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NEWSFLASH
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posted July 31, 2003 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
A few months away from the game and a summer without any health problems appear to have
re-energized Mario Lemieux. Now, he seems to be embracing the challenge of leading a team filled with little-known players. Lemieux's return to Pittsburgh in 2003-04 was announced before a Thursday news conference. Lemieux began working out about six weeks ago, and he intends to resume his usual conditioning program next month.

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posted August 01, 2003 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jollyjoe   Click Here to Email jollyjoe     Edit/Delete Message
KINGS!

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posted August 01, 2003 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
With Robitaille back - you never know. Could be a good year for the Kings. I'm with you Jollyjoe.

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posted August 04, 2003 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jollyjoe   Click Here to Email jollyjoe     Edit/Delete Message
Oy! the cup was lost for 24 hours!

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posted August 06, 2003 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PegLegSmith     Edit/Delete Message
The rest of the league can just forget it. The Avanlache have bought the cup. WE ARE UNBEATABLE!

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posted August 11, 2003 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Herb Brooks is dead.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/news/2003/08/11/brooks_obit_ap/?cnn=yes

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posted September 30, 2003 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley was charged Tuesday with reckless driving for veering off a road and slamming his sportscar into a wall at about 80 mph, a crash that left him with a broken jaw and teammate Dan Snyder critically injured.

Snyder had surgery early Tuesday at Grady Memorial Hospital for a depressed fracture in his skull, the team said. Heatley broke his left jaw and was in stable condition.

The Thrashers canceled practice Tuesday and were considering canceling Wednesday night's exhibition against Florida.

"Nobody's really thinking about hockey," team captain Shawn McEachern said. "We're thinking about the guys."

Heatley and Snyder attended an event for season-ticket holders at Philips Arena on Monday night and left in Heatley's Ferrari about 9:15 p.m., the team said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Iosty said Heatley lost control of the car on a curve on a two-lane road in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood about 10:30 p.m., and the vehicle left the road and struck a wall in front of an apartment complex.

The car broke in half and both men were ejected, police said.

Heatley was also charged with serious injury by vehicle and driving too fast for conditions, Iosty said.

"Our preliminary reports indicated speed may have been a factor," he said.

Heatley, like all drivers in accidents with serious injuries, took a blood-alcohol test and results were not back Tuesday morning, Iosty said.

Officers estimated the car was traveling about 80 mph.

Snyder, a center who scored 10 goals and added four assists in 36 games for Atlanta last season, had surgery on his ankle earlier this month before the start of training camp. He was expected to start the season on the injured list.

The 25-year-old player signed with the Thrashers as a free agent in 1999 after playing four seasons of junior hockey for Owen Sound in the Ontario Hockey League.

He spent most of his first three professional seasons in the minor leagues, helping Orlando win the International Hockey League title in 2000-01 and playing on the Chicago Wolves' American Hockey League championship team in 2001-02. He also played 35 games for Chicago last season, scoring 11 goals and adding 12 assists.

The 22-year-old Heatley, the NHL rookie of the year in 2001-02, led Atlanta in scoring last season with a team-record 41 goals and 48 assists, and is the Thrashers' career scoring leader with 155 points. He scored four goals in the 2003 All-Star game and was selected the MVP. The former University of Wisconsin player was the second overall pick in the 2000 draft.

The Thrashers last played on Saturday night, with Heatley scoring an overtime goal in a 3-2 exhibition victory over Nashville in Richmond, Va.

The Thrashers' first regular-season game is next Thursday night against Columbus.

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posted October 06, 2003 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Thrashers' Snyder dies after car crash
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Atlanta Thrashers forward Dan Snyder died Sunday night, six days after he was involved in a horrific car crash with All-Star teammate Dany Heatley.

SNYDER DIED AT Grady Hospital from massive brain injuries without ever regaining consciousness, the team said. He was 25.

Police said Heatley was driving his Ferrari at about 80 mph on a narrow two-lane road last Monday night when he lost control, spun off the road and smashed into a brick and wrought iron fence.

