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July 1, 1988

July 1, 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.

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Police Close To Arrest In Spencer Murder Case

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla.—Almost one month after Brian (Spinner) Spencer was gunned down in a friend’s pick-up truck, police maintained the man who killed Spencer also stole rock cocaine from him. Detectives in this south Florida town obtained two arrest warrants and were searching for the man who they believe shot Spencer on June 2. Police said they planned to charge the man and his accomplice with the murder and armed robbery. We anticipate an arrest very shortly,” Lieutenant Steve Weisen of the Riviera Beach Police Department said June 24. Although police have said the same thing since two days after the murder, Weisen said they found the “missing piece” of the puzzling crime the week of June 20. He said police would not elaborate nor reveal the names of the suspects, until the…

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Stastnys Beat Up On Sutters In This Battle

Although not as prestigious as the NHL’s annual awards—come to think of it, not as prestigious as any awards—here is our first-ever slate of Statsie winners for statistical achievement during the 1987-88 season. THE COFFEY CUP Named in honor of its first recipient, it is given for the best performance in a limited engagement. Paul Coffey played 46 games and scored 67 points for Pittsburgh. Pro-rated over 80 games, his point total translates to 117 points, which would have placed him fifth in league scoring. Runner-up is Doug Wilson, who finished sixth in Blackhawk scoring with 32 points—-although playing only 27 games. His pro-rated point total is 95. EMERY EDGELESS AWARD For the worst plus-minus mark in the league, the winner is Minnesota’s Brian MacLellan with a minus-44. Mark Hardy of the New York Rangers,…

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Nova Scotia Shuffle Puts Nords In Halifax

Fredericton lost its team after seven years, Sydney received one and Halifax has a new tenant for the third time in six years. That’s what was left when the dust cleared in the American League’s much-anticipated Maritime shuffle. The board of governors hoped to have this all solved at their June 10 meeting in Montreal, but the Quebec Nordiques needed a couple of extra weeks to work out their deal with the Halifax Metro Centre. Despite feverish negotiations with a group of Fredericton businessmen who tried to keep the Nordique-affiliated Express in New Brunswick, Quebec officially announced they were leaving Fredericton on June 22. Quebec has had a farm team in Fredericton since 1981 and split the team with Vancouver the past six years. The Canucks, however, bought out the final year of the…

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Detroit Concentrates On Filling Right Side

DETROIT—The Detroit Red Wings didn’t waste much time trying to solve the biggest problem in their lineup, adding three right wingers in as many days before and during the NHL's annual meetings in Montreal June 11-14. Consummating the first two trades of the meetings, the Wings acquired right winger Paul MacLean from Winnipeg for left winger Brent Ashton on June 9, then received right winger Mirko Frycer from Toronto for defense-man Darren Veitch the next day. Then the Wings used their first-round pick in the June 11 draft, 17th overall, to choose right winger Kory Kocur, cousin of Joe Kocur, one of Detroit's current right wingers. Cousin Joe will have to fight—literally and figuratively—to keep his job. Kory Kocur, rated 35th by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, was 34-37-71 in 69 games with…