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June 1, 1989

June 1, 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

REGINA WON’T STAND PAT IN THE FRONT OFFICE

The Regina Pats announced May 23 that Bernie Lynch will not return as head coach. Lynch’s departure means the Pats will have a new front office for next season. General manager Dennis Sobchuk resigned in late April. Lynch, whose contract was up June 1, joined the Pats as an assistant coach last June. He was promoted to head coach Nov. 14, when Sobchuk left the bench to become GM after guiding the team to a 6-12-3 start. The Pats finished last in the East Division with a 23-43-6 record. “I felt—and the owners don’t agree with me—that I didn’t have a substantial enough period to prove myself,” said Lynch. “Their rebuttal was, ‘How much time is good enough?’” Lynch’s successor is rumored to be Brad Tippett, who resigned as general manager of the Prince…

THE NHL

SAVARD STAYS PUT, HAWKS’ KEENAN SAYS

BLACKHAWKS Coach Mike Keenan dismissed trade rumors involving center Denis Savard and said the Hawks were not necessarily looking to make major deals in the off-season. “We’ve come a long way with the personnel we have and I feel we have a lot to build upon,” Keenan said. “I don’t think you make a lot of big changes in the NHL without going unscathed. Big changes don’t occur overnight. They occur with good luck and timing-.”…Keenan termed “unfounded” reports his old team, the Philadelphia Flyers, might trade goaltender Ron Hextall. “If they were founded, I’d have to ask what they want,” Keenan said. “But I think I know that organization well and I don’t forsee them trading Ron Hextall.”…Keenan already has put his stamp on next season with changes in the…

COLUMNISTS

BIGGER NOT NECCESARILY BETTER IN NHL

The moral of the 1989 Stanley Cup final? Sometimes, we just can’t see the forest for the trees. Especially when the trees are towering redwoods. Joel Otto. 6-foot-4, 220 pounds; Brian MacLellan, 6-3, 212; Jim Peplinski, 6-3. 209; Tim Hunter, 6-2, 202; Dana Murzyn, 6-2. 200; Mark Hunter, 6-0, 200; Rob Ramage 6-2, 195; Ric Nattress, 6-2, 210; Jamie Macoun. 6-2, 197. Mike McPhee, 6-1, 200; Bobby Smith, 6-4, 210; Bob Gainey, 6-2, 200; Larry Robinson, 6-3, 220; Craig Ludwig, 6-3, 217; Rick Green, 6-3, 210; Stephane Richer, 6-2, 200; Claude Lemieux, 6-1, 206, Ryan Walter. 6-0, 195. Make no mistake, the Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames and finalist Montreal Canadiens measure up. They aren’t big, they’re BIG. But is BIG necessarily better? Where, for example, would the Flames be without their sub-6-foot crew of Joe…

IN THIS ISSUE

ONTARIO LEAGUE DRAFT

FIRST-ROUND PICKS SSM-Saulf Ste, Marie, SBY-Sudbury, KGN-Kmgston, NB-North Bay, WSR-Windsor, BELV-Belleville, GUE-Guelph, OTT-Ottawa, CNWL-Comwall, HAM-Hamilton, OSH-Oshawa, LON-London, NFS-Niagara Falls, PBO-Peterborough, KIT-Kitchener) TEAM-BY-TEAM DRAFT BELLEVILLE (19) CORNWALL (20) GUELPH (16) HAMILTON (22) KINGSTON (16) KITCHENER (18) LONDON (18) NIAGARA FALLS (19) NORTH BAY (21) OSHAWA (18) OTTAWA (18) PETERBOROUGH (18) SAULT STE. MARIE (17) SUDBURY (15) WINDSOR (17)…