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January 27, 1989

January 27, 1989

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There was a time when Doug Bodger was the top banana among Pittsburgh defensemen, but that was before Paul Coffey began headlining the Penguin blue line. The arrival of Coffey Nov. 24, 1987, followed closely by heralded Zarley Zalapski from the Canadian Olympic team, pushed Bodger down the Penguin totem pole far enough for him to become trade bait. When Pittsburgh general manager Tony Esposito dealt the Chemainus. B.C., native to. Buffalo Nov. 12 it didn’t exactly surprise the hockey world, but it did depress Pittsburghers who’d come to favor the 6-foot-2, 28-pound Bodger. The move to Buffalo has suddenly catapulted Bodger into a position of greater prominence. In the eyes of Sabre coach Ted Sator and GM Gerry Meehan, Bodger could be part of the foundation for the team’s future. THN: How…



The Pittsburgh Penguins punctuated a highly successful streak in a most peculiar manner—by suffering their most agonizing loss of the season. But squandering two three-goal leads en route to a 6-4 loss to the New York Rangers in Madison Square garden Jan. 15 did not detract from the significance of their accomplishment. The Penguins led the Rangers 3-0 in the first period and 4-1 early in the second. Pittsburgh compiled a 15-7-4 record between Nov. 15 and Jan. 15, a period in which they had not been able to survive, let alone thrive, in recent seasons. “If you can take a few months at a time like that and come up eight games over .500, you’ve got to be somewhat satisfied,” said defenseman Jim Johnson. “If you look at the past records from these months,…



Ask any skate manufacturer and he’ll tell you a proper fit, without a doubt, is the most important element to get in a new skate It’s no wonder, then, that more research and development money is going into approximating a “custom fit” than any other area of the skate. “Most of the NHL players have either basically either a stock skate or what we call a special make-up, or a special sizing—which would be either a split size or a split width, quarter size, special reinforcement to an area or something like this,” explains Dan Riegelman, vice president of Riedell. “But when we discuss custom fit, we really actually take five different measurements off the foot and a full tracing of the foot and make the adjustments or the allowances from that information,…



Blademaster ice skate care equipment has evolved over many years, into the modern Blademaster machines of today. The grinding heads are powerful one-half horsepower units, turning eight-inch diameter grinding wheels at 3,600 revolutions per minute, providing the optimum speed for grinding. Precisely-ground spindles turn in double ball-bearings, sealed for lifetime usage. The bearing housings are honed to tenths of thousandths of an inch. Blademaster machines are more powerful and faster than others. The polished heavy steel table acts as a surface plate, giving a rigid and precise location to the blade during sharpening. The table absorbs and dampens any grinding wheel vibrations, thus providing a smooth finish on the skate blade. CUSTOM RADIUS SYSTEMS PROVIDE BALANCE Recognizing the need to keep dust and grit from floating in the air, Blademaster machines now are equipped…