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December 19, 2006

December 19, 2006

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

Cumiskey turns heads

In his mind, Kyle Cumiskey was gearing up for a fourth year of junior hockey. The Colorado Avalanche had other ideas. Drafted 222nd by the Avs out of 230 total players last summer, Cumiskey turned his free agent training camp tryout into a three-year, two-way NHL contract. Rather than return to Kelowna as an overage player, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Cumiskey was assigned to the Albany River Rats, where he has continued to turn heads with solid, steady play. “I thought I’d end up playing junior again,” said Cumiskey, who turned 20 Dec. 2. “(But) they were happy with me and happy with my play. It adds confidence to your game to know someone is noticing you.” Despite his age and inexperience, Cumiskey has impressed Rats coach-GM Tom Rowe and assistant Joe Sacco with his…

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International Adams took unique road

DID YOU KNOW? The Pacific Rim isn’t known as a breeding ground for NHL players, but Craig Adams is following in Rod Langway’s footsteps. Langway was born in Formosa; Adams in the oil-rich Sultanate of Brunei on the island of Borneo. His father was working for Shell Oil there when Adams was born, although the family soon moved back to Calgary, where Adams grew up. There, a successful minor hockey career won him a spot at Harvard, where he played four years. A ninth round draft pick (223rd overall) in 1996, Adams has played six NHL seasons as a gritty fourth-liner, scoring a career-high 10 goals and winning his first Stanley Cup in 2006-07. His international experiences extend to his personal life. Adams married Anne Cellucci in 2003, daughter of the then-U.S.…

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CROSSWORD

Answers in next issue & online @ thehockeynews.com ACROSS 1 Tomas ___ was among Detroit’s leading scorers last season 8 Drury or Pronger 9 Periods 10 There are NHL players from Alaska, but none from this remote state 11 Get away from 12 Number retired by the Stars, it was worn by Bill Goldsworthy 14 Devil from Trebic, pictured 17 In Bobby Clarke’s day, the Flyers were known as ‘The Broad ___ Bullies’ 19 He was Smythe winner when the Rangers last went all the way 20 Pennants 21 In Quebec, it’s La ___ Stanley 22 This Cap was the NHL’s most penalized player in 1982-83 DOWN 2 Brett Hull and Adam ___ were once quite a pair 3 Most teams are idle this night 4 Swap 5 The Leafs’ Bryan ___ 6 Set up 7 Charlie Huddy is an ___ coach in Edmonton 11 Hall of Famer played by Mike…

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Blues centerman wants to be a G-man

DID YOU KNOW? If center Dan Hinote hadn’t become a hockey player, he had his sights set on becoming an FBI agent – and he may still do it after his playing days are done. “I think I’m kind of behind the 8-ball starting at a later age than most of their recruits,” he said, “but I’d love to give it a shot.” After high school, Hinote went to the U.S. Military Academy, figuring that would be the best training toward a career with the FBI. But after two seasons playing for Army, his hockey career took off – he was a ninth round draft pick in 1996 – to the point he decided to go for it. “It’s the challenge mentally and being able to help people solve cases,” he said. “When…