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February 21, 1986

February 21, 1986

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Leafs’ Frycer Charged With Impaired Driving

The National Hockey League, still reeling from the death of Pelle Lindbergh in an alcohol-related automobile accident, has another drinking-and-driving incident to consider. Miroslav Frycer of the Toronto Maple Leafs was charged in the early hours of Feb. 10 with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and failing a breathalyzer test. Frycer was stopped at about 2:20 a.m. in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, according to a spokesman for Peel Regional Police. A breath sample registered over the province of Ontario’s legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. Frycer, who had 19 goals and 30 assists in 47 games this season, was released on the provision he appear in a Mississauga courtroom on Feb. 17. An impaired-driving charge carries with it a fine of not less than $300 for a…



Reports that Marcel Dionne would be headed either for the Maple Leafs or Canadiens have been effectively squelched by Rogie Vachon. The Kings’ GM says he continues to look to Dionne for leadership. “We’re looking to complement his skills with the best players we can find,” says Vachon…Bruins’ bull Brian Curran picks the NHL’s best fighters from the following teams: Flyers—Dave Brown and Dave Richter; Kings—Larry Playfair; Capitals—Dwight Schofield; Oilers—Dave Semenko; Jets—Jim Kyte; Blackhawks—Al Secord and Behn Wilson; North Stars—Willi Plett. Curran considered the Rangers’ Barry Beck but then dropped him because of Bubba’s inactivity. Also rejected was Chris Nilan. Curran says Nilan picks his spots…A former teammate offers a reason for Murray Bannerman’s improved goaltending—Bob Sauve. “For a change,” the ex-Hawk says, “Murray is motivated. Until Sauve came along…

The Colleges

Beanpot A Special Time In Boston Sports

BOSTON—These are not the best of times for eastern hockey. Since the Hockey East-ECAC divorce proceedings a year and a half ago, Bostonians have had but one constant, one reminder of past glories—the Beanpot tournament. As long as the leagues’ split remains in effect, it will be joint custody of the Beanpot. The tournament, on the first two Mondays of every February, has had a grand tradition throughout its 34 years. Four Division I schools from Boston got together for the opening night on Feb. 2, in front of the usual sellout crowd at Boston Garden. For the first time ever, all were equally well-matched. Seldom had Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University and Boston College entered the tournament with winning records, let alone top-10 ranking. Perhaps it’s just because the world has changed around the…



Q: In the 1974-75 season, the Washington Capitals won just one road game, going 1-39-0. In 1976-77, the Montreal Canadiens lost only one home game, going 39-1-0. In each case, could you tell me the date, score and opposition in the sole reversals of form? Rich Withington,West Haven. CT A: The woeful Capitals, who were 8-67-3 during 1974-75, their inaugural NHL season, claimed their only road victory on March 28, 1975, as they defeated the woeful California Golden Seals 5-3. It was the Boston Bruins who handed Montreal its only home defeat of the 1976-77 season, to the tune of 4-3 on Oct. 30, 1976. Ironically, the Bruins would not win again at the Forum until a 6-4 victory on Dec. 4, 1982. Q: In your column appearing in the Jan. 10, 1986 issue…