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August 24, 2004

August 24, 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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Savane eager to brew Storm in Toledo

The Toledo Storm looks to rebound after a disappointing season in which the defending Brabham Cup champions failed to make the Kelly Cup playoffs. Reggie Savage, a 14-year professional and former NHL player, wants to re-establish himself after an injury-plagued year that ended after shoulder surgery. A perfect fit? Savage chose Toledo from a group of at least five ECHL teams and offers from clubs in the United and Central Leagues this offseason. The 34-year-old first round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in 1988 (15th overall) joined coach Nick Vitucci’s rebuilding effort. “The money was the same everywhere in the ECHL,” Savage told The Blade in Toledo. “What it came down to was * do I want to go to a team that’s very high in the standings or do I want to…

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IceDogs want a GM to push pencils, too

Winning the Eastern Conference championship wasn’t enough for Ken Cook to keep his job as GM of the Mississauga IceDogs. Cook was with the team one season but the IceDogs, once a laughing stock, went 36-21-7-4, second-best record in the conference. But majority owner Mario Forgione, who bought the team in February 2003, wanted Cook to focus more on the business operation and less on scouting and development. Cook could not accept that. “Now the GM role is more forced on the business side of hockey,” said Forgione, who hired Cook and coach Greg Gilbert to replace Steve Ludzik, under former owner Nick Ricci. Forgione, who co-owns the team with Chris Pronger, has assumed the GM’s job. “It’s not so much a scouting role, it’s more of a blending of the hockey and business…

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ON THE FLY

WHO AM I? I have played for the Nordiques, Flames, Oilers, Hurricanes and Canucks in my career. I’ve been traded for or with names such as McLean, Carson, Burke, McSorley, Sanderson and Ciccone. Who am I? The FANS DONE WRONG’ Award To supporters of the St. John’s Maple Leafs, who have backed the AHL team through thick and thin-only to see the Baby Leafs leave for Toronto in 2005-06. TRIVIA Who was the first American-born player to reach 1,000 games in the NHL? a. Chris Chelios c. Gordie Roberts b. Joe Mullen d. Phil Housley The correct answer to the Trivia/Who Am I questions will appear in next week’s issue of The Hockey News and at thehockeynews.com Last issue’s Trivia: B. Doug Harvey Last issue’s Who Am I: Dallas Stars left winger Brenden Morrow.…

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Coach Lewis vowing tough love In Detroit

Dave Lewis promises to be more strict in his third season as Detroit’s coach-if that’s what it takes to prod the Wings into a gritty, crash-the-net, playoff-game style. “If you’re not playing the way I want you to play, there might be some adjustments in the game,” said Lewis, who signed a one-year contract extension after two great regular seasons and two early playoff exits. “That could be sitting somebody down that you wouldn’t expect to sit so we’re all on the same page. “In the past,” Lewis continued, “you would look away at times because of the score and maybe who the personnel were. You can get away with it, because we did in the regular season, but I think in the long run it’s not a healthy environment. Sometimes conflict…