Tom Happle, Trottier's representative, denies that Trottier asked for payment from the Pens and says Trottier simply stepped aside to allow for the Olympic salute. If that's true, it seems odd that the night in his honor was not rescheduled. A Penguins spokeman said he had no knowledge of Trottier's request.
Czech Out This Victory
When the Czech Republic won the gold medal at the Nagano Olympics in 1998, it was regarded as an anomaly by many fans of the disappointing Canadian and U.S. teams, who attributed the triumph not to the Czechs' overall strength but to the dominating talents of goalie Dominik Hasek and winger Jaromir Jagr. On Sunday, with both the Sabres' Hasek and the Penguins' Jagr engaged in the NHL playoffs, the Czech Republic laid further claim to international supremacy by winning the world championships in Lillehammer. After the Czech Republic and Finland split the two-game finals series, the Czech Republic secured the gold in a 20-minute overtime session when forward Jan Hlav�c, who doesn't remind anyone of Jagr when it comes to playing offense, tallied. And in their semifinal shoot-out victory over Canada last Thursday, the Czech Republic netminder was someone by the name of Milan Hnili?ka.
"I kept calling my parents back home to find out how we were doing," says Stars goalie Roman Turek, a native of P�sek. "I feel happy for all of us." While Turek wasn't ready to dismiss Canada as an international force, he did provide a Czech term that fans of all nations should become familiar with: Zem? Hokejov�, he said with a grin, means Hockey Country.