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September 25, 1987

September 25, 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.


Three Years Later, Bossy Is Just A Spectator

MIKE BOSSY ENDED two of the greatest hockey games ever with a mere flick of the wrist. On Sept. 13, 1984 at the Calgary Saddledome, Bossy deflected a shot past netminder Vladimir Myshkin to give Team Canada a dramatic 3-2 overtime win against the Soviet Union. A jubilant nation celebrated his efforts. Exactly three years to the day later, Bossy flicked his wrist once again. This time, though, it was to turn off the television set in his Long Island home. As Bossy, the spectator, told himself that he had just witnessed another dramatic episode in an international hockey mini-series—Canada versus the Soviet Union—a jubilant nation celebrated once again. Except Canadians were, on this occasion, lauding Mario Lemieux for his goal in double overtime—one that gave Team Canada a 6-5 win and 1-1 deadlock…

The Juniors

Windsor Shooting For Top

Tom Webster’s return to the Ontario League could well be a triumphant one. The Windsor Spitfire coach, reunited with the Emms Division team after leaving them early last season to coach the New York Rangers, takes over a potential-packed team. Unable to coach the Rangers because of an inner ear-ailment that prevented him from flying, Webster is back on the bus…on the road, he hopes, to an OHL championship. The Spitfires and Hamilton Steelhawks figure to battle it out for first in the Emms Division. One of them is likely to dethrone the North Bay Centennials, division champions the past two seasons. Here is a look at how the 15 OHL teams shape up this season. Teams are listed by division, in predicted order of finish. Last year’s records are in parentheses. EMMS DIVISION WINDSOR…



New for 1987, Hillerich & Bradsby of Canada, makers of Louisville hockey sticks, will be featuring a new LASER-LITE stick along with a re-designed LASER model. The LASERLITE stick will feature a fibreglas-reinforced handle and comes in three different curve styles: PRO STANDARD, PRO-OVERSIZE, and CANNON-CURVE. These lightweight models are individually hand-weighed, with the actual weight being indicated on the handle. The LASER, with its black fibreglas-reinforced handle will now come with a black graphite-reinforced blade. New LASER-LITE will feature three different curve styles. The new LASER-LITE, LASER and TEAM XPL models feature the Fibre-Shield blade, exclusive to Louisville. The Fibre-Shield blade consists of Kevlar strands on the sole and shooting side for added durability along with graphite fibres on the back side for extra stiffness. Reports from such NHL stars as…


Veteran Edwards Bidding For Work

EDMONTON—There was only one goalie with NHL experience at the start of Edmonton Oilers’ training camp, and his name wasn’t Andy Moog or Grant Fuhr. While Moog sat out demanding a trade, and Fuhr tended the pipes for Team Canada, Don Edwards sneaked into the Oiler goaling picture through the back door. The ex-Buffalo, Calgary and Toronto netminder has it considerably easier than did a couple of other NHL veterans—Michel Dion and Mike Palmateer—two camps ago. Back then, Moog and Fuhr cast large shadows on their aspirations. Now, things have changed. Fuhr will, of course, be back as No. 1. But with free-agent Moog maintaining his days as an Oiler are over, Edwards could well fill the role of back-up. The nine-year NHL veteran, who kept in trim last year as netminder for the…