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rec.sport.hockey answers to Frequently Asked Questions and other news:
Part 1 of 2

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Contents of Part 1:

News and information on the following leagues:
1. National Hockey League
  - News & Scores
  - Schedule
  - Notable team news (transactions and announcements)
  - League news
  - Television
  - Award winners, all-star teams, hall of fame inductees, and draft picks
  - New NHL Rules
2. American Hockey League
3. International Hockey League
4. East Coast Hockey League
5. Colonial Hockey League
6. Central Hockey League

News and information on other leagues, as well as answers to frequently
asked questions and information available via e-mail are included in Part
2.

New information will be preceded by two asterisks (**).

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  1. National Hockey League (NHL)

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- News & Scores

  SPIKE (Bryan K. Strouse) <b...@cbnewsh.cb.att.com> posts weekday news and
box scores (Sunday through Thursday). John P. Curcio
<j...@philabs.philips.com> posts weekend news and box scores. Both maintain
e-mail lists for faster delivery.

  For detailed information concerning a team (particularly where to get
tickets and merchandise, where to watch games in town, etc.), send e-mail
to the net contact(s) for the team. Net contacts post team news as they
see/hear/read it.

  The following teams have mailing lists:  Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo,
Calgary, Dallas, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York
Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Quebec, St. Louis,
San Jose, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg. See Part 2 for list
addresses.

  1993-94 Final Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
                W  L  T Pts  GF  GA
z-N.Y. Rangers  52 24  8 112 299 231
x-New Jersey    47 25 12 106 306 220
x-Washington    39 35 10  88 277 263
x-N.Y.Islanders 36 36 12  84 282 264
Florida         33 34 17  83 233 233
Philadelphia    35 39 10  80 294 314
Tampa Bay       30 43 11  71 224 251
Northeast Division
y-Pittsburgh    44 27 13 101 299 285
x-Boston        42 29 13  97 289 252
x-Montreal      41 29 14  96 283 248
x-Buffalo       43 32  9  95 282 218
Quebec          34 42  8  76 275 284
Hartford        27 48  9  63 227 288
Ottawa          14 61  9  37 201 397

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
                W  L  T Pts  GF  GA
z-Detroit       46 30  8 100 356 275
x-Toronto       43 29 12  98 280 243
x-Dallas        42 29 13  97 286 265
x-St. Louis     40 33 11  91 270 283
x-Chicago       39 36  9  87 254 240
Winnipeg        24 51  9  57 245 344
Pacific Division
y-Calgary       42 29 13  97 302 256
x-Vancouver     41 40  3  85 279 276
x-San Jose      33 35 16  82 252 265
Anaheim         33 46  5  71 229 251
Los Angeles     27 45 12  66 294 322
Edmonton        25 45 14  64 261 305
        x-qualified for playoffs
        y-won division title
        z-won conference title

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- Schedule

  Eastern Conference teams will play five games against each of six
divisional opponents (30); four games against each of the seven teams in
the conference's other division (28) and two games against each of the 12
Western Conference members (24).

  Western Conference teams will play six games against each of five
divisional opponents (30); four games against each of the six teams in the
conference's other division (24) and two games against each of the 14
Eastern Conference clubs (28).

  Playoffs: The system will be conference-based, with the No. 1 team
meeting the No. 8 team in the first round, No. 2 vs. No. 7, No. 3 vs. No.
6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5. Matchups will be based on overall points with the
four division champions being placed in the first- or second-place seeds
in each conference and being assured of home-ice in the first two playoff
rounds. All series will be best of seven (2-2-1-1-1 rotation) except
matchups between Central and Pacific teams.  Those series will rotate 2-3-
2 to reduce travel.  In those cases, the team with the most regular-season
points will choose whether to start the series at home or away.

1994-95 neutral site games will take place in: Portland, Oregon; Denver,
Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona;
Halifax, Nova Scotia; Hamilton, Ontario; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Dec 13: New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders, Portland, Oregon
Dec 21: Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks, Portland, Oregon

  A schedule program is available that contains the complete NHL schedule
and allows you to make a variety of queries about it. You can list the
schedule for given dates or teams, or list upcoming games between teams
and divisions (home games, away games, or either). The complete
distribution was posted to comp.sources.misc as Volume 39, Number 89.
Check your closest Usenet archive site for it. It is also available from
the official rec.sport.hockey FTP archive on wuarchive.wustl.edu in
directory /doc/misc/sports/nhl. On-line access is available by doing
"telnet culine.colorado.edu 860".
**
This program is also available from the statsmailer at
<twi...@dab.ge.com>.  Send e-mail with Subject: "statsmailer" and Body:
“REQUEST sched1.shar”and “REQUEST sched2.shar”.

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- Notable team news (transactions and announcements)

 Note that this information is culled from press releases and posts.  It
is updated twice monthly and only information currently under discussion
or of continuing importance or interest will be listed for more than two
postings.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks              Pacific Division, Western Conference
First Season: 93-94   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  4th in Pacific Division, 20th overall (33-46-5)
Contact: Bill Hart <b_h...@macsch.com>

Free Agents: Joel Savage

Acquired Robert Dirk, defenseman, from the Chicago Blackhawks for a
fourth-round draft pick in 1995.

