Did anyone ever wonder what Ron Barr was saying before all the games of NHL94 they've played? Probably not, but here's everything he says for each team and more!
Welcome to a sold out [arena name here], home of the [team name here]
Hi, I'm Ron Barr for EA Sports...And in goal tonight, [goalie name here] for [team name here] and [goalie name here] for [team name here]
For [team name here], [player name here] is on a hot streak, but [player name here] is off his game...For [team name here], [player name here] is on a hot streak, but [player name here] is off his game.
The [arena name here] crowd record is [number here] dB
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Anaheim enters its first NHL season with a line up that will have no trouble skating with the opposition. They have an experienced and mobile defense so they should be able to clear the puck out of their zone without too much trouble. They don't have much firepower up front so they'll have to check the other team closely, make few mistakes, and get strong goaltending to stay in the game. Terry split four years between the NHL and the minors before earning a full time job with Hartford in '93 where he produced 53 points. He can serve as an offensive sparkplug for a team because of his awesome shot and hunger around the net. Give Terry lots of playing time and make sure he's out there on the power play. Randy is an 11 year veteran who loves defending his own zone. He has been a consistent performer over the course of more than 700 NHL games. Randy is an experienced defender so use him to clear players away from the net especially when your team is shorthanded. Alexei is a veteran of many years with the Soviet National Team and Central Red Army Club. He has 3 NHL seasons to his credit and has become used to the NHL style of play. Alexei is a great playmaker, use his agility to create scoring chances and defend his own zone. Guy has performed well for 2 seasons as the back up goalie for the St. Louis Blues. No stranger to pressure, he briefly replaced Curtis Joseph during the overtime of a '93 playoff game against Toronto and immediately made a key save. Guy has good overall skills so give him lots of playing time so he can show his stuff. Troy is a 10 year veteran who contributed to 2 Stanley Cup winning teams in Pittsburgh. He is an experienced role player who knows what it takes to win in the NHL. Put Troy on a checking line where he can throw his 6' 3" frame against the other team's leading scorers. Anatoli has demonstrated in his 3 NHL seasons that he can be an effective two-way forward. The ex-Moscow Dynamo star is a fine skater who can handle a heavy workload. He easily switches from offensive to defensive roles, use him as much as you can on both the power play and penalty killing units.
The "big bad Bruins" are no longer just a hard working and rough team to play. They've got lots of individual skill and can skate with most teams. They can play a wide open game or a rough tight checking match. Boston is a tough team to beat at home but they also play extremely well on the road. Don't be afraid of taking this team on a long trip. Adam has topped the 100 point mark 3 times during his 8 year career and was a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player in 1993. He is one of the NHL's most feared playmaking centers - get him the puck so he can use his outstanding puck handling skills and agility to either set up or score the big goal. Following each of his 14 NHL seasons, Ray has been selected to either the NHL First or Second All-Star teams. He is a four time winner of the Norris Trophy as the league's top blueliner. A respected team leader, Bourque often follows a great defensive play with a quick pass to one of his teammates or an offensive rush of his own. Use his overpowering strength to check opponents into or over the boards. Don has provided Boston with reliable defensive play during his 4 NHL seasons. He's a little guy who doesn't mind throwing his weight around with bigger opponents. Use him to clear the puck out of the zone and closely check the scoring stars on the other team. Andy is one of the NHL's most experienced netminders and has played on three Stanley Cup winning teams. He utilizes his quickness and confidence to keep the opposition at bay. Moog is often at his best in "big" games or high pressure situations - go with him in important games. Joe came through his first full NHL season with flying colors to earn a place as one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. He is an excellent playmaker so use his versatility as a playmaker at either center or wing, and make sure he's out there on the power play. Cam is one of the league's most dangerous snipers with consecutive 50 goal seasons in 1990 and 1991. He knocks people around in the corners and uses his powerful wrist shot to score goals or create rebounds. Give him lots of ice time and watch him physically dominate the other club.
Buffalo Director of Hockey Operations and Coach John Muckler guided the 1993 Sabres to their first playoff serie win since 1983. With a good number of offensive superstars the Sabres can score goals at will. And with Grant Fuhr in goal the Aud can be a difficult place for opponents to pick up victories. Pat LaFontaine enjoyed his best season last year as he fired home 53 goals and added 95 assists to finish second in NHL scoring. He combines great agility and endurance with outstanding passing and shooting skills. Put him in the middle of the offensive flow and watch him rack up points. Petr Svoboda is a smooth-skating defenseman who can get the puck out of his own end with little trouble. Svoboda played well in his own end, and tallied 24 assists in only 40 games last season. Use his speed and agility to move the puck into the offensive zone. Doug Bodger is a reliable defenseman who contributes at both ends of the rink. Bodger led all Sabres' defensemen with 45 assists, and chipped in with 9 goals, 6 of which came on the power play. With the Sabres' firepower up front, use Bodger to set the forwards up for shots. For more than a decade, Grant Fuhr has been one of the NHL's dominant goalies. He has lightning reflexes and a glove hand that is among the best in the league. Take control of him - he loves to challenge the shooter. And use him often - he loves a heavy workload. A franchise player on a team loaded with superstars, Dale Hawerchuk is always capable of producing a 100 point season. Hawerchuk can win important face-offs and convert them into timely goals. In 1993, he scored a career high 80 assists in 81 games - "Ducky" can score, but use him to set up his linemates. In 1993, Alexander Mogilny became the first Russian-born player to score fifty goals in an NHL regular season. He exploded with 76 en route to a 127 point season. Alex may be the fastest skater in the NHL, with dazzling moves to match. Mogilny, LaFontaine and Hawerchuk form one of the most awesome lines in hockey.
