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April 17, 1987

April 17, 1987

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NHL

Optimistic Nordiques Ready For Adams Champ Hartford

QUEBEC CITY—Thanks largely to a sudden collapse by the Buffalo Sabres, the Quebec Nordiques found themselves in the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs. As the Sabres headed into a tailspin that saw them lose nine of 10 between games 69 and 78, the Nordiques played just well enough (4-5-1) to secure the fourth and final Adams Division playoff berth. The Nords didn’t need to defeat the New York Islanders April 2 (Buffalo eliminated itself by losing 5-3 to St. Louis the same night), but they entered the playoff picture through the front door with a 4-1 decision on Long Island. Such a convincing win away from Le Colisee pleased coach Michel Bergeron. “What a way to end the season,” he enthused, even though games against New Jersey and Boston officially remained. “Everyone played well. We…

Columnists

Just Where Is The Fairness In New Allocation System?

ON THE 170TH DAY of the 180-day National Hockey League season, they divvied the cash. On March 26—13 days before the playoffs began—the league finally announced how $3.15 million in prize money will be awarded this spring. The new collective bargaining agreement called for a 20 percent hike in the prize money pool, from $2.63 million last year to $3.15 million. Both sides wisely decided to add financial incentive to finishing higher in the standings, going further in the playoffs, and winning personal awards. Because that had already been decided in principle before the season, neither NHL president John Ziegler nor players’ association chief Alan Eagleson—the architects of the revised award money plan—felt a pressing need to finalize the format. The sides sat down during Rendez-vous ‘87 and threw some ideas around. The…

The Juniors

‘Hell Of A Season’ Ends For Gutsy Broncos

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask—The final countdown had begun and, instead of a sombre atmosphere in the Centennial Civic Arena, the appreciative roar was deafening. It was the final minute in the final Western League game of the season for Swift Current Broncos. And despite exiting the playoffs quicker than they would have liked, the Broncos were being applauded as champions. The fans were cheering for a team which endured both tragedy and triumph. The Dec. 30 bus crash which claimed the lives of four Broncos (Scott Kruger, Chris Mantyka, Brent Ruff and Trent Kresse) was still on everybody’s mind, fans and players alike. Both pressed on in the face of adversity. The fans filled the 2,350-seat arena and the Broncos responded by gaining the sixth and final playoff berth in the East Division. On the…

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