Boston Bruins                     Northeast Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 24-25   Stanley Cups:  5   Last Cup: 71-72
Last season:  2nd in Northeast Division, 7th overall (42-29-13)
              Eliminated by New Jersey in Conference Semifinals
Contact: Bri Farenell <fare...@craft.camp.clarkson.edu>

The Shawmut Center (19,000 seats) is expected to be ready for use by the
fall of 1995.

Offered termination contracts to Bill Armstrong, d; Scott Bailey, g; Mike
Bales, g; John Blue, g; Denis Chervyakov, d; Dennis Holland, d; Darren
Stolk, d; Jim Wiemer, d.

Free Agents: Darren Banks, John Carter, Brent Hughes, Mark Major, Jamie
Huscroft, Gordie Roberts

Buffalo Sabres                    Northeast Division, Eastern Conference
Telephone:  1-800-333-PUCK (1-800-333-7825)
First Season: 70-71   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  4th in Adams Division, 10th overall (43-32-9)
              Eliminated by New Jersey in Conference Quarterfinals
Contact: Jeff Horvath <jhor...@macc.wisc.edu>
         Keith Drabik <v062...@ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu>

Construction has begun on Crossroads Arena, a $120 million hockey rink the
Sabres hope to move into by December 1995.

Offered termination contract to Michael Bavis, f.

Acquired Kevin McClelland, forward, from Winnipeg for future
considerations.

Free Agents: Bark Krys, Brad Pascall, Bill Pye, Brad Rubachuk, Jason Winch

Traded Sean O'Donnell, defenseman, to Los Angeles for Doug Houda,
defenseman.

Calgary Flames                    Pacific Division, Western Conference
Formerly Atlanta Flames (72/73-79/80)
First Season: 80-81   Stanley Cups:  1   Last Cup: 88-89
Last season:  1st in Pacific Division, 6th overall (42-29-13)
              Eliminated by Vancouver in Conference Quarterfinals
**
Contact: Alan Caldwell <alan.c...@t8000.cuc.ab.ca>

Offered termination contracts to Chris Dalquist, d; Mark Freer, f;
Francois Groleau, d; David Haas, f; Dale Kushner, f; Brad Miller, d; Kris
Miller, d; Scott Morrow, f; Alex Nikolic, f; Greg Paslawski, f; Jeff
Perry, f; Michel Petit, d; Mike Stevens, f; David St. Pierre, f.

Free Agents: Peter Ahola, Guy Larose, Lee Norwood
**
Two original owners of the Calgary Flames have been replaced by six new
investors in a move that will keep the National Hockey League club in
Calgary. No financial terms were announced. Under the deal former Canadian
Football League star Normie Kwong and Sonia Scurfield have sold their
combined 34 percent interest in the Flames to the new partnership. Three
of the original owners -- Flames chairman Harley Hotchkiss, Byron Seaman
and his brother Daryl Seaman -- remain. The new investors are Grant
Bartlett, president of Archer Resources Ltd., an oil and gas exploration
company; Murray Edwards, president of EDCO Financial Holdings Ltd., a
private merchant banking firm; Ronald Joyce, owner of Tim Horton Donuts;
Alvin Libin, vice-president of Crownx Inc., a health care and financial
service company; Allan Markin, chairman of Canadian Natural Resources
Ltd., an oil and gas company; and John McCaig, president of Trimac Ltd., a
trucking and oil and gas service company.

Chicago Blackhawks                Central Division, Western Conference
First Season: 26-27   Stanley Cups:  3   Last Cup:  60-61
Last season:  5th in Central Division, 13th overall (39-36-9)
              Eliminated by Toronto in Conference Quarterfinals
Contact: John Scholvin <jsch...@eecs.uic.edu>

The United Center is scheduled to open in August 1994.

Offered termination contracts to Zac Boyer, f; Robert Cimetta, f; Rob
Conn, f; Michel Goulet, f; Dino Grossi, f; Tony Horacek, f; Kevin St.
Jacques, f; Rich Sutter, f; Kerry Toporowski, f.

Free Agents: Alexandre Andrievski, Roch Belley, Shawn Byrum, Dave
Christian, Joe Crowley, David Hakstol, Ray LeBlanc

Traded Robert Dirk, defenseman, to Anaheim for a fourth-round draft pick
in 1995.
**
Free agents that have signed contracts for 1994: Bernie Nicholls, c (New
Jersey); Bob Probert, f (Detroit).

