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August 19, 1997

August 19, 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.

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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK

All of Canada wants to believe Marc Crawford’s destiny stared him in the face each time the young mop-haired hockey player sat down for supper in the family’s Belleville, Ont., dining room. That’s where Floyd Crawford, Marc’s father and captain of the 1959 World Champion Belleville MacFarlands, kept his gold medal sitting in the buffet. It may have been subliminal food for thought for Crawford, whose task is to restore Canada’s position as hockey’s No. 1 nation at the Nagano Olympics in February, 1998. The U.S. currently lays claim to that honor after winning the first World Cup. Championships are not unfamiliar to the Canadian Hockey Association, the national governing body which boasted three world titles in 1996-97, or the Crawford father and sons. Among the five of them, they have…

LEAGUES

San Jose resoects its Elders

San Jose Rhinos’ sensation Jason Elders has used an old western approach to rise to the top of the Roller Hockey International scoring heap: Shoot first, ask questions later. “Basically, it’s my style to get open, get the puck and just fire it,” said Elders, who led the league with 20 goals in 11 games. “I always end up with a lot of shots and that’s ideal for roller hockey.” Ideal for Elders is RHI’s 4-on-4 format. It allows him and others who like their hockey wide open more room to work their magic. Elders is part of a typical four-man unit for San Jose: three forwards (himself, Corey Laylin and Radek Hamr) and one defenseman (Doug Evans). “Corey and Radek can carry the puck, they’re fast and they’ve played a long time…

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Cat gets defensive

The Quebec Nordiques had just put an end to the Hartford Whalers’ season with a six-game opening round playoff win, and Whalers’ president-GM Emile’The Cat’ Francis was damn proud of it. Well, perhaps proud is going a little far. Defensive, certainly. Among the factors Francis said did not cause the Whalers’ downfall were: • Inferior talent: “I don’t know of one person in our organization who thinks Quebec is the better team. We beat ourselves.” • Jack Evans being outcoached by fiery Michel Bergeron: “If you want to be a bench jockey and stand behind the bench, it’s bush-league and cowardly.” • Sub-par goaltending from an overworked Mike Liut. • Lack of size: “We’re bigger than Calgary.” Francis said Quebec won only because its snipers happened to get the puck at the wrong times and Hartford’s…

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1996-97 STATISTICAL REVIEW