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Monday, May 30, 2005

nhl- Ex-NHL "Star" Banned

Who writes these headlines! About two hours ago, this story broke in North America with the same headline but the "Star" was not included in the headline, and rightfully so.
(Reuters) - Former National Hockey League (NHL) player Andrei Nazarov has received a one-year ban for assaulting a referee after a playoff game in Russia.
The Russian Professional Hockey League (PHL) said they had suspended the Avangard Omsk forward after he attacked the referee in a restaurant following his team's loss to Dynamo Moscow in a championship semi-final last month.
The 31-year-old left winger accumulated almost 1,500 penalty minutes in 569 regular-season games playing for six NHL teams - San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes.
Nazarov, Sharks' first-round draft pick in 1992, spent 179 minutes in the penalty box in 39 games for Avangard last season.
"Nazarov will not be allowed to play any professional hockey in Russia next season even if the NHL is still shut down," PHL vice-president Vladimir Shalayev told Sovietsky Sport newspaper.
"If he wants to play hockey in Russia he will have to sign for a local water-pump team."
Nazarov joined Avangard last year after spending 11 seasons in the NHL.

But the story now is making its way around the world with the word "Star" in the headline. Heck, 99% of hockey fans know Nazarov was never a star, not even a Dallas Star, but people who read this headline will be mislead and a little more damage is done to the NHL.