Size and speed are the two key factors to the success of the Calgary Flames. The big and little men on the Flames can put the puck in the net as well as anyone, and when the game is on the line the team relies on the skills of defenseman Al MacInnis and goaltender Mike Vernon. Although coming off a major injury, Joe Nieuwendyk, a former 50 goal scorer, is a constant offensive threat. Captain Nieuwnedyk uses his size in front of the net to knock in loose pucks so feed the puck to the big guy, and let him do the rest, he can provide a lot of the Flames' offense...Al MacInnis Defense 6'2" 196 lbs. Known for his awesome slapshot, big Al MacInnis is the backbone of the Calgary Flames defensive unit. Always one of the top point getters among defenseman in the league, the Flames look to him for leadership - set him up for a one - timer and he'll unleash the heaviest shot in the game. A coach's dream, Gary Suter provides solid defense for the Flames, as well as an added link to Calgary's potent offensive machine. With plenty of ice time, Suter will turn offensive chances into points. Team Suter up with MacInnis and watch hockey magic happen on the blueline. With 213 victories in the last 7 seasons Mike Vernon has firmly established himself as a premier goaltender in the NHL. Though not large in size, he uses his reflexes to fill the net. Look for Vernon to come up big when the pressure is on, and use his trapper to make the big saves. One of the outstanding power forwards in the NHL, Gary Roberts can beat opponents with his muscle or his scoring skills. Strong along the boards and in the slot, Gary can't be pushed off the puck. When he gets into scoring position, he can put the puck away so look for him in front, and use his accuracy to finish the play ...Theoren Fleury is only 5' 6" ,the smallest player in the NHL, but his tenacious style of play makes him one of the game's top performers. His speed and agility can get the puck up ice, and as a former 50 goal scorer, he also knows how to finish the play. He'll never tire, and loves to hit opponents all over the ice.
Chicago plays a tough "in your face" style of hockey. Their defense bodychecks with the best of them and all four of their forward lines forecheck the opposition into making mistakes in their own zone. The raucous fans at Chicago Stadium help make them one of the toughest home teams in the NHL. Jeremy is one of the NHL's brightest young stars. He skates like the wind and scores some of the most amazing goals you will ever see. Jeremy is a fierce competitor who won't be pushed around by the other team. Use him in all game situations and don't hold him back when the game turns rough. Chris is one of the best all round defensemen in the league. He's won the Norris Trophy twice as the NHL's top blueliner and is one of the toughest players in the league. He's also got a rocket of a shot from the point that terrifies goalies. Use him on the point when you've got the man advantage and make sure he's out there in all key defensive situations. Steve's a workhorse on defense who usually forms a dynamic duo on defense with Chris Chelios. He's a good skater and a big guy who lays on some of the hardest bodychecks in the league. Use him to kill penalties and to set up Chelios for an accurate one-timer. Ed has been a top notch goalie for three seasons and has twice won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top netminder. He's already got 16 career shutouts and often psyches out the other team when he gets hot. Ed hates sitting on the bench, so don't be afraid to play him more than you would most other goalies. Michel is one of the league's all time best goal scorers with over 500 to his credit. He's got an accurate shot that can freeze a goalie. Don't hesitate to move Michel into the slot where he can handle the pounding from opposing defensemen. Steve's been a solid player who hasn't missed a game with Chicago in 11 seasons. He's recorded over 900 career points and knows how to check as well. In fact, his defensive awareness is tops among NHL forwards - he excels in all areas, especially when protecting a lead.
The Stars are a tough bunch who'll leave teams black and blue after every game. They play a slow and close checking game but have a few guys who can really fly. Their defense is huge, so opponents can't go through them to score. The Stars' new home in Dallas won't offer much hospitality to opposing teams. Mike was the first player selected in the 1988 NHL Draft and only the second American to have such an honor. He's a fireball on skates and is the player the Stars rely on to keep the offense going. Mike loves getting lots of ice time. Use his great hands, or speed him into the open for a blistering shot. Tommy is a clever little defenseman who enjoyed a good rookie season in '93. He's a good skater with a low, hard shot so make sure he plays the point when the Stars have the man-advantage, and let him join in the offensive rush when the teams are at even strength. Mark is the rock of the Stars' defense. He's a big man whose bone crushing checks have been felt throughout the league. Mark also has a heavy shot from the point, get him the puck as much as possible and make sure he is the guy clearing the front of the net. Jon is an experienced netminder who guided the Stars all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1991. He's an agile goalie with a quick glove hand. He can play a lot so use him in key games, especially when playing division rivals. Dave's a good two way center who has averaged nearly a point-per-game over the last 5 seasons. Dave doesn't back down - get him into the fray and count on his experience in scoring situations. Russ is a real speed demon who also packs a heavy slapshot. He's racked up more than 500 career points and is a real crowd pleaser. His speed allows him to find the open ice. Don't be afraid to double shift him against some of the league's slower teams.
With newly appointed Scotty Bowman at the helm the Detroit Red Wings should soar in 1993-94. Rich in talent at all positions, the Red Wings possess the NHL's top offense. With a line-up that includes quality checkers, scoring power and a two-way defense, Detroit should challenge for the Stanley Cup. "Stevie Wonder" is a tireless worker with stunning playmaking skills. Yzerman is a finesse player who tears through traffic. He can find the open man with an accurate pass or bulge the twine himself with a well placed shot. Use him in all situations, including penalty killing, where he tied for the NHL lead with 7 shorthanded goals in 1992-93. Paul Coffey is a terrific defenseman who can jump up into the play and become a fourth forward. Last season he finished second overall in defensive scoring with 12 goals and 75 points. One of finest skaters and stickhandlers in the game, the speedy Coffey is a natural at rushing the puck end to end. Steve Chiasson is a rugged rearguard known for his boardchecking. He is also emerging as an offensive weapon, scoring 12 goals and added 50 assists to trail only Paul Coffey in defensive scoring last season. Chiasson is a durable blueliner who is reliable at all times. Tim Cheveldae has proven to be a most durable protector of the cage, having played in 65 or more games each of the last 3 years. "Chevy" had a career high four shutouts in 1993 and placed fourth in goaltender wins with 34. Cheveldae is rock solid and a quality choice between the pipes. Sergei Fedorov is a player most NHL coaches would covet to have on their roster. The two-way center has solid defensive skills to complement a whirlwind of offensive capabilities. A consistent 30-plus goal man, Fedorov is great in every situation. He has tremendous moves and is exceptional with the puck. Full of intensity, Dino Ciccarelli is a skilled right winger with a knack for scoring. He led the Wings with 21 power play goals last season. Give Dino a shift whenever a goal is needed, and have Yzerman set him up for an accurate one-timer.
