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December 6, 2002

December 6, 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.


Locke’s goal-oriented line leads Ottawa’s ambitious attack

It’s premature to say he has a lock on the scoring championship, but Corey Locke of the Ottawa 67’s is enjoying a great start. The second-year center had 25 goals and 60 points in 20 games as the 67’s led the Ontario League with a 17-3-2-0 record. And 10 of those wins and a majority of Locke’s points were on the road as the 67’s were forced, due to scheduling conflicts at the Civic Centre, to play 14 of their first 20 games away from home. Last season, as a 17-year-old rookie (after choosing to play a year of Jr. A before reporting to the 67’s), Locke had 18 goals. “I always said, ‘Watch this kid. Next year he’s going to be a star,” said coach-GM Brian Kilrea. “(Head scout) Joe Rowley gets the…


Manchester defenseman hit with assault charge

Manchester Monarchs defenseman Joe Corvo is in hot water. Corvo, 25, was arrested and charged with a pair of felonies following an incident at a Boston-area nightclub Nov. 12, the evening of the Monarchs rookie dinner. Corvo is facing charges of assault and battery, indecent assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon after allegedly grabbing a 34-year-old Boston woman. After being asked to leave, he allegedly returned, punching and kicking the victim near a bathroom. Neither Corvo nor the Monarchs offered any comment. A pre-trial conference was slated for Nov. 25. Corvo, who shared the team scoring lead with five goals and 15 points in 14 games, didn’t miss any action. DON’T ASK FOR SECONDS Manitoba left winger Steve Kariya was one of six American Leaguers to help Canada capture the Deustchland Cup in Germany…


Olausson to sit out until he gets io shape

After producing only one assist in 15 games, defenseman Fredrik Olausson and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim set forth on a new course of action. Olausson, signed to a $1.1million free agent contract in July after helping Detroit capture the Stanley Cup last spring, emerged from the playoff run with a hip flexor and a strained groin muscle. He missed half of training camp with the Ducks and, apparently, never reached peak physical condition. “I didn’t get a good base of training in,” Olausson said. “I’m going to take some time here to strengthen my legs a little bit. I don’t feel I have the perfect jump in my legs.” While Anaheim had counted on Olausson and fellow free agent acquisition Adam Oates to boost the NHL’s worst power of a year ago,…


Gilbert’s job In limbo as offense lacks fire

Things were getting to the critical stage in Calgary, where the Flames had lost seven consecutive games through Nov. 21, four by shutout, three others in which they’d scored only a single goal. How bad was it? Early in November, during a six-day span, the Flames established a franchise record by going 192 minutes and 42 seconds without scoring a goal. Three days later, they began a second scoreless drought that reached 186 minutes and 39 seconds, second longest in team history. With his team’s losing ways dragging on, it looked as if coach Greg Gilbert’s job was increasingly in jeopardy. “It’s not fun,” Gilbert said. “You start to question yourself and hesitate. You’re really tense. You’re more focused on bad things happening than just going out and playing and taking control of…