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January 22, 1999

January 22, 1999

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.


1974 classic was’thriller’

The headline in the Feb. 15, 1974 issue of The Hockey News read’All-Star Classic Thriller.’ That wasn’t our attempt at an oxymoron, it was actually the case. Sure, there’s always plenty of skill and talent at All-Star Games, but it’s rarely thrilling. On the 25th anniversary of one of the most controversial All-Star Games in NHL history, THN reprints the post-game story. CHICAGO-The 27th National Hockey League All-Star Game was one of the most exciting classics ever played, but it will not be remembered that way. Instead, it will be chronicled as the game that nobody wanted to play in, the game that saw the East Division play minus five starters and the game that produced some heavy name-calling and mud-slinging between East coach Scotty Bow-mi n and New York Ranger GM…



The skills displayed by Eastern Conference all-star Maxim Spiridonov began as images in the mind of a young boy watching his heros skate in the Soviet Red Army system. As a youngster in Moscow, Spiridonov observed future NHL stars such as Slava Fetisov and Alexander Mogilny honing their skills on Russian ice. Now in his first professional season as a right winger for the International League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, the 20-year-old Spiridonov puts those lessons to work. Spiridonov, who earned his all-star status through a special foreign-born rookie category, recalled his introduction to hockey as an eight-year-old playing on a Red Army youth team. A vital part of his instruction included watching the elite players. “We practiced a couple hours after they did,” recalled Spiridonov, whose competent English is sparked by a decided…




Two-ref system worth another look

Two refs or not two refs, that is the question? Having teed off on the implementation of the two-referee system before the season began-convinced it was doomed to failure-I feel compelled to revisit the topic as the experiment approaches its conclusion While I’m still not prepared to endorse the two-ref system, I’ll admit some of my initial fears did not materialize. For starters, there wasn’t an outbreak of player-referee collisions due to the addition of an extra body on the ice. And there wasn’t any fist fights between refs on the ice due to a difference in philosophies. (Although sources insist in the early going two referees exchanged heated words between periods when one, who was calling a number of penalties, suggested the other, who was not, get with the program ant…