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September 23, 2003

September 23, 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

NOTEBOOK

The leading goal-scorer among active minor-leaguers is back where he enjoyed his greatest success. Kevin Kerr, who has 640 career goals in 16 seasons, signed a two-year contract with the United League’s Flint Generals. Beginning in 1993-94, Kerr had five straight seasons with at least 50 goals, 100 points and 200 penalty minutes for Flint, where he hopes to retire. “That’s my goal,” Kerr said. The 36-year-old needs 24 goals to pass former East Coast League left winger Scott Gruhl and become the No. 1 goalscorer in minor league history.…

IN THIS ISSUE

Rockets all fired up

The Western League has grown over the offseason. The expansion Everett (Wash.) Silvertips give the WHL 20 teams, divided into the U.S., B.C., Central and East Divisions. Here’s our projected overall finish for 2003-04: 1. KELOWNA ROCKETS Although Kelowna lost forwards Jesse Schultz and Kiel McLeod to graduation, a solid nucleus remains from the team which won the WHL championship last season. Tyler Mosienko is the top returning scorer (83 points) and defenseman Josh Gorges leads a solid blueline. In goal, the Rockets could welcome back 20-year-old Kelly Guard, who sported a Canadian Hockey League-record 1.93 goals-against average last year. The Rockets don’t have as much firepower as they did last year, but there’s plenty of talent-especially behind the bench, where Marc Hab-scheid returns. Kelowna, which will host the 2004 Memorial Cup, will…

DEPARTMENTS

Goalies under scrutiny

Greetings class and welcome to Netology 101. My name is Mr. Kay and I’ll be your teacher. OK, teacher may be too strong a word, but I do have a crease history. Three games in house league as a seven-year-old taught me all I needed to know about the perils of net life. But I digress. Today’s lesson is the microscope. Later in the season, we’ll use it to inspect shrinking goalie stats. For now, we’ll put a handful of goalies under it. Make sure they’re firmly in place because these specimens will be there much of the season. DOMINIK HASEK, DETROIT ‘The Dominator’ is back, but how “back” is he? There are those in the hockey community who are assuming he’ll be the all-world presence he was for much of the 1990s.…

DEPARTMENTS

TWO MINUTES IN THE BOX

POS. Center AGE 28 BIRTHPLACE Washington, D.C. KEVYN ADAMS Start the clock… What’s the strangest superstition you’ve seen? “I played in college with a goalie who, before a game, would crawl on his hands and knees from his stall to the bathroom, throw up, then crawl back to his stall.” Closest friends in the league? “Alyn McCauley, Erik Cole and Craig Adams.” What’s your all-time least favorite TV show? “Hee Haw. It was always on before Sabres games when I was a kid. Man, was it dumb.” Hobbies away from the arena? “I enjoy golf and hanging out with my two-year-old son Emerson.” Ever been distracted by anything on the jumbotron? “In my rookie year, I got hit pretty hard by Scott Stevens. The replay made the highlight reels at a few arenas; it’s strange to see yourself getting pounded over and over again.” If…