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September 7, 1990

September 7, 1990

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Pavel Bure’s great grandfather was a famous Russian watchmaker. His father, Vladimir, won Olympic medals for the Soviet Union in swimming. Pavel, 19, maintains the family tradition of speed and excellent timing. He is coming of age at a time when shocking changes are giving Soviet athletes some freedom of choice; at a time when NHL salaries are about to take off. He is one of the jewels of the Soviet national hockey team, and many of the NHL people who witnessed his dazzling form at the Goodwill Games figure Bure could step into the league right away. Vancouver claimed the 5-foot-lO, 170-pound Bure in the sixth round of the 1989 NHL entry draft and had to wait for almost a year before their claim was ruled valid. Several NHL teams argued Bure…



WALT PODDUBNY Born: Feb. 14, 1960, Thunder Bay, Ont. Height: 6-foot-1. Weight: 205 pounds. Team: New Jersey Devils. Position: Center. Acquired: Traded from Quebec in 1989. Career highlight: “The ’86 playoffs is one. I had three gamewinning goals for the Leafs. Playing in the All-Star Game (1989) was also a big thrill.” Most respected opponent: Mark Messier. “He embodies the total game. His skill level and his physical presence are dominating.” Favorite actors: Morgan Freeman and William Hurt. Favorite food: “That’s my weak spot. I like everything.” Favorite book: “I don’t read fiction. but I do carry a book called An Incomplete Education with me nearly everywhere I go.” Favorite movie: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Drives: A black Porsche 911. In a movie about his life he would be portrayed by: James Belushi. “1 think I have a…



It started as a mere trickle back in 1974, when Vaclav Nedomansky and Richard Farda defected from Czechoslovakia. It soon became a stream, defector after defector dotting the rosters of pro clubs—the Stastnys, Petr Klima, Frantisek Musil, Petr Svoboda, Michal Pivonka, David Volek, Petr Prajsler… Today, it is a wave. If last season was the Year of the Soviet in the I National Hockey League, then count on 199091 being a campaign of Czechs and balances. No fewer than nine players who played all of last season in Czechoslovakia will be in the NHL this year. Calgary has center Robert Reichel, the all-time leading scorer of the World I Junior Championships. Chicago has netminder Dominik Hasek and defenseman Jiri Kucera, both front-line members of the Czechoslovak national team. Hartford has phenom center Bobby Holik…



In North America for more than a month, Jaromir Jagr is, by all accounts, adapting quite nicely to his new world. He’s been taking English classes, training with stunning frequency and has even made a point of asking an acquaintance where MTV could be found on his table TV dial. Clearly, he is settling into his new home without a lot of trouble. But where Jagr, the Czechoslovakian forward who was the Penguins’ first-round choice in the June 16 entry draft, will fit into Pittsburgh’s lineup during his first season in the NHL is a lot less certain. The Penguins projected him as a right winger when they made him the fifth player drafted, but have not ruled out the possibility Jagr will end up at another position. Barring a trade, it’s almost guaranteed…