FACTS & STATS Player: Brett Hull Team: St. Louis Blues Position: Right Wing Age: 32 SEASON TOTALS: JANUARY TOTALS: JANUARY WINNER: BRETT HULL Brett Hull got the monkey off his back. Make that the Keenan. The St. Louis Blues’ sharpshooter has been the Brett Hull of old, scoring goals on a regular basis. It’s almost as if he has been born again. And he is the Dodge Trucks NHL Player of the Month for January. The feud between Hull, the NHLs most valuable player in 1990-91, and Mike Keenan has been well documented. In 32 games this season when Keenan was coach and GM of the Blues, Hull scored 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points and was minus-10. In the 19 games since Keenan was fired, Hull scored 16 goals and nine assists for 15 points and was plus-seven. His January…


Give Van Dyk big assist in Otters’ recent turnaround

The Erie Otters, once way at the bottom of Ontario League’s Central Division, were in playoff contention with a lot of the thanks going to defenseman Chris Van Dyk. Van Dyk, who lost much of the vision in his left eye from an accidental high stick Dec. 1, 1995, made a big impact after his trade from the North Bay Centennials before Christmas. He went to the Centennials from the Windsor Spitfires in October. A fourth round pick of the Chicago Black-hawks in 1995. Van Dyk was a steadying influence for the Otters, who climbed five points ahead of the Sudbury Wolves in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Van Dyk, 19, has made a courageous return from his eye injury. He wears protective goggles after regaining peripheral…


Rangers’ new look works, Ducks, Kings scrap plans

Wild Wing has joined the NHL’s endangered species list. The third jersey of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would have become extinct had it not been for Wild Wing merchandise sold last season. Now it’s limited edition memorabilia. One thing is certain, the Mighty Ducks aren’t that wild about the Wild Wing jersey. The NHL unveiled three new third jerseys in mid-February-New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning-bringing the total number of teams with third jerseys to nine. The New York Islanders introduced a third jerseys earlier this season in conjunction with their 25th anniversary. The Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim had the first wave of third jerseys last season. Anaheim and Los Angeles did not bring them back this season. “(The Mighty Ducks) are re-evaluating…