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December 2, 2003

December 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.

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Vishnevski battling to regain regular spot

Vitaly Vishnevski doesn’t expect to show up in many offensive highlight clips, but he’s making progress toward becoming the well-rounded defenseman the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim want to see. After being a healthy scratch in five of 15 games, Vishnevski took advantage of an injury to defense man Kurt Sauer to get back in the lineup and make an impact. Vishnevski, a lineup regular during his first three seasons in Anaheim, picked up his first points of the season with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 victory over the visiting St. Louis Blues Nov. 16 and was plus-6 during a three-game winning streak. “I never think about scoring goals,” Vishnevski said. “I just play hockey and do my best on the ice. Winning is important for me, not points.” HERO AT HOME…

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REMEMBER WHEN?

Headlines from The Hockey News archives Week of December 2 7 YEARS AGO 1996 • Former junior hockey coach Graham James charged with two counts of sexual misconduct by Saskatchewan police • Hartford’s Paul Coffey leads vote-getters in all-star balloting • Penguins open season poorly at 6-13-1; Mario Lemieux struggles with worst start offensively since rookie year 14 YEARS AGO 1989 • Former Nordiques bench boss Ron Lapointe returns from battle with cancer to coach IHL’s Milwaukee Admirals • NHL studies potential cities for possible expansion • Wayne Gretzky reported to be among group of investors looking to bring NBA team to Toronto 28 YEARS AGO 1975 • NHL feels aftershocks of trade that sent Phil Esposito, Carol Vadnais to Rangers for Brad Park, Jean Ratelie • Floundering Washington Capitals lose 14 of first 18 games • Bryan Hextall joins brother Dennis…

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RETRO REPLAY

THE BIG 5-0… In this 1986 photo, Islanders legend Mike Bossy poses beside a giant symbol of the number that was central to his storied career. Perhaps the NHL’s best pure scorer, Bossy tallied at least 50 goals in the first nine seasons of his 10-year career, including 50 goals in as many games in 1980-81.…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Pleau assumes reins as GM of Team USA

Blues GM Larry Pleau will be the architect for the U.S. men’s hockey team in two international tournaments next year, USA Hockey announced Nov. 19. Pleau, an assistant GM for the 2002 Olympic team, has more than 35 years of experience with USA Hockey. He will construct the U.S. teams for the spring’s World Championship and for next fall’s World Cup of Hockey. Team USA is the defending World Cup champ after winning in 1996. “It’s a great challenge,” Pleau said. “We have a lot to live up to after winning it.” Pleau, who played on the U.S. team in the 1968 Olympics, named Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell as the assistant GM. The management team planned to meet in St. Louis on Nov. 24-25 to outline a depth chart of players and…