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December 24, 1999

December 24, 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.

IN THIS ISSUE

Slow start all but forgotten

1. Back on top Seven-game unbeaten streak puts Flyers, who opened the season 0-5-1-1, on top of Eastern Conference. 2. Ozo good Colorado defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh fires first career hat trick in 5-2 win over Vancouver. 3. Hawk soars Doug Gilmour helps breathe life into Chicago Blackhawks with four goals, eight points in four games. 4. Gretzky’s big night Brent Gretzky gets two goals, eight points in Asheville’s 11-1 United League win over Knoxville. 5. Brooks back Herb Brooks makes triumphant return to NHL with Pittsburgh, beats Washington 3-0 in first game.…

NHL TEAMS

Hatcher happy to succeed without Norris recognition

Dallas Stars’ captain Derian Hatcher knows he may never win the Norris Trophy. Not enough points, he understands. He doesn’t really worry about it. But if voters need any reason to consider a defensive defenseman just once. Stars’ assistant Rick Wilson doesn’t mind campaigning a little bit. “You really wish there was an award for defensive defensemen, but at the same time you wish people would just look at overall performance and affect on the game for the Norris,” Wilson said. “Right now for us, he’s having a terrific season.” When the team stumbled early this season, Hatcher and goalie Ed Belfour were the reasons the Stars stayed close to .500. While the offense struggled, Hatcher and Belfour helped keep the Stars’ goals-against average in the top five in the NHL. Hatcher’s performance during…

LEAGUES

Charron’s sequel season receives Grand reviews

Guy Charron had great faith in his coaching abilities when he joined the Grand Rapids Griffins in the summer of 1998, but he quickly rediscovered that the more you know, the more there is to learn. “I worked hard at what I thought was important and found out I still had a lot to learn,” said the former NHL assistant with the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders. “For instance, I spent a lot of time preparing the team technically, partly because that’s somewhat my background. I realized later and I should have known it as an ex-player, that there’s a mental side to it, too, and when I was frustrated, I think that might have rubbed off on the players.” Charron’s Griffins went on a late-season slide in 1998-99 and missed…

NHL TEAMS

Caps lone goal threat sidelined

The last thing the Washington Capitals could afford to lose this season-heck, any season-is a goal-scorer. And the player they could least afford to lose was right winger Peter Bondra, who was tied for the league goal-scoring championship as recently as two seasons ago. Bondra is gone, not for long the Caps hope, but missing nonetheless. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Dec. 5 and was expected to miss anywhere from two to four weeks. “We’re not going to rush it by any means,” said GM George McPhee. “But knowing Peter, he’ll probably be back in a couple weeks. He’s a powerful guy and he heals quickly.” Bondra approached McPhee and coach Ron Wilson immediately after a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers Dec. 4 and said it was time…