Dallas Stars                      Central Division, Western Conference
Formerly Minnesota North Stars (67/68-92/93)
Cleveland Barons were merged with Minnesota for the 1978/79 season.
First Season: 93-94   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  3rd in Central Division, 8th overall (42-29-13)
              Eliminated by Vancouver in Conference Semifinals
Contact: Mitch McGowan <ham...@u.washington.edu>

The Dallas City Council approved spending $550,000 to study the
feasibility of building a new sports and entertainment arena and to have a
general design drafted. The study by architects, engineers and financial
analysts will look at a $184 million complex proposed by a group of
business and city officials. A majority of council members have said they
would rather build a new arena than renovate or expand Reunion Arena,
currently used by both the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and the Dallas
Stars of the NHL.

Offered termination contracts to Dave Barr, f; Rob Brown, f; Gord
Donnelly, f; Per-Elik Eklund, f; Jason Herter, d; Cal McGowan, f; Mike
Needham, f; Chris Tancill, f.

Free Agents: Neil Brady, Troy Gamble, Yves Heroux, Frank Kovacs, Mark
Osiecki, Derrick Smith, Brian Straub, Ross Wilson
**
Received Peter Zezel, center, and Grant Marshall, right wing, from the
Toronto Maple Leafs as compensation for signing Mike Craig, right wing.

Detroit Red Wings                 Central Division, Western Conference
Formerly Detroit Cougars (26/27-29/30) -> Detroit Falcons (30/31-32/33)
First Season: 33-34   Stanley Cups:  7   Last Cup: 54-55
Last season:  1st in Central Division, 4th overall (46-30-8)
              Eliminated by San Jose in Conference Quarterfinals
Contact: Scott Glenn <SGL...@cmsa.gmr.com>

Offered termination contracts to Serge Anglehart, f; Bob Halkidis, d; Petr
Hrbek, f; Peter Ing, g; Igor Malykhin, d.

Free Agents: Jim Birmingham, Daniel Berthiaume, David Gagnon, Mark Howe,
Steve Maltais

Fired Bryan Murray, general manager, and Doug MacLean, assistant general
manager.

Announced Scotty Bowman, coach, will also serve as director of player
personnel.

The NHL suspended Mike Keenan, St. Louis Blues coach and general manager,
for 60 days, and fined him $100,000 for conduct detrimental to the league.
Fined the Blues $250,000 for negotiating and signing Keenan, while he was
under contract to the New York Rangers. Fined the Detroit Red Wings
$25,000 for negotiating with Keenan. Fined the Rangers $25,000 for a
lawsuit against Keenan.
**
Signed Mike Krushelnyski, forward, to a one-year contract.
**
Signed Mike Ramsey, defenseman, to a one-year contract.
**
Signed Bob Rouse, defenseman, to a multiyear contract.
**
Free agents that have signed contracts for 1994: Bob Rouse, d (Toronto).
**
Named Jim Nill director of amateur scouting.

Edmonton Oilers                   Pacific Division, Western Conference
Formerly Alberta Oilers (WHA) (72/73) -> Edmonton Oilers (WHA) (72/73-
78/79)
First Season: 79-80   Stanley Cups:  5   Last Cup: 89-90
Last season:  6th in Pacific Division, 23rd overall (25-45-14)
Contact: Andrew Scott <and...@idacom.hp.com>

Offered termination contracts to Brett Abel, g; Ilya Byakin, d; Wayne
Cowley, g; Link Gaetz, d; Andrew Verner, g.

Free Agents: Gord Mark, Mike Stapleton
**
Named George Burnett coach.

Florida Panthers                  Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 93-94   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  5th in Atlantic Division, 17th overall (33-34-17)
Contact: Eric Seiden <dar...@pro-entropy.cts.com>
         Rolland Crunk <r...@hal.com>

Wayne Huizenga has agreed to buy half of the company managing the Miami
Arena, home to his Florida Panthers hockey team, for an undisclosed price.
Huizenga Holdings Inc., the holding company for the video rental magnate,
said it has signed an agreement to buy half of Houston-based Leisure
Management Inc. The company holds a long-term management contract for the
14,500-seat downtown Miami Arena. Huizenga also has agreed to buy BIL
Development Inc. and Linbeck Miami Corp., which control interests in the
arena.

Offered termination contracts to Len Barrie, f; Jeff Daniels, f; Daniel
Gauthier, f; Jamie Leach, f; Patrick Lebeau, f; Jeff Serowik, d.

Free Agents: Mike Foligno, Sandy Galuppo, Gord Hynes, Marc Labelle
**
Named Bryan Murray general manager.
**
Free agents that have signed contracts for 1994: Randy Moller, d
(Buffalo).
**
Re-signed Brent Severyn, defenseman, to a multiyear contract.
**
Signed Bob Boughner, defenseman, to a multiyear contract.

Hartford Whalers                  Northeast Division, Eastern Conference
Formerly New England Whalers (WHA) (72/73-78/79)
First Season: 79-80   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  6th in Northeast Division, 24th overall (27-48-9)
Contact: Steve Gallichio <ste...@cadkey.com>
                         <kayl...@access.digex.net>

The NHL approved the sale of the Hartford Whalers to Compuware Corp.
principals Peter Karmanos Jr., Thomas Thewes and Jim Rutherford.

Announced that Paul Holmgren will relinquish his duties as general manager
to become coach.

