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November 24, 2000

November 24, 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 TEAM REPORTS

Cechmanek speaks following shutout

This time Roman Cechmanek didn’t have to let only his performance do the talking. Philadelphia’s first-year goalie shut out Edmonton 2-0 Nov. 9, then eschewed regular translator Michal Sykora for the first time. Perhaps Cechmanek wanted to make sure for himself there was no budding goaltender controversy on the Flyers. Brian Boucher is considered the regular starter, Cechmanek the backup. But after back-to-back shutouts, Cechmanek may have changed the order for a while. “No,” said Cechmanek, a native of the Czech Republic. “Brian is the No. 1.” At 29, Cechmanek isn’t eligible for rookie of the year, but he’s playing like one. And playing more often. Both players say they understand the situation. Said coach Craig Ramsay: “It appears he (Cechmanek) is really getting comfortable now because he’s adjusting to the style here, expecting shots from…

DEPARTMENTS

INSIDE HOCKEY

Hall inductees Wayne Gretzky was one of nine honorees inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 9. “I’m excited about it,” Gretzky said. “Growing up in Canada, you realize there are only so many great Canadian athletes.” The former NHL great was joined by Dr. Tom Pashby, a pioneer in the development of protective hockey equipment, most notably helmets and visors. Pashby was honored in the builders category. Kings to host The Los Angeles Kings have been chosen to host the 52nd NHL All-Star Game in 2002. The Feb. 1-2 event will be held at the Staples Center and include the Heroes of Hockey game and SuperSkills competition. Los Angeles previously hosted the event at the Great Western Forum in 1981. Kings’ GM Dave Taylor was a member of the Wales…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Moribund Caps tops in Southeast

Washington Capital boosters projected a first place finish in the Southeast Division this season. Detractors pegged a sub-.5OO finish. Who could have guessed both would be right as they neared the quarter-mark of the season. With a disappointing record of 3-8-4 after 16 games, the Capitals still held down top spot in the Southeast thanks to lethargic starts by their division rivals. The Caps won only one of their first 11 games, then won two out of three before the team started to sink back to earlier levels. All this from a team that had 102 points last season and made only cosmetic changes in the off-season. So what’s the problem? The forwards are not scoring (31 goals in 16 games), defenders are porous (sixth most shots allowed) and goalie Olie Kolzig is not…

DEPARTMENTS

Reid: NHL back where it belongs in Minnesota

Tom Reid is not only happy NHL hockey is back in Minnesota, he can’t believe it ever left. Reid, a defenseman who played 701 NHL games - the first 86 with Chicago, the last 615 with the North Stars - believes the NHL and Minnesota were made for each other. It’s something that should never have left town,” said Reid of the old North Stars, who transferred to Dallas in 1993. “Minnesota has put more players in the NHL than any other state. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise, though. We got a new arena out of it.” The Minnesota Wild joined the NHL this season, along with the Columbus Blue Jackets, bringing the NHL to 30 teams. The North Stars joined the NHL in 1967 when the league doubled in size…