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All Access Pass 2006

All Access Pass 2006

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

FLEURY NOT COOKING UP TROUBLE ANY LONGER

When Theo Fleury relocated to Northern Ireland to play for the Belfast Giants last season, the fear was he would fall back on old bad habits. Instead, he found a new passion. Fleury’s days, once dedicated to playing hard-nosed hockey, are now spent in the kitchen sniffing out the right ingredients. Fiance Jennifer is the one dedicated to building muscle. “I like to loosen up and maybe go for a run or do the gym routine, but the main focus of my day is cooking and the preparation and gathering of the right ingredients,” Fleury said. “Jennifer spends more time than I do at the gym. That leaves me more time to find fresh fruits and vegetables at specialist shops and purchase key materials or building blocks of either the evening meal…

THE TEAM ZONE

HEDICAN IN TUNE WITH ROCK STARS

It started innocuously enough. In his young days playing for the Vancouver Canucks, defenseman Bret Hedican attended a Hootie and the Blowfish concert and, being an amateur guitarist himself, wondered if members of the band might sign a guitar for him. A new obsession was launched. “Just one of those things,” Hedican said. “It kind of evolved from there.” A decade of collecting later, the walls of Hedican’s northern Minnesota lake house are covered with more than a dozen guitars signed by famous pluckers from Springsteen to Babyface to Bryan Adams. Even Peter Frampton and AC/DC’s Angus Young are represented, but the guitar that gets the most envy is signed by all four members of the Rolling Stones. Hedican is best known for his lengthy NHL career and marriage to American figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi —…

THE TEAM ZONE

NOLAN’S SPARE TIME RARELY A ‘BOAR’

Owen Nolan loves to fish and hunt, but there’s one animal he’s on the prowl for that is a bit of a surprise. Nolan, who signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes this summer in an attempt to revive his injury-interrupted career, owns 1,200 acres of land in the San Jose area. The property is heavily populated by boars. “They’re everywhere,” Nolan said. “And it’s just not on my property. The big attraction (to boar hunting) is if you go out hunting for them, you can usual-ly find success because there are so many in the area.” Nolan, who favors a bow and arrow when he hunts boar, said the key to bagging one is getting as close to the animal as possible. That is easier said than done. “It’s a challenge,” he said. “They’re…

THE TEAM ZONE

STARS’ BENCH BOSS BUILDING HIS DREAM

Dave Tippett’s summer place in northern Minnesota is far enough away from the next cottage that the noise of a blasting motorcycle engine isn’t too big of a problem. His neighbors in Texas aren’t so lucky. A builder at heart – one grandfather was an auto mechanic and the other a carpenter – Tippett has run a remodeling company out of his garage, redone his summer home on his own and rebuilt the first car he ever owned: a 1967 Mustang. So it was no surprise during the lockout his idle hands found the idle of a built-from-scratch motorcycle project. Tippett put together a bike that would reflect the detail-oriented approach he puts into coaching. “I just wanted to see if I could do it,” he said. “I handled other projects, but this…