Offered termination contracts to Jim Agnew, d; Rick Bennett, f; Yvon
Corriveau, f; Scott Daniels, f; Todd Harkins, f; Brad McCrimmon, d; Shayne
McCosh, d; Al Pedersen, d; Marc Potvin, f; Steve Yule, d.

Free Agents: Corey Beaulieu, Jeff Bloemberg, Denis Chalifoux, Paul Gauy,
Scott Humeniuk, Karl Johnston, Bob McGill, Trevor Steinburg, Mike Tomlak
**
Announced an affiliation with Richmond Renegades of the East Coast Hockey
League.

Los Angeles Kings                 Pacific Division, Western Conference
First Season: 67-68   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  5th in Pacific Division, 22nd overall (27-45-12)
Contact: Stan Willis <wil...@empire.dnet.hac.com>

Named Sam McMaster general manager.

Offered termination contracts to Brian Chapman, d; Dan Currie, f; Rick
Knickle, g; Dominic Lavoie, d; Jim Maher, d; Brian McReynolds, f; Rob
Murphy, f; Brett Seguin, f; David Thomlinson, f; Darryl Williams, f.

Free Agents: Philip Crowe, Marc Fortier, Kevin Grant, Mark Hardy, Dave
Stewart, David Tretowicz

Acquired Sean O'Donnell, defenseman, from the Buffalo Sabres for Doug
Houda, defenseman.

Traded Luc Robitaille, left wing, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Rick
Tocchet, right wing, and a 1995 second-round draft choice.
**
Acquired Ruslan Batyrshin, defenseman, and a 1996 second-round draft
choice from the Winnipeg Jets for Brent Thompson, defenseman.

Montreal Canadiens                Northeast Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 17-18   Stanley Cups: 24   Last Cup: 92-93
Last season:  3rd in Northeast Division, 9th overall (41-29-14)
              Eliminated by Boston in Conference Quarterfinals

The new Montreal Forum is expected to open in 1995.

Offered termination contracts to Bryan Fogarty, d; Les Kuntar, g; Gary
Leeman, f; Andre Racicot, g; Ron Wilson, f.

Free Agents: Charles Poulin

New Jersey Devils                 Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference
Formerly Kansas City Scouts (74/75-75/76) -> Colorado Rockies (76/77-
81/82)
First Season: 82-83   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  2nd in Atlantic Division, 2nd overall (47-25-12)
              Eliminated by New York Rangers in Conference Finals

Offered termination contracts to Chad Erickson, g; Kevin Riehl, f.

Free Agents: Michael Bodnarchuk, Roy Mitchell, Reid Simpson

New York Islanders                Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 72-73   Stanley Cups:  4   Last Cup: 82-83
Last season:  4th in Atlantic Division, 15th overall (36-36-12)
              Eliminated by New York Rangers in Conference Quarterfinals
Contact: Mark Anania <ana...@rpi.edu>

Lorne Henning, longtime assistant to Al Arbour, will succeed Arbour as
head coach of the New York Islanders.

Offered termination contracts to Tom Draper, g; Kevan Guy, d; Claude
Loiselle, f; Dan Lorenz, g; Brian Mullen, f; Jason Simon, f; Sandy Smith,
f.

Free Agents: Kevin Cheveldayoff, Wayne Doucet
**
Agreed to terms with Andy Brickley and Kip Miller, forwards; Gord Dineen
and Milan Tichy, defensemen; and Frank Pietrangelo, goaltender.

New York Rangers                  Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 26-27   Stanley Cups:  4   Last Cup: 93-94
Last season:  1st in Atlantic Division, 1st overall (52-24-8)
              Stanley Cup Champions
Contact: Keith Keller <kke...@nomad.sas.upenn.edu>

Viacom Inc., the owner of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Madison
Square Garden and the MSG cable network, is speeding up its efforts to
sell the entire package, The New York Times reported. Viacom, which
acquired the teams, arena and network when it bought a majority stake in
Paramount Communications Inc. in March, is an estimated $8 billion in debt
and could expect to get as much as $1 billion for the four assets.

Offered termination contracts to Mike Gilmore, g; Ken Hodge, f; Fredrik
Jax, f; Dean Kolstad, d; Mike McLaughlin, f; Erik Murano, f.

The NHL suspended Mike Keenan, St. Louis Blues coach and general manager,
for 60 days, and fined him $100,000 for conduct detrimental to the league.
Fined the Blues $250,000 for negotiating and signing Keenan, while he was
under contract to the New York Rangers. Fined the Detroit Red Wings
$25,000 for negotiating with Keenan. Fined the Rangers $25,000 for a
lawsuit against Keenan.

Traded Esa Tikkanen, forward, and Doug Lidster, defenseman, to the St.
Louis Blues for Petr Nedved, center.
**
Appointed Colin Campbell coach.

