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January 28, 2000

January 28, 2000

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

Once offered for trade, Bonk on top of world

Not long ago Radek Bonk was considered one of the Ottawa Senators’ biggest mistakes. Today, he’s one of their biggest stars. While the 6-foot-3, 210-pound center has been through a lot during his first five years in the league, Bonk finally arrived when he was chosen to the play in the NHL All-Star Game Feb. 6 in Toronto. Bonk, who turned 24 Jan. 8, is the lone Senators’ player selected to suit up for the World All-Star team. “I’m just honored,” said a surprised Bonk. “It’s everybody’s dream to get a chance to play in that game and it means a lot to me.” The Senators’ leading scorer with 12 goals and 34 points in 42 games, Bonk has come a long way from being trade bait two years ago. With star center Alexei Yashin…

LEAGUES

Badger rookie Heatley happy with CSB rating

Dany Heatley’s reaction was perhaps typical for an 18-year-old. The standout freshman right winger at Wisconsin was informed that he is the top-rated skater in North America eligible for the 2000 NHL draft, according to die Central Scouting Bureau's midseason report So he promptly adjourned to the dressing room and hooked up with teammate Andy Wheeler for some ping-pong. Do not be fooled, though. The CSB ranking, which comes out again in the spring, is used by every NHL team to assess talent. To be so highly regarded is a big deal to Heatley, who is the first U.S. college player to receive the No. 1 rating at mid-season. Tm pretty happy about it,” he said. Heatley, 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, led the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 16 goals and ranked third with…

NHL TEAMS

Ducks desperately hoping power play will take off

The power play continues to be an albatross around the Mighty Ducks’ necks. The NHL’s most productive man-advantage unit last season has been one of the league’s worst this year. Through their first 43 games, Anaheim had just 17 power play goals. Only the New York Islanders, with 16, had fewer. “If you don’t have a good power play or at least an average power play, you’re not going to win many games,” said Ducks’ captain Paul Kariya. After averaging a power play goal a game last season-83 in 82 games–the drop-off has been dramatic for the Ducks’ offense. Anaheim has devoted practices to the power play and has tried to revive it with personnel adjustments. First-year defenseman Niclas Havelid has seen time at the point-with Kariya-on the top unit and forwards Jim McKenzie…

COLUMNS

Some incentives work better than others

For every game in which Kirk Muller plays 10 minutes, he gets $3,000. After the 10th minute, the meter strapped to his chest gets turned off, but like at the airport there is an additional flat fee to go into comers and a surcharge for additional passengers like Chris Murray. NHL teams have long paid their players by the goal, by the assist, by the trophy. Then came the World Hockey Association, which introduced the concept of paying guys just to go away. Now there isn’t a day that goes by that an owner doesn’t give thanks for the father of fine print: Gary Lupul. It is believed the first bonus was paid to Dollard St. Laurent, a tradition that has been extended into the palms of several generations of players such…