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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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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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Jets’ First Priority To Sian Hawerchuk

WINNIPEG JETS WINNIPEG—Satisfied he has proven his worth, Dale Hawerchuk is eager to dicuss a new contract with the Winnipeg Jets. Coincidentally, signing him is general manager John Ferguson’s first priority of the off-season. “If we don’t get it done this summer, I would probably play out my option,” said the 21-year-old center whose 130 points placed him third among the National Hockey League’s leading scorers this season. Eliminated quickly by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the playoffs, the Jets have no intentions of letting Hawerchuk slip away. In his absence against the Oilers, due to a cracked rib, it became apparent just how valuable he is to the team. He was their game breaker. “No way are we going to lose him,” said Ferguson, abruptly ending any notion that Hawerchuk’s expense cannot be…

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BLUELINES

Don (Grapes) Cherry’s harsh blast at Bruin Keith Crowder has spurred a lot of anti-Grapes backlash—especially from those who had been fervent supporters of Cherry, including Mike Milbury and Boston Herald columnist Joe Fitzgerald. The source of the anger was a charge by Cherry that Crowder disgraced the Bruins when he “turtled” after the Canadiens’ Chris Nilan had attacked him during the final game of the Boston-Montreal series. “Grapes was way out of line and I’m really disappointed in what he said,” Milbury tells BLUELINES. Milbury says Crowder did right as Nilan was handed a two-minute penalty and Crowder none. “I’m not at all happy with what he (Cherry) said,” says Milbury, “and I’m going to let him know how I feel. He may be running out of things to…

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Sinden Picks Up The Bruin Pieces

BOSTON BRUINS BOSTON—“I never had stupid aspirations that we were a cinch for the Stanley Cup or something,” said Boston Bruins’ general manager and now former coach, Harry Sinden. “But I think we could have been better than a .500 team, much better.” Sinden sat behind his desk in the Bruins’ office adjoining Boston Garden and picked apart the remains of the 1984-85 season in which his team went 36-34-10 for 82 points, its poorest season since 1966-67, and lost out in the first round of the playoffs to Montreal, three games to two. What happened? First, there were the injuries to Barry Pederson, who had averaged more than 40 goals a season over the past three years, and Gordie Kuzak, the towering young defenseman who was just coming into his own with two…