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February 4, 2000

February 4, 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.

DEPARTMENTS

Unlucky 13: Statistical gaffe puts Callander record on hold

Jock Callander of the Cleveland Lumberjacks was back in the chase for the International League’s all-time combined points-scoring record after an examination of his statistics by The Hockey News and Winnipeg Free Press. Callander and the IHL thought the Jacks’ center had broken Len Thomson’s 31-year-old mark of 1,382 career points (regular season and playoffs) by scoring a goal Jan. 14 in Houston. The milestone point has been promoted on the IHL and Lumberjacks’ marquee all season and was trumpeted in newspapers and media outlets throughout the HL Jan. 15. While preparing a feature story on Callander for this edition of The Hockey News, the statistics were found to contain an error which had credited Callander with 13 points too many. That left him 12 points shy of Thomson’s mark as of…

ALL-STAR GAME SPECIAL SECTION

Slapshot

No hardest-shot competition with Al Maclnnis in it should ever be dismissed, but if anyone has a right to question the integrity of this year’s event on all-star Saturday in Toronto, it’s Al ‘Wild Thing’ lafrate. “It’s kind of bogus now,” said the retired lafrate, who set the NHL record (105.2 mph) at the 1993 All-Star Game in Montreal. “When I (set the record), you had to qualify and even if you weren’t playing in the All-Star Game, you got to shoot. All the hardest shooters were there. Since then, the shooters are just the all-stars. Not all the best shooters are there. Now, you’re not seeing the real deals.” The man has a point. In team skills competitions this season, for example, Los Angeles King winger Glen Murray posted the fastest…

ALL-STAR GAME SPECIAL SECTION

Could there be another Hasek storm on horizon?

Will he or won’t he? Can he or can’t he? What will happen if he does? As usual, when it comes to the question of Buffalo Sabres’ goalie Dominik Hasek and playing time both for the season and the 2000 All-Star Game, nobody has a solid answer. There are, however, plenty of opinions and lots of ramifications. Hasek, voted a starter in fan balloting despite being injured much of the season, has said he wants to play in the Feb. 6 contest. Still recovering from a tom groin muscle suffered Oct. 29, Hasek upped his workout schedule in mid-January with an eye towards playing in Toronto. “I am thinking of the All-Star Game,” Hasek said. “It would be nice to play a game first (for the Sabres), but I would like to play in…

DEPARTMENTS

Badger Hukalo scores in OT, Badger Hukalo scores in OT

In all his years, Wisconsin coach Jeff Sauer had never experienced anything like it. Not in 120 playoff games. Not in three NCAA championship games. Not in any of the 1,145 contests he has coached since 1971. Sauer said the dramatic Western Collegiate Hockey Association series against North Dakota Jan. 14-15 was the most demanding two-game duel in which he has ever been involved. The Badgers came away with 3-2 and 6-5 wins, both in overtime, to assume sole possession of first place in the WCHA with 12 games remaining. The teams were tied for first place before the two-game battle. The Fighting Sioux, seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive MacNaughton Cup for the regular season title, were ranked second in the nation, while Wisconsin was fourth. The first sellout crowd for hockey…