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January 16, 1987

January 16, 1987

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.



In next week’s Jan. 23rd issue of THE HOCKEY NEWS, we’ll take a mid-season look at the National Hockey League, with a special emphasis on the rookie race for the Calder Trophy. It’s a heated battle this year, with no fewer than four or five legitimate candidates, but last year’s example of Kjell Dahlin racing out to a big early lead should also provide us with some insights and temper our enthusiasm. Plus, we’ll have the New Year’s Forecast, which was to have appeared in this issue, but was bumped to allow for coverage of the Swift Current Bronco bus tragedy. And, we’ll continue to monitor the highly-volatile situation regarding Canada and the Soviet Union’s expulsion from the World Junior Championships. Don’t miss all that excitement, plus much, much more in next week’s Jan.…

The Minors

Tribe’s Greenhorns Lead The Turnaround

SPRINGFIELD, Mass—There’s nothing like a skilled crop of rookies to take a team from the outhouse to the penthouse, as the Springfield Indians have discovered in this year’s turnaround season. “The kids we do have all came with tremendous credentials,” said Bruce Landon, in his fifth season as Springfield’s general manager. “They’ve been able to make the adjustment for the most part.” Two lads named Randy have led the Tribe’s first-half charge to top spot in the American League’s Southern Division. Randy Smith, a 6-foot-3 center who scored 60 goals for Saskatoon of the Western League last season, was the Indians’ top scorer after 33 games with 25 points (7-18). Left winger Randy Wood, who played at Yale last season and scored 25 goals, was a point behind Smith, on the strength of a…

The Colleges

Another Benning Could Be Ready For NHL

BOSTON—The Eastern Colleges Athletic Conference has gained a reputation for turning out some of college hockey’s best free agents. This year’s crop is shaping up nicely. Pro scouts have been busy at Harvard, assessing one of the ECAC’s best defense pairs. Randy Taylor and Mark Benning, both free agents, have been playing side by side for two years. Both are eager to make the jump to pro hockey. The only knock against Benning is his size (5-foot-8, 160 pounds). “Isn’t that a terrible indictment of the game?” asked Harvard coach Bill Cleary. “That’s what’s ruining the game, everyone is always talking about size. There is more to this game than just size.” Benning, who has excellent blood lines in the sport (brothers Jim and Brian play in the NHL), transferred to Harvard from Notre Dame…

The Minors

IHL Boasting A Bountiful Crop Of Freshmen

SAGINAW, Mich.—Just a year ago, there were maybe three players in the International League who could have been classified as outstanding rookies. This season, coach Dennis Desrosiers has at least that many on his Saginaw Generals. The 1986-87 season has provided a bumper crop of newcomers—most, of course, assigned to the IHL by NHL affiliates. But there are also some good free agents making names for them-selves in the much-improved IHL. “I’ve got a whole line of outstanding rookies,” said Desrosiers, whose Generals were leading the East Division by a point over Flint, just before Christmas. “There are Glenn Greenough, Michel Mongeau and Dave Mackey,” Desrosiers said. “That whole line is made up of rookies.” Greenough, a right winger whose NHL rights belong to Chicago, was battling Ron Handy of Indianapolis for the league’s scoring…