Ottawa Senators                   Northeast Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 92-93   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  7th in Northeast Division, 26th overall (14-61-9)
Note: This franchise is the second NHL team to bear that name. Ottawa
Senators (first franchise) (17/18-30/31, 32/33-33/34) (7 cups) -> St.
Louis Eagles (34/35)
Contact: Scott Simpson <ssim...@cse.dnd.ca>
                       <am...@freenet.carleton.ca>
         Jean-Henri Duteau <jdu...@crow.ewd.dreo.dnd.ca>

Construction of the new home of the Ottawa Senators, the $200 million
Palladium, is expected to be completed by July 1, 1996. The team plans to
open its 1996-97 NHL training camp in the 18,500-seat, multi-purpose
facility.

Offered termination contracts to Robert Burakovski, f; Brian Downey, f;
Jake Grimes, f; Jarmo Kekalainen, f; Steve Konroyd, d; Hank Lammens, d;
Kevin MacDonald, d; Derek Mayer, d; Chris Rowland, f; Darren Rumble, f;
Vladimir Ruzicka, f; Gerry St. Cyr, f.

Free Agents: Mark LaForest, Brad Lauer, Andrew McBain, Mark Michaud, Dan
Quinn, Graeme Townshend

Philadelphia Flyers               Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 67-68   Stanley Cups:  2   Last Cup: 74-75
Last season:  6th in Atlantic Division, 18th overall (35 39 10)
Contact: Pete Clark <se...@hos1cad.att.com>

Named Terry Murray coach.

Offered termination contracts to Dave Brown, f; Yanick Degrace, g; Norm
Foster, g; Claude Vilgrain, f.

Free Agents: Frederic Chabot, Eric Dandenault, Corey Foster, Todd Hlushko,
Lance Pitlick, Toni Porkka, Rob Ramage, Dave Tippett
**
Free agents that have signed contracts for 1994: Craig MacTavish, c (New
York Rangers).

Pittsburgh Penguins               Northeast Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 67-68   Stanley Cups:  2   Last Cup: 91-92
Last season:  1st in Northeast Division, 3rd overall (44-27-13)
              Eliminated by Washington in Conference Quarterfinals
Contact: Thomas Sullivan <t...@cs.cmu.edu>
         Matthew T. Keating <mk...@andrew.cmu.edu>

Offered termination contracts to Steve Bancroft, d; Jamie Black, f; Doug
Brown, f; Greg Brown, d; Mike Dagenais, d; Rob Dopson, g; Justin Duberman,
f; Ladislav Karabin, f; Robert Melanson, d; Travis Thiessen, d.

Free Agents: Larry DePalma, Roberto Romano, Jason Smart

Acquired Luc Robitaille, left wing, from Los Angeles for Rick Tocchet,
right wing, and a 1995 second-round draft choice.
**
Mario Lemieux is expected to tell the Pittsburgh Penguins that he isn't
healthy enough to play this season, sources close to the team said.
Lemieux has missed at least 25 games in each of the last five seasons due
to a bad back and Hodgkin's disease. Radio reports said that Lemieux has
decided to temporarily retire from the game or will sit out the first half
of the season before deciding whether to return in the 1994-95 season. The
Penguins refused to confirm the reports.
**
Signed Jeff Christian, left wing, to a multiyear contract.
**
Signed Tomas Sandstrom, right wing.
**
Signed Jaromir Jagr, right wing, to a multiyear contract extension.
**
Signed Joe Dziedzic, left wing.

Quebec Nordiques                  Northeast Division, Eastern Conference
Telephone:  1-800-463-3333
Formerly Quebec Nordiques (WHA) (72/73-78/79)
First Season: 79-80   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  5th in Northeast Division, 19th overall (34-42-8)
Contact: Daniel E Comeau <come...@tuns.ca>

Named Marc Crawford coach.

Offered termination contracts to Alain Cote, d; Patrick Labreque, g; Paul
MacDermid, f.

Free Agents: Niclass Andersson, Jacques Cloutier, Chris Lindberg, Matin
Simard, Tony Twist
**
Named Andre Savard director of player development.

St. Louis Blues                   Central Division, Western Conference
First Season: 67-68   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  4th in Central Division, 11th overall (40-33-11)
              Eliminated by Dallas in Conference Quarterfinals
Contact: Joseph Ashkar <jc...@cec1.wustl.edu>

The St. Louis Blues will open their 1994-95 season against Chicago on Oct.
11 at the new Kiel Center, currently under construction.

Offered termination contracts to Jim Hrivnak, g; Tony Hrkac, f; Vitali
Karamnov, f; Kevin Miehm, f; Tom Tilley, d.

Free Agents: Doug Crossman, Derek Frenette, Dave McKay, Richard Pion

Named Mike Keenan general manager and coach.

The NHL suspended Mike Keenan, St. Louis Blues coach and general manager,
for 60 days, and fined him $100,000 for conduct detrimental to the league.
Fined the Blues $250,000 for negotiating and signing Keenan, while he was
under contract to the New York Rangers. Fined the Detroit Red Wings
$25,000 for negotiating with Keenan. Fined the Rangers $25,000 for a
lawsuit against Keenan.

