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December 5, 1986

December 5, 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.

Columnists

NHL Is No Place To Learn How To Coach At Pro Level

THEY SAY SCOTTY BOWMAN was the best coach of his day. That’s what they say. But no one is rating him among the best general managers of his day. And that includes the Knox Brothers, owners of the Buffalo Sabres. Scotty may know an awful lot about coaching, but he doesn’t know much about hiring coaches. Case in point: The hiring of Craig Ramsay as his successor in Buffalo. Ramsay may be a fine guy who was a hard-working player and represented the Sabres well for years. But what he isn’t—at this point in time—is a professional coach. One year as a playing assistant coach and one year as an assistant coach does not qualify a man to lead an NHL team. This isn’t the first time Bowman has made this mistake. He’s done it…

Departments

CCM HOCKEY TRIVIA

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE… 1. What two NHL defensemen played 69 games last season without scoring a goal? 2. Which NHL team surrendered the most shorthanded goals in 1985-86? 3. What NHLer goes by the nickname of ‘Boxcar’? 4. How many players have scored 400 goals in NHL history? 5. Who represented New Jersey Devils in last season’s NHL All-Star Game? 6. Name the only two players in NHL history to have won the Calder, Conn Smythe and Lady Byng Trophies in their careers. 7. What defenseman won the Norris Trophy from 1962-63 to 1964-65? 8. Name the only one of the NHL’s original franchises that has never had a Norris Trophy winner. 9. Who was the only NHLer to register two overtime goals in Stanley Cup play last spring? 10. Which NHL goaltender appeared in the most games last season? ANSWERS TO…

Departments

Mission In Minnesota

On the day New York Rangers’ coach Ted Sator was fired, his de facto predecessor was officially returning to the profession. Herb Brooks coached his first game Nov. 21—22 months to the day after Ranger GM Craig Patrick replaced him on an interim basis—when he strode behind the bench of St. Cloud State University to open the 1986-87 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. That’s NCAA Division III hockey—30 miles north of Minneapolis and light years removed from the National Hockey League. Yet, the enigmatic Brooks has taken on his first hockey assignment since his Ranger dismissal, with the zeal of an evangelist. The Olympic hero, who led the U.S. to a hockey gold medal in 1980, turned down overtures to coach the Minnesota North Stars, Winnipeg Jets and University of Minnesota Gophers over the past…

The Colleges

Lowell Largely The Same But Different

LOWELL—Out of sight, out of mind. Not quite, but that could have been the Lowell Chiefs’ early-season motto last year. The Chiefs began last season as if intent on burrowing out of sight faster than a fiddler crab, losing eight of their first nine Hockey East contests. The club didn’t resurface until late in the year, when a quarter-final playoff upset of Northeastern allowed it to salvage a shred of respectability in an 11-29-2 campaign. This season, it’s a different story. With substantially the same cast of characters, Lowell was off to a fine 5-1-1 start, just a point off co-leaders Maine and Boston College. In recent action, the Chiefs spotted Northeastern a 3-0 lead, before rallying for six third-period goals in a 6-4 win at NU’s Matthews Arena. A pair of…