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March 15, 2005

March 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 WORLD IN BRIEF

LEMIEUX MAY PASS ON WORLDS Mario Lemieux is leaning toward skipping the 2005 World Championship in Austria. Lemieux says he is not sure it would be in his or Team Canada’s best interests to have him suit up, considering he hasn’t played this season. “That’s the way I feel now. Maybe I’ll change my mind, but it would be difficult to play at that level, not having played the whole year,” Lemieux told the Pittsburgh PostGazette. Lemieux never has won a World Championship gold medal It has been 20 years since he competed in the tournament, winning a silver in 1985. CUTHBERT GETS PINK SLIP IN MAIL You’ve got mail.’ You’re fired. That’s how broadcaster Chris Cuthbert’s 21 years of calling hockey, football and other sports for CBC came to an end. After…

NHL TEAM REPORTS

Brown Impresses Monarchs, Kings

After the NHL season officially was canceled, Kings GM Dave Taylor hit the road for a scouting trip. “We’re still staying busy,” Taylor said, “but the atmosphere certainly is different.” Taylor said he was encouraged by the play of right winger Dustin Brown at Manchester (AHL). Brown, the team’s top pick (13th overall) in the 2003 draft, is playing at a point-a-game pace and displaying the physical style that landed him a roster spot with the Kings at the beginning of last season. He missed most of last season with a sprained right ankle, but has been healthy this year. NOTEBOOK The Kings’AHL affiliate in Manchester has remained atop its division all season, often without many of its best players. Four players returned in early March, however - left wingers Ryan Flinn and Tom…

DEPARTMENTS

Naslund’s character test

We would have thought, if it turns out that former Colorado center Steve Moore has indeed played his last NHL game, that the piling on would have ended the same night Moore’s career did. For reasons known only to himself, Markus Naslund had other ideas. Evidently unimpressed that Moore has shown nothing but class since being on the receiving end of a Todd Bertuzzi sucker punch last March, Naslund took a transAtlantic cheap shot of his own after Moore launched a civil suit against Bertuzzi, teammate Brad May, coach Marc Crawford, former GM Brian Burke and the Canucks. In an interview with the Vancouver Sun, Naslund, playing in Sweden for Modo, portrayed Moore as a marginal NHL player with dollar signs in his eyes and a soft spot in the heart department; he…

IN THIS ISSUE

HOCKEY NATION AT A GLANCE

The International Ice Hockey Federation is the world’s governing body for hockey. In each issue this season, we profile one of 63 national association members. LATVIA Major league (nine teams) Latvia Championat 2004 champion HK Riga 2000 2003-04 top scorers Romans Nikitins, Liepaja Guntars Paste, Vilki Riga Juris Ozols, Liepaja Association website www.lhf.lv Head office Riga 2005 world ranking No. 10 Best world rank No. 7 (2004)…