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March 29, 1985

March 29, 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.

NHL

Leafs Set ‘Bench Mark’ For Team Defeats

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS TORONTO—On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Rick Vaive found out that hell hath no fury like an Irishman who has been told to kiss the Blarney Stone where the sun don’t shine. Vaive, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain and three-time, 50-plus goal scorer, incurred the wrath of coach Dan Maloney, a proud Irishman if ever there was one, in practice, the day before the Leafs were to play the Philadelphia Flyers on March 16. Vaive directed some choice words—two of them to be exact—at Maloney and his assistant John Brophy, which contributed to some extra skating drills for the Leaf captain and his linemates. Bill Derlago and John Anderson, and some added disciplinary measures the following night. In what will heretofore be known as Black Saturday, Vaive dressed but did…

Departments

Ramsay Has Been Overlooked In Award For Too Long

FOR ARGUMENT’S SAKE The Selke Trophy, awarded to the National Hockey League’s best defensive forward, ought to have to defend itself regarding some of the choices made in its brief history. One of several recent additions to the NHL curio cabinet, some superficial observers have occasionally derided it as a frivolous bit of hardware. Of course, this tribute to some of hockey’s most skillful, hardest-working and least-recognized players was long overdue. Unfortunately, the bestowal of the award over the last seven years hasn’t always been close to appropriate or just. Hype and reputation seem to have influenced the voting more than any critical observation, or even a close look at the statistics. Players normally outstanding in this category have won it after having some of their worst years, while others—notably Buffalo’s Craig Ramsay—have…

NHL

Skinny Svoboda Has Survived NHL So Far

MONTREAL CANADIENS MONTREAL—The progress for Petr Svoboda has been steady. Scorned as a skinny kid who would get lost in the crush of the National Hockey League, Svoboda is rapidly becoming a valued member of the young Montreal Canadiens’ blueline corps. “The best defenseman in the past two weeks has been Petr Svoboda,” said coach Jacques Lemaire as the Canadiens were wrapping up a four-game road trip which saw them win in Edmonton, lose in Calgary and Minnesota and defeat Winnipeg. For Svoboda, it has been a whirlwind experience since last spring. He had defected from a Czechoslovakian club team his father had managed and there were several NHL clubs that wanted to get hold of the talented youngster. The Canadiens had the fifth choice overall during the 1984 entry draft last June and stunned…

NHL

Francis Saying Little About Trade

HARTFORD WHALERS HARTFORD—David A. Jensen was a first-round draft pick whom the Hartford Whalers predicted would score 35 goals in his rookie year. But if David A. Jensen does indeed score those 35 goals, it won’t be in a Hartford Whaler uniform. The Whalers traded Jensen to the Washington Capitals for center Dean Evason and goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz just before the National Hockey League trading deadline March 12. All three players involved in the deal are young and currently play for Binghamton of the American League, which the Whalers and Capitals co-sponsor. Jensen. 19, was the Whalers’ second pick, 20th overall, in 1983. He began the season in Hartford, but collected only four assists in 11 games. He had been projected as the swift skating winger Ronnie Francis, the team’s top center, had…