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November 30, 2001

November 30, 2001

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.

IN THIS ISSUE

WEST COAST LEAGUE

When No. 1 goalie David Goverde went down with a groin injury, the Tacoma Sabercats promoted backup Mike Brusseau to take his place. Finding another No. 2 goalie was a trickier matter. Tacoma reached into its front office, putting director of ticket sales Mark Wollen in uniform on the strength of a resume that included Jr. A hockey and participation in a local adult league. Wollen wasn’t needed on the ice and the Sabercats had a more conventional No. 2 goalie signed by their next game.,. The Anchorage Aces are known for their slow starts. They started the 1999-2000 season with a 1-9-3 record and were 3-10-0 out of the gate last season. After a 2-1-0 start this season, Anchorage’s winless streak hit 10 games and its record fell to…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Even injury bug can’t derail Flames

The most surprising part of the Calgary Flames’ early-season run is they are winning despite the fact the developing defense corps is getting beat up. Among the four young defensemen who helped key the turnaround, only Toni Lydman has been healthy enough to play every game. The most recent casualty was Derek Morris, who sustained a back injury Nov. 8 against Los Angeles. An MRI indicated Morris had either a deep bruise or a slight tear in his lower back just above his buttock. Antiinflammatories helped manage the problem and he missed just one game-a 2-0 win over Colorado-before returning at less than full strength. Previously, Robyn Regehr missed time with a wrist injury and Denis Gauthier sat out five games recovering from back spasms. Throw in the groin injury that cost Jamie Allison…

FEATURES

Hall’s international flavoi

As the five newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame took their seats to meet with the media hours before their official induction, a couple of things became obvious. Firstly, hockey truly no longer has any borders. Two players from Canada, one from Moscow, another from Helsinki and one from Detroit became honored Hall of Fame members. And if you follow the sands of time, you’ll see the distinguished inductees have been crossing paths long before they became stars in their own right. The Hall welcomed Mike Gartner, Viacheslav Fetisov, Dale Hawerchuk, Jari Kurri and Craig Patrick to its exclusive club in what Jim Gregory, chairman of the selection committee, described as “the most geographically diverse group” to ever be enshrined. “Those five guys represent the global nature of our game today,”…

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Peirson helped clip Red Wings in 1953 playoffs

Long-time Boston fans fondly recall the role right winger Johnny Peirson played in dismantling the Detroit Red Wings in the 1953 playoffs. Detroit had finished first five years in a row and won eight straight playoff games en route to the 1952 Stanley Cup. “We decided to have Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Joe Klukay check the (Gordie) Howe-(Ted) Lindsay-(Earl) Reibel line,” Peirson said. “We thought we could take care of the rest.” Playing on a unit with Fleming Mackell and Ed Sandford, which produced 10 goals in the series, Peirson scored twice and earned eight points as the Bruins upset Detroit in six games, despite losing the opener 7-0. Boston went on to fall to Montreal in the final. Peirson played 545 games with the Bruins from 1946 to 1958, scoring 153 goals…