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January 24, 1986

January 24, 1986

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.

The Juniors

Fans, Squads Play It Cool As Keen Rivalry Renewed

HULL—The security staff was doubled from 30 to 60 and supported by a halfdozen off-duty policemen. Nearly 4,900 people, the largest hering of the season, were in the stands at Hull’s 3,598-seat Robert Guertin Arena. Hull mayor Michel Legere was there along with a contingent of 40 Shawinigan fans. But the expected fireworks between Hull Olympiques and Shawinigan Cataractes didn’t materialize. Instead, the first-place Olympiques thumped the Cats 10-3 on the scoreboard and the crowd, if not Cat quiet, was well-behaved. The reason for the anticipated mayhem a Dec. 6th match between the teams in shawinigan that resulted in 320 penalty minutes, 227 of them against the Cats. Police stopped the game with 8:27 remaining and Hull leading 3-1 after fans threw eggs, beer and coffee at the Olympiques and some of the Cats challenged…

The Minors

Lumberjacks Give Peace Of Mind To Ley

Louisville Hockey Louisville Hockey MUSKEGON—Rick Ley’s worries have been few with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Leading the East Division and the International League overall with 28 wins and 55 points permits peace of mind. But Ley, the Muskegon coach, admitted he was a bit worried after the first 20 minutes of a game in Indianapolis on Jan. 7. The Checkers, who had lost five straight games, grabbed a 4-0 first-period lead over the Lumberjacks. “Sure. I was worried after that period,” Ley recalled. “That was the worst 20 minutes we had played all season.” It had been a busy couple of weeks for the Lumberjacks with nine games in 13 days and although they had won four in a row, they faced a long road back against the Checkers after that opening 20 minutes. “But our guys hung in…

The Minors

Super-Slick Habscheid Sparks Springfield

Louisville Hockey Louisville Hockey SPRINGFIELD—When the Springfield Indians lost centers Don Biggs and Gord Sherven in a trade package between the Minnesota North Stars and Edmonton Oilers, they surrendered their leading scorer (Biggs) and fastest skater (Sherven). In return, the only player pointed toward Springfield was center Marc Habscheid. And Habscheid hadn’t played a game all season. Habscheid, who played only two years of junior before joining Edmonton in 1981, decided before the season started that he no longer had a future with the Oiler organization. Thus, he felt there was no sense in reporting again to Halifax, where he had registered 29 goals in just 48 games last year. He remained at home in Edmonton, lived with Wayne Gretzky and studied business at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He kept in shape by…



Fifteen years ago, when university hockey coaches Ron Mason of Lake Superior, Bill Mahoney of McMaster and Brian Gilmour of McGill, conceived the Huron Hockey School, they were little known in the wide circles of North American hockey. “When I looked at the type of hockey schools existing at that time,” recalls Gilmour, “most of them were being operated by bigname professional players. Our objective was to create a hockey school where the emphasis would be on quality teaching. We wanted a staff who had a background in hockey, but who could teach skills to young players.” Today, that philosophy of sound teaching based on scientific hockey research is the standard. “I am amazed how people’s perception of hockey schools has changed,” says Mason. “Parents and players are less impressed with big names…