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January 22, 1988

January 22, 1988

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.



Few professional franchises have wallowed in mediocrity as long as the Vancouver Canucks. Apart from an appearance in the 1981-82 Stanley Cup final, they have consistently been among the least successful teams in North American sports. This year, they haven’t been much better, but there’s hope for better and brighter things. Next week, we’ll take a look at their past and present, plus speculate on their future. In the American League, few do it better than Hartford farmhand Brad Shaw, a heady player who has followed an outstanding junior career with a superb minor-pro career. Last year, he was named the league’s top defenseman. You’ll read his story in the Jan. 29 issue of THE HOCKEY NEWS, plus enjoy the columns of regulars Jay Greenberg, Stan Fischler, Dave Molinari, Randy Smith and Steve…



TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE… 1. What season did the Vancouver Canucks join the NHL? 2. What team won the Western League professional title in 1969-70? 3. Which British Columbia team won the Stanley Cup in 1924-25? 4. Which current NHL franchise lost the 1924-25 Stanley Cup final? 5. What was the nickname of the only Vancouver franchise to win the Stanley Cup? 6. Who was the first captain of the NHL Canucks? 7. Who holds the NHL career record for shutouts as a Canuck? 8. Who was the first coach of the Canucks in the NHL? 9. What British Columbia team won the Centennial Cup last season? 10. Name the three British Columbia-based teams currently playing in the Western League. ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ 1. 1970-71. 2. Vancouver Canucks. 3. Victoria Cougars. 4. Montreal Canadiens. 5. Millionaires. 6. Orland Kurtenbach. 7. Gary Smith.…


Memories Mixed For Connelly

During the most prolific goalscoring season of his National Hockey League career, Wayne Connelly endured the heartache of losing a teammate and close friend. It was 20 years ago that Connelly’s linemate with the Minnesota North Stars—Bill Masterton—became the first and only player to die as a result of injuries suffered during an NHL game. The Oakland Seals were playing in Minnesota on Jan. 13, 1968 when Masterton took a hard but clean check from Seals’ defenseman Ron Harris. He fell awkwardly and cracked his head on the ice at the Met Center, suffering a brain injury that cost him his life two days later. “That expansion season brings back happy and sad memories for me,” says Connelly. “I had a career-high 35 goals with Minnesota that year and I’ll never forget scoring…


Call-Ups From Moncton Give Jets A Boost

WINNIPEG—A city full of amateur general managers had been lighting up the talk show phone lines, screaming for the Winnipeg Jets to dip into their farm system. So when the Jets, a hockey club normally reluctant to make changes, finally did put in the call to Moncton after a 6-1 drubbing in Calgary Jan. 7, the decision was greeted with approval. And it paid dividends before the week was through. Jet GM John Ferguson promoted forwards Peter Douris and Randy Gilhen and goaltender Steve Penney from the American League affiliate, at the same time demoting goaltender Pokey Reddick and veteran winger Jim Nill. Nill was later traded to Detroit for left winger Mark Kumpel. “Hopefully, these changes will light a spark under this hockey team,” Jets’ coach Dan Maloney said on the day…