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September 2, 2003

September 2, 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.

DEPARTMENTS

Draft lottery good deterrent

The team that has finished last overall has maintained the first overall pick just four times in the draft lottery’s nine-year history. Here are the results since 1995.…

DEPARTMENTS

SITTING ON THE SIDELINES

Mike Peca missed the entire 2000-01 campaign and, starting from that season’s opening night, a total of364 days as a restricted free agent in a contract dispute with Buffalo. (He returned to the NHL as an Islander in 2001-02.) Here are five notable players since 1990 who have missed the most time (in days) due to contract disputes:…

DEPARTMENTS

Highly touted rookie spurns NCAA for OHL

London finally got its man when first round draft pick Tom Mannino chose the Ontario League over U.S. college. Mannino, 6-foot-l and 215 pounds, was rookie of the year in Western Ontario Jr. B in 2002-03 after making the move to forward from defense with the Leamington Flyers. He was the top rookie scorer with 14 goals and 48 points in 46 games and was named to the first all-star team. Mannino was chosen 10th overall in the OHL draft, but would have gone in the top three had there not been uncertainty over whether he would report. Both his parents are graduates of the University of Michigan and the 16-year-old from Farmington Hills, Mich., was supposedly leaning toward playing for the Wolverines. The Knights have guaranteed him an education package that will allow him…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Ray era definitely over as Sabres pass on vet

The Buffalo Sabres can’t be sure all of their unsigned players will be on hand for the start of training camp, but one of their longest-serving is certain not to be there. Rob Ray, a noted enforcer who spent 12 seasons with the Sabres before being traded to Ottawa last spring, contacted Sabres management about a possible return. But a local cable television outlet reported the Sabres have opted not to extend Ray an offer. Ray was an alternate captain in his final seasons with the team, holds the team record for most penalty minutes (3,189) and was one of the most popular players in Sabres history. He will now have to decide between attempting to make Ottawa as a free agent, exploring a possible coaching option there or retiring. TRAINING CAMP OPENS Sept.…