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February 24, 1989

February 24, 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.

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VOLTS’ COACH CHARGED WITH SEX CRIME

Drummondville coach and general manager Jean Begin was arrested and charged Feb. 8 with sexual aggression against an unidentified male under the age of 14. Begin was released from jail in St. Hyacinthe on $1,000 bail Feb. 9. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 21 in Drummondville Municipal Court. QMJHL A Surete du Quebec provincial police official, who refused to be identified, confirmed Begin’s arrest and said the alleged incident occurred in the Drummondville area on or around Jan. 31. Begin, 44, is married with two children. Team president and governor Normand Brousseau said Begin is indefinitely suspended but refused further comment. Gervais Rioux, Begin’s assistant coach, was named interim head coach. The Volts were 23-26-4. —Herb Zurkowsky OHL Parents of a Sudbury teenager filed a notice of liability with the Ontario League, the Sault Ste.…

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PLAYER OF WEEK JOFA TITAN

Shaun Hoffman is a 10-year-old goaltender with the Saskatoon Black Bobcats in the Atom Tier III league of the Saskatoon (Sask.) Minor Hockey Association. Shaun is in his fifth year of playing minor hockey. He has recorded four shutouts for his team this season. At one point in the year, Shaun turned in two straight shutouts and three in four games. So far this season, he has played 1,080 minutes and has allowed 42 goals for a 1.90 goals-against average. His record is 17-2-3. In early January, Shaun allowed only eight goals in four games to lead his team to the championship of the Vonda, Sask., Atom Tier III tournament. Coached by Eldon Tilk and Neil Gabrielson, the 4-foot-6, 63-pounder is a Grade 4 student at Hugh Cairns V.C. School. Shaun’s favorite…

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STEP BY STEP

Step by deliberate step, Peter McGeough is making progress in his struggle to recover from a serious back injury that has completely changed his life. The Springfield Indians’ rookie defenseman is out of hospital and back on his feet, secure in the knowledge he will not be bed-ridden or bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. McGeough will never play hockey again, that is understood. Whether he will ever fully regain normal control of his legs is not clear. “The toughest part of the whole thing is that no one knows anything,” says the Warwick, R.I., native who played four seasons for St. Lawrence University and was chosen 247th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1983 entry draft. “I wish somebody would come in and tell me ‘Yes’…

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WILDCATS CLOSE IN ON ELUSIVE PLAYOFF BERTH

There is light at the end of the tunnel for New Hampshire. The Wildcats, last place finishers in Hockey East the last three seasons, all but assured themselves of at least a sixth-place finish—and a playoff berth—in the seven-team league. A split with second-place Maine—the Wildcats won 4-3 Feb. 3 and lost 6-4 Feb. 4—gave them a 7-13-0 record, seven points ahead of Lowell. New Hampshire needed one more point in its last six games to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985-86. The Wildcats’ seven wins represent their best victory total in four seasons. New Hampshire was 5-27-2 in 1985-86, 5-24-3 in 1986-87 and 6-18-2 in 1987-88. Coach Bob Kullen said a 4-3 overtime loss to powerhouse Harvard on Dec. 10 was one of the turning points to the season. “That was…