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January 29, 1999

January 29, 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.


Okanagan enters 36th quality year

Three days after Canada Day marks the beginning of another exciting summer at North America’s oldest hockey camp. The Okanagan Hockey School will begin their 36th annual year of bringing the best in hockey instruction to aspiring young hockey players. Throughout the previous 35 years of operation, Okanagan Hockey Schools has held true to the commitment of providing quality instruction-both on and off the ice-while maintaining a positive atmosphere of fun and enjoyment while learning. Okanagan’s Penticton, B.C. location operates eight seven-day sessions beginning July 4 and concluding on Aug. 28. The newly renovated Memorial Arena location offers full dormitory facilities with 24hour adult supervision, a modern dining room, which serves three (all-you-can-eat) meals daily, and a schedule of activities away from the ice surface. These activities include feature movies, short walks to the…


Grateful Demitra’s great play puts him among World’s best

It took only two years for St. Louis Blues’ winger Pavol Demitra to make the trip from NHL nobody "ii_ctor How did he do it? “I find the right team and the right people,” said Demitra, 24, who was among the 18 players added to the World team for the NHL AllStar Game Jan. 24 in Tampa Bay. “They went with me. I’m very appreciative of what St. Louis has done for me.” Former Blues’ GM Mike Keenan acquired Demitra from the Ottawa Senators for Christer Olsson on Nov. 27, 1996 in what may have been his best deal. Interim GM Ron Caron signed Demitra to a contract in March, 1997, three months after Keenan was fired. In an eight-game cameo at the end of the 1996-97 season, Demitra scored three goals, then showed a…


Billington schools offer fulfilling, intense program

When Craig Billington started his NHL career he thought he knew it all. The Colorado Avalanche net-minder only wishes someone had explained to him right from the start all the tools of the trade necessary for a long and successful goaltending career at the professional level. The purpose of his Pro Camp is to share with the participants those tools and how to use them to give you the competitive edge. During the three-and-a-half day camp, Billington will share with the students his 14 years of pro experience. Enrolment is limited to 12 participants who must be playing at the Junior, college or professional level. During the 1 1/2 hours of daily on-ice programming, Billington will share his concept of learning. A specialized off-ice training program has been developed by Colorado’s strength and conditioning coach Skip…


Rawlinas swinaina into hockey with new Vic line

Going from diamonds to ice is not that much of a stretch. Although you may have caught their name at the ball park, Rawlings is getting into the hockey equipment business with one big swing. Thanks to its acquisition of Victoriaville in September, 1997, Rawlings now manufactures a complete line of first-class hockey equipment. Marketed under the internationally famous Vic brand name, it’s an extremely tough and durable line of products that stands up to the rigors of the game and looks great while doing it. “It’s true that the Rawlings name is probably better known for its famous baseball gloves,” said Brigitte Mailloux, product manager for the company, “but the Rawlings Hockey Division has been hard at work designing, refining and producing the highest quality products possible. Between our two companies…