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January 20, 1989

January 20, 1989

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.

COLUMNISTS

10 STORIES FROM ’88 YOU WON’T SOON FORGET

Here’s one last look at the 10 stones that made an unforgettable 1988—the NHLs Year of Living Crazily—one of my all-time favorites. 1. The Great Trade. Sure I heard the rumors. We all did. But until I saw Peter Pocklington posturing and Wayne Gretzky grieving live on ESPN (great coverage, by the way), I refused to believe No. 99 would retire in anything other than an Edmonton Oiler jersey. I didn’t care that Peter Pockets grabbed $15 million sunny southern California bucks and Glen Sather grabbed Jimmy Carson and four of L.A.’s No. 1 draft picks. All of a sudden the Kings were better, the Oilers were worse and nothing was sacred. I know, I know, sports is a business. On Aug. 9, it was a very ugly one, indeed. 2. The Donut Debacle.…

COLUMNISTS

HOCKEY’S BABE WAS QUITE A CHARACTER

It would be criminal to allow Walter (Babe) Pratt’s passing Dec. 16 to go without mention because he was as considerable a hockey character as Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe or Wayne Gretzky, and a much better story. Babe had a big impact on the NHL, and myself, in a career that spanned 1935-1947. When I visited Babe several years ago at his New Westminster, B.C. home, I thanked him for the Bar Mitzvah present he delivered to me back in 1945 when my world revolved around the Toronto Maple Leafs. The gift I wanted most of all for my 13th birthday was a Stanley Cup victory for my Leafs, Pratt’s team. This would not be easy. After winning the first three games of the 1945 finals against Detroit, Toronto dropped the next three…

THE NHL

NHL STATISTICAL REPORT

STANDINGS NHL STANDINGS AS OF MON., JAN. 9/89 (PCT) PERCENTAGE OF ACTUAL POINTS VERSUS POSSIBLE POINTS CLARENCE CAMPBELL CONFERENCE NORRIS DIVISION SMYTHE DIVISION PRINCE OF WALES CONFERENCE ADAMS DIVISION PATRICK DIVISION RESULTS POINTS FUTURE GAMES WED., JAN. 11 NEW JERSEY AT MONTREAL WASHINGTON AT TORONTO DETROIT AT CHICAGO WINNIPEG AT CALGARY THUR., JAN. 12 MONTREAL AT BOSTON CHICAGO AT BUFFALO QUEBEC AT PHILADELPHIA PITTSBURGH AT MINNESOTA ST. LOUIS AT LOS ANGELES FRI., JAN. 13 NY ISLANDERS AT NEW JERSEY EDMONTON AT WASHINGTON WINNIPEG AT VANCOUVER SAT., JAN. 14 DETROIT AT BOSTON HARTFORD AT LOS ANGELES BUFFALO AT QUEBEC MONTREAL AT TORONTO CHICAGO AT NY ISLANDERS NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH CALGARY AT MINNESOTA SUN., JAN. 15 BOSTON AT WASHINGTON CALGARY AT BUFFALO PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS EDMONTON AT NEW JERSEY DETROIT AT PHILADELPHIA ST. LOUIS AT VANCOUVER MINNESOTA AT WINNIPEG MON., JAN. 16 HARTFORD AT TORONTO EDMONTON AT CHICAGO TUES., JAN.17 NEW JERSEY AT QUEBEC PITTSBURGH AT NY ISLANDERS PHILADELPHIA AT VANCOUVER CALGARY AT DETROIT LOS ANGELES AT ST. LOUIS WED., JAN. 18 HARTFORD AT MONTREAL MINNESOTA AT BUFFALO NY RANGERS AT CHICAGO EDMONTON AT WINNIPEG THUR., JAN. 19 CALGARY…

IN THIS ISSUE

HOCKEY EAST TEAMS ARE TOURNAMENT TOUGH

New Hampshire didn’t carry the Hockey East colors with distinction in holiday tournaments. Especially compared with its conference cousins. With the exception of the Wildcats, every Hockey East school earned either a championship or consolation title. Boston College, Maine, Northeastern and Providence won tournaments. Lowell and Boston University were consolation winners. BC beat Ohio State 7-2 to win the Riverfront Classic in Cincinnati; Maine won its own Dexter Classic with a 10-0 rout of Clarkson; Northeastern captured the Auld Lang Syne title with a 3-2 win over host Dartmouth and Providence won the RPI Invitational at Troy, N.Y., with a 2-1 overtime win over the host team. Lowell won the Dexter consolation title 9-4 over Princeton while BU earned consolation honors in the Syracuse tournament with a 4-2 win over Cornell. The Wildcats, who were 2-8-0…