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April 28, 2000

April 28, 2000

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Marsh top coach in U.S. college St. Lawrence’s Joe Marsh led his team to the NCAA Frozen Four and was selected coach of the year in U.S. Division I college hockey. Marsh guided the Saints to a 27-82 record and the Eastern College Athletic Conference title. He will receive the Spencer Penrose Award at the American Hockey Coaches Association banquet April 29. Judy Oberting of Dartmouth and Ted Wisner of Colgate are coaches of the year in U.S. national women’s university and college divisions. Documentary tells Rheaume story Manon Rheaume, the first and only woman to see game action with an NHL team, is the subject of a one-hour documentary on The Women’s Television Network in Canada. Manon Rheaume: The Woman Behind the Mask recounts the story of the hockey pioneer from Lac Beauport, Que., who…


Sixth time still sweet

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.-The U.S. won the biggest game in women’s hockey history, but it’s Canada that can lay claim to world domination. Since winning gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, the U.S. has dropped nine of 10 games against Canada, including a 3-2 overtime thriller in the final of the 2000 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Mississauga, Ont., April 9. The Americans had a 2-0 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining, but couldn’t hold off the Canucks. Jayna Hefford scored twice to lead the third period comeback, setting the stage for Nancy Drolet’s overtime heroics. Drolet scored 6:50 into the extra frame to give Canada its sixth consecutive world title and 30th straight world championship victory. “This game took women’s hockey to a new level,” said Canadian coach Melody Davidson. “It…


Stars must expect to be targets

The third period of the last Florida Panthers’ regular season game that mattered had the New Jersey Devils starting to send messages of the physical nature for the playoff series they figured might be pending. Scott Stevens on Pavel Bure. Bobby Holik on Ray Whitney. The signal was sent to the Panthers their skill guys would be getting worked over. As soon as the Panthers, not the most physical team, knew they would get New Jersey in the first round, they began addressing how they would deal with the harassment that’s a part of every spring ice dance. “That’ll be playoff hockey,” shrugged Whitney. “A guy like Pavel is going to have to expect he’s going to get hit, going to get run a little bit,” said Panthers’ defenseman Bret Hedican, a teammate…


Travelling nomad Skalde discovers stability in Utah

On the ice, any time spent in one place is usually too long for Jarrod Skalde. The Utah Grizzlies’ center with the fast feet, however, credits a more stationary life off the ice as the main reason for his breakthrough season in the International League, one sure to garner some support for the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP. “Let’s just say the fact I’ve been in one place this season has helped,” said Skalde, who set a career-high with 77 points with two games remaining. His previous high was a 75-point season with the 1994-95 Las Vegas Thunder. “I knew I’d be coming to Utah this year and it sure looked to me like things would be pretty stable.” The Grizzlies, under new coach-GM Bob Bourne, are on the winning…