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February 11, 2000

February 11, 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.

COLUMNS

Our team is worth price of admission

Pavel Bure may not be as good as Jaromir Jagr, but he’s more fun to watch. That’s why Bure was chosen over Jagr as first-team right winger and captain of the All-Davidson NHL Excitement Team. Bure, the Florida Panthers’ speedster who is as fast with the puck as he is without, was a unanimous choice to the elite squad. For that matter, all members were unanimous choices…because the selection committee consisted of one person. The Hockey News asked me to pick the game’s most vibrant players by position, assembling a squad based roughly along the same hierarchy as a regular team. Only first line players were considered for our top line, second-liners for the second line and so on. The same went for defensemen and goalies. It could be argued we stretched the definition…

DEPARTMENTS

Wolverines get fresh and goals are result

Coaches aren’t usually fond of youth and inexperience. But that’s not so with University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, who has six freshmen forwards playing regularly, plus a first-year defenseman who became eligible in January. The freshmen, who have accounted for 36 of the Wolverines’ 102 goals, are left winger/center Andy Hilbert (12 goals, 19 points), center Mike Cammalleri (11 goals, 19 points), right winger Jed Ortmeyer (five goals, 15 points), left winger Mark Mink (four goals, 12 points), center John Shouneyia (three goals, 12 points) and right winger J.J. Swistak (one goal and two points). The January newcomer is Mike Roemensky, who impressed Berenson immensely in his first three games. “Cammalleri and Hilbert are really fighting it up offensively,” said Berenson, whose team led the Central Collegiate Hockey Association with a 14-4-0…

NHL TEAMS

Klatt goes on scoring binge thanks to some Crunch time

A taste of the minors has created a new hunger in Trent Klatt. The Vancouver Canucks’ right winger has been one of the team’s best forwards in January after spending the season’s first half in the American League with the Syracuse Crunch. Klatt, who turned 29 Jan. 30, was demoted at the start of the year as the Canucks opted to go with rookie forwards Steve Kariya, Peter Schaefer and Artem Chubarov. But injuries and poor performances prompted the team to call Klatt up Dec. 31. The native of Robbinsdale, Minn.. who scored just four goals in 73 outings last season, managed to score four in a seven-game stretch in late January. He was playing so well-hitting and going to the net-that he earned a spot on the first fine with Mark Messier…

DEPARTMENTS

Esche’s dog days are over, so he focuses on Falcons

Robert Esche knew his first extended stint in the NHL with the Phoenix Coyotes would end when Sean Burke recovered from thumb surgery. And while Esche enjoyed gauging his talents against the NHL’s best-not to mention making some big-league cash-he wasn’t the least bit agitated when reassigned to the American League’s Springfield Falcons in late January. Esche still believes he has things to prove in the AHL. A year ago, he emerged as a top goaltending prospect, earning a spot in the All-Star Game and getting named to the all-rookie team. But when the Calder Cup playoffs began, he was on the bench. Falcons’ coach Dave Far-rish chose to go with experience in Jimmy Waite in Game 1 and again in Game 3. The Hartford Wolf Pack swept the series 3-0. “I was No.…