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March 31, 1989

March 31, 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.

IN THIS ISSUE

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

For the period March 13-19 AHL: Jeff Madill, Utica. Four goals, three assists in three games. IHL: Dan Hodgson, Milwaukee. Six goals, seven assists in four games. QMJHL: Steve Chartrand, Drummondville. Four goals, six assists in three games. OHL: Kelly Cain, London. Four goals, seven assists in four games. WHL: Kory Kocur, Saskatoon. Four goals, five assists in three games. Hockey East: Mark Romaine, Providence. Three games (153 minutes), eight goals against. ECAC: Dan Laperriere, St. Lawrence. One goal, one assist in two games. CCHA: Anthony Palumbo, Lake Superior. Two goals, five assists in two games. WCHA: Curtis Joseph, Wisconsin. Two games played, three goals against. AUAA: Eric Galarneau, Moncton. One goal, one assist in one game. OUAA: Mark Apple-whaite, York. Two games played, five goals against. CWUAA: Stacey Wakabayashi, Alberta. Three goals, no assists in one game. Major junior players are eligible…

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GIANTS OF JUNIOR

Jeremy Roenick has been the No. 1 major junior player in North America this year. That’s the consensus opinion of a Hockey News survey of Canadian Hockey League coaches and National Hockey League scouts. The 19-year-old has been a standout for three teams in 1988-89. Roenick led the World Junior Championships in scoring as a member of Team USA, averaged more than two points a game with the Hull Olympiques and earned 18 points in 19 games with the Chicago Blackhawks. He tops THN’s ranking of the top 10 major junior players in the Ontario, Quebec and Western Leagues. 1. Jeremy Roenick, C/RW, 5-11, 170, Hull Olympiques (QMJHL): Roenick made history at the WJC when he became the first American to win the scoring title outright with eight goals and eight assists in seven games. It…

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‘I’M ASSUMING I’M NOT GOING TO STAY IN TORONTO’

In another less-than-mediocre season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, one player has been consistently superior. Ed Olczyk topped the team scoring list (33-47-80 in 71 games), and night after night demonstrates that acquiring him from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sept. 3, 1987 was one of the few intelligent moves made by the Leafs this decade. The 22-year-old Chicago native originally achieved prominence on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team before signing with the Hawks. He always dreamed of playing for his hometown team, but has become a star and fan favorite in Toronto. He played all 80 games last season, leading the Leafs in points (75), goals (42), power-play goals (14), shorthanded goals (4) and shots on goal (243). THN: How frustrated have you been with the Maple Leafs’ situation? EO: It’s mutual—between the fans, the…

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ALL-STAR GETS SNUBBED FOR HOBEY AWARD

Curtis Joseph is the Western Collegiate Hockey Association most valuable player and first-team all-star goalie. But he has no chance to win the Hobey Baker Award as outstanding player in college hockey. Figure that out. Joseph’s coach, Wisconsin’s Jeff Sauer, can’t. “It’s hard to believe that with the teams in our league, we’d only get one nominee,” said Sauer, who tried to be diplomatic. “There’s certainly a little politics involved but it’s over and done with.” WCHA The WCHA nominee is Minnesota junior goalie Robb Stauber, last year’s winner. Stauber, who missed 13 games with strained ligaments in his left ankle, is the WCHA’s second-team all-star netminder, but was named goalie of the year. He had a better goals-against average than Joseph (2.39 to 2.48), though the Wisconsin freshman’s save percentage of .919 was better…