In case of strike, Jacks will decide then what to do

March 17, 1992|By James H. Jackson | James H. Jackson,Staff Writer

If there is a strike and NHL teams -- the Washington Capitals in particular -- attempt to call up minor-leaguers to play as replacements, the Skipjacks have made no decision on what course they will follow.

"I've been in contact with the Professional Hockey Players Association, the governing body for players in the AHL," said Steve Seftel, the Skipjacks player representative. "They've told me that we are not to worry until there is a strike. If there is a strike, we'll hold a meeting and see what we will do.

"Personally, I wouldn't play, but I can't make that decision for the other guys. It's something they'll have to decide for themselves. I wouldn't want anyone making that decision for me."

The Skipjacks have not been contacted about playing as replacement players for the Capitals, said Washington general manager David Poile.

"I have had no contact with the Baltimore players, and I don't plan to until it becomes a league-wide policy," he said.

Poile, who is a member of the owners committee, said a plan has been worked out in the event of a strike.

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Sellout coming: The Skipjacks expect the first sellout crowd in team history and the first for a Baltimore hockey team in nearly 20 years, March 28, at the Baltimore Arena on Hall of Fame Night.

The Skipjacks will play the Hershey Bears, AHL Southern Division rivals, and more than 11,000 fans are expected to attend the game and ceremonies at which four players, two coaches, a trainer and a broadcaster will be enshrined as the first members of the Baltimore Hockey Hall of Fame.

"We've already sold more than 9,000 tickets, and we are going to put the seats on the stage," said Tom Ebright, Skipjacks president.

The players to be inducted are goalie Gilles Boisvert, who played for the Clippers in the 1960s; defensemen Kent Douglass, who played with the Clippers in the 1970s and also coached the Clippers for two seasons; Bennett Wolf, who played with the Skipjacks from 1982 until 1985 and is second on the all-time penalty list with 857 minutes; and center Howie Menard, who scored 42 goals for the Clippers in 1973-74.

The coaches are Terry Reardon, Baltimore's Mr. Hockey, who was coach and general manager of the Clippers for 14 years; and Gene Ubriaco, who was coach of the Clippers in 1980-81 and the Skipjacks from 1983 through 1988. He was also coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins and of the Italian team that competed in the recent Olympic Games.

Also honored will be Jim West, who broadcast the Clippers games in the 1960s and later was play-by-play man for the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox; and Ray "Gump" Embro, the Clippers trainer from 1962 until 1975, when he was trainer for the Blades and then trainer for the Capitals from 1976 until 1980.

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