In the meantime Palffy began competing last weekend for the Czechs at the world championships in Norway, where he might have done some commiserating with Canucks defense-man Bryan McCabe, who was playing for Canada. McCabe has appeared in 315 NHL games without reaching the postseason and is the only other active playoff virgin to have played more than 300 matches.
A Gentleman Prefers Blond
Maple Leafs defenseman Dimitri Yushkevich has been losing his hair for some time, and when he dyed his rapidly receding black mane blond before the playoffs, many observers wondered if he was losing his mind as well. Because Yushkevich, 27, is a soft-spoken family man from Yaroslavl, Russia, his new hairstyle would have seemed more fitting on, say, his 22-year-old tattooed teammate, Bryan Berard. "I felt it was important to get something new in my life," Yushkevich says.
Apparently he was also thinking of his heirs. Dimitri and his wife, Oksana, have two-year-old triplets (Abegail, Julia and Dimitri Jr.) who have fair locks, and he says he grew weary of people asking, "Why are your kids blond?" Apparently the little Yushkeviches were as unnerved as anyone at his fresh look. Often when Dimitri comes home with the facial bruises common to his trade, the triplets gather around and say, "Daddy, boo-boo," while pointing at his cuts. When he walked in after the dye job, the kids aimed their fingers at his scalp and said, "Daddy, boo-boo."