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May 10, 2005

May 10, 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.

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Fleury’s journey

You meet a lot of characters in this business. You make friends with some and, in a year like this one, enemies, too. But rarely do you meet someone who touches your soul. For me, Theoren Fleury is such a person. Some may resent Fleury because of his self-destructive ways, but I try to see past that and have always quietly hoped he’d find peace in his life. I have to admit it makes me cringe when he goes on a verbal rant, as he did when his Horse Lake Thunder were eliminated from the Allan Cup, but it doesn’t change the way I feel about him. TOP FIVE Ex-NHLers finished second and fourth in Allan Cup scoring. HEART TROPHY WINNER Despite — or maybe because of — all his troubles with substance abuse, I…

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Torrid Oceanic upset by record-book snub

The Rimouski Oceanic feel bittersweetness. They extended their undefeated streak to 32 games after sweeping an opening playoff round, but that accomplishment isn’t being recognized by the Canadian Hockey League. The London Knights still own the CHL record with a 31-game streak earlier this season. “There’s two reasons for this,” said Aaron Bell, the CHL’s director of information. “First, Rimouski’s undefeated streak spans the regular season and playoffs. “Second, our archives are incomplete so it’s impossible to know if another team has ever had an undefeated streak of this nature. It could be regular season and playoffs in the same season or the playoffs and the start of the next season.” Rimouski owner Maurice Tanguay says he is proud of his team’s accomplishment regardless of the record status. “We’re not going to make a…

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Gaustad reaches full bloom in Rochester

When Paul Gaustad was 17 and playing midget hockey, he wasn’t dreaming about skating in the NHL. Skating better, for sure, but thinking about the NHL would have been rather preposterous. “My goal in hockey was to get my college paid for, that’s all I wanted,” Gaustad said. Now as he barrels up and down the ice with the Rochester Americans, he can rest assured hockey will pay for a lot of things in life. Since the Buffalo Sabres drafted Gaustad 220th overall in 2000, the hulking center has gone from long-shot project to high-quality prospect. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and with unmatched work ethic, Gaustad has blossomed into a relentless and determined defensive forward. “There hasn’t been a game where I had to say, ‘Paul, you have to step it up, you have to…

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EYE ON EUROPE

Future and former NHLers are playing in Europe this season. Here are four such players with NHL rights in parentheses: • Erik Cole, 26, LW (Carolina). Returned from four-game suspension to score five goals in eight playoff games as the Berlin IceBears won the German title for the first time since the fall of the Berlin Wall. • Ales Hemsky, 21, RW (Edmonton). Czech native joined his original team in Pardubice during the Lockout. Playoff MVP had four goals and 14 points in 16 games en route to team’s first Czech triumph in 16 years. • Christian Backman, 25, 0 (St. Louis). The locked-out blueliner led defensemen in scoring with two goals and nine points in 14 games and helped Frolunda defend the Swedish title. • Joe Thornton, 25, C (Boston). Bruins pivot won…