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March 28, 2003

March 28, 2003

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.

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SEPARATED AT BIRTH

Have you spotted these two personalities in the same room at the same time? Submitted by Ryan Harder from Saskatoon, Sask. Flames GM hears rumors of whether Jarome Iginla will return another year ‘Friends’ actor hears rumors of whether cast will return another year Submit ideas for Separated at Birth to jhodgson@thehockeynews.com…

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YOUNG YELLER

DEPARTMENTS

New playoff format for 2003-04 season

The Quebec League finalized its playoff format for next season to accommodate new franchises in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Lewiston, Me. The Montreal Rocket is relocating to Charlottetown and the Sherbrooke Castors to Lewiston. Because the 16-team league already had adopted a three-division alignment for 2003-04 to account for the changing landscape, the playoffs will switch to a slightly more complicated four-part system next year. In the first round, the division winners receive a bye and the three last-place teams are eliminated. That will leave 10 teams to play in five best-of-7 series. The matchups, to be determined by the overall standings, will go as follows: No. 4 vs. No. 13, No. 5 vs. No. 12 and so on. The second round will have four best-of-7 series with the matchups again being determined by regular…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Hawks suffer through train wreck of season

The season can’t end soon enough for the dysfunctional Chicago Blackhawks. Captain Alex Zhamnov’s arrest for drunken driving March 10 in a Chicago suburb was the latest off-ice distraction to strike Team Turmoil. You name it and the Hawks have been through it. There was Theoren Fleury’s two-month suspension, Boris Mironov’s walkout, the Columbus strip-club fight involving Fleury, Phil Housley and Tyler Arnason, Fleury being put on waivers and now the Zhamnov arrest. “It’s been a circus,” said winger Steve Thomas on his way out of town at the trade deadline. Fleury has been in the middle of most of the controversies. He reacted to being placed on waivers March 8 by accusing the Hawks of pushing him toward a relapse. “They are trying to get me to go out and drink so they don’t…