Acquired Esa Tikkanen, forward, and Doug Lidster, defenseman, from the New
York Rangers for Petr Nedved, center.
**
Re-signed Rick Zombo, defenseman, to a multiyear contract.
**
Named Ted Sator associate coach.

San Jose Sharks                   Pacific Division, Western Conference
First Season: 91-92   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  3rd in Pacific Division, 16th overall (33-35-16)
              Eliminated by Toronto in Conference Semifinals
Contact: Nelson Lu <clau...@leland.stanford.edu>

Offered termination contracts to David Bruce, f; Ed Courtenay, f; J.F.
Quintin, f; Bryan Schoen, g.

Free Agents: Jamie Baker, Shawn Cronin, Guy Gosselin
**
Named Steve Millard assistant coach for strength and conditioning.

Tampa Bay Lightning               Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference
Telephone:  1-800-881-2639 (pre-recorded news)
First Season: 92-93   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  7th in Atlantic Division, 21st overall (30 43 11)
Contact: Tom Wilson <twi...@dab.ge.com>

Offered termination contracts to Adam Creighton, f; Stan Drulia, f; Pat
Elynuik, f; Bill McDougall, f; Colin Miller, f; Shawn Rivers, d; Marc
Tardif, f; Wendell Young, g; Rob Zamuner, f.

Free Agents: Scott Boston

County leaders have paved the way for construction to begin on a permanent
home for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The last chunk of the $112 million-plus
project fell into place when Hillsborough county commissioners approved a
30-year contract, agreeing to put $3.5 million a year toward retiring the
debt for the hockey arena. Although supportive of the arena deal,
Hillsborough commissioners were hesitant to approve it until the Lightning
agreed to pay stiff financial penalties if the team breaks its 30-year
lease during the first 15 years. The contract also calls for the state to
contribute $2 million a year and the city to guarantee $1 million in
parking revenue annually for 30 years. The 20,500-seat arena will be
designed to host basketball, too, in hopes that the city eventually will
land a pro team. Lightning governor David LeFevre said excavation at the
downtown site along Garrison Channel would begin within a few days with a
projected opening in October 1995.

Toronto Maple Leafs               Central Division, Western Conference
Formerly Toronto Arenas (17/18-18/19) (1 Cup) -> Toronto St. Patricks
(19/20-25/26) (1 Cup)
First Season: 26-27   Stanley Cups: 11   Last Cup:  66-67
Last season:  2nd in Central Division, 5th overall (43-29-12)
              Eliminated by Vancouver in Conference Finals
Contact: Shawn <cs90...@ariel.yorku.ca>

Agreed to terms on a new contract with Pat Burns, coach.

Offered termination contracts to Terry Chitaroni, f; John Cullen, f; Mark
Greig, f; Matt Mallgrave, f; Bruce Racine, g; Ryan Vandenbussche, f.

Free Agents: Chris Goverdaris, Paul Holden, Guy Lehoux
**
Free agents that have signed contracts for 1994: Mike Craig, rw (Dallas).
**
The annual meeting of Maple Leaf Gardens was put on hold Tuesday, August
9, to give lawyers time to debate a controversial takeover attempt by
millionaire grocer Steve Stavro. Lawyers decided in court that the meeting
would be postponed until Monday, August, 15, at 4 p.m. The court case has
generated interest in normally placid Gardens shares. They closed up $2.50
to $47.50 in light trading Tuesday, after hitting the $50 a share mark
earlier in the day. The court battle was prompted by Ontario's public
trustee who wants to stop the sale of the venerable Gardens to Stavro, an
executor of the estate of former Gardens owner Harold Ballard. Trustee
lawyers have said that would make Stavro both a bidder and a seller. The
trustee says Stavro was in a conflict-of-interest position when he bought
a 60 percent block of shares from the Gardens' estate for $34 a share, or
$75 million.
**
Sent Peter Zezel, center, and Grant Marshall, right wing, to Dallas as
compensation for signing Mike Craig, right wing.

Vancouver Canucks                 Pacific Division, Western Conference
First Season: 70-71   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  2nd in Pacific Division, 14th overall (41-40-3)
              Eliminated by New York Rangers in Stanley Cup Finals
Contact: Bill Boora <bo...@sfu.ca>

A new stadium (20,000 seats), to be called The GM Arena, will be built in
Vancouver, with a completion date of Fall 1995.

Offered termination contracts to Jose Charbonneau, f; Daryl Filipek, d;
Jason Fitzimmons, g; Sandy Moger, f; Doug Torrel, f; Rob Woodward, f.

Free Agents: Neil Eisenhut, Tim Hunter, Jay Mazur, Troy Neumeier, Philip
Von Stefenelli
**
Vancouver Radio Station CKNW, which does the Canucks radio games, has
hired TSN radio and TV announcer Jim Hughson as the new radio play-by-play
man.  Hughson, who replaces Hall of Famer Jim Robson, will join the
Canucks on opening night October 1.
**
Announced that Pat Quinn, president and general manager, will relinquish
his duties as coach.
**
Named Rick Ley coach.