The car split in half. The players were thrown into the road.

Heatley already was facing several charges, including a felony.

"The charges will be upgraded. It hasn't occurred yet," Sgt. John Quigley, an Atlanta Police Department spokesman said Sunday night. "I expect them to be upgraded in the near future."

He said investigators will meet with the district attorney's office on Monday morning.

"It would likely be vehicular homicide first degree," Quigley said.

That charge carries a prison sentence of three to 15 years. A plea bargain to the lesser charge of second-degree vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor, is also possible.

Snyder underwent surgery for a skull fracture but never emerged from his coma.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dan Snyder," the Thrashers said in a statement. "Dan was a teammate and friend to all of us. We feel a tremendous amount of pain as an organization and extend deepest sympathies to his family."

"The news of his passing fills all of us with an overwhelming sense of sorrow," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Snyder, a center who had 10 goals and four assists in 36 games for Atlanta last season, had surgery on his ankle in September before the start of training camp. He was expected to start the season on the injured list.

Snyder signed with the Thrashers as a free agent in 1999 after playing four seasons of junior hockey for Owen Sound in the Ontario Hockey League.

Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery played three years with Snyder in Owen Sound.

"He was such a strong guy, such a fighter," Avery said. "I figured he would battle though this like he did everything else. I never, ever thought this would happen."

Snyder spent most of his first three professional seasons in the minor leagues, helping Orlando win the International Hockey League title in 2000-01 and playing on the Chicago Wolves' American Hockey League championship team in 2001-02. He also played 35 games for Chicago last season, getting 11 goals and 12 assists.

In addition to his legal problems, Heatley also sustained serious injuries in the crash.

He underwent surgery Saturday for a broken jaw and an MRI found two torn ligaments in his right knee. He will require more surgery in about a week for the knee injury, certainly threatening any return to the ice this season.

Heatley's agent Stacey McAlpine told the Calgary Sun Thursday that alcohol was not to blame for the accident.

"Alcohol was not a factor and that will be confirmed when the results of the blood tests are released by the hospital," McAlpine told the paper after spending Thursday in Heatley's Atlanta hospital room. "I want to point out the cause of the accident is still under investigation ... Obviously, people are taking the liberty of speculating -- and they have every right to do that -- but the fact is there are a lot of possibilities out there."

Heatley is the gap-toothed leader of the Thrashers, a 22-year-old with both toughness and great skill with the puck. Last season, he scored a team-record 41 goals and was MVP of the All-Star game.

The Thrashers would only say that Heatley is out indefinitely, but it's clear general manager Don Waddell was planning for the season without his best player. He traded for Carolina Hurricanes goalie Jani Hurme on Friday with an eye toward acquiring help up front.

Atlanta also claimed left wing Serge Aubin from Colorado and left wing Ronald Petrovicky from the New York Rangers in the waiver draft on Friday.

Waddell said it's not known if Heatley will miss the entire season.

"Until doctors go in and see the extent of the tear, it's impossible to give an accurate recovery timetable," he said.

Heatley, who posted a $50,000 bond, already faced a felony charge of serious injury by vehicle and three misdemeanor counts. Police are awaiting test results to determine if Heatley was drinking on the night of the wreck.

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posted October 24, 2003 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
What is the world coming to when Tampa Bay and Atlanta have the most points in Hockey.

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An ABC Sports spokesman says that it is "still figuring out" how to use singer Justin Timberlake as a "special correspondent" for its NBA telecasts this season. ABC Sports producer Michael Pearl told today's (Wednesday) New York Post: ""The key is that he doesn't want -- and was very firm on this -- he doesn't want to pretend to be a sports expert. ... Because he's not. He's just a very big sports fan." Although ABC's first NBA telecast is set for Thursday (Christmas Day), Timberlake is not scheduled to appear on it. The Post said that his first piece won't air for at least several weeks.

