Monday, November 01, 1999

Hawkins out 7-10 days with knee injury

Enquirer contributor

        The injury bug hits every hockey team, but the Cyclones and Ducks have kept their lists of walking wounded short.

        Cyclones right wing Todd Hawkins will miss the next seven to 10 days. He left the first period of Friday's 3-2 defeat of Long Beach when he sprained the medial collateral ligament of his right knee. Team doctor Timothy Kremchek diagnosed Hawkins before Saturday's game and said he will reevaluate Hawkins in a week or so.

        Defenseman Eric Dandenault should return for Friday's game at Milwaukee. He had surgery on his hand about a month ago after he injured it in a fight in a preseason game playing for NHL parent club Carolina.

        Wounded Ducks include Phil Audet (groin), Alexandre Jacques (hand) and Marc Chouinard (shoulder). Audet and Jacques should play Friday against Springfield, while Chouinard is questionable.

        PERSONNEL UPDATE: Fred Knipscheer and the Cyclones agreed to a release from the center's contract over the weekend.

        “He got beat out by younger, hungrier guys,” Cyclones coach Ron Smith said.

        Chad Wagner's debut as a Duck remains in limbo. The bruising defender is back home in Calgary awaiting his work visa. NHL parent club Anaheim signed Wagner Oct. 1, and the process normally takes about a month.

        Ducks opponents may hope that whole visa process takes a little longer; Wagner leads the world in penalty minutes over the last four seasons. In that span, he's spent 1,991 minutes in the box as his team's policeman.

        “I enjoy the role,” said Wagner, a 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, “ ... by making some big hits and providing some intimidation.”


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