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May 15, 1987

May 15, 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 THIS ISSUE

Road To The Stanley Cun

IN THIS ISSUE

NEXT WEEK

In next week’s May 22 issue of THE HOCKEY NEWS, we’ll continue our coverage of the National Hockey League 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs. We’ll have updates on the four remaining teams in the hunt for the hardware as well as reports from the other 17 NHL cities, where the clubs are busy preparing for the entry draft and, in some cases, making decisions on new coaches. Plus, we’ll have an update on the Memorial Cup tournament, which will be played in Oshawa, Ont., May 9-16, and a complete wrap-up on the Centennial Cup Tier II national championship tournament, being played May 19 in Humboldt, Sask. In addition to all that, we’ll present our regular Numbers Game feature and all the news and views and from every level of hockey. Don’t miss all that, plus…

NHL

Coach Takes Word Of Trusted Advisor

BOSTON—Terry O’Reilly, mulling over a return as coach of the Boston Bruins, wasn’t fussy about whose advice he accepted. As long as it was good. So, when his seven-year-old son Conor made note of O’Reilly’s yearlong unemployed status before accepting the Bruin job early this past season, the former National Hockey Leaguer couldn’t dispute the boy’s logic. “He said, ‘I don’t know Dad,’” said O’Reilly. “It took you such a long time to get a job. Maybe you’d better hang on to this.’” O’Reilly agreed. He is returning, along with assistant coach John Cunniff, for at least one year with the option for a second. O’Reilly makes just one promise: “What I will say is that I will work at this and I don’t think I know anybody who will work harder than John Cunniff.” But the…

The Juniors

Quebec League Jumps To Its Own Defense

CHARLESBOURG, Que.—The Quebec League has long been considered the weakest of the three major junior circuits. In the 16 years since the QMJHL was founded, the Ontario League has won seven Memorial Cups, the Western League five and the QMJHL four. Many argue that three of those Quebec League’s titles—in 1972 under Orval Tessier, 1980 under Doug Carpenter, and 1981 with Bob Kil-ger—were really victories for Ontario hockey, because they were won by the Cornwall (Ont.) Royals, a team powered primarily by Ontario-grown talent. That left only the 1971 championship, when the Guy Lafleur-led Quebec Rcmparts went all the way. The common wisdom is that the QMJHL has been the domain of high-scoring junior stars such as Lafleur, Pierre Larouche, Mike Bossy, Denis Savard, Sylvain Turgeon, Pat LaFon-taine and Mario Lemieux. And the…