Although the Oilers are a relatively young team, they are loaded with experience. Goaltender Billy Ranford leads the club into the upcoming season with his acrobatic style of play. The Oilers have a good mix of size and speed that could surprise a lot of clubs this season. Doug Weight supplies the Oilers with lots of heart and soul. Though not a speedster, Weight can control a lot of the center ice area with his heads up style of play. Use Weight at both ends of the ice - he can shine offensively and defensively when given the chance. A solid, talented defenseman, Kravchuk enjoyed his first full season after winning a Gold Medal in the 1992 Olympics. Kravchuk plays his position well and is not intimidated by larger forwards - keep Kravchuk on the ice as much as possible - he'll help you in the defensive zone. One of the toughest defenseman in the National Hockey League, Manson can rack up both points and penalty minutes alike. Team Manson with partner Igor Kravchuk and they will both keep the goal area clear for Ranford. His hard slapshot will produce rebounds for teammates. A consistent starter for the last 5 seasons, Bill Ranford is rated among the league's best netminders. With a great glove hand, Ranford excels in pressure situations. Ranford is the Oilers' big game man - if he gets help on defense he can dominate a game. Shayne Corson can play any style of hockey that is required. A durable, strong left winger, Corson is gifted as both a checker and a goal scorer. The young Oilers are counting on Corson in the future as a team leader. Use Corson when the going gets tough and in tight situations. Petr Klima is natural goal scorer who relies on his speed to create scoring chances. Along with his speed, Klima's agility and stick handling are big factors in his play - make sure you use Klima in all offensive situations. Get him the puck in his own zone and he can go end to end for a goal.
Florida is set for its first NHL season with a team that will play a close checking and tough brand of hockey. You won't scare this team with any rough tactics and you won't score a lot of goals against them either. The Panthers will wait for the other team to make a mistake and then cash in on it. If they get a lead they'll protect it by checking the other team into the ice. Brian is an 8 year veteran who combines strong defensive play with the ability to score the occasional big goal. During the 1986 Stanley Cup finals he scored the fastest overtime goal in playoff history (nine seconds). Brian loves to check so match him up against the opposition's top scoring line and make sure he's on the ice when you are killing a penalty. Joe has more than a decade's worth of experience as an NHL defenseman. He represented the New Jersey Devils at the 1984 NHL All-Star Game. Joe is cool under pressure and has a good low shot - use him on the point, on the power play and send him out when the Panthers' young players need settling down. Gord is a strong offensive rearguard with 5 NHL seasons to his credit. He is a very agile skater who has a good shot and above average playmaking skills. Make sure Gord sees a lot of duty on the power play and let him join the offensive rush when both teams are at equal strength. John is a ten year veteran who has played in more than 400 regular season and playoff games. John's great strength is his consistency, but he can also get very hot and change the course of a game. The goalkeeping is in good hands when Beezer plays - make sure he's out there during a big game. Andrei is a crafty offensive player who must use his outstanding skating ability to be successful. He was a strong performer with the Soviet team at the 1987 Canada Cup tournament. Andrei is good at finding the open ice and spotting open teammates so use him on the power play and 4 on 4 situations. Scott is a hard worker who has scored 279 career points in 7 NHL seasons. He's a fierce forechecker who loves to bash guys around in the corners. Use his aggressiveness to put pressure on the other team's defense. He feeds on opponents who don't like to get hit.
The Hartford Whalers have a roster full of young talent. As they gain more experience, the Whalers will develop into a force. With the current core of strong forwards, young defensemen and a quality goaltender, this club has the opportunity to challenge division rivals for a post-season spot. Andrew Cassels is an integral part of the Hartford youth movement that will pay off big dividends in the club's future. Cassels is not a selfish player, and is more apt to set up a goal than to score one himself. A quality player at both ends, his 85 points in 1993 trailed only Geoff Sanderson in team scoring. Eric Weinrich is blossoming with each NHL season under his belt. He has good speed and balance, trailing only Zarley Zalapski in team defensive scoring. A competent defenseman in his own zone, Eric handles his defensive responsibilities well. He can make a solid contribution for the team and can handle extra shifts. The former Canadian Olympian loves to get into the action offensively. Zalapski can be a big performer if you give him shifts on the power play. He led all Whaler defensemen in scoring and is an energetic player who can skate around most defenders. Put Zarley out a lot, he's one of the Whalers' best. Big Sean Burke can block out pucks with his 6'4" frame alone. A two time Olympian, he has faced hockey styles from around the globe, and now brings that experience to a growing Whalers team. Very agile for his size, Burke is strong with both his glove and stick. The Whalers' leader in scoring with 46 goals and 89 points, Geoff Sanderson unleashed a fine display of offensive wizardry in 1993. Sanderson is a top centerman in all scoring situations. He led the club with 21 power play goals, so make sure he's out on the ice for the man advantage. Pat Verbeek is a scrappy little player who loves to take the body. A relentless checker, Pat hunts the puck all over the ice. Over his ten-year career, Pat has averaged over 30 goals a season. A punishing body-checker and a consistent scorer, use him to shoot, but don't overlook his passing ability.
