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May 24, 1985

May 24, 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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Drummondville Gets Act Together Quickly

DRUMMONDVILLE—If you have to throw a bash for a few thousand people from all over the contintent on short notice, check out Drummondville. After conducting what was likely the most convoluted search for a site in the history of the Memorial Cup, the Canadian Major Hockey League settled on the city of45,000. an hour’sdriveeast of Montreal, for the main portion of major junior hockey’s national championship tournament. May 11-18. The first two games of the four-team, round-robin tournament will be held in Shawinigan, a city of 22,500 an hour northeast of Drummondville. “Yes and no,” said CMJHL vice-president Dave Branch when asked if he was surprised by the progress of Drummondville’s 100-member volunteer force in assembling the 66th annual tournament on less than six week’s notice. “I’m really impressed with the organization they have…

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Blazers, Raiders Storm To West Title Fight

Louisville Hockey® Louisville Hockey® KAM LOOPS—Adversity. Many Western Hockey League teams create it but few thrive on it like the Kamloops Blazers. The defending league champions dug themselves into a couple of Western Division playoff holes but managed to climb out of the cavities to earn a league final berth with the Prince Albert Raiders. Although the Blazers captured their best-of-nine division final with the New Westminster Bruins in five game, they had to mount stunning comebacks in games four and five to sweep the series before facing the favored Raiders. Prince Albert disposed of the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Division final. The Blazers rebounded from a two-goal deficit in game five to register a 6-5 overtime triumph. It was the same story in game four at New Westminster. The Blazers…

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Top Picks Discuss Life At The Top

Not everyone who is selected No. 1 overall in the National Hockey League entry draft falls victim to the same uncertainties and difficulties that have plagued Brian Lawton in his first two pro seasons. True, there are as many, perhaps more, No. 1 picks who have had difficulties as there are those who have met with unqualified success and apparent ease. But Bobby Smith, the Montreal Canadiens’ forward, and Dale Hawerchuk, the Winnipeg Jets’ superstar, are just two who have experienced the feeling of being at the top of their respective classes. And both of them managed to come through it unscathed, which probably says as much about their temperament and maturity as it does about their skills as hockey players. THE HOCKEY NEWS asked these two players about their feelings leading up to…

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Final Statistics For ’84-85 Season

FOR ARGUMENT’S SAKE The final figures are in for the 1984-85 regular season. Let’s get right down to business and see how the players and teams did in the new statistical categories we’ve introduced over the course of the year. GOALKEEPING PERSEVERANCE—In the box below, all goalies who stood between the pipes for at least 1,600 minutes this year are rated according to the perseverance formula. Here’s how it works: (600 x save percentage) plus shots faced per game equals Y. Y divided by .6 equals the perseverance rating. FINAL ’84-8S GOALKEEPER RATINGS (Minimum 1600 minutes Played) *rookie † league-best in that category †† league-worst in that category Pelle Lindbergh did the best according to this formula, and so, in our eyes, he was the best netminder in the NHL this season. ADJUSTED PLUS-MINUS—This enables plus-minus figures for players on…