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January 30, 1987

January 30, 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.

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EXETER

Now in its 16th season, the Exeter Hockey School has trained more than 10,000 young hockey players, ranging In age from 10 to 17. The program is sponsored by Phillips Exeter Academy, located in Exeter, N.H., 50 miles north of Boston, eight miles southwest of Portsmouth, NH. Phillips Exter Academy is an independent, co-educational, residential secondary school. The two one-week sessions and three two-week sessions are divided into three divisions, 180 players in addition to 36 goalies. Each division has four teams and plays a nine-game league schedule. The students train on two rinks in a rYiulti-million dollar gymnasium complex. Each student has four hours of ice time a day. Games are played in the evenings. Mornings are devoted to fundamentalsand individual drills, while afternoons are filled with systems and group…

NHL

Ronning In, Federko Out Of Blues’ Lineup

ST. LOUIS—When the St. Louis Blues recalled Team Canada’s star center Cliff Ronning, it was supposed to be just a three-game look. General manager Ron Caron wanted to reward Ronning for his second strong season in Dave King’s program. The Blues were passing through Alberta, where scouting director Ted Hampson had monitored Ronning’s work in the Calgary Cup series. Perhaps, Caron thought, Ronning would impress coach Jacques Martin more than he did in training camp. The recall was a lark. It became much, much more than that on Jan. 9 when Bernie Federko’s jaw was accidently broken by teammate Mark Hunter’s stick while the Blues played the Edmonton Oilers. With Federko gone from four to six weeks after surgery, Martin had no choice but to rely on Ronning—the only available center prospect the Blues…

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Smyl Got Start As Road Warrior

Stan Smyl got his start in hockey without skates. The Vancouver Canucks’ captain recalls his days with a stick and a tennis ball in St. Paul, the small northeastern Alberta town where he grew up. “Being in that area in the winter months, all we did was play road hockey,” he recalls. “Basically, we just played because everybody else was.” Road hockey, to the uninitiated, is a Canadian tradition that cuts deeper than the on-ice version. Kids whack a ball up and down a frozen street or school parking lot. Those days on the streets helped Smyl to a fast start. In St. Paul, he was one of the top minor hockey players right from his beginnings in the organized game. In St. Paul, Smyl was a big fish in a little pond. “I was one…

NHL

Methodical Mullen Just Keeps On Rolling

CALGARY—By now, you’d expect Joey Mullen to approach a game against St. Louis Blues with the detached air of a long-time pro. You’ve heard the speech before. It begins with something about it being just another game… Not for Mullen. He may not have left his heart in St. Louis, but he left a big chunk of his life there. Almost one year after joining the Flames in a controversial six-player deal last Feb. 1, Mullen still gets the chills playing against his ex-teammates. “It’s almost like playing against your brother,” said Mullen. “You know what I mean? It’s hard. That was a big part of my life playing there. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over that part of my life. It’s just strange playing against guys you’ve known for…