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March 10, 2000

March 10, 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.


Phillips hits fast forward in assignment to top line

This time, a change has done Chris Phillips good. When the Ottawa Senators lost winger Magnus Arvedson to abdominal surgery in January for what could be the remainder of the season, coach Jacques Martin turned to one of the club’s top defensemen for help. With eight healthy blueliners on the roster, Phillips agreed to take a step forward for the Senators. Since Feb. 11 against the Florida Panthers, he had been playing on the top line with Radek Bonk and Marian Hossa. In seven games as a forward, Phillips had one goal and four points. He had three goals and 12 points for the season. “It’s been good for me,” said Phillips, who had been used as a fourth line forward by the Senators two other times in his career. “I’m enjoying it…


Veterans Rheaume, Diduck cut by defending champs

Days of agony for Canadian national women’s team coach Melody Davidson have become days of anticipation. Davidson, along with the rest of Canada’s coaching staff, spent weeks determining the 20 players who will represent Canada at the 2000 Women’s World Hockey Championship April 3-9 in Mississauga, Ont. The defending champions open the tournament against Japan April 3. The team was announced Feb. 21 with few surprises. The four new players are defenseman Delaney Collins and forwards Dana Antal, Kelly Bechard and Tammy Lee Shewchuk. Left off the team were goalie Manon Rheaume-who was trying to come back after giving birth May 22-defensemen Judy Diduck and Fiona Smith and forward Amanda Benoit. Canada features 16 returnees from last year’s gold medal-winning team and 11 silver medal-lists from the 1998 Winter Olympics. “We could field two…


Repeat Offender

Marty McSorley has been suspended by the NHL seven times during his 17-year career. Two were automatic suspensions for repeated stick offenses. He was also suspended once in the American League. Here is McSorley’s disciplinary record, with his team at the time in parentheses. 2000 23 games, plus playoffs, for slashing Vancouver’s Donald Brashear on the head Feb. 21 (Boston) 1994 4 games for eye-gouging San Jose’s Bob Errey Feb.23 (Los Angeles) 1993 2 games (automatic) for spearing Edmonton’s Scott Mellanby Feb. 9 (Los Angeles) 1992 1 game (automatic) for spearing Edmonton's Martin Gelinas Nov. 23 (Los Angeles) 1992 6 days without pay for cross-checking Boston’s Darren Banks Oct. 31 (Los Angeles) 1991 3 games for punching Winnipeg's Doug Evans March 11 (Los Angeles) 1988 3 games for spearing Calgary's Mike Bullard in playoff game April 29…


Iginla discovers raw power when going for the cycle

Even Jarome Iginla will admit it. After an up-and-down season in a career that has seen a few detours, he was in the process of putting together his best month as an NHLer. Iginla accumulated points in 11 consecutive games through the last week of February, including goals in six of seven games, as he took over from teammate Valeri Bure as the team’s hottest scorer. The streak left him five games shy of Gary Suter’s team record of 16 games in a row with a point. For the first time, Iginla is fulfilling some of the promise that convinced the Calgary Flames to surrender Joe Nieuwendyk, their captain, to the Dallas Stars, for Iginla’s playing rights in December, 1995. Iginla, 22, is slowly maturing and playing the way a power forward should.…