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October 1, 2000

October 1, 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.

FEATURES

Coyotes’ captain determined to be meaner and tougher than ever

It’s a charbroiled, 12-ounce beef patty, topped with bacon and smothered with cheese and grilled onions. At $6.95, the Tkachuk Burger doesn’t come cheap. In that regard, the signature sandwich at Stanley’s Grill is a lot like the hockey player that bears its name. “Looks pretty good, though,” Keith Tkachuk said as the food arrived at the new restaurant, which is named after hockey’s Holy Grail and is located inside the Phoenix Coyotes’ state-of-the-art training center in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I’m going to have to order that one of these days.” If he wanted to, Tkachuk could order 1,195,000 of them this season and give the folks at McDonald’s a good run for their money. This is the year he makes the big dough-$8.3 million, to be precise. Tkachuk passes on the burger this time.…

FEATURES

Officials aim to crack down

Another season, another directive about cracking down on obstruction. The NHL has assembled a seven-point checklist of changes to how games will be officiated this season. The league says referees will be stricter on calling slashing, high-sticking, checking from behind, obstruction, hits to the head and goalie interference. They’ll also be less tolerant of abuse of officials. League officials are visiting every team during the pre-season to outline the checklist and captains of each team are required to sign a statement acknowledging they heard the brief. The NHL also informed coaches and GMs the welcome mat is being removed from in front of the officials’ room between periods. “These aren’t rule changes,” said referee Kevin Maguire. “They’re areas of focus for officials that are intended to make the game better.” The league has tried several…

FEATURES

Big gap between powers & plebes

Parity may exist in the Eastern Conference, but in the West-home to three of the four newest expansion teams, plus a quartet of perennial heavyweights-expect the gap between the haves and the have-nots to be exceedingly wide this season. Here, in alphabetical order, is a brief olook at each of the 15 Western Conference teams, what they did. over the summer and the key issue they face in 2000-01. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Key arrivals Maxim Balmochnykh, LW; Jim Cummins, RW; Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G; German Titov, LW; Patrick Traverse, D. Key departures Ted Donato, LW; Stu Grimson, LW; Kevin Haller, D; Fredrik Olausson, D. Off-season development The annual second line shakeup continued, with hopes pinned on two Russians—the versatile Titov and the promising Balmochnykh. Burning question If the Paul Kariya/Teemu Selanneled Ducks miss the playoffs again, does…

NHL TEAMS

Kid becoming the man

Tomas Kaberle doesn’t look much different than he did when he arrived in a big way with the Toronto Maple Leafs two years ago. His cheeks still get all flush and rosy after a practice and you get the sense picking up a razor has not yet become a daily ritual. But as Kaberle slowly and quietly continues to assert himself and move up the team’s depth chart on defense, he also continues to establish himself as an offensive force in the NHL. And as the Maple Leafs enter this season facing the reality Bryan Berard’s career is likely over, Kaberle will be asked to provide even more production while honing his defensive game. “What we’re seeing right now,” said Leafs’ GM-coach Pat Quinn, “is that he’s becoming a man.” He’s also rapidly…