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March 1, 1985

March 1, 1985

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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Method To End Plus-Minus Misery

FOR ARGUMENT’S SAKE Plus-minus stats, as they’re figured now, are an extremely inaccurate measure of a player’s skills. For example, anyone could stand on the ice all season for the Edmonton Oilers (wearing double runners) and probably end up with plus figures. It’d be simple—you stand around doing nothing while Gretzky sets up Jari Kurri for 300 even-strength goals, and if the opponents score 290 while you admire the geometric pattern of the rafters, you’d still be plus-10. Or, you could be highly-skilled players of all-star calibre. But if you’re stuck on a team such as Toronto, the best figure you could possibly hope for would be plus-5. It’s a stupid system as it stands now. It has to be improved. And here’s how. It’s called “adjusted plus-minus.” First you take the team’s overall plusminus…

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Terrion, Gavin Contribute More Than Goal-Scoring

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS TORONTO—Greg Terrion and Stew Gavin will never win any scoring derbies. As a matter of fact, both will be lucky to reach the 20-goal plateau—which neither has done in their five-year National Hockey League careers. But don’t take that to mean Terrion and Gavin aren’t important. If anything, their ability to shut down the other teams’ top lines has made them two valuable commodities on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ironically, you couldn’t find two more compatible players. “We’re both in the same boat, defensive players, so-called grinders,” says Gavin, who was nursing a sore arm. “Everything about us is the same, age, careers, even likes.” Terrion and Gavin have been doing a good job of late killing penalties, and that’s helped to make a difference in the Leafs’ play. For awhile, the…

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Post-Game Pyrotechnics Hardly The Cats’ Meow

HULL—Shawinigan Cataractes’ coach Ron Lapointe appeared ready to go to battle again with Johnstown of the old Eastern minor pro league following his club’s recent 7-6 loss to Hull Olympiques. Lapointe crossed the ice to the dressing room after the game wearing a hockey helmet and carrying a stick as his players surrounded him. Debris ranging in eggs to a chair were heaved onto the ice as one of the most explosive rivalries in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League provided the expected pyrotechnics in the teams’ final meeting this season. “Beer, I don’t mind, but eggs and golfballs are something else,” said Lapointe, who was restrained at center ice from fighting Hull coach Pat Bums. “It’s hard to believe,” said QMJHL president Dr. Guy Morissette of Hull, surveying the littered ice. “The…

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National League Rookie Leaders