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May 29, 1987

May 29, 1987

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NHL PLAYOFF REPORT

The Juniors

Chevs Had 50-50 Chance In Semi-Finals

OSHAWA, Ont.—Longueuil Chevaliers were five-time losers at the Memorial Cup…but they didn’t go away empty-handed. Because the only thing they won at the week-long tournament was a 50-50 draw. Team captain Ronnie Stem pocketed $1,220 one night while serving a one-game suspension for his role in a wild brawl between Longueuil and Oshawa Generals moments after the Cup-opening game came to an end. As the Chevaliers headed home with an embarrassing 0-5 record, Stern was the only Longueuil player to emerge from the tournament richer for the experience. The Quebec League champions were outscored by a cumulative score of 22-8, including a 6-0 drubbing in the first game of their semi-final totalgoals series with the Medicine Hat Tigers. They lost 3-1 in the second, for a combined setback of 9-1, officially bringing to an end…

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THE WAY WE WERE

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Will They Sink Or Swim?

If Bill LaForge ever gets another opportunity to coach in the National Hockey League, his experience with the Vancouver Canucks will have taught him at least one lesson. “Next time,” says LaForge, fired by the Canucks after only 20 games in the 1984-85 season, “I’ll make sure the ice is a little more frozen before I walk on it.” Fat chance. In the world of coaching, thin ice is an occupational hazard, even for those believed to be capable of walking on water. Ask Bob Berry or Lome Henning. They fell through into the chilly waters of unemployment in Pittsburgh and Minnesota, respectively. In Chicago, general manager Bob Pulford grew tired of treading water, but he managed to get back to dry land before going down for the count. Meanwhile, ex-New York Ranger coach Tom…