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September 5, 1997

September 5, 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.


U.S. retains crown

The United States won its second straight gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s In-Line Hockey World Championship with a 5-4 win against Canada in the final. Hardy Sauter led the American team with two goals, including the winner, in the final, played July 25 in Anaheim. Joe Cook led the U.S. with 28 points in seven games. Switzerland finished third and Russia fourth in the 12-team tournament. GOLD FOR CANADA: Florida Panthers’ right winger David Nemirovsky was the hero as Canada won the gold medal at the 15th Maccabi Games in Jerusalem. Israel. The 21-year-old Toronto native was selected the most valuable player in Canada’s 6-1 victory over the U.S. in the championship game July 22. It was the first time hockey was played at the Maccabi Games, an international sporting event…


High price for Ohlund

Three years after being drafted and first putting on a Vancouver Canucks sweater, defenseman Mattias Ohlund finally put his name on an NHL contract. The big Swedish defenseman did it in roundabout fashion, however, as the Toronto Maple Leafs signed the Group IV free agent to a five-year, $10-mil-lion (U.S.) offer sheet that was matched by Vancouver. Canuck GM Pat Quinn swallowed hard in matching, but knew he had little choice. In Group IV, the drafting team can match, but is not entitled to compensation. “You can’t let an asset go, nobody can,” Quinn said. “For the life of me, I caret rationally understand what Toronto was trying to accomplish.” A year earlier, Quinn balked at paying Ohlund somewhere in the $810,000-$840,000 (U.S.) range and held the line at no higher than approximately…


Could big deal lead to financial Mess?

Some news and views from a short intermission, commonly known as the off-season: • News: Mark Messier signs a three-year, $20-million (U.S.) deal with the Vancouver Canucks. View: Paying $6 million to Messier at age 37? No problem. But $6 million two years later at age 39? No way. Only a Stanley Cup victory in the next two years justifiej^gCn eVJSVagance. • News: Vancouver acquires goalie Arturs Irbe. View: The leadership Messier pro-vides will be a moot point if this is how the Canucks plan to address their goaltending woes. Kirk McLear is coming off back-to-back poor sea-sons and by the end of last year coacl Tom Renney had lost faith in Corey Hirsch. So it’s Irbe to the rescue? Dream on. • News: Toronto Maple Leafs’ presi-dent Ken Dryden’s long search for a GM ends:…


The steps to take

The Players First report was released Aug. 7. The key recommendations are: A mandatory screening procedure under which coaches and volunteers would allow the member club to check for police records, locally and across Canada and the United States. Ideally, checks would be conducted on current Canadian Hockey League personnel as well. • Formal education programs, including sessions on sexual harassment awareness and lifestyle issues such as racism, homophobia, drug and alcohol awareness, mental health and selfesteem. • Two to four community advisors at arm’s length from the team, to be appointed by the CHL committee. • Formalization of a policy and complaint process, to be referred to on the standard player contract. • Counselling and support services, including a toll-free number to call for players not yet ready to discuss an experience of…