One name to remember going into the NHL amateur draft on June
26: Kris Beech, a 6'3", 185-pound center who played for the
Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. Beech, who was
rated seventh by the league's Central Scouting service in its
final rankings in May, has seen his stock rise after a dominant
performance in the Memorial Cup last month. His on-ice vision,
his ability to control the puck in traffic and his desire to
have the puck in key moments of a game are what make Beech so
With Dominik Hasek in net, the Sabres will be the first Eastern
Conference team in four years to have a decided advantage in
goal over its Western foe during the Stanley Cup finals. (Ed
Belfour is the Stars' goalie.) The last time that happened, the
Devils, behind Martin Brodeur, upset the Wings, with Mike
Vernon, in 1995. Since then the West has swept every final
Later this month NHL coaches and their assistants will be
meeting in Boston to discuss how to form a coaches union. As
many as 90 coaches are expected to attend....
Over the last three years the Capitals have lost more than 1,300
man-games to injury. General manager George McPhee has hired Dr.
John Arnett, the head of the University of Manitoba's clinical
health psychology department, to study the Caps' training,
treatment and rehabilitation practices. Don't be surprised to
see changes in Washington's medical and training personnel
before next season....
Patrick Roy's Avalanche teammates had to be scratching their
heads in the third period of their 4-1 loss to the Stars in Game
7 of the West finals. Roy, who was trying to ignite his club,
made several poor plays behind the net, including one that
resulted in Dallas's fourth goal.