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May 6, 1983

May 6, 1983

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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NHL Playoff Picture

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Sinden, Poile Share THN Executive Award

Harry Sinden, who rebuilt the Boston Bruins into a Stanley Cup contender twice in 10 years, and Dave Poile, who made the hapless Washington Capitals a playoff team for the first time with a stroke of the trading pen, are THE HOCKEY NEWS Executives of the Year for 1982-83. Sinden, 50, who has been GM of the Bruins since 1972, and Poile, 33, who was named boss of the Caps only last Aug. 30, finished tied for the honor, the first time two winners have been named since 1968-69, when the Sid Salamons, Jr. and III, of the St. Louis Blues took the prize as an entry. The dead-heat finish in the balloting represents the turmoil many voters faced. Would they vote for Poile, whose major achievement was one big trade or…

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Gretzku’s Still In A Class All By Himself

The stories started about the middle of the National Hockey League season, inspired perhaps by another shutout by the Boston Bruins’ star goalie, Pete Peeters, or maybe a little boredom. The stories, and they were plentiful, make no mistake about that, said that 1982-83 season could be the year that Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers loses his stranglehold on the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. One newspaper quoted various members of the National Hockey Leage Players’ Association, who vote for the Hart Trophy winner, giving their “mid-season predictions” on who would be selected as the most valuable player. Many of them said Peeters would likely get the nod over Gretzky. Another publication showed Gretzky and Peeters side by side on the cover with the caption, MVP? That picture seemed…

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Caps Beaming With A Future ‘Superstar’

LANDOVER—Less than two years ago, Scott Stevens reported to the Kitchener Rangers’ training camp, a defenseman just out of midget hockey with a reputation as a youngster of few words but ready fists. Now Stevens is competing for Canada in the World Championships in West Germany, taking along a reputation as a youngster of few words, ready fists and unlimited potential. During his only year of junior hockey, Stevens helped Kitchener win the Memorial Cup. He played so well that the Washington Capitals selected him fifth overall in the 1982 National Hockey League entry draft. Roger Crozier, then the Capitals’ acting GM, was disappointed when the man he wanted, Ron Sutter, was a surprise choice of the Philadelphia Flyers, one spot before Washington was due to pick. At training camp, Stevens was first tabbed…