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April 14, 2000

April 14, 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

Veteran picks right time for career year

Sean Hill is having a career season for the Carolina Hurricanes and it couldn’t come at a better time for the defense man. Hill, who earned $750,000 this year, becomes an unrestricted fret agent at season’s end. “It’ll be interesting to see what my market value is,” said Hill, who led Canes’ blueliners in goals (12) power play goals (eight), assists (31) and points (43) through March 30. “I don’t have a feeling of wanting to go somewhere else where I might be closer to winning the Stanley Cup. I think we’re close here.” Hill, 30, was close to being out of hockey last April when a slapshol shattered his face. While his teammates competed in the playoffs, Hill underwent eight hours of reconstructive facial surgery. Four titanium plates permanently remain in…

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Minnesota Gophers win Alliance

Minnesota upset top-seeded Brown to capture the American Women’s College Hockey Alliance Division I championship March 25. Courtney Kennedy, Laura Slominski, Nadine Muzerall and Winny Brodt scored for the third-ranked Gophers. Kim Insalaco and Kristy Zamora replied for Brown. A crowd of 2,249 attended the game in Boston. Dartmouth beat Minnesota-Duluth 5-4 in the third-place game. Middlebury downed Augsburg 8-1 to win the Division III title.…

NHL TEAMS

Desjardins excited to wear ‘C’ while leading team into playoffs

Eric Desjardins walked slowly into the wave of cameras, microphones and tape recorders. They looked more imposing than a couple of 6-foot-3 forecheckers. What Desjardins was about to say wasn’t going to be easy. It never is when you’re suddenly named to replace a franchise player as captain under stressful circumstances. But Desjardins did his best. He explained he understood the Flyers’ belief a move was needed March 27. He said he looked forward to being the next captain, even though it came at a teammate’s expense. “We felt we needed a change,” said Desjardins after Eric Lindros was demoted. “It’s a great opportunity for me, the first time I’ll be a captain in this league. When you’re picked to be a captain, you think of all the responsibilities. I think I’ll be…

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U.S. women pin hopes on seasoned cast

The U.S. national women’s team takes a veteran crew into the 2000 World Championship. Coach Ben Smith, who guided the U.S. to a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics—the most significant victory in women’s hockey history-announced his team March 31 following a 13-day evaluation camp. There are 14 returning players from last year’s team, 14 who played at the Olympics and 17 with national team experience. (See pg. 35 for roster.) By comparison, Canada’s lineup consists of 11 players who were at the Nagano Olympics and 16 from last year’s gold medal-winning team at the World Championship. Canada began its final preparation for the tournament by pounding Germany 10-0 in an exhibition game March 29. Nine different players scored for Canada, which fired 66 shots at goalie Stephanie Wartosch. Sami Jo Small and…