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October 22, 1999

October 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.

NHL TEAMS

Experts, Bruins both look bad

One national publication picked the Boston Bruins to finish first in their conference and make it to the Stanley Cup final this season. Other prognosticators have ranked the team to wind up among the best in the league. However, if that is going to happen, a great many factors are going to have to change. The Bruins stumbled badly out of the gate, losing their first three games. It is the worst start by the team since the 1965-66 season and is only the seventh time in club history they have begun the year 0-3-0. The day after the Bruins' 4-3 loss to the Senators in Ottawa Oct. 7, in which the Bruins blew a 3-1 lead, the tension in the air was thick at the club's workout. Coach Pat Bums lit…

NHL TEAMS

Defenseman, Quinn Cross paths again

When it comes to forging a hockey career, Cory Cross is something of an accidental tourist. When the defenseman went overseas as a member of Team Canada at the 1997 and 1998 world championships, he had no idea he was auditioning for Pat Quinn who headed up those Canadian squads. Quinn would later become coach and then GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs and when the executive decided he needed to augment his defense in Toronto, he remembered the 6-foot-5 Tampa Bay blueliner. Quinn dealt Fredrik Modin, a promising winger whose career had flatlined in Toronto, to the Lightning for Cross and a seventh round pick in the 2001 entry draft Oct. 1. With the season about to start and talks with then unsigned free agent Dimitri Yushkevich at a standstill, Quinn hoped Cross…

DEPARTMENTS

News show examines Russian crime ties

Several past and present Russians in the NHL have associated themselves with members of organized crime in their native homeland, according to a Canadian television news show. CBC's program fifth estate chronicled the associations Oct. 6 in a segment titled 'Major Misconduct.' Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal counsel, admitted the NHL was looking into Florida Panthers' right winger Pavel Bure's involvement with Anzor Kikalischvili, an alleged Russian mobster. “It does bother us,” said Daly of the association. Bure appears on billboards with Kikalischvili-banned from entering the U.S. because of his alleged ties to organized crime-in Russia advertising a company called 21st century associates. Authorities believe 21st century associates is a “vast criminal enterprise.” Kikalischvili calls himself Bure's spiritual father while Bure denies he is involved in any illegal activity. New York Ranger Valeri Kamensky…

NHL TEAMS

Salei check brines back nightmares for Hartsburg

On the day the NHL suspended Ruslan Salei (10 games), Pascal Trepanier (five) and Jim McKenzie (four), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim coach Craig Hartsburg defended his players for their actions in the team’s season opener against the Dallas Stars. But he wasn’t being hypocritical when he said in the next breath that he agreed with the Stars that hitting from behind and vicious plays should be cleaned up in the league. It was exactly 15 years to the day Hartsburg was sent crashing into the boards after a hit from behind by Edmonton Oilers’ left winger Jaroslav Pouzar in an exhibition game. Hartsburg was a defenseman for the Minnesota North Stars. The hit, which Hartsburg said wasn’t vicious, caused a stress fracture to his hip. “I was never the same after that,” he said. Hartsburg…