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August 9, 1985

August 9, 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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Did You Know…

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NHL Executive Of The Year

John Ferguson has transformed the Winnipeg Jets from also-rans into Stanley Cup contenders in the space of four seasons. Once the worst team in the National Hockey League, the Jets’ general manager has turned the Smythe Division team around with shrewd trades and nifty work at the draft table. It was Ferguson who nabbed Dale Hawerchuk, bartered with Pittsburgh and Montreal for Randy Carlyle and Robert Picard, respectively, and generally improved the Jets team so much that they moved up to fourth place overall in the NHL this past season. Winning ways have followed Ferguson throughout his hockey career. One of the toughest players ever, the left winger played on five Stanley Cup teams during an eight-year career with the Montreal Canadiens. He was also an associate coach with Team Canada in 1972,…

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NHL Player Of The Year

Like geese flying north in the spring, hockey awards seem to migrate annually to No. 99. For the sixth straight year. Edmonton Oilers’ Wayne Gretzky took THE HOCKEY NEWS-Bridgestone Player of the Year Award, the first person to have been honored so many times in the history of THN Awards. His winning the award has grown into a tradition. Gretzky, whose season began with a Canada Cup win, finished the year with a second Stanley Cup. In between he accounted for 73 goals and a record-breaking 135 assists during the regular season and a record-breaking 47 points in the playoffs. The 200-point season was Gretzky’s third. Gretzky’s right-hand man, the flying Finnish sniper, Jari Kurri, finished behind The Great One in a vote among fans. Kurri scored 71 goals and 64 assists in his…

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Youth Player Of The Year

It’s not often that Wayne Gretzky is upstaged, but Brian Clifford did just that when the young player stepped up to the microphone and spoke to the audience after receiving the THN-JOFA Minor Hockey Player-of-the-Year award. If Brian handles a puck with the same ease he does the spoken word, he’s in for a long career in hockey. The Grade 6 student is a star center in Amherst, NY, where he plays travelling team hockey. And while his selection was determined by a random draw of entries submitted to THE HOCKEY NEWS, his talents and sportsmanlike approach to the game make him a most deserving winner. Clifford is a team player who leads by example. In one game, Brian, the team’s leading scorer, had two goals, and could have easily completed his hat-trick…