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December 2, 1988

December 2, 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.

DEPARTMENTS

RED-HOT ROOKIES

Just because you’re a rookie doesn’t mean you have to be meek and mild. Just ask John Cullen. Or Ed Belfour. “You might say (we were) more forceful,” said Cullen, who set IHL records in points (157) and assists (109) last season with the Flint Spirits. He added 48 goals in the 81 games he played, was named league MVP and signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the off-season. He and Belfour (32-25-0 record and 3.19 goals-against average for Saginaw) shared the Garry Longman Trophy last season as the International League’s rookies of the year. An aggressive attitude obviously pays off. But it hasn’t always been that way. Five-year IHL veteran Dave Michayluk remembers his rookie year. “I used to sit back and watch, not saying too much,” says Michayluk. “They (today’s rookies) think of this…

DEPARTMENTS

HABS LACK TOUGH GUYS

First Chris Nilan was traded and now John Kordic is dealt. Montreal, what are you doing? Within a year you have traded your only bona fide tough guys. If you don’t do something soon than the other teams in the league will have a field day when you play them. Poor little Mats Naslund has to learn how to fight now, because nobody is going to be around to protect him any more. John Rossi,Oakville, Ont. CONGRATS, GORD Congratulations, Gord Stellick, you hockey expert. I cannot believe you have continued the Toronto trend of trading winners for nobodies. On Nov. 7 you traded Russ Courtnall, a fine center, for John Kordic, a brutal right winger. Did you forget Russ scored 73 points (29 goals and 44 assists in 1986-87) and 49 points (23 goals…

THE NHL

WAR OF WORDS ENDS WITH DONNELLY IN LINEUP

During a seven-game stretch lasting much of November, the only battles Gord Donnelly had were with Quebec Nordiques’ management. But that all ended Nov. 19 when the right winger scored a goal and picked up a fighting major in a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the first time Donnelly had been put in the lineup by coach Ron Lapointe since a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 3. Frustrated by his frequent benchings after serving the remaining six games of a 10-game suspension that ran over from last season, Donnelly vented his feelings to Quebec City reporters. Donnelly, who racked up 301 penalty minutes in 63 games last season, said the Nordiques were wrong to expect him to exclusively play the team’s enforcer role. His comments angered Lapointe and general…

THE NHL

JETS BEGIN TO EVEN SCORE AGAINST OILERS

It may take years to reverse what a decade of dominance has done but the Winnipeg Jets have finally started to chip away at the Edmonton Oilers’ greatness. A 7-4 win on Nov. 20 at the Winnipeg Arena put the Jets ahead of the Oilers with two wins, a loss and a tie at the midway point of their eightgame season series. The win was Winnipeg’s second over the Oilers in less than a week. The Jets beat Edmonton 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 16. But reversing a trend that had yielded only 16 wins and five ties in 63 regular-season meetings is going to take more than just one week. During the early 1980s, Edmonton won 21 straight. “I’m not gonna go out on a limb and say we know how to…