The Kings have a team whose combination of young defense and veteran scorers along with solid goaltending took them to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. The offense still revolves around Wayne Gretzky, but there are a number of forwards who can score. The defense is young, strong and improving. The most dominant player of his time, the Great One still has plenty of magic left. Coming off an outstanding playoff performance, number 99 should be ready to go for the new season. Gretzky can play and dominate the game in any situation, take advantage of his agility, stickhandling and passing skills. Marty McSorley is a tough hard nosed defenseman with big a heart. The consummate team player, McSorley will get involved in the action from the opening face off - team McSorley up with Blake, and count on him to shine at both ends of the ice. Rob Blake is one of the league's emerging young stars. His combination of size and speed along with his "crash and bang" style make him one of the top blueliners in the NHL. His offensive skills are good, but he excels at checking opponents out of the play. Kelly Hrudey saved his best for last in 1993, when he led the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals. He has played most of his team's games for the past 9 seasons. Kelly has good concentration, and quick hands, so look for the big glove save. One of the most gifted players in the NHL, the electrifying left winger has always been among the league's top scorers. Last season he set an NHL record for most goals and points by a left wing. Get the puck to "Lucky Luc" as much as you can - his shot is the most accurate on the Kings. A dynamite, fast flying right winger, Tomas Sandstrom is one of the game's hardest shooting forwards. Sandstrom's grinding style of play agitates opposing players and coaches - use Sandstrom's aggressive forechecking to pick up the puck, or his accurate one-timer to find the net.
With 24 championships in the first century of Stanley Cup competition, the Montreal Canadiens should be poised to defend their title next season. Coach Jacques Demers has a talented roster to work with, a blend of grinders, talented young defenders and snipers, along with 1993 Stanley Cup MVP Patrick Roy. Kirk Muller is a determined player who radiates a winning attitude. Hard nosed when the going gets tough, "Captain Kirk" can also slam home goals when needed, averaging nearly a point-per-game throughout his career. Consistent in all aspects of the game, use Muller as much as possible. Eric Desjardins is a young defenseman who has mega talent. He led all Canadiens blueliners with 45 points in 1993. One of Montreal's hardest hitters, Eric plays both the man and the puck well. Make sure you make him a key man on the point for power plays. Matt Schneider integrates very well with the Habs' defensive corps. He's a quality defender who plays it cool thanks to an abundance of skills. Schneider is adept at carrying the play from his end to the offensive zone. Make sure Matt's a part of your defense, he can handle all kinds of situations. Consistently one of the league's best, Roy proved he was the 1993 post-season's very best player, winning his second Conn Smythe Trophy. Sparkling saves are a trademark - use this agile goalie's top-rated glove hand to stone the opposition. As the only player to lead three different teams in scoring in successive years, Vince Damphousse is a left wing you can rely on all the time. A superb stick handler, Vince can put one by goalies while on the power play, short handed or late in the game to clinch two points. Keep Vince on the ice for your success. Right winger Brian Bellows, a former 55-goal scorer, has one of the club's best shots. Skilled in all aspects of offensive play, Bellows finished third in team scoring and led the club in powerplay goals with 16 - get him in close and set him up for a one-timer.
A team with an international flavor, the New Jersey Devils have the ability to skate and score with any club in the league. Good goaltending, solid defenseman and speedy forwards round out the Devils' hockey club. Look for the Devils to come up big against the top clubs in the league. Semak is coming off a great season, where he averaged almost a point a game playing a regular shift at center as well as seeing duty on the power play. With over 200 shots on net last season, the Devils look for Semak to produce great numbers again - feed Alexander the puck, he can put it away. A big, solid, hard-hitting defenseman, Scott Stevens loves to throw his weight around all over the ice - his checks can ring up opposing skaters. Stevens also can handle the puck - use him to rush the puck up ice or spot a teammate for an outlet pass. One of the premier Soviet hockey players of his day, the veteran defenseman adds stability and experience to the Devils' blueline. Fetisov is primarily a defenseman, but can pick his spots for great passes - team him up with Stevens for an awesome combination on the blueline. Chris Terreri has established himself as the number one goalie in the Devils' organization as well as one of the top netminders in the league. He is among the smallest players in the league, but compensates with great agility and superior reflexes. Use Terreri a lot - his confidence builds with each game. Known to his teammates as "Magnum 44", Stephane Richer has an overwhelming slapshot that rips through goaltenders. Twice a 50 goal scorer, Richer loves to play and shoot a lot so use him on the power play - his shots have a habit of finding the net. New Jersey's big gunner both in front of the net and in the corners, Claude Lemieux can muck it up with anyone, but he is just as important in front of the net banging home rebounds, so send Claude into the middle of the action, he can jar the puck loose from opponents.
New York Islanders
The Islanders are a good mix of high flying scorers and grinders who play "in your face" hockey.They can be really tough at home where 4 Stanley Cup banners hang from the rafters. The Isles have a strong nucleus and talented role players, keeping them competitive in a tough division. Pierre has some of the slickest moves in the league. He scored a career high 132 points in '93, and won the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player. He's a great scorer and playmaker who sees the whole ice really well. Valdimir had a solid rookie season in '93 with 52 points. He's got a lethal slapshot that produces many goals and rebounds. He had little trouble getting used to the NHL after coming over from Europe. Partner Vladimir with a good passer so he can make use of his quick release and deadly shot. Darius made a big splash with the Islanders during his rookie season. Darius is a good skater whose aggressive play is now known throughout the league. Use him against the best players on the other team and double shift him against divisional rivals. Glenn is a 7 year veteran who backstopped the Islanders to their surprising run to the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals in 1993. He's not fancy but gets the job done. Use him in the high pressure games and watch how cool he plays. Steve has used his speed and shot to score more than 200 goals in 9 seasons. He's played the best hockey of his career in New York and is particularly good when the stakes are high. Make use of his good offensive skills to put big numbers on the board. Benoit has jet-like speed and a deadly accurate shot. He has averaged more than a point per game since coming to the Islanders two seasons ago. He also likes to smash into a few bodies if the game turns rough. Send him out in the first and last minute of each period because Hogue tends to score big goals.
