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March 24, 1989

March 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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ADMIRALS SET ATTENDANCE RECORD

Cheap seats, the San Diego Chicken and an International League game combined to set a minor-pro attendance record in Milwaukee March 4. A capacity crowd of 17,845 watched the Milwaukee Admirals beat the Saginaw Hawks 3-0 at the Bradley Center. The old record was set Feb. 6 when 17,446 tickets were sold for an American League game between Adirondack and Newmarket in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. Milwaukee set the previous IHL record Oct. 8 when 15,331 watched a 7-4 win over Peoria. Spectators were enticed to the Bradley Center by 10,200 upper-level seats sold at $1.94 and an appearance by the Chicken. Five hundred fans were turned away. The next day, with the upper-level seat sale on again, 12,085 watched as Salt Lake sunk the Admirals 4-3. The 29,932 total for the two weekend…

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NO CURTAIN CALLS AFTER DRAPER DEBUT

Tom Draper has now experienced the National Hockey League first-hand. The Winnipeg Jets made certain Draper’s debut was one he’d never forget. The 22-year-old Montreal native got his first NHL start March 10 in a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and like fellow rookie goalie Bob Essensa, who made his first start a month earlier, Draper won’t soon forget how it all began. That’s because the Jets, as four Winnipeg netminders before him have already found out, are not the most defensively disciplined squad in the NHL. Through 69 games, they had given up the most goals (314) in the league. “Both kids we put in, it was, ‘Welcome to the NHL,’” said Jet coach Rick Bowness. “It was Steve Yzer-man on Bob Essensa on a penalty shot (Feb. 13 in Detroit)…

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TRADES PAY OFF IMMEDIATELY FOR SABRES

The more things change the more they remain the same. Unless you’re the Buffalo Sabres. A day after the March 6 trade to Washington for defenseman Grant Ledyard and goalie Clint Malarchuk for Calle Johansson and a second-round 1990 draft pick, the Sabres traded defenseman-winger and former captain Lindy Ruff to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft pick in 1990. While the long-term goal of the moves was to help get the Sabres past Boston in the first round of the Adams Division playoffs, their short-term advantages were beneficial too. Buffalo was 2-0-1 after the trades, including taking three of a possible four points from Boston in a home-and-home weekend series March 11 and 12. The Sabres shut out the Rangers 2-0 in Madison Square Garden March 8, as Malarchuk stopped 32…

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LEBEAU SETS AHL ROOKIE SCORING MARKS

Sherbrooke Canadien center Stephan Lebeau set league rookie records for goals and points during a road trip to the Maritimes. In Sherbrooke’s 4-3 overtime victory at Halifax March 2, Lebeau scored two goals to raise his season-point total to 108. one better than the league rookie record set by Mitch Lamoureux in 1982-83 with Baltimore. The next night, in a 4-1 victory at Cape Breton, Lebeau scored twice—his 58th and 59th goals of the season. Lamoureux scored 57 in 1982-83. Lebeau scored his 60th in a 6-4 victory at Halifax March 8. That put him within one of the AHL single-season goal-scoring record of 61, set by Rochester’s Paul Gardner in 1985-86. Gardner set the AHL single-season points record of 130 in 1984-85 with Binghamton. SHOPPING TRIP Deals made by the Los Angeles Kings on…