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December 23, 2003

December 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.

2004 WORLD JUNIOR PREVIEW

Fleury’s return boosts Canada’s confidence

There are no guarantees that goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will lead Canada to a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Championship, but he should be able to cover a team dinner. The first overall pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003 returns for a second tour of duty with the Canadian junior team in Finland. That surely will enhance Canada’s chances of winning its first gold medal since 1997 and make the Canadians the strongest at that position in the tournament. The Penguins made things much easier for Fleury when they announced they would continue to pay his NHL salary while he’s playing for gold in Helsinki. With a base salary of $1.25 million (U.S.), Fleury will make a total of $179,111.14 for the 26 days he’s with the Canadian team. “I think…

FEATURES & COLUMNS

BREAKING THE RULES

1911-12 National Hockey Association eliminates rover, ushers in six-man hockey 1929-30 Forward passing permitted in all three zones; goal-scoring more than doubles 1943-44 Modern era of hockey begins with introduction of center red line 1983-84 Five-minute sudden-death overtime introduced in regular season! 1999-00 NHL introduces 4-on-4 play in regular season overtime…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Long-suffering Iginla enjoying turnaround

Jarome Iginla has been around for most of the bad old days - the seven years in a row out of the playoffs, the constant need to address what was wrong with the Calgary Flames. So understandably, when things did finally turn the corner for the struggling NHL franchise, he was also front-and-center to discuss the good times. Calgary went on a stretch through early December in which they registered a point in 10 consecutive games to vault into a playoff position in the tough Western Conference. In the second week of the month, they earned the offensive (right winger Shean Donovan) and defensive (goalie Miikka Kipru-soff) player-of-the-week awards. “It feels really good, with the success we’re having as a team,” Iginla said. “Personally, it felt like a little bit of relief to…

IN THIS ISSUE

Perezhogin learns Canadien way

Rookie Alexander Perezhogin is hitting the books this winter and while the final marks aren't yet in, we can tell you the Montreal Canadiens prospect is receiving a passing grade on the ice. Montreal's second pick in the 2001 draft (25th overall) is fitting in nicely with the American League's Hamilton Bulldogs after signing a three-year contract with the Canadiens last summer. It's a step forward, considering Perezhogin is still taking baby steps in English-as-a-second-language classes. “He's slowly coming along,” said Bulldogs coach Doug Jarvis of the 20-year-old native of Kazakstan, “but we can already see a difference as far as communication goes. “But as far as the hockey language is concerned, when you go to the blackboard with Alex, he picks things up very quickly whether you're describing a drill or whether you're…