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April 12, 2002

April 12, 2002

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.


Warmup real danger for fans

As dangerous as pucks flying into the stands can be at NHL games, an even greater risk awaits fans who attend pre-game warmups, at least according to one observer. Pierre McGuire, a former NHL coach and currently an analyst on TSN, said he long ago foresaw a tragedy such as the one that occurred March 16 in Columbus. During a game between the Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames, 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil was struck in the head by an errant puck. She died three days later. McGuire wrote in an article for Sports Illustrated - published exactly one year prior to the Columbus incident - warning the NHL that pucks leaving the playing surface was an “accident waiting to happen.” Not just during games, but particularly during the warmup when each team uses about…



Coach dies on ice A Syracuse, N.Y., man died after falling and hitting his head on the ice while teaching a group of children how to skate. Evan Relkin, 50, was slowly skating backwards at a community rink March 23 when he fell and hit the back of his head. He was in his first year as a coach and was instructing kids aged four to six in a hockey initiation program. His five-year-old son was one of the students. Relkin was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died a short time later. He was an associate professor of sensory research in the department of bioengineering and neuro-science at Syracuse University. Bulldogs retain title Minnesota-Duluth defended its NCAA women’s championship by defeating Brown 3-2 on Tricia Guest’s winning goal with 4:56…




Happy-go-lucky Jagr ratchets up game

Jaromir Jagr walks around the Washington Capitals’ dressing room these days laughing and poking fun at any available target, no longer limping along or favoring one side over another. Good health, he says, makes good players. “He’s healthy, sure, but ever since he came back from the Olympics he has been playing with a lot of passion,” said goalie Olie Kolzig. “He has never missed the playoffs and I don’t think he wants to. He goes out now with determination. He gets the puck, he wants to go through three or four guys. If he loses it, he goes after it again. I mean, it’s no coincidence we’re winning now.” With actions more than statements, Jagr has moved into a leadership void on and off the ice left when Adam Oates was…