March 17, 1998 |
Coach Pierre Page essentially hanged himself and his bosses last week when he blamed the Mighty Ducks' woes on their inability to build on the success they enjoyed last season. It's a collective failure, certainly. But it begins with the repeated mistakes of General Manager Jack Ferreira. The Ducks' victory over Colorado on Sunday was their 10th in 39 games since Nov. 28.
December 17, 1996 |
There was little news emerging from last week's Board of Governors meeting, which was pretty good news at that. That the league is trying to learn why concussions are so common is encouraging, although long overdue. The NHL can't afford to lose players the caliber of Pat LaFontaine, who may never play again because of repeated concussions, and Brett Lindros, who retired last season for the same reason.
November 19, 1996 |
Six months into his presidency of the Kings and six weeks into his first "Serious Hockey" season, Tim Leiweke has learned it will take more than a catchy slogan and a modestly successful team to lure fans back to the Forum. "There are some nights you walk in and see 9,000 people and it's depressing," he said. "We have learned a lot of valuable lessons as far as five years of frustration and all the problems we have created for ourselves. But in the last month, I've been feeling a lot better."
March 13, 1997 |
Coaches in youth sports should be more concerned with even mild concussions and learn to administer tests to immediately determine the possible extent of brain injury to their players, researchers reported Wednesday. "Coaches and players need to understand there is no such thing as a minor concussion," said Dr. Jay H.
January 9, 1996 |
Some highlights of the NHL season, which reaches the halfway point today: Surprise: New Coach Doug MacLean has transformed the Florida Panthers from defensive-minded drudges to a productive and exciting team. No surprise: Referees initially responded to the league's directive on obstruction by penalizing every bit of contact, but soon slacked off. Too bad, because less interference produced great competition.
March 12, 1996 |
For a team with a tradition of stability and excellence, the Montreal Canadiens are having an unusually turbulent and mediocre season. Not only did they fire Coach Jacques Demers and General Manager Serge Savard in October, they are scrambling to avoid missing the playoffs for the second successive spring. That hasn't happened since the 1920-21 and '21-22 seasons, which predates their move into the venerable Montreal Forum.
March 29, 2000 |
In the weeks since he was hit in the throat by a rocketing slap shot that nearly killed him, Montreal Canadien winger Trent McCleary has received dozens of suggestions on how to better protect himself. "One guy basically sent me a suit of armor, like a big cage that goes around you," said McCleary, who needed a life-saving tracheotomy and surgery to repair his fractured larynx. "He said you can slide into the boards at 50 mph and not get hurt. It's like a space suit. "You can't wear that.
April 5, 1999 |
Houston Astro left fielder Moises Alou stumbles on a treadmill at his Dominican Republic home and tears a ligament in his knee. Atlanta first baseman Andres Galarraga silences the Braves' clubhouse when it is announced he has a cancerous tumor in his lower back. Chicago pitcher and star-in-waiting Kerry Wood tears an elbow ligament and has beleaguered fans once again using the words Cubs and cursed in the same breath.
September 30, 1997 |
It's lamentable when unsigned restricted free agents hold out, as about 30 players are doing on the eve of Wednesday's season openers. But they're not breaking their word, since they're not under contract. It's outright deplorable, however, that several prominent players who have valid contracts refused to report to camp or to play in exhibition games, sending a loud and obnoxious me-first message that used to be unimaginable in hockey.