Washington Capitals               Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference
First Season: 74-75   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  3rd in Atlantic Division, 12th overall (39-35-10)
              Eliminated by New York Rangers in Conference Semifinals
Contact: David Lu <da...@eng.umd.edu>

Unnamed Washington business leaders and Capitals owner, Abe Pollin, have
worked out final details of a plan to put a glass-fronted, $150 million,
21,000-seat arena on a city-owned site near a downtown Washington Metro
subway stop.

Extended the contract of Jim Schoenfeld, coach, through the 1996-97
season.

Offered termination contracts to Don Beaupre, g; Kevin Kaminski, f; Chris
Longo, f; John Varga, f.

Free Agents: Shawn Anderson, Tim Bergland, Brian Curran, Martin Jiranek,
Jim Mathieson

Winnipeg Jets                     Central Division, Western Conference
Formerly Winnipeg Jets (WHA) (72/73-78/79)
First Season: 79-80   Stanley Cups:  0  
Last season:  6th in Central Division, 25th overall (24-51-9)
Contact: Jean-Henri Duteau <jdu...@crow.ewd.dreo.dnd.ca>
         Steve Eitzen <umei...@cc.umanitoba.ca>

Announced that John Paddock, coach, will also serve as general manager and
Mike O'Hearn, vice-president of broadcasting and communications, will also
serve as assistant general manager.

Offered termination contracts to Stephane Beauregard, g; Craig Fisher, f;
Sean Gauthier, g; Randy Gilhen, f; Dean Kennedy, d; John LeBlanc, f; Oleg
Mikulchik, d; Andrei Raisky, f; Mark Richards, g; Allain Roy, g; Dave
Tomlinson, f.

Free Agents: Ken Gernander

Traded Kevin McClelland, forward, to the Buffalo Sabres for future
considerations.
**
Named Terry Simpson assistant coach.
**
Traded Ruslan Batyrshin, defenseman, and a 1996 second-round draft choice
to Los Angeles for Brent Thompson, defenseman.

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- League news:

Draft:
  The 1995 draft will be held in Winnipeg.  The 1996 draft will be held in
St. Louis.

  The NHL adopted a lottery for its annual entry draft, beginning with the
1995 draft.
  A complicated system ensures that the team with the fewest points ends
up with a 30 percent chance of getting the first overall pick and is
guaranteed of picking no lower than second.  Whatever team is drawn can
move up by no more than four positions in the draft. Therefore, only the
five worst teams have a chance at picking first. If one of the second-,
third-, fourth- or fifth-worst teams win the draw to pick first, the last-
place team will pick second.
  If the sixth-worst team is drawn first, it moves up four places and
picks second. The first pick would then go to the worst team.  Likewise,
if the 10th-worst team is drawn first, it would pick sixth. The first
pick, again, would go to the worst team.
  Under the weighted-draw system for non-playoff teams only, the team with
the fewest points has a 30 percent chance of being drawn; the team with
the second-fewest has a 21 percent chance; and the team with the third-
fewest points has a 15.1 percent chance.  The team with the fourth-fewest
points has a 10.9 percent chance; the team with the fifth-fewest points
has an 8 percent chance; the team with the sixth-fewest points has a 5.9
percent chance; and the team with the seventh-fewest points has a 4.2
percent chance.  The team with the eighth-fewest points has a 2.8 percent
chance; the team with the ninth-fewest points has a 1.6 percent chance;
and the team with 10th-fewest points has a 0.5 percent chance.
  Only one team will be drawn and placed in the appropriate spot.
Everybody else picks in reverse order of the team's finish.

League Leadership:
  Gary Bettman is commissioner of the National Hockey League.
  Former Hartford Whalers President and General Manager Brian Burke is the
league's executive vice president and director of hockey operations.

Rule changes:
  Gary Bettman revealed that the NHL had set up a ten member committee to
study the possibility using a shootout in the regular season to decide
tied games. Members of the committee are Bill Torrey of the Florida
Panthers, Phil Esposito of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Harry Sinden of the
Boston Bruins, Jimmy Devellano of the Detroit Red Wings, Marcel Aubut of
the Quebec Nordiques, Cliff Fletcher of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Michael
Eisner of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Barry Shenkarow of the Winnipeg Jets,
Stephen Walsh of the New York Islanders and Howard Baldwin of the
Pittsburgh Penguins.

Olympics:
The NHL's goal of having its stars participate in the 1998 Winter Olympics
moved one step forward Thursday, July 28, when the league and the
International Ice Hockey Federation announced they had forged an agreement
on issues dealing with international play. But before certain NHL players
can play for Olympic gold, the league and IIHF still must get the approval
of the International Olympic Committee, the various national Olympic
committees and the NHL Players Association. The agreement, forged between
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and IIHF president Rene Fasel, also calls
for the development of a European Super league, the continuation of the
Canada Cup and the NHL's participation in the world championships until at
least 1997. The Canada Cup, an international round robin held every three
or four years, will likely continue under a new name, probably the World
Cup. The NHL also agreed to pay an annual fee to the IIHF to support the
development of hockey outside North America. The IIHF will distribute
these funds to its member federations in return for its permission to
allow players to move to the NHL. This would replace transfer payments now
paid directly from an NHL club to the European club losing a player. After
1997, the NHL and IIHF will seek alternative formats for the world
championships.

