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October 26, 2004

October 26, 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.


Handful of Rangers recovering from woes

Recuperating from arthroscopic surgery on a right knee meniscus tear sustained in the World Cup, defenseman Darius Kasparaitis was not medically cleared to play by Oct. 13 and will be paid until he’s fully recovered. THE RANGERS Jozef Balej, R Prime sniping prospect opening with Wolf Pack. Blair Betts, C Center recovering from shoulder surgery under AHL contract. Mike Dunham, G Netminder spending time with young daughter and wife. Bobby Holik, C Spending time at his ranch in Florida. Jaromir Jagr, RW Early season league Czech League scoring leader playing for Kladno. Darius Kasparaitis, D Rehabbing World Cup injury. Maxim Kondratiev, D Opening season in Hartford, could still return to Russia this season. Jamie Landmark, C Declined invitation to play in Hartford in favor of Bolzano in Italian League. Garth Murray, LW On sidelines after suffering broken left thumb during…


We’ll remain optimistic

The pessimism runs deeper than dirt. There’s a growing, foreboding sense that 2004-05 is finished. Store the sticks. Pack up the pucks. There’s nothing to see here. We’re not buying it. Not yet. Until the year is officially canceled, we’ll hold out hope that logic will prevail. We’ll base our blind faith on the knowledge that no major North American professional sports league has ever lost an entire season, from start to finish, due to greed. We’ll believe that negotiations aren’t taking place right now because they don’t yet have to; but they will accelerate into high gear the closer we near a drop dead date, whenever that may be. We’ll understand what the players stand to lose about 18 months’ worth of paychecks and surmise that the deal they sign this December…



WHO AM I? In my NHL career which dates back to the late ’80s as ah offense-minded defenseman, I’ve played for four Original Six teams. I’m also one of the few Jewish players in the NHL. Who am I? The ’Slap (Shot) In The Face’ Award Goes to the CBC, which didn’t include legendary hockey movie Slap Shot as part of its Saturday night movie lineup that replaces Hockey Night In Canada. TRIVIA Who was named the WHA’s most valuable player in its final season of operation (1978-79)? a. Mark Messier b. Doug Mohns c. Dave Dryden d. Gordie Howe The correct answer to the Trivia/Who Am I questions will appear in next week’s issue of The Hockey News and at Last week’s Trivia: Bill Barber. Last week’s Who Am I: New York Islanders left winger Jason…



Fort Wayne and Missouri had an unexpected guest when they met in the United League’s pre-season opener: Scotty Bowman. The legendary coach was in Fort Wayne to visit his daughter Alicia, who recently moved to the city. Bowman decided to catch the game, a 5-2 Komets’ win, from the stands. “I really like this,” said Bowman to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. ’There’s not a big difference between this and the NHL, just a couple of stars here or there. I’ll be back a few times.” Komets president Michael Franke said Bowman is welcome at Allen County Memorial Coliseum anytime and joked that he was at the game to keep Fort Wayne coach Greg Puhalski on his toes. Puhalski, however, isn’t worried about Bowman stealing his job. “Hey, he hasn’t…