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October 10, 1986

October 10, 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.

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Kelly’s Rivermen Expect To Be Rolling Along

PEORIA—A year ago the Peoria Rivermen were getting ready to defend the Turner Cup championship they won for the first time in 1984-85. They fell a step short of making the finals last season, however, losing to Fort Wayne in the semi-finals. Coach Pat Kelly said, “Winning the championship is a good feeling, it’s not a good feeling when you don’t repeat the next season.” Accordingly, he’s looking forward to the start of the 1986-87 season and the chance to get back on top. “With the help of the St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders, we should be a competitive club again this year,” said Kelly, pointing out that for the past couple of seasons the franchise worked for the most part with just the Blues. “We already have five players assigned from…

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‘Other’ European Making Good Impression

BLOOMINGTON—Jari Gronstrand came from Europe without the reputation, the big contract or the English vocabulary that accompanied teammate Frantisek Musil. And while Minnesota North Stars’ general manager Lou Nanne spared no detail or expense to get Musil out of Czechoslavakia, Gronstrand comes with a contract that allows Nanne to send him back to Finland after this season. But even if Gronstrand started off as the North Stars’ other new European defenseman. he has drawn almost as much praise as Musil in the opening two weeks of camp. For example. “I’ve never seen anybody come into this camp better on his skates,” Nanne said. the language barrier. At the start of camp, coaches sometimes explained drills to him with hand signals: two fingers on one hand one finger on the other meant a 2-on-1…

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ENTER NOW JOFA TITAN

THE HOCKEY NEWS is delighted to announce that JOFA/TITAN has agreed to sponsor the Minor Hockey Player of the Week Showcase in The Hockey News throughout the 1986/87 season. Starting with the October 24,1986 issue of THE HOCKEY NEWS and in a total of 22 issues during the season, a JOFA/TITAN minor hockey player will be featured each week from nominees submitted by minor coaches and parents in both the U.S. and Canada. All nominees will be eligible to be selected as the 1986-87 THE HOCKEY NEWS Minor Hockey Player of the Year sponsored by Jofa/Titan. The winner will receive a special award to be presented at THE HOCKEY NEWS AWARDS ceremony in Toronto, which the winner and his parents will be invited to attend with all hotel and transportation expenses paid…

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Sator Won’t ‘Purge’ Larouche This Season

NEW YORK—What a difference a year makes. After one day of training camp this year, coach Ted Sator all but guaranteed that Pierre Larouche will be a New York Ranger all season and, a few days later, goalie Terry Kleisinger was demoted to New Haven. Last fall at this time, Sator shook the franchise by demoting Larouche and four others veterans. He also made Kleisinger his No. 2 goalie to start the season and didn’t dress defenseman Willie Huber for the first four games. Sator predicts there will be less turmoil and fewer surprises in camp this time around. “Our veterans have come back in excellent shape,” Sator observed shortly after the regulars reported, “and it’s very unlikely that we would have to make so many changes again. “A year ago we didn’t know the…