Usa Hockey Sends Letters To Its Players

Posted: March 07, 1998

USA Hockey will try to shame the guilty parties into coming forward with letters to the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team detailing how disgraceful conduct in Nagano had tarnished the organization.

The organization mailed letters to all 23 members of the team yesterday.

After the American team was eliminated from the Olympic tournament by a quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic, some members of the all-NHL U.S. team went on a rampage, damaging rooms, breaking furniture and emptying fire extinguishers - and throwing one from a fifth-floor window.

The NHL said it had interviewed every member of the team, but no one claimed responsibility for the vandalism, which caused an estimated $3,000 in damages, and no players were willing to name offending teammates.

The United States Olympic Committee paid Nagano organizers for the damage and has since been reimbursed by the NHL.

* New Jersey Devils center Doug Gilmour was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today and is expected to be sidelined for one to two weeks, the team said.

AUTOS Pontiac Grand Prix cars driven by John Andretti and surprising Todd Bodine took the front-row positions in time trials on Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.54-mile oval for tomorrow's NASCAR Prime Star 500.

Andretti grabbed the third pole of his Winston Cup career, turning a lap of 192.956 mph. Bodine, who had failed to make any of the first three races this season, clinched a starting spot with a lap of 192.841.

COLLEGES Diana Caramanico, a Germantown Academy grad who plays for Pennsylvania, was named the Ivy League's rookie of the year in women's basketball and voted first-team all-Ivy by the league's coaches. The 6-foot-2 forward finished second in the league in both scoring (20.2 points per game) and rebounding (10.0). Penn's Colleen Kelly, a 5-9 senior guard from Merion Mercy Academy, was named to the second team.

* Princeton center Steve Goodrich (Penn Charter) was named Ivy League player of the year in men's basketball. Joining the senior on the first team were Penn guard Michael Jordan (Abington Friends) and Princeton forward Gabe Lewullis. Princeton guard Brian Earl (Shawnee) was named to the second team, along with Penn forward Paul Romanczuk (Archbishop Carroll).

NOTEWORTHY Officials in Pittsburgh have agreed on a plan to pay for two sports stadiums and an expanded convention center, and they will announce details Monday, a spokesman for Allegheny County Commissioner Mike Dawida said.

* Morning-line favorite Silver Charm was scratched from his showdown with Gentleman in today's Santa Anita Handicap because of a bruised right front foot.

* St. Louis Cardinals rookie catcher Eli Marrero, 24, had surgery to remove his thyroid gland after a low-grade malignant tumor was discovered. He is expected to rejoin the team next week.

* The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Jose Cruz Jr., the American League rookie-of-the-year runner-up last season.

* Australian Pat Rafter and Britain's Greg Rusedski, the two biggest names left in the ABN AMRO indoor tennis tournament in Rotterdam, were upset in quarterfinal matches. The top-seeded Rafter lost to Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands, 6-4, 6-4. The unseeded Siemerink will face compatriot and No. 5 seed Richard Krajicek in today's semifinals. Krajicek rallied to beat Rusedski, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3).

* Orlando ``El Duque'' Hernandez, the former Cuban baseball star who defected two months ago, agreed to a $6.6 million, four-year contract with the New York Yankees.

* The New Jersey Nets placed center Rony Seikaly, 32, on the injured list with a bone bruise in his right foot, the team said.

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