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December 7, 2001

December 7, 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.




Best in West? San Jose

The San Jose Sharks are again right at the top of the Pacific Division, but they won’t make the same mistakes they made last year. If the Sharks can stay healthy, they’ll skate away with not only the division banner, but the Western Conference title as well. The Stars are on their backs seeing stars, the Avs buried themselves with a slow start and St. Louis will be singing the blues-when the Sharks take a bite out of them (and every other team in the NHL). Adam Morton,New Glasgow, N.S. Turn page on past, Clarke I’ve been sitting back watching the Philadelphia Flyers-Eric Lindros saga for two years. It seems to me that one man has let it all get the best of him. That man, of course, is Flyers’ GM Bobby Clarke. The more…


Languishing Lumme reborn with Leafs

Like the antique dealer who cruises the garage sales every Saturday morning, Toronto coach-GM Pat Quinn has taken on yet another reclamation project. This time it’s 35-year-old defenseman Jyrki Lumme, whom Quinn acquired from Dallas Nov. 21 for Dave Manson. The Leafs then scrapped Lumme’s lucrative two-year deal and signed him to a new three-year deal with a team option. Lumme had a terrible time in Dallas with just one assist in 15 games. There were reports of discord between Lumme and Stars’ coach Ken Hitchcock and Lumme’s play suffered because of the separation with his wife, Minna, and two daughters, who have all stayed in Finland since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Minna is convinced the U.S. will be the target of another attack, but she is willing to come to…


Gadsby’s hit on Horton one of hardest of all-time

Never a player to be squeamish, Bill Gadsby admits he was shocked when he saw Tim Horton lying on the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens with blood oozing from his mouth and ears. “It scared the livin’ hell out of me,” Gadsby said. “I thought the guy was dead.” Horton suffered a broken jaw and broken leg as a result of the thundering Gadsby bodycheck in the 1955-56 season. Horton recovered and went on to win four Stanley Cups with Toronto. In 20 seasons with Chicago, the New York Rangers and Detroit, Gadsby earned three first-and four second-team all-star selections and was runner-up for the Norris Trophy in 1956, ’58 and ’59. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970, he was No. 99 on THN’s survey of the top 100 NHLers of…