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Names In The Game

October 10, 1996

TORONTO (AP) _ Dave ``Tiger″ Williams would be headed for the Hockey Hall of Fame if the Hanson Brothers band had any say.

``Tiger Williams is the epitome of old-time hockey and deserves to be in the hall ahead of some of those fancy-schmancy no-hitting prima donnas,″ Virgin Music Canada says in promotion material for ``Sudden Death.″

Kenny, Robby, Tommy and Johnny Hanson of Cold Lake, Alberta, call the album ``15 songs about girls, beer and hockey.″ It features a track titled ``Tiger Williams″ and includes a rendition of Stompin’ Tom Connors’ ``The Hockey Song″ along with ``Stick Boy″ and ``Third Man In.″

``There’d be Gordie Howe on my right and Bobby Hull on my left,″ Williams joked about the Hall of Fame. `The only trouble would be that the No. 1 question you’d here would be, `Who’s that guy in the middle?′

``I should be in the refs’ section because I made their life interesting. The only time they got their mugs on TV was when they were in the middle of a fight wiping my blood off their faces.″

Williams, who retired in 1988, had an NHL-record 3,966 penalty minutes in 14 seasons with Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Los Angeles and Hartford. He also had 241 goals and 272 assists.


RED WING, Minn. (AP) _ Figure skater Michelle Kwan says she has found the right fit with boot maker Riedell Shoes Inc.

Kwan kicked of an endorsement campaign Wednesday with the Red Wing-based company with a quick spin on the ice and a visit to its plant.

``We hope it brings international attention and elevates the reputation of our skates to what we believe that they always have deserved,″ Riedell chief executive Bob Riegelman said.

Last March, at age 15, Kwan became the youngest American to win the World Figure Skating Championships.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ For a long time, records, victories and awards have been a common part of Richard Petty’s life. He conceded his induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame is different.

``The thing is, this is international,″ said Petty, who wore his trademark black cowboy hat, STP shades and a huge Winston Cup Champion belt buckle to Wednesday’s announcement of the newest inductees.

On April 24 at Talladega, the former NASCAR star will be inducted into the hall along with Buddy Baker, the late Ralph Earnhardt, Don Garlits, Jim Hall and Rick Mears.

``You get in with people from all different kinds of racing, from all over the world,″ Petty said. ``That’s a lot bigger situation, to me, because now you’re not only recognized in the United States, you’re recognized all over the world.″

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