New York Rangers
The Rangers boast one of the most talented lineups in the NHL. With new coach Mike Keenan at the helm, they should once again challenge for division supremacy. With a great mix of speed, skill and experience, the Rangers can win with any style of play. A remarkable blend of speed, strength and scoring ability makes Messier one of the game's most dominant players. He can turn a game around at any moment with a devastating check, a tape-to-tape pass, an end-to-end rush or a key goal. Keep Messier on the ice, he led the Blueshirts in scoring 91 points last year. Brian Leetch, the NHL's top rookie in 1989, has developed into a true superstar. Solid in his own end, Leetch also has speed and skill to match the league's top offensive forwards - use him everywhere on the ice, he can carry the puck end-to-end or fire bullets from the point. James Patrick is a steady member of the New York blueline corps. A reliable defenseman in clearing the zone, Patrick can chip in with some offense too. Solid in all areas of defensive play, use him as the ideal man to guard his zone while Leetch is on the offensive rush. Former U.S. Olympian Mike Richter should be the Rangers' top man in the nets this season. Great reflexes are his chief asset, enabling him to turn away any type of scoring chance. Solid in the cage and most capable with the game on the line, Richter is a durable goalie who can face many shots. Acquired late in the 1992-93 season, Esa Tikkanen can burn a team in a variety of ways. Speedy with great checking skills, Esa is one of the NHL's best defensive forwards, year after year. Tikkanen can be used to shadow the opposition's most dangerous player or provide a scoring punch when called upon. One of the most consistent scorers in NHL history, Mike Gartner became the first player to score 30 plus goals in 14 straight seasons. He has the speed to carry the puck up ice, the hands to set up an open teammate and a blistering shot that can blow holes through a netminder's glove.
As Ottawa enters their second season they will surely continue to improve with experience. A core of veteran and young players will have a year of teamwork to build on. Look for the Senators to pull off some upset wins this coming season. The young hometown centerman should carry much of the goal scoring load for the Senators. Jamie Baker has the ability to score a lot, if used often. Last season, Baker potted 10 goals with the man advantage so let Baker pile up lots of ice time and the numbers will follow. A solid defenseman, Norm is the sparkplug of the Senators' attack. Although not big for a blueliner, Maciver has the ability to hold his own in front of the net. Maciver also likes to be involved with the offense. Don't be fooled by his size, Maciver can handle opposing forwards. A stay-at-home defenseman, Brad Shaw was a member of the all-rookie team in 1990, and hopes to add to his credits this season. Last season he established himself as the Senators goalies' best friend - use his defensive abilities and don't let him wander too far from the blueline. Peter Sidorkiewicz was the workhorse between the pipes for the Senators last season, earning him a spot at the 1993 NHL All Star Game. The Senators look for Sidorkiewicz to carry the load again this season - a very stable goaltender who enjoys playing the angles. Ottawa's leading goal scorer last season will be counted on again this year. Sylvain Turgeon has the talent to produce big numbers, providing he gets the ice time and stays away from injuries. The quick Turgeon likes to shoot, so feed him the puck and look for rebounds. Bob Kudelski has scored 20 plus goals each of his 4 NHL seasons, including a career high 24 with the Senators last year. A big, solid right winger, he is a natural on the power play - Kudelski has the most accurate shot on the team so get him the puck as much as possible.
The Flyers are a team known for their physical brand of hockey that will make opponents pay the price. They have the size up front to knock other clubs off the puck. They are generally a young team that will only get better. As it was in the days of the "Broad Street Bullies", the Spectrum is once again a tough place to visit. Eric fired 41 goals and dished out dozens of bone rattling checks during his rookie season in '93. He moves quickly for a guy who is 6' 5" and has a heavy shot. Use him to crowd the net, especially on the power play and send him into the corners where he can steal the puck from opponents. Garry has been a solid two-way defenseman for 9 seasons. He's racked up over 300 career points including a personal best 62 in '93. Garry can hit a rushing forward with a hard, crisp pass. Use him as the cornerstone of the Flyers' defense. Dimitri had a good rookie season on the Flyers' blueline in 1993. He played the man well and knocked more than a few guys off the puck. Dimitri is a strong skater who can be double shifted in tight situations. Tommy turned back a lot of rubber in the Flyers' goal during his rookie season in 1993. He was in net for 20 wins and 5 shutouts, and was often the difference in close games. Tommy is lightning-quick and doesn't give the other teams' big guns much to shoot at. Rod has had four solid NHL seasons, capped by a career high of 37 goals and 49 assists in 1992-93. He's a consistent, gritty forward who is very strong on his skates. Count on Rod in all situations for great two-way play. Mark is one of the league's most awesome scorers with 333 points in his last 3 seasons. He can set plays up from anywhere on the ice and can put the puck on net from any spot. Give Mark ice time against the other team's top line, and make sure that he quarterbacks the power play.
