November 24, 2003 |
The controversy that won't go away: Jean-Sebastien Giguere's pads. The finger-pointing at the Mighty Duck goaltender that began during the playoffs last spring still sporadically flares up, with yet another seemingly unsubstantiated charge arising again. Two teams have complained to the NHL about Giguere's goalie pads not being legal, a hockey source said. League officials monitor every game to check pads, comparing game video to digital photos taken of every NHL goalie during training camp.
April 10, 1996 |
There was a time when hockey was a simpler matter, hardly more complicated than lacing one's skates, removing one's teeth and being versed in terms such as "icing," "high-sticking" and "mild contusion." Things change, of course, and hockey is no different. It's as likely to be played on a cul-de-sac as on a frozen pond these days; witness the sport's popularity here in Orange County, an area better known for ocean breezes than winter freezes.
March 26, 1996 |
As he stood in 3 inches of slush on the tarmac at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in the wee hours of the night, Mark O'Neill's day was winding down. Or had just begun. The distinction is rarely clear. Wherever the Mighty Ducks go, 1 1/4 tons of equipment must follow, and two men, O'Neill and assistant equipment manager John Allaway, are responsible for all of it. There are skates, of course, two pairs for every player. Helmets, gloves, hockey pants.
November 17, 1995 |
Milos Holan reported for his preseason physical with the Mighty Ducks in September full of excitement about the season ahead--a season destined, he was sure, to be his best yet. Instead, he learned within weeks that he has a slow-progressing form of leukemia. Twenty-two years ago, Minnesota Twin shortstop Danny Thompson entered a doctor's office with the same sense of anticipation about the coming baseball season.
September 21, 1999 |
The Kings and Mighty Ducks played one final exhibition at the Great Western Forum Monday night. And what an exhibition it was. For the record, the Kings defeated the Ducks, 8-1, before a roaring crowd of 12,559, who bid a fond farewell to the dingy old arena at the corner of Prairie and Manchester. The Kings move into the sparkling, $375-million Staples Center Oct. 20. The Ducks didn't seem particularly sentimental about Monday's finale.
December 29, 2002 |
Tetsuhiko Kariya, Paul Kariya's father, died of a heart attack Friday evening in Vancouver, but Kariya played Saturday against the Canucks. Duck officials gave Kariya the option of remaining in Vancouver with his family for as long as needed, but he is expected to play tonight in Calgary. T.K. Kariya, a high school math and physical education teacher in Vancouver, retired in June 2001.