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July 1, 1984

July 1, 1984

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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FAN FORUM

A JOURNALISTIC DISGRACE So, the Edmonton Oilers won the Stanley Cup. Congratulations to the players, coaches, front office, staff, fans and city. But not to the Edmonton Journal. In what has to be one of the most juvenile moves I’ve seen in the field of journalism, someone from the Edmonton Journal sent a funeral wreath, along with a note, to Sports Illustrated, the magazine that predicted a New York Islander win over the Oilers for the Stanley Cup. Whatever happened to the journalistic ideal that a newspaper and reporter are supposed to remain neutral? Printed in Sports Illustrated’s letter section was a picture of the wreath and the following, addressed to E.M. Swift, the magazine’s hockey writer: “With best wishes for your future hockey predictions.” And it was signed, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Alta. Home of…

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Quote Of The Week

“I thought back, to when he was a little boy and we had hardly any furniture in our house. I’d get dressed up like a goalie and I’d sing Here Come the Hawks’ and Ed would shoot tennis balls at me. And now he’s a Hawk.”—Diane Olczyk, reacting to her son, Ed, being drafted third overall by the hometown Chicago Black Hawks.…

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Devils Overjoyed With ‘Reviews’ On Muller

EAST RUTHERFORD—No one could deny that the New Jersey Devils hit the jackpot when they made 18-year-old center Kirk Muller their No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League’s entry draft in Montreal. Scouts, opposing general managers and coaches immediately tabbed the Canadian Olympian a “can’t miss” NHL star, perhaps even a better prospect than Mario Lemieux. “He’s (Muller) the most complete player in the draft,” said Ron Harris of the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. “To me, Muller is the best player in the draft,” added Red Wing scout Neil Smith. “The Devils really did it right.” There was an audible sigh of relief at the Devils’ draft table when the “reviews” came in for their selection of Muller. Just 10 days earlier the Devils had also selected a new coaching staff, headed…

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Wings Take Yzerman Clone With First Pick

DETROIT—Tamper with success? Not the Red Wings. For the second straight year, the Wings selected a young center from the Ontario Hockey Legue as their No. I pick in the National Hockey League entry draft. The name is Shawn Burr, but everything else about the young man reminds the Wings of another teenage center. “When I met him for the first time and had a chance to talk to him for awhile, I immediately thought of Steve Yzerman,” said Wing coach Nick Polano. “Naturally, we like that.” Burr is a 6-foot, 185-pounder who was the OHL’s Rookie of the Year last season, his first out of Sarnia midget hockey. He scored 41 goals and 44 assists and all of his physical tools—size, speed, goal-scoring ability—resemble Yzerman’s. “It was unanimous we were going to take Burr,”…