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Phoenix and St. Louis both decided it was time for a coaching change on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, the slumping New York Rangers decided to follow suit. The Coyotes fired Bob Francis in the midst of a two-win, 14-game stretch. The Blues, in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, axed Joel Quenneville. And in New York, Glen Sather stepped down but will remain with the organization.

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Cops Probe Bertuzzi's Hit on Avs' Moore


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Colorado Avalanche (news) forward Steve Moore will miss the rest of the season with a broken neck after a hit by Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi that prompted a police investigation.

Moore also sustained a concussion and deep facial cuts, the Avalanche said Tuesday. He will remain hospitalized in Vancouver indefinitely, Colorado trainer Pat Karns said.

Bertuzzi has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing at the NHL office in Toronto on Wednesday.

Moore was slugged in the side of the head by Bertuzzi late in Monday night's game, a 9-2 Colorado victory. Bertuzzi struck him from behind and drove his head into the ice. Moore landed face-first with Bertuzzi on top of him and lay in a pool of blood for several minutes before he was removed on a stretcher.

B.C. Solicitor General Rich Coleman and Vancouver police said Tuesday a preliminary investigation has begun.

This will be the second time in recent years Vancouver police have become involved in an on-ice hit at an NHL game. Former NHL tough guy Marty McSorley was charged for hitting then-Vancouver Canuck Donald Brashear with his stick in February 2000.

Vancouver players had vowed to get even with Moore for a Feb. 16 hit that knocked out star Markus Naslund for three games with a concussion. Nothing happened in last week's rematch in Denver, a 5-5 tie attended by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

The Avalanche said that when Moore's condition improves, he will be transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver and evaluated by neurosurgeons.

"Steve knows he has the support of the entire Avalanche family and hockey fans throughout the world, and we hope that he recovers as soon as possible," Avalanche president and general manager Pierre Lacroix said.

Vancouver general manager Brian Burke said Bertuzzi was "too distraught" to attend Tuesday's news conference, but the Canucks right wing tried to contact Moore at the hospital.

"That to me shows the sincerity more than any statement that we could issue," Burke said.

"He's remorseful, and relieved that Mr. Moore's injuries at this point appear, that a full recovery should be possible," Burke added.

The general manager said he'll attend the NHL hearing with Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, was an All-Star last season when he was fifth in the league in scoring. This year, he was an All-Star again and has 60 points, 23rd in the league.

Moore is a checking forward on a team stacked with stars. The rookie center has four goals and seven assists this season.

McSorley, while with the Boston Bruins (news), drew a one-year suspension for using his stick to hit Brashear on the side of the head. Brashear was knocked unconscious and missed 20 games with a concussion.

McSorley was tried in court and received a conditional sentence for assault with a weapon, but his one-year suspension from the NHL ended his 17-year career.

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Vicious Hockey Attack Spurs Rage, Worry in Canada

By Janet Guttsman

TORONTO (Reuters) - A vicious on-ice punch knocked scandal, politics and foreign affairs off the front pages of Canadian newspapers on Wednesday, tarnishing the iconic status of Canada's national pastime and prompting a debate on how far violence in hockey should be allowed to go.


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The punch, a revenge attack by a star Vancouver Canucks player for an incident at a game last month, left a rookie Colorado Avalanche player with a concussion and a fractured neck, and prompted banner headlines, grumbling Web sites and endless televised reruns of the ugly attack.

"Canada's troubled game suffers yet another blow," the Globe and Mail said in a commentary that, with pictures and a sidebar story, took up almost all the front page.

"It's really a dark moment for hockey." said the Toronto Star, Canada's biggest-selling newspaper, which called for an end to hockey's culture of violence.

Brawls in hockey games have almost become an integral part of the sport. They are so popular that a Manitoba impresario is promoting a fights-only event, with a promised prize of $100,000 to the best pummeler in a two-minute on-ice match.

The first fight is scheduled for August in Minnesota and tickets go on sale next month.

But Monday night's punch by the Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi went far beyond the average hockey brawl, and Vancouver police are investigating his attack on Colorado's Steve Moore.

