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March 3, 1989

March 3, 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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THE INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY WEEKLY $1.95 MARCH 3, 1989 VOL 42, NO. 24 ALL EYES ON FINNISH HEAD COACH IN AHL-PAGE 24 INSIDE: WAYNE GRETZKY, MARIO LEMIEUX, MARK MESSIER ONCE UPON A TIME… …a nomadic band of outlaws roamed the continent, robbing the NHL of both players and prestige. These rogues of the WHA created much fear and loathing from 1972 until 1979, when the war of the hockey worlds ended with an honorable peace. But now, 10 years later, is that stability being threatened? Is the time ripe for a new confederacy to spring forward to revive pro hockey’s civil war? See page 7. CLAUDE LEMIEUX INCURS WRATH OF COACH PAGE 20 HULL OF A NIGHT IN WINNIPEG PAGE 18 THE BEST PLAYER IN WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY PAGE 26…

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10 STEPS TO HELP RESTORE MAPLE LEAF TRADITION

I was on an open-line radio show the other night and spent the better part of 90 minutes slicing and dicing those sad-sack Toronto Maple Leafs. It wasn’t pretty. No more so than the play of the last-place team. And not just this season. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 100 times: A grand, old Canadian institution has become a disgrace to every kid who grew up when the blue and white meant something. As a kid, I cried every time the Leafs lost. It’s a good thing I grew up. But the boy inside the man can still dream. Here, then, are 10 suggestions that would contribute to the Gardens being a better place to visit. 1. Get rid of those ugly gold seats. Make ’em red again and then change the…

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SAGGING NORTH STARS LOSE BROTEN

Sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. Last season at this time, Minnesota North Star center Neal Broten was recovering from surgery on his left shoulder, defenseman Craig Hartsburg was just about to have surgery, left winger Curt Fraser was ill, center Terry Ruskowski was hurt, center Dennis Maruk was hurt and about to be injured again and left winger Steve Payne retired. This season, Hartsburg retired, surgery ended Fraser’s season and Maruk and Ruskowski are short-term insurance for long-term problems as the curtain closes on their careers. Payne is still retired. Broten? He was injured Feb. 14 at home against Chicago when Black-hawk ’defenseman Doug Wilson hit him with clean, hard check. Broten suffered a separation where the collarbone attaches to the breast bone—a sterno-clavicular sprain. He is…

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MELANSON ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES

KINGS Goaltender Rollie Melanson has let bygones be bygones. Critical of coach Robbie Ftorek after being sent to New Haven of the American League Nov. 14, Melanson took a conciliatory tone after he swapped places with rookie Mark Fitzpatrick Feb. 6. “It’s been good since I’ve been back,” said Melanson, who had a sprained knee at the time of his demotion. “Everything else is water under the bridge. When you’re hurt, it’s tough on everybody. I respect Robbie.”… Melanson relieved Glenn Healy in the second period of a 7-3 loss to Boston Feb. 15 and stopped 16 of 19 shots in 31½ minutes…Bernie Nicholls scored his 57th goal in L.A.’s 11-3 romp over Quebec Feb. 18. He needed only three goals in the final 21 games to break Marcel Dionne’s team…