With a line-up that includes some of the best talent in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins must still be considered as a favorite for the 1994 Stanley Cup. Gifted with awesome offensive wizardry, a talented blueline corps and a solid backstop, the Pens look to break as many records this season as they did last year. Despite missing 24 games last season, Super Mario still came away with the league scoring title for the fourth time in six years. His offensive skills are awesome - the best in the league. Use number 66 all over the ice at all times, he dominates the game and brings his teammates to the next level. Ulf Samuelsson is a solid defender with in-your-face checking skills and a passion for using his giant size to take the opposition out of the play. Samuelsson also has excellent skating skills which allow him to break up opposing rushes and start attacks with accurate passes to team-mates. Use his hard checks and passing skills to clear the puck from your zone.With a career that includes amateur, international and Stanley Cup championships, Larry Murphy is a player you want to have in your defensive scheme. A durable rearguard with outstanding two-way hockey sense, Murphy can boost your offense if you use his talents on the power play. Tom Barrasso is one of the NHL's best masters of the cage. Ranked in the top five in GAA, save percentage, shutouts and the league leader with 43 wins in 1993, Barrasso is the guy you want as your starter. He has excellent reflexes and can start the offensive rush with a crisp pass up-ice. Kevin Stevens is the premier power forward in the NHL. With fifty-plus in both goal and assist categories, Stevens is a good passer with a deadly shot. Kevin is also a force along the boards, using his size to crush opponents. Jaromir Jagr has skating prowess that can take him effortlessly to the net. With fantastic moves and a reach that leaves defenders spinning, Jagr can do it all in the offensive zone. A great complement to Lemieux, Jagr snapped home nine game winning goals last year. Use him to carry the puck up the ice.
Last season, the youthful Nordiques improved tremendously to finish a strong second in their competitive division. This year look for the Nords to challenge for a North Atlantic division title. With the NHL's third-best offense and a capable defensive corps, Quebec is strong in all facets of the game. 1989's number 1 overall pick became Mr. Consistency last season, with the league's longest scoring streak at 30 games. Mats also led the team with 67 assists and 114 points - a solid two-way player, Sundin likes to break up the charge, then carry the play into the offensive zone. Steve knows how to guard his slot, but this rearguard really shines when he rushes the puck up-ice. Strong on his skates, Duchesne can go around or sometimes through opponents. Steve is the man to carry the play out of the Nordiques' defensive zone. Leschyshyn has truly turned into the star the Nords knew he would, becoming the club's best defensive-minded player. A solid D-Man, Curt sees the play well, and knows how to take the man off the puck. Use Curtis to guard his own zone and clear the crease. Big Ron Hextall has made a name for himself with aggressive play and great stick-work. He has scored goals in both the regular season and playoffs, and loves to pass the puck to his forwards. Let him challenge the shooter and come up with the big stick-save. Joe is a quiet guy who gets the job done every night. A great shooter as well as a superior playmaker, he put in 48 goals last season. The leader of the Nords' youth movement, Joe headlines one of the top scoring lines in the NHL - look for him on the power play, he led the team with 20 PPGs last season. The first pick overall in 1990, Nolan can mix it up or belt out goals. Capable of scoring 40 goals, Owen can move through traffic and take some punishment before delivering a hard, accurate shot on net - keep him on the top line, he is a great match with Sakic and Sundin.
The Sharks must rely on strong goaltending and closechecking to be competitive. They're tough at home where the crowd is always pumped up. There are some good young players on this team along with a few older guys who know how to get the job done. Kelly is an 11 year veteran who sets up a lot of scoring chances for his teammates. He averaged a point per game on a low scoring Sharks team in 1993. Kelly can handle a heavy workload so use him on offense to set up goals and on defense to shadow the opponent's top scorer. Doug is one of the league's best offensive defensemen whose shot seems like it is fired out of a cannon. He's also wizard with the puck who finds the open man extraordinarily well. Make sure Doug is on the point during a power play and try to get him the puck for a one-timer. Neil is a rock solid "stay at home" defenseman who works hard on every shift. He is a 4 year NHL veteran who likes to knock opposing players around. Neil thrives on lots of ice time and is good at passing the puck ahead to his teammates. Use him to kill penalties and clear the front of the net. Arturs can be a real acrobat. He had by far the best goals against mark of any of the Sharks' 4 goalies in 1993. Arturs is quick and doesn't get rattled when a goal is scored on him. Get Arturs into as many games as possible. He's a workhorse who seems to get his team to play with a lot of gusto. Johan is a tricky 3 year veteran who had his best year ever in 1993 with 66 points. He's a quick skater who can connect with the open man. He's also a tough guy for the other team's checkers to catch so double shift him late in the game when the other team might be tired. Pat is one of the young stars the Sharks are banking on. He's a sparkplug who has scored just under a point-per-game since coming into the NHL. Pat is a hard working forward who should get a lot of ice time on both the power play and penalty killing units.
The St. Louis Blues play a grinding style to maximize the talents on their roster. Although the Blues boast one of the league's top goalies and best scorers, they will win games by toughing it out and wearing down the opposition along the boards and in the corners. Their penalty-killing was rated number 1 last season. On a team of shooters, Janney continues to shine as one of the game's best set-up men. As the team leader in scoring last year, Janney was credited with assists on 82 goals. He has a good shot, but opts to dish off, especially as a creator on the power-play. Jeff Brown is a strong defenseman who can fire a bazooka through traffic with that great shot of his. A 25 goal man with 53 assists last season, Brown lit the lamp 12 times on power play opportunities. He can log a lot of ice time, serving as the Blues' best offensive rearguard. Garth Butcher has developed into one of the finer defensemen in the league. A rugged player who loves to hit opponents, his intimidating style keeps the crease clear for St. Louis goalies. Butcher will help most playing in the defensive zone. Curtis Joseph led all NHL goalies last season with a .911 save percentage, and was awesome in the playoffs for St. Louis. Skilled at making the inhuman save a regular occurrence, Joseph plays his angles well and can track a shot before it leaves the shooter's stick. You can't go wrong with this guy in the pipes. Brendan Shanahan is a great player for any team. With toughness and a precise shot, Shanahan complements his offensive talents with rugged play. A true weapon on the power play with a great release, Shanahan is good defensively as well. Brendan loves to hang around the slot and wait for rebounds. Brett Hull's bloodlines have provided him with the most dangerous slapshot in the NHL. Hull is a fine stick handler who gets himself in good scoring position, where he makes use of the league's quickest release. Make use of "Golden Brett's" awesome firepower as much as possible.
