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February 15, 2005

February 15, 2005

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.

IN THIS ISSUE

Hockey tradition takes a beating

Steeling years ago for the high-stakes labor battle to come, the NHLPA created its own private website for players. The NHL instituted its own private gag order for owners. Not wanting to be left out, we at The Hockey News introduced our own high-stakes CBA pool. In mid-January, a few of the boys scribbled a crystal-ball date on the dry erase board, put down ‘C’ or ‘S’ for ‘cancellation’ or ‘settlement’ and laid a dollar on the table. A player agent even got in on the action, via email. His line was “Feb. 1 - S.” The agent’s day came and went. “Let me know when and where to send the loonie,” he wrote back two days later. “I’ll see my banker today and I’ll hit him for a loan.” The members of…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Montador ends French stint due to lack of game action

Steve Montador decided to cut short his French invasion. The Flames defenseman returned home in late January after playing his trade for Mulhouse of the French league. “It was a great experience,” Montador said. “Everything about it was excellent. There just (weren’t) enough games.” Forward Steve Reinprecht remains with the team and has no intention of returning before the French league’s season concludes - unless the NHL lockout ends. NOTEBOOK The hiccup preventing the Flames from placing their minor league affiliate in Omaha, Neb., is the quest for local ownership. Calgary’s AHL team, dormant since the end of 2002-03 after it was pulled out of Saint John, N.B., is expected to get off the ground in soon; Flames president Ken King said the organization wants to ensure a local group is partially involved to…

IN THIS ISSUE

EYE ON EUROPE

Future and former NHLers are playing in Europe this season. Here are four such players with NHL rights in parentheses: • Vaclav Prospal, 29, C (Tampa Bay). Leads all scorers in the Czech second division with 27 goals and 80 points in 35 games (plus nine missed) with hometown team Ceske Budejovice. • Brandon Reid, 23, C (free agent). Former QMJHL all-star played 10 games in two seasons with Vancouver before signing with Hamburg in Germany. He’s second in scoring with 16 goals and 39 points in 37 games. • Evgeni Malkin, 18, C (Pittsburgh). Second pick in 2004 is flourishing in Russian league. He surpassed Alexander Ovechkin in scoring with 10 goals and 25 points in 41 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. • Brian Campbell, 25, D (Buffalo). Sabres blueliner found haven in Finland…

DEPARTMENTS

Shot to chest kills player

A Brigham Young University IceCat player died after being struck in the chest by a puck during a game between BYU and Northern Colorado. Late in the second period of a Jan. 21 game, freshman Jaxon Logan dropped to the ice to block a slapshot. The puck missed Logan’s shoulder pad before striking the IceCat forward on the lower left side of his rib cage. Logan, 18, clearly struggling, got to his feet and made it to his team’s bench where he lost consciousness. When the period ended teams went to their dressing rooms unaware Logan had suffered cardiac arrest or that training staff was fighting to save his life. “When I left the bench, I thought it was a concussion,” captain Mark Ostebo told The BYU Daily Universe. “But when I came back…