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Yearbook 2001-02

Yearbook 2001-02

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.

Features

A Legend for All-Time

When Patrick Roy is hot, you can feel the burn. His Colorado Avalanche coach Bob Hartley says “you can see sparks coming out of his eyes.” A previous coach, Jacques Demers, says he could tell just by looking at Roy’s expression whether the goalie was plugged into his greatness. The former Montreal Canadiens’ bench boss insists Roy has a nuclear glare that foreshadows 60-plus minutes of near invincibility. “I’ve seen the look and I know what it means,” Demers says. Call it molten intensity or supreme focus or perfect concentration. Call it his aura. Call it his mojo. Call it his force field. Call it good vibrations. Call it what you will. But it’s there. And not only can you feel it, but you can hear it, even across an anemic cell phone…

Team Reports

Replacing Robitaille top priority for Kings

Some teams play the left wing lock. The Los Angeles Kings played the left wing lockout with Luc Robitaille following their most successful playoff run in eight years. Now, after taking the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche to a seventh game in the second round, it could be a challenge to get that far again without the portside sniper. Robitaille, who scored 37 goals and finished 12th in league scoring with 88 points, signed as an unrestricted free agent with Detroit. The Red Wings guaranteed Robitaille $9 million for two years and added an option year, far more than the one-year, $2.5-million offer he got from the Kings. The Kings will discover just how much they miss their most popular player who turns 36 in February. They inked free agent winger Steve Heinze,…

Team Reports

Free agent pickups boost skill level

Their season had been over for more than a month when Dallas Stars’ coach Ken Hitchcock was meeting with players about performances past and expectations to come. If nothing else, Hitchcock liked what he saw in the eyes of his players as they sat down to chat. The last time Hitchcock saw it was in 1998 and the Stars won the Stanley Cup the next season. “There’s an attitude,” Hitchcock said. “The feeling on our team is the same feeling that was there when we got beat out by Detroit (in 1998). There’s a real hunger. There’s a real determination, which is good.” The Stars are coming off five straight division titles and another 100-point season. But they also face considerable change as key forwards Brett Hull and Mike Keane won’t be back. In…

Features

It’s Hard to keep A good man down

Want to know Gary Roberts? Want to understand his mental make-up? What makes him tick? That’s Just check the game film from when Toronto visited Philadelphia last March 29. Roll the video to the third period, the Leafs clinging to a one-goal lead, desperately needing a victory to remain in the hunt for an Eastern Conference, playoff spot. Roberts charges towards the Flyers’ net. but is met headon by a brick wall named Chris McAllister. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound McAllister, who started the year as Roberts’ teammate in Toronto, hamers the 6-foot-1, 190-pound left winger to the ice. This is not quite Scott Stevens laying out Shane Willis, but it’s close. Roberts landing in a crumpled heap on the ice. There is a slight hesitation as he does an inventory to make sure all…