June 1, 1993 |
When the Lakers are playing, it's called the Fabulous Forum. But when the Kings take the ice, it's called the Mad House on Manchester. And, oh, do these sunbaked hockey fans live up to their Nouveau Bad Boy reputation. It's particularly rough up in the rafter seats, where one leather-lung lambasted a home-team favorite with this admonition: "Come on, McSorley. Be there!" Tough treatment? Yes. Unfeeling? Certainly. But this is the Stanley Cup playoffs. And on hockey night in Hollywood, things can get a little rough.
March 3, 1994 |
Wayne Gretzky seemed as relieved that the Los Angeles Kings finally won a game as he was happy to pull within three goals of tying Gordie Howe as the NHL's all-time goal-scoring leader. "It's a big win," Gretzky said after visiting Los Angeles downed Hartford, 4-1, last night. "We've been struggling lately. " As for his 798th goal, he said, "It's hard not to think about it (Howe's 801 total), because I'm constantly asked about it. I had some good chances, especially in the third period, but we'll have to wait for another game.
March 15, 1996 |
The Los Angeles Kings, ridding their roster of high-priced veterans following the trade of Wayne Gretzky, dealt Marty McSorley, Jari Kurri and Shane Churla to the New York Rangers yesterday for Ray Ferraro and three other players. The Kings also received centers Ian Laperriere and Nathan Lafayette - both marginal players - and defenseman Mattias Norstrom. The seven-player deal comes as Wednesday's NHL trade deadline nears and just over two weeks after the Kings traded Gretzky to the St. Louis Blues for three young players and two draft picks.
March 18, 2000 |
Donald Brashear says Marty McSorley should never be allowed to play in the NHL again for the stick attack that gave the Vancouver forward a serious concussion. "He really tried to injure me," Brashear told the NHL Players' Association TV show "Be A Player," which aired in Canada yesterday. "I could have died. I don't think this guy should be playing in the league anymore," he said in his first extensive remarks on the Feb. 21 attack by the Boston Bruins defenseman. McSorley was suspended by the NHL for the rest of the season and playoffs, the harshest punishment ever handed out for an on-ice infraction.
December 6, 2000 |
Marty McSorley might play hockey in Europe before his NHL suspension is over. International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said yesterday there may be no legal grounds to bar the defenseman from playing in Europe. McSorley's one-year NHL suspension for hitting Vancouver's Donald Brashear in the head with his stick concludes Feb. 20. "We may not have a legal reason to prevent him from playing in Europe. I don't want to let him play here, but legally we may be forced to, we may not have a leg to stand on," Fasel said.
October 10, 2000 |
Marty McSorley insists he took the heat for the NHL during his assault trial, when he could have aired the league's dirty laundry to save himself. "I absolutely refused to put the game of hockey on trial," he said. "I could have had coaches, general managers, Hall of Famers testify. I could have showed hours of videos, which would have showed ugly incidents of what really happens in the NHL. I didn't feel that was necessary. I didn't want to turn this into a circus. " McSorley spoke to the Toronto Sun, Vancouver Province and the Eagle-Tribune, of Lawrence, Mass.
February 24, 1994 |
New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire called it his team's most impressive performance of the season, and it was hard to argue. Defenseman Scott Stevens had a goal and two assists as the Devils ended a seven-game road winless streak with a 7-2 victory last night at Detroit. The victory brings the Devils to within eight points of the first-place New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division. "Every line did exactly what we wanted them to do," Lemaire said. "I don't think we made 10 mistakes.
November 7, 2000 |
Marty McSorley won't appeal his assault conviction for hitting Donald Brashear with his stick during a game in Vancouver because he wants to put the matter behind him. "While counsel believes there is a proper basis to file an appeal in this case, Mr. McSorley has decided not to appeal," McSorley's lawyer, Bill Smart, said in a statement released yesterday. The statement said McSorley disagreed with the verdict by Judge William Kitchen, and was disappointed with the outcome of his trial.
September 29, 2000 |
Flyers winger Rick Tocchet left the team for a few days this week to fly to Vancouver, where Tocchet was scheduled to appear as a character witness for Marty McSorley. Teammates said yesterday that Tocchet was never called to the stand and was on his way home, as McSorley's trial continued. McSorley, Tocchet's teammate in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles several years back, is on trial for assault, after clubbing Vancouver Canucks forward Donald Brashear over the head with his stick on Feb. 21. Most people around the sport don't want to see the kind of precedent a criminal conviction would set, for something that happened within the context of a game.
November 8, 2000 |
Marty McSorley was suspended through Feb. 20 for hitting Vancouver's Donald Brashear across the head with his stick, the toughest punishment for on-ice violence in NHL history. McSorley was convicted of assault with a weapon on Oct. 6 in a Canadian court, but received a suspended sentence. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman originally suspended McSorley, then of the Boston Bruins, for the final 23 games of the regular season. Bettman announced yesterday the overall suspension would be for one year.