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January 20, 2004

January 20, 2004

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

MEDIA SUFFER POWER OUTAGE That there is so much as one media person-be they from TV, radio or print-included in your latest list of the “Top 100 People of Power and Influence” indicates to me the media vastly overrates its own influence. (THN, Dec. 30) What a collective ego you all seem to have! Whatever happened to simply reporting on the game and interviewing the people involved with it? Joe Heinisch, Waterloo, Ont. GREAT LIST Many thanks to editor Jason Kay for his list of ways to revive the NHL game. (THN, Dec. 30) A serious effort by the league to improve the quality of its game is long overdue! I'd support the following items on Kay's list: calling the rules by the book at all times; enlarging the red and bluelines to create bigger offensive and…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Change behind bench helps Panthers turn corner

Panthers owner Alan Cohen liked coach Mike Keenan better than GM Rick Dudley, but gave Dudley permission to fire Keenan. The team has fewer points than a year ago, allows more shots and scores less, yet the team somehow seems better. -Life with the Panthers is one incongruity after another. MID-SEASON GRADES A Roberto Luongo, G. Sees, stops more shots than any NHL No. 1. B+ Stephen Weiss, C. Smart, slick, two-way player. B+ Mike Van Ryn, D. Finds shooting lanes well. B+ Juraj Kolnik, RW. Hitter, minor league scorer lifts play of any line he’s on. B Byron Ritchie, C. Team feeds off energetic pest B Valeri Bure, RW. Eight goals that tied opponents or gave Panthers the lead a team high. B Nathan Horton, RW. Rookie can help team more ways than any other Panther. B Craig…

DEPARTMENTS

ON THE FLY

DID YOU KNOW? Hall of Fame goalie Walter Turk’ Broda was doubly lucky in 1942. After his Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup, he had his name inscribed twice on the championship trophy-once with his given name and once his nickname TRIVIA How many hat tricks did the L.A. Kings record in an April 10, 1990, playoff game against Calgary? a. 3 c. 2 b. 0 d. 4 NUMBER CRUNCH 17 Consecutive wins by goalie Gilles Gilbert (’75-76) 141 NHL record for total shots in one game 976 Fans in attendance for 1972 Christmas Eve game between California Seals and L.A. Kings The correct answer to the trivia question will appear in next week’s issue of The Hockey News and at thehockeynews.com Last week’s answer: d. Selanne had 132 points in his rookie season.…

DEPARTMENTS

EYE ON EUROPE

Future and former NHLers are performing in Europe this season. Here are four such players with NHL rights in parentheses: Petr Prucha, 21, RW (NY Rangers). The 240th overall pick of 2002 is a rising star with Pardubice of the Czech league. Playing for the Czech national team, he was voted best forward at the Baltika Cup in Moscow. Yves Sarault, 31, LW (free agent). Sarault totaled 106 games with six NHL teams over eight years. In his second sea-son with Bern in the Swiss league, Sarault has 12 goals and 36 points in 29 games. Frans Nielsen, 19, C (NY Islanders). Talented Danish for-ward is flashing his great potential in the Swedish league. He has five goals and 10 points in 31 games with Malmo. Rich Parent, 31, G (free agent). Parent played…