NHLPA:
  Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers is the new president of the
National Hockey League Players' Association.

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday, July 28, refused to hear an
appeal of a lower court's ruling that requires the NHL to put $32.6
million back into the pension fund for players who retired before 1982. In
losing its final bid to challenge the earlier ruling, the NHL also was
ordered to pay the legal fees incurred by the players in arguing against
the application to appeal to the Supreme Court. In February, the Ontario
Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's decision that the NHL had
misappropriated money that belonged to players.

  The NHL Players Association has drawn up a tough agent certification
program, a copy of which has been obtained by The Canadian Press. It
defines conflicts of interest, prevents agents from representing anyone
other than players and gives the association the right to revoke an
agent's licence.

Former hockey leader Alan Eagleson is wanted in the United States to face
fraud, racketeering and embezzlement charges. U.S. district attorney Paul
Kelly said a request to extradite the former executive director of the NHL
Players Association and Hockey Canada's international negotiator will be
filed within 60 days. Additional charges also may be added to the 32-count
indictment brought by a grand jury March 3.

Officiating:
  National Hockey League on-ice officials agreed to a four-year contract,
ending the first strike by referees and linesmen in league history.
Members of the NHL Officials Association voted in a telephone poll
conducted by counsel Don Meehan Wednesday, December 1. The new agreement
covers this year and the next three seasons. A first-year referee made
$50,000 a season and a first-year linesman made $33,000 a season under the
old contract, which expired Aug. 31. Terms of the agreement were not
disclosed, but it is believed the officials agreed to a 29 per cent
increase for referees and a 65 per cent total hike over the life of the
contract.

Miscellaneous:
  The Hockey Hall of Fame added Yves Fortier, Bob Goodenow, Bill Hay, J.
Bruce Pope, Harry Sinden, Steve Solomon and Murray Costello to the board
of directors.

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- Television

  Games are carried on TSN and CBC in Canada, on ESPN and ESPN2 in the
U.S. Check your local listings. ESPN2 will carry 3 NHL games per week.
ESPN will carry 25 regular season games.

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- Award winners, all-star teams, hall of fame inductees, and draft picks

1993-94 Award Winners:
Hart Trophy (Most valuable to his team)
        Sergei Fedorov, Detroit
Lady Byng Trophy (Sportsmanship and gentlemanly play)
        Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles
Norris Trophy (Outstanding defenseman)
        Ray Bourque, Boston
Calder Trophy (Outstanding rookie)
        Martin Brodeur, New Jersey
Vezina Trophy (Outstanding goaltender)
        Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
Frank J. Selke Trophy (Outstanding defensive forward)
        Sergei Fedorov, Detroit
Jack Adams Award (Oustanding coach)
        Jacques Lemaire, New Jersey
King Clancy Trophy (Humanitarian contribution)
        Adam Graves, New York
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship & dedication to hockey)
        Cam Neely, Boston
Art Ross Trophy (Scoring leader)
        Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles
William M. Jennings Trophy (Goalies playing minimum of 25 games for team
with fewest goals against)
        Dominik Hasek and Grant Fuhr, Buffalo
Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP)
        Brian Leetch, New York Rangers
Lester Patrick Award (outstanding service to hockey in the United States)
        Wayne Gretzky, Robert Ridder
Lester B. Pearson Award (outstanding player in the league, voted by
members of the NHL Players' Association)
        Sergei Fedorov, Detroit

  1992-93 All-Stars:
First team all-stars: Mario Lemieux (center, Pittsburgh), Teemu Selanne
(right wing, Winnipeg), Luc Robitaille (left wing, Los Angeles), Ray
Bourque (defense, Boston), Chris Chelios (defense, Chicago), Ed Belfour
(goalie, Chicago)
Second team all-stars: Pat Lafontaine (center, Buffalo), Alexander Mogilny
(right wing, Buffalo), Kevin Stevens (left wing, Pittsburgh), Larry Murphy
(defenseman, Pittsburgh), Al Iafrate (Washington), Tom Barrasso (goalie,
Pittsburgh)

  1993-94 All-Star Game Starters (as voted by fans):
Western Conference: Wayne Gretzky (C, Los Angeles), Brett Hull (W, St.
Louis), Pavel Bure (W, Vancouver), Paul Coffey (D, Detroit), Chris Chelios
(D, Chicago), Felix Potvin (G, Toronto)
Eastern Conference: Eric Lindros (C, Philadelphia), Jaromir Jagr (W,
Pittsburgh), Alexander Mogilny (W, Buffalo), Ray Bourque (D, Boston),
Brian Leetch (D, Rangers), Patrick Roy (G, Montreal)

  The 1993-94 NHL All-Rookie team as selected by t...