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October 21, 1988

October 21, 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.

THE NHL

TORREY BLOWS UP AFTER ISLES BLOW LEAD

New York Islander general manager Bill Torrey had just seen his team blow its second 6-5 in overtime to the hometown Los Angeles Kings. While his players showered quietly after the Oct. 8 setback, Torrey stalked the hallway outside the dressing room, arms folded, head bowed, lips pursed. His face grew redder with each stride. Up and back he paced, up and back. His bow tie looked like it was ready to ignite. On Oct. 6, the Islanders blew a 4-1 lead in the final 10 minutes of the third period and were tied 4-4 by Calgary. On Oct. 7 they were blitzed 5-1 by Edmonton. In Gretzky-hot L. A., they were burned again, leaving them 0-2-1. “The guys that didn’t work in training camp are the ones having horsebleep starts,” Torrey bellowed,…

DEPARTMENTS

CROSSWORD

ACROSS: 1. Pictured ‘French Connection’ member. 4. Harold Snepsts doesn’t wear one. 9. Where Mark Howe began his professional career. 10. Unite. 11. Take puck from an opponent. 12. Canadien named Masterton Trophy winner in 1968, the first year the trophy was awarded. 13. Color once worn by the Canucks. 15. Defeat. 18. Nickname of the Islanders’ American League affiliate. 21. He became a St. Louis Blue in the deal that sent Red Berenson to Detroit in 1971. 23. He led NHL defensemen in scoring last season. 24. He preceded John Ferguson as coach of the Rangers. 25. Wanders. 26. Birthplace of veteran tough guy Nick Fotiu. Island. DOWN: 1. Go over again. 2. First name of the Kings’ new owner. 3. He won the Lady Byng Trophy as a Ranger and a Bruin. 5. The best man at Wayne Gretzky’s recent wedding (2,3). 6. Nickname of the Winnipeg team…

DEPARTMENTS

NEW COACHES ARE NOT ALL NEW FACES

Four teams will have different coaches behind the bench in the Ontario Universities Athletic Association this season, but two of them are hardly new faces to the league. Returning to Trois-Rivieres is Clement Jodoin. who spent last year as an assistant to ex-Pittsburgh Penguin head coach Pierre Creamer. Jodoin, national university coach of the year in 1986, directed the Patriotes to a national championship in 1987. Marlin Muylaert takes over the program at Guelph, replacing Bud Folusewych, the dean of OUAA coaches who has taken a year’s sabbatical. Muylaert is a former assistant at Wilfrid Laurier and was head coach at the University of Ohio. Jim Webster, who presided over a successful college program at Mount Royal College in Calgary, succeeds Tony Zappia at Ottawa. Webster played four seasons at Sir George Williams in…

THE NHL

NIEUWENDYK PRIMED FOR SECOND SEASON

On the matter of the sophomore jinx, there are two possible examples for Calgary Flame center Joe Nieuwendyk to follow, one good, one bad. A year like Gary Suter’s 1986-87 season would be bad news. Suter followed up an excellent first season by slumping dramatically in his second year, in part because the Flames tried to change his style. By contrast, a year like Luc Robitaille’s 1987-88 would be good news. Robitaille followed up an excellent first year with an outstanding second. So which will it be? Well, even if one game does not a season make. Nieuwendyk started off on the right foot by scoring the tying goal in the Flames’ season opener, a 4-4 tie with New York Islanders. The Flames, however, found themselves in an early-season hole by losing 6-5 in…