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February 8, 2002

February 8, 2002

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Veteran Reekie arrives to bolster penalty kill

If the Chicago Blackhawks have a weakness, it’s their spotty penalty killing. But they believe the addition of veteran defenseman Joe Reekie will help them improve the one area that really needed it. “He’s an excellent penalty killer, he blocks a lot of shots and keeps it simple with the puck,” said coach Brian Sutter. “We were looking to add a player with some experience in our situation.” The Hawks sent a fourth round draft pick to Washington for the 36-year-old. Reekie, who was losing ice time to younger defensemen With the Capitals. “I’m just glad to be coming to a team with a chance to win,” said Reekie. “I’m a defensive defenseman first and a penalty killer. I take a lot of pride in that. This team is talented, they play together and they…


Stanley Cup not in Stars for Gavin

One of the biggest highlights of Stewart Gavin’s career ended up being one of his most painful memories. “Getting to the Stanley Cup final in 1991 with Minnesota was an amazing experience,” said Gavin, 41. “It was such a great journey. We seemed to come out of nowhere. But to get that far and not be able to taste victory was a big disappointment.” The glass slipper didn’t fit for the North Stars as they ran into a dynamo named Mario Lemieux and fell in the final to Pittsburgh in six games. “We didn’t shadow (Lemieux). I would have loved the challenge of trying to shut him down, but we played a team system and he killed us,” Gavin said. Gavin, a 6-foot, 180-pound right winger, played 13 seasons with Toronto, Hartford and Minnesota,…


Seeking heroes without masks

The yellowed newspaper accounts report there were 110 goals scored at the main Olympic draw in Nagano, including the medal round. I’m trying to figure out if it says more about me or the international game that I can’t remember a single one. Check that. Apparently Robert Reichel scored over Canada. That rings a bell. Something about a semifinal shootout and the twang of a goalpost and Patrick Roy being unwilling to trade his Stanley Cup rings to Dominik Hasek, for, what exactly? This is supposed to be the beauty of the Olympics and international hockey in the post-Canada Cup era. That in an age of unprecedented parity, in a tournament with three meaningless round robin games followed by two elimination games on the path to the gold, anything can happen. So why…


Hitchcock’s firing inevitable

The question is not why, it’s why it took so long. When the Dallas Stars fired coach Ken Hitchcock Jan. 25-he was informed of the decision at 7 a.m.-the only surprise was that it came in mid-season. GM Bob Gainey was also replaced by assistant GM Doug Robinson, though Gainey was retained as a consultant. He planned to step down as GM at the end of the season. The writing for Hitchcock was on the wall, but if others saw it coming, Hitchcock did not. “I have to say I’m surprised,” said Hitchcock, who will still serve as an assistant coach with Canada at the Olympic Games. “I didn’t anticipate this.” Most felt if Hitchcock lasted the year, it would be his last in Dallas. The runner-up as NHL coach of the year in…