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March 6, 1987

March 6, 1987

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Q: I’m a Finnish hockey nut who is very interested in Canadian hockey. I have a few questions for you. First, who is the youngest player to ever play in an NHL game? Second, who is the oldest to have played in an NHL game? Finally, could you please list all the retired sweater numbers in the NHL? Paivi Tenhunen,Sinoo, Finland A: Armand (Bep) Guidolin was just 16 years old when he played for the Boston Bruins in 1942-43, making him the youngest player in NHL history. Guidolin later coached both Boston and Kansas City. The oldest NHL player was Gordie Howe, who was 52 when he played his last game with the Hartford Whalers in the 1980 Stanley Cup playoffs. As for the retired sweater numbers, here’s the list—Boston: 2 (Eddie Shore);…


Learning The Ropes In Leaf Ring Of Fire

TORONTO—Sometimes, when all hell breaks loose, as it periodically does with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Gord Stellick must regret the day he learned to type. For it was that most basic of skills that began Stellick on the path to his present position, assistant to Maple Leaf general manager Gerry McNamara. “I started as a typist compiling game notes,” remembers the nattily-dressed Stellick, “and went from there because of my ability to run the press box.” The secret to his success? “Speed and good lateral movement,” Stellick says wryly. He could add sense of humor, a quality of which there can be no short supply if a person intends on making a career with the Maple Leafs. It helps you to get through the bad times. Which is a majority of the time in Toronto. Stellick, 29,…

The Colleges

Young Line Guiding Light For The Tigers

PRINCETON, N. J.—If the Princeton Tigers had a little consistency, they would be battling for home ice in the opening round of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs. But, because of the collective inexperience of the Tigers, they were desperately hanging on to eighth place entering the final two weeks of the regular season. The team has unlimited potential, but it has to learn how to win. “We’ve lost some really tough games,” said Tiger coach Jim Higgins, after watching his team drop back-to-back, one-goal decisions to Vermont and RPI. “We’ve lost five of the last six games—and the worst game we played was the one we won, against Dartmouth. We’ve played some great hockey. We just haven’t been getting goals.” Since coming back from a three-week exam break, the Tigers were 1-5 and…

The Minors

Key Games Opening Doors In IHL West

INDIANAPOLIS—Every game is a “key game” at this point in the Inter-national League season—at least, according to the coaches. The Indianapolis Checkers and Milwaukee Admirals hooked up in such a contest Feb. 17 in Indy. Before the game. Checker coach Ron Ullyot observed, “We have six games left against Milwaukee and five against Fort Wayne. These are key games in our own division, they’re four-point games. And if we’re going to finish first (in the West Division), we’ve got to win most of them.” To Admiral coach Phil Wittliff, the game held just as much significance. His team was in third place, just a point behind Indianapolis and six behind division leader Fort Wayne. Milwaukee had beaten the Checkers two days earlier, 7-6 in a shootout, and the Admirals were looking at games on…