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October 21, 2003

October 21, 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.

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Austrian star among five new Wild faces

First round draft choice Brent Burns and 1993 top pick Alexandre Daigle were among the five new faces who joined the Wild following the team’s most competitive training camp. But the biggest surprise is the emergence of towering left winger Christoph Brandner, who became the second Austrian to play in the NHL (goalie Reinhard Divis has played three games for the St. Louis Blues). Despite being Germany’s reigning player of the year, Brandner wondered aloud whether he could adjust fast enough to the smaller ice surfaces and intensity of the North American game and the Wild’s disciplined system. But his hockey sense, powerful skating and booming shot secured a spot. “I still can’t believe it,” said Brandner, 28, who moved to Minnesota with his wife and infant daughter to chase his NHL dream.…

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Arduous road for Heatley

Since his MVP performance at the All-Star Game last season, it has been a given that 22-year-old Dany Heatley would be forever in the company of superstars. That may be the only thing that hasn’t changed. In the heart-wrenching aftermath of the accident that killed his close friend and Atlanta Thrashers teammate Dan Snyder, Heatley has hired the same lawyer who once represented Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Ray Lewis and Dany Heatley - there are two names we never expected to hear in the same sentence. Five weeks ago The Hockey News ran Heatley on the cover with the headline “The New Face of the NHL.” From anyone’s perspective, everything about that face was desirable - the youth within it, the leadership sparkling in his eyes, the easygoing humility of his…

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The Hockey News PLAYER POLL

Excluding your own team, who do you think did the most in the offseason to improve their club? NHL players agree the Colorado Avalanche finetuned an already high-performance engine. In a poll of 30 players, one from each team, 24 (80 per cent) said the Avalanche did the most upgrading. “They were loaded to begin with and then they add (Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne), they’re going to be tough to stop,” said Buffalo’s Jay McKee. “Detroit improved their defense with Hatcher and Hasek,” said Anaheim’s Sandis Ozolinsh. -FOR COMPLETE PLAYER POLL RESULTS, VISIT THEHOCKEYNEWS.COM…

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SEPARATED AT BIRTH

Have you spotted these two personalities in the same room at the same time? Suggested by Brian Estrella from Providence, R.I. Boston center born in 1973, was finalist for Hobey Baker Award Boston second baseman born in 1973 in Bakersfield, Calif. Submit ideas for Separated at Birth to ihodgson@thehockeynews.com…