- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:


TEAMMATES For the first time in league history, Princeton has two players on the same NHL team. That's not a fact that's hard to believe, considering only six men who played for the Ivy League institution have made it to the NHL. Veteran Jeff Halpern has been joined by Chris Corrinet, who was called up from Portland, Maine, two days ago. The number of Princeton men playing with the Caps conceivably could grow to three Washington selected defenseman Matt Maglione from the Tigers in last summer's draft.

TOC'S MISSING Wing Rick Tocchet has been missing and has been missed by the Flyers, out with an injured left knee that has prevented him from playing this season. That he has finally been put on the shelf is not surprising; he is a player who has sacrificed his body game-after-game for 17 seasons.

The Flyers have pressed him into service as sort of an ambassador between management and the team, trying to keep morale up and make scouting-type contributions to help the team compete.

When Tocchet was first with the Flyers in the '80s, he was recovering from an injury and watching the game in the old Capital Centre press box. It didn't take long for fans to spot him and there was a friendly exchange that soon turned not-so-friendly and quickly became a very nasty, profane-laced exchange. Security officials stepped in when the two sides neared the point of exchanging something other than words.

His 13 games with the Caps in the spring of 1997, part of the deal that brought Adam Oates to town, are barely a footnote in his long history.

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