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December 21, 2004

December 21, 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

UNITED STATES LEAGUE

Lincoln coach Steve Johnson’s acquisitions this seasons are paying off. Coming off a sub-.500 season in 200304, Johnson brought in some needed offensive vigor in forward Brock Trotter, and Swedish import Linus Klasen. Klasen was recognized by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service’s preliminary ranking. “He has as good a set of hands as I’ve ever seen,” said Johnson of Klasen. More help has come from Johnson’s brother Chad Johnson, coach of Bismarck (NAHL), where current Stars Brian Bina and J.J. Koehler once played. So far, the Lincoln bench boss’s moves have worked: the Stars stood 12-6-2 through 20 games. Other Lincoln notables are goalie Jordan Pearce, and forward Jared Boll, both of whom made ‘Central Scouting’s initial draft list as well. Pearce has made his Div. I commitment (Notre Dame) and so too has newly…

IN THIS ISSUE

Learning to Kerry on

Kerry Fraser is digging trenches during the lockout. No, the NHL’s senior referee isn’t girding himself for the next CBA bomb to drop, he’s doing some serious excavating as part of a home improvement deck project. It’s also something of a self-preservation plan. After nearly 30 years of following the same routine every fall, Fraser, 52, was faced with a new, harsh reality when the lockout took effect. The world he knew instantly evaporated, leaving him to contend with that “now what?” feeling. So clawing his way through some not-so-friendly suburban New Jersey terrain turned out to be a pretty good way to exorcise and exercise. “The electrician I had says, ‘Listen, we’ve got a permit and need 55 feet of trenches dug, three feet deep to get from the house to the…

DEPARTMENTS

ON THE FLY

WHO AM I? I’m a Minnesota native who attended college in my home state before starting an NHL career with the North Stars in 1992. Since then, I’ve played for Dallas, Philadelphia, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Who am I? The ‘Ornery Owner’ Award To James Galante, owner of the UHL’s Danbury Trashers, who faces a third-degree assault charge for allegedly hitting a linesman after a Dec. 1 game. TRIVIA Who was the last player to lead the NHL in scoring while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs? a. Darryl Sittler c. Rick Vaive b. Gaye Stewart d. Syl Apps 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 week’s Trivia: A. Mark Messier. Last week’s Who Am I: Senators defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn.…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Boyd sees silver lining during difficult season

It hasn’t exactly been a dream season for center Dustin Boyd, but he is trying to work toward a respite from the nightmare. Boyd, a center drafted in 2003 by the Flames, is going through a tough campaign with the cellar-dwelling Moose Jaw Warriors. The team, which won its first East Division title last year, is off to a franchise-worst start and posted only its second victory of the season Dec. 3. However, Boyd was given a much needed boost when he was chosen to attend Canada’s world junior team camp. Although it will be a tall order for the Winnipeg native to make the squad, just receiving the invite is a big deal to the shifty skater, who was chosen to attend the summer evaluation camp because of an…