"We have an obligation once a complaint is received to conduct an investigation into an incident of this nature," police said on Tuesday. "Regardless of the fact that this involves players in the National Hockey League, this will be a routine assault investigation."

Bertuzzi punched Moore from behind, and then smashed his head to the ice, leaving him lying in a pool of blood. Bertuzzi faces disciplinary action from the National Hockey League, and could be suspended or banned from the league.

Moore had been targeted by Vancouver throughout the game after a incident last month in which he injured Bertuzzi's teammate, Markus Naslund, with a hit to the head.

IS IT A GAME?

But the real question in Canada is whether violence in hockey has become too big a part of the game, and whether it's time for a major crackdown, including assault charges against Bertuzzi.

CBC radio pointed out that an angry worker who punched a colleague in the head, fracturing his neck, would face criminal action, and not just a workplace disciplinary hearing.

An editorial in the National Post said it should be up to the National Hockey League to police incidents on the ice, but it urged the NHL to "send the strongest possible message."

The Toronto Star invited readers to e-mail their thoughts and printed a selection of some 50 views on its Web site. It also rolled out Canadian hockey icon Wayne Gretzky for his final verdict on the matter.

"I'm sure they're going to take the right disciplinary actions to what happened and send a message that we don't want it to happen again," said the retired Gretzky, considered by many to be the greatest player the game has ever seen.

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Bertuzzi Suspended for Remainder of Season
(AP) - Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks was suspended for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs by the NHL on Thursday for attacking Colorado's Steve Moore. In addition, Bertuzzi's eligibility for next season will be determined by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman before the start of training camp. The Canucks were also fined $250,000.

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Time Warner Completes Sale Of Hawks, Thrashers For $250M

The $250 million sale of Atlanta's professional basketball and hockey teams from Time Warner Inc. (TWX) to a nine-member group was completed on Wednesday. Atlanta Spirit LLC officially took control of the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers and operating rights to Philips Arena, where the teams play. Time Warner sold the teams to reduce its heavy debt. The first order of business: longtime sports executive Bernie Mullin was named chief of operations for both teams, and former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins was elevated to vice president of basketball for the Hawks. Mullin said the ownership group. made up of investors from Atlanta, Boston and Washington, are committed to reversing the teams' losing records and making the franchises profitable. But he would not say how that might be achieved, beyond a goal of signing more free agents. One of the new owners referred to the teams' plans as "secret strategies." The Hawks and Thrashers share woeful histories of losing. The Hawks have never won a championship since moving from St. Louis in 1968, and they haven't been to the playoffs since 1999. This year, the team has a record of 24-50, with eight games left in the season. The Thrashers are now in their fifth season but still haven't seen the postseason. They are 32-36-8-4 this season, with two games left to play. The new owners said they will emphasize marketing and use their business world experience to fill the downtown arena. "There are those in the industry who don't think Atlanta is a good sports market," Mullin said at a news conference. "Well, they are wrong and we are here to prove it." The change in ownership completes a sale process that had dragged on for nearly a year. Dallas auto dealer David McDavid began exclusive talks to buy the teams last April, but could never close the deal. With McDavid still believing his offer would work out, Time Warner suddenly changed course in mid-September. The media conglomerate announced it was selling the teams to a group headed by Steve Belkin, founder and chairman of the Boston-based marketing and investing company Trans National Group. The other owners are Michael Gearon Jr., Bruce Levenson, Ed Peskowitz, Rutherford Seydel, Todd Foreman, Michael Gearon Sr., Bud Seretean and Ted Turner's youngest son, Beau Turner. Ted Turner previously owned the teams and baseball's Atlanta Braves but lost control through a series of corporate mergers. The owners are split into three groups based on their home cities. Operational control of the partnership will be evenly divided among the three groups, with one-third voting power going to each. Turner Broadcasting, a Time Warner subsidiary, will retain 15% ownership of Atlanta Spirit, but will have no say in operations. Time Warner has retreated from trying to sell its baseball team, the Braves.

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