Tampa Bay got off to a "Lightning" start in their inaugural NHL season last year. Thanks to career years from forwards Brian Bradley and Chris Kontos, the Lightning made their opponents work for a victory every night. Look for continued improvement this year, especially from the rising defense corps. Brian Bradley was a pleasant surprise for the Lightning organization last season, finishing with 42 goals and over a point a game. His hockey sense complements his good hands so get Brian the puck as much as possible - his hard, accurate shot will find it's way home. Bob Beers has the size and talent to be a star in Tampa Bay. Together with young partner Roman Hamrlik, the Lightning have two big men who can guard the net. Beers also can be a threat from the blueline, where he led all Lightning defenders with 12 goals last season. Roman Hamrlik is quietly establishing himself as a solid defenseman in the National Hockey League. The 1st selection overall in the 1992 Draft brings size and the European style of play to the young Tampa Bay team - a good skater, use Roman to handle the puck before dishing it to the team's forwards. A veteran goalie, Young appeared in 31 games for Tampa Bay last season. Wendell relies on a good glove hand to make the big save. He's also a good puckhandler - don't be afraid to use his passing ability to start a fast break. A quick, smooth skating winger, Andersson has the European influence along with the North American skills to be an effective performer. His greatest strength is his .speed. A very deceptive player, Chris Kontos is always a threat to score. He and Brian Bradley form a strong 1-2 combination up the middle for the Lightning. Kontos can be very effective on the power play, use his accurate shooting ability when Lightning have the man advantage.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a hard working and gutsy team that matches up well with any team in the league. They rely on close checking and great goaltending to get the job done. The Maple Leafs play a consistent game, which often disrupts their opponents' style of play. Doug is the heart and soul of the Maple Leafs because of his great playmaking and gritty effort every game. In 1993 he set a team record with 127 points and was the winner of the Selke Award as the best checking forward in the league. Put Doug in the middle of the action at both ends of the ice. Todd is a scrappy character who has 9 years of big league experience. He's a good skater who is hard to knock off balance. Todd doesn't back down from anyone so use him to clear the net and get the puck out of the zone. Dave is a good rushing defenseman who can also play the man effectively. He's notched over 400 career points in 9 NHL seasons. Ellett passes well to forwards heading up ice and has a good low shot from the point. Give Dave tons of ice time and use him in all types of situations. Felix made a habit of making unbelievable saves during his rookie season in 1993. He was runner-up in the voting for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. Felix has awesome quickness and remains cool under pressure. Use him as much as possible - he'll keep it close, even in wide open games. Dave is a goal scoring machine who is almost impossible to check. He scored a career high 54 goals in 1992-93, including a league high 32 on the power play. Dave uses his gigantic reach to score from almost impossible angles. Get him in the slot, and goals will follow. Nikolai is tricky little sniper who nailed 34 goals during his rookie season in 1992-93. He was knocked around a lot but kept getting up to score goals. Nikolai finds the open ice with his dazzling moves so use him with different linemates and give him plenty of time on the power play.
GM Pat Quinn has built the Vancouver Canucks into a multi-talented team, capable of challenging for the Stanley Cup They have a relatively young team with both experience and strength at all positions. Mega-talented in offense, the Canucks can blast a game wide open with their scoring might. Mighty Mite Cliff Ronning uses intense determination and a big heart to make up for his lack of size. A terrific playmaker who makes razzle-dazzle a part of his game, Ronning racked up enough points to finish second in team scoring. Give him lots of work, and use him to set up Bure. Jyrki Lumme plays the defensive game well and uses his agility at both ends of the ice. As the Canucks top defenseman in scoring, Lumme can be counted upon to join the rush. He has good puck control and is effective on special teams. Lumme's the guy you want out there to feed it up to your scorers. Doug Lidster has been one of the NHL's most consistent defensemen over the last nine years. He plays extremely well in his own zone, using his skating skill and agility to position himself between the puck and the net. He can also hit his speedy teammates with crisp passes. And Lidster is smart offensively - have him jump into the play at the right time and he'll set up an out-manned attack. Kirk McLean is an outstanding goalie as he provides the Vancouver Canucks with an impenetrable fortress in the nets. McLean stands up to any shooter and limits high percentage scoring chances by working his angles well. When big Kirk is on top of his game, there's no one better. Geoff Courtnall finished third in team scoring with 77 points last season. A feisty player, Courtnall can turn a game around with a key goal. Geoff's fleet feet key his blazing speed and agile skating. Use him to set up the offensive attack by carrying the play up-ice before passing to Bure. Pavel Bure is an explosion on ice. The "Russian Rocket" can burst through open ice and score in a variety of ways. When he's in motion the puck clings to his stick like glue, even in traffic. With 60 goals to his credit last season, Bure has become one of the most exciting players in hockey.
The Caps have many guys who can put the puck in the net. Their defense can skate and shoot with the best of them and they have well balanced scoring from their forward lines. They usually win high scoring games but they also have the size and goalkeeping to handle grinding battles. Mike has recorded at least 65 points in each of his 8 NHL seasons. He's a scrappy competitor who comes to play every night. Mike is a magician with the puck and is great at spotting the open man for a pass. Give him plenty of duty on the power play and on faceoffs when the club is shorthanded. Kevin is a 9 year NHL veteran who can dish out thundering bodychecks and score goals. He gets his 6' 4" body in the way of players and shots throughout the game. He zings a hard low shot from the point that lit the lamp 34 times in 1992-93. He can make an impact at both ends of the ice. Al is one of the fastest skaters in the league and his bullet-like shot has been measured as the NHL's hardest - over 100 mph. Al is a big man who can to carry the puck out of his own zone. One of 3 Caps' defensemen with 20 plus goals - just give him the puck, then get out of the way. Don has stopped a lot of rubber during 13 seasons and over 500 games. He's blanked the opposition 13 times in his career and has played in the NHL All-Star Game twice. Play him as much as possible because he doesn't get rattled under pressure and helps the younger defensemen on the team. Dimitri has notched just under a point-per-game in his 3 year career. He's a tricky skater and stickhandler who can weave through the other team before finding an open man or shooting on net. Give him quick passes so that he can use his quick trigger to shoot at the goalies before they are set. Peter is one of the league's lightning-quick skaters. He recorded a excellent 85 point season in 1992-93 and played in the NHL All-Star Game. Make sure he's the forward who gets the puck on the power play, and double shift him late in the game since he scores so many game winning goals.
