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October 1, 1999

October 1, 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

Becoming a dandy on ‘D’

1999-2000 SCHEDULE So much has been compressed into Mathieu Dandenault’s four previous NHL seasons. Start with everything that has happened to the Detroit Red Wings-the championships, the limousine tragedy, the intrigue-and mix in the personal drama. Even basic stuff, like finding a position, has been extraordinary. Dandenault has switched from promising forward to forward playing defense to full-time defenseman…maybe. Now, at 23, Dandenault wants to carve out his future this season. And he wants it to be on defense. He looks the part, after gaining 12 pounds in the off-season and bulking up to 203 pounds. He’s growing, physically and mentally, into the spot after actually starting training camp on the blueline-a personal first “This is my position,” Dandenault said. “I want to have an important role on my team. I want the coaches…

FEATURES

Duck Kariya tops on port side

FEATURES

Francis learned from dad, but forged own trail

When Bobby Francis sat at the dinner table and asked his father to please pass the peas, he got a plateful. When he asked for another glass of milk, he got the whole carton. And when he asked for ice cream, he’d always get the scoop. Talking hockey over supper with Hall-of-Famer Emile Francis certainly had its advantages. “I learned an awful lot about the game from him that way,” said Bobby Francis, the rookie coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, of his dad, a former NHL goalie, coach and GM. “We talked hockey all the time. I’m sure, subconsciously, it helped me be where I am today.” But the younger Francis got here on his own. And it was a long, hard road. Not many 5-foot-9 centers have it easy-even if their…

NHL TEAMS

Injuries impede McLaren

1999-2000 SCHEDULE Kyle McLaren’s goals for this season don’t have much to do with individual statistics. The way McLaren has it figured, if he can accomplish the one thing he has so far found the most difficult, his numbers can’t help but be better than ever before. “My main goal is just to stay healthy,” said McLaren, who at 22 is already entering his fifth NHL season. “I could really care less about (stats). If I can stay healthy, my points might be right up there, but the most important thing is that I believe I can help this team win.” The numbers back up McLaren’s belief. He missed 30 games last season-15 as an unsigned restricted free agent, 14 with a shoulder injury and one with a minor foot problem-and Boston compiled…