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September 17, 1999

September 17, 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.

NHL TEAMS

Sharks look to regain lost bite

With the days of mass u_ confusion far in the rear view mirror, the San Jose Sharks arrived at training camp seemingly sei to embark upon their first winning season since joining the NHL in 1991. Unlike in most of the club’s first eight years, the roster appears virtually set. Unlike last season, when key performers Jeff Friesen, Owen Nolan. Mike Ricci and Mike Rathje missed training camp, there are no contract hassles. Everyone appears to be healthy, though that variable can change in an instant. “The focus is much better than the last two years,” said coach Darryl Sutter. “We have enough continuity with the team in terms of carryover.” The Sharks reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of Sutter’s first two seasons, but had to scratch and claw to get…

NHL TEAMS

Businessman Boivin new president as Molson nuts arena un for sale

The new president of the Montreal Canadiens said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity of running hockey’s most storied franchise, despite the intense media pressure he now faces. “It’s a decision of the head, but there’s a lot of heart in it,” said Pierre Boivin, a 43-year-old bilingual Montrealer during a packed Molson Centre press conference Sept. 2, a week after news of his impending appointment was leaked to the media. Boivin replaced Ronald Corey, who resigned July 31 following 18 years as club president. Boivin’s background is in the sporting-goods business. He was the president of Canstar Sports, a Montreal company that was purchased in 1994 by Nike. Boivin is a hard-nosed businessman who can make tough financial decisions, but he’s also a hockey fan who attended his first Canadiens game at…

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THN’s Millennium TIME CAPSULE

There’s a new TV ad for the Pittsburgh Penguins featuring a masked goalie. Career stats are then flashed across the screen: 613 goals, 881 assists, two Stanley Cups…and one save. The goalie makes a glove save, then lifts his mask. A serious Mario Lemieux shows his face. Saving the Penguins from bankruptcy became official Sept. 3 when it received court approval and was endorsed by all 28 NHL teams. Fact of the matter is, Lemieux saved a floundering Pittsburgh franchise in 1984 when he arrived as an 18-year-old wunderkind. He guided the Penguins to two Stanley Cup titles during a 12-year Hall of Fame career before retiring in 1997. The Hockey News is making a deposit each issue to our Millennium Tune Capsule to mark the final year of the millennium. This week…