The Winnipeg Jets' style of play is built around their players schooled in European skills. They're a quick, speedy team with lots of scoring potential. The Jets are improving every season, and could challenge for a division championship this year. Speed, mobility and finesse are the keys to the Jets' style of play. Another great rookie on the Winnipeg Jets, Zhamnov finished third in team scoring last season with 25 goals and 47 assists. Zhamnov is a quality two way player who sees the play well and can easily transition from defense to offense. Use his agility and stickhandling ability to get the puck to his linemates. One of the league's top defensemen, Phil Housley is a smooth skating mobile blueliner, who has averaged more than 20 goals a year for 11 NHL seasons. Use him to quarterback the powerplay, and take advantage of his spectacular agility, stickhandling and passing skills. Teppo is another high flying Finnish-born player who excites the Winnipeg fans. He is a gifted player with a good eye for the open man. Team him up with Phil Housley and let Numminen feed Housley (or Selanne) for a one-timer. One of the most underrated goaltenders in the National Hockey League, Bob Essensa can change the flow of the game with the big save. Essensa thrives on playing time, and has the ability to become part of the play. When the opposition strikes, be prepared for Essensa to fight back. A veteran on the Winnipeg Jets' roster, Thomas Steen gives the young Jets a well rounded player with good scoring skills. Steen is consistently among the top scorers on the Jets, and is often among the NHL's leaders in assists. Use him all over the ice - he's not afraid of the corners. Temmu Selanne took the league by storm last season by firing home 76 goals in 84 games, to win the NHL's rookie-of-the-year honors. The Jets are counting on his superior talents to shine again this season - the fastest Jet, Selanne has the shot and quickness to do it all.
With league MVP Mario Lemieux working his magic with the blazing speed of Mogilny and the dead-pan shot of Oates, the All Star East team has no problem lighting up the scoreboard. Throw in the rocket shots of Bourque and Iafrate from the point and you have a team that will strike fear into any goaltender. Stanley Cup MVP Patrick Roy keeps any pucks that happen to stray past this All-Star line from getting into the net. Mario Lemieux provides awesome offensive skills with perfect ratings in the categories of stickhandling, passing and shooting. "Le Magnifique" has scored nine goals and six assists in six NHL all star games, including a record 6 points in the 1988 game. Keep this super sniper in the game as much as possible. Larry Murphy is a solid defenseman who offers his team an added offensive threat. He finished third in NHL defense scoring with 22 goals and 63 assists in 1993. Murph sees the ice well and can fire a pass or one-time a shot with the best of them. Put Murphy out there for extra offense and on power play situations. Four time Norris Trophy winner (as top defenseman), Raymond Bourque has been one of the NHL's most dominant and consistent blueliners for over a decade. Bourque offers a complete package that includes a laser-like shot. He has played in a phenomenal twelve All-Star games. Count on Bourque for any situation, and call on number 77 for punishing bodychecks. As a two-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Patrick Roy provides his team with incredible skill between the pipes. An agile goaltender with above average reflexes, Roy can take away a hole from an opposing shooter. He may be the best in the game. Always a great passer, last season Adam Oates showed he can score too, with 45 goals. One of the league's most dangerous players, Oates has an uncanny ability spot an open teammate and connect with a quick pass. He has never been on a losing side in his three all-star appearances. Oates means offense. Alexander Mogilny is overflowing with hockey skills. A true speed-demon, Mogilny can make a defender look like a pylon. Mogilny is a great stickhandler and passer. When he fires the puck at the net he seldom misses the mark. Mogilny is a most effective weapon especially on the power play.
The West All Stars have no trouble scoring with rushing defensemen Coffey and Housley, puck wizard Yzerman, and super snipers Robitaille and Selanne. And goalie Belfour can keep opponents off the board. This team boasts many franchise players who combine to form a nightmare for opposing coaches. A veteran of the All-Star game, the Red Wings' captain "Stevie Wonder" is a smooth skating centerman who relies heavily on speed and agility. Blessed with awesome offensive awareness and endurance, count on Yzerman to make the perfect pass and make things happen around the opposing team's net. Although overshadowed by teammate Selanne in 1993, Phil Housley is a true All-Star. His offensive ability can carry any club, and when teamed with Coffey on defense, the twosome will add a one-two punch to the already potent offense of the West team - use Housley for his stick handling and skating ability. Paul Coffey's ability to start and stop on a dime creates problems for opposing players. Known as the best pure skater in the game, Coffey is the highest scoring defenseman in NHL history, a master of the one-timer. And use his passing ability to feed forwards on the fast break. One of the games' best goaltenders, Belfour brings total awareness and endurance to the All-Star team. A two-time Vezina trophy winner, Eddie the Eagle is loaded with confidence, and can change the momentum of the game with the big save - count on Belfour to keep your team in it until the offense gets rolling. The best left winger in his Conference, Luc Robitaille brings amazing puck sense to the All-Star squad. Teamed with Selanne and Yzerman the threesome should provide plenty of offensive to the game so get Lucky Luc in front of the net, and count on the red light going on. One of today's brightest young stars, Teemu Selanne has quickly adapted his European hockey sense to the North American game - his speed and shooting accuracy provides plenty of headaches to the opposing netminders - the team's fastest skater, he's equally skilled as a triggerman.
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