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April 27, 2004

April 27, 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.

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Unsung Cote big surprise for Bulldogs

Some of the rookies, like Chris Higgins and Alexander Perezhogin, were supposed to make a major impact with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season. They were, after all, first round draft picks by the Montreal Canadiens. Then there was Jean-Philippe Cote, a 2000 draft afterthought of Toronto (265th overall) who came to training camp without a contract. By the end of the season, Cote had solidified himself as a decent American League defenseman with a positive upside. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Cote posted the AHL's third-best plus/minus among defensemen and fifth overall at plus-27. “He knows how to play and he knows his job,” said Bulldogs coach Doug Jarvis. “I wouldn't say his game is polished, but he has a hard-working game. He finds a way to get the job done and that's a big asset.…

FEATURES & COLUMNS

I’ll be cheering for the underdog

I must admit, it felt nostalgic to be watching the start of the playoffs this season. Of course I’d like to be there, still playing for the Stanley Cup instead of watching games on television or playing in the World Championship. But it doesn’t do any good to think about what I was doing a year ago. Sulking about not making the playoffs this season doesn’t help me, either. 1 try to look ahead, always ahead. This spring, I’m still a hockey fan. I love watching playoff games and I love watching goalies steal the show. I can relate to how they’re feeling. A guy like Andrew Raycroft must feel like I felt last year, that he doesn’t have anything to lose. Every minute he plays is a minute he can…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

New playoff era begins with Aebischer in net

David Aebischer played a full season as the Colorado Avalanche’s No. 1 goalie, but it nevertheless seemed a bit strange to see somebody other than Patrick Roy in net for the franchise when the post-season began. When Aebischer played in Game 1 of the first round series against Dallas, he became the first goalie other than Roy to start a playoff game for the Avs. Aebischer acknowledged he was surprised at how nervous he felt before playoff games, saying there is nothing that compares in hockey. “In the playoffs, it doesn’t matter how you play, it’s whether you win or lose,” Aebischer said. “But when the puck drops to start a game, it’s like it’s back to normal.” PLAYOFF INJURY WATCH The Avalanche’s biggest concern is left winger Paul Kariya, who sprained his…

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SEPARATED AT BIRTH

Have you spotted these three personalities in the same room at the same time? Submitted by Kyle Shanks from Port Alberni, B.C. Submit ideas for Separated at Birth to jhodgson@thehockeynews.com…