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November 23, 2004

November 23, 2004

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Mitchell’s injured neck could be bone of contention

Defenseman Willie Mitchell is rehabilitating a neck injury that could put him at odds with the Wild over who should pay for the therapy. Mitchell is forking over his own money for treatment of a displaced disk, but plans to seek reimbursement from the team, perhaps through a union grievance, when the lockout ends. The injury surfaced Aug. 19, when Mitchell woke up in pain. This summer, Mitchell rehabilitated an undisclosed shoulder injury he suffered in May playing for Team Canada at the world championship. He revisited Wild head trainer Don Fidler for more therapy on his neck before the lockout shut down everything Sept. 15…GM Doug Risebrough, team physician Dr. Sheldon Bums and left winger Matt Johnson attended the Nov. 8 funeral for Sergei Zholtok in his native Latvia.…


Fedoruk hit in eye by puck, suffers broken orbital bone

There’s bad luck, lousy luck and then there’s what happened to Todd Fedoruk. After waiting 10 days to work through some issues with the NHL Players’ Association, the Flyers left winger finally signed an American League contract with the Phantoms. So what happens? In his first game, while sitting on the bench, Fedoruk gets hit with an errant puck and suffers a broken orbital bone around his eye. He will be sidelined at least a month. Meanwhile, the little group of Flyers which skates Tuesdays and Thursdays at a South Jersey rink says there’s still solidarity among the players. “I’ve been preparing for five years for this point in time,” said captain Keith Primeau. “This is a real conflict of opinions. I don’t believe it’s going to get solved in…


Life in minor pro league major pain when traveling

If Oilers teammates Raffi Torres and Jarret Stoll had forgotten how good NHLers have it compared to their minor league counterparts, there’s nothing like a 14-hour travel day to from Newfoundland to San Jose to refresh their memories. “It’s a lot of miles, but that’s the AHL for you,” said Stoll, who’s spending the lockout with the American League’s Edmonton Road Runners. The ocean to ocean flight was part of a marathon 15-day road trip during which the Runners fly across North America four times: From Edmonton to St. John’s for two games, across five time zones to San Jose, then Utah and Houston, then back east for one game in Hamilton, then back across the country to Edmonton. All of it on commercial flights, enduring the same lineups, security…



Worried about where you’re going to get your hockey fix this winter? Have no fear-we’ve got you covered. Throughout the season, THN will be running TV listings for leagues that are actually playing games. Games denoted with an asterisk (*) will be shown on tape delay. AMERICAN LEAGUE ECHL ONTARIO LEAGUE WESTERN LEAGUE QUEBEC LEAGUE NCAA…