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November 10, 1989

November 10, 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.

COLUMNS

NEW VIDEO AGE COULD BE UPON US THIS SPRING

Video replays could be used as early as this spring to make judgments on disputed goals. But whether the NHL can make it happen that quickly has yet to be determined. League general managers are meeting Nov. 13 in Chicago. One of the matters that will be discussed is the use of replays to settle goal controversies. Should the GMs recommend implementation of a goal review system—a very real possibility—the proposal would then go before the governors at their Dec. 6-8 board meeting in Palm Beach. Acceptance at that level could lead to video replays being used as early as the 1990 playoffs. “It’s not impossible,” acknowledges NHL executive vice-president Brian O’Neill. Regardless of what season they come to pass, the first experiments with video replay are slated for the playoffs, and not the…

THE NHL

BROWN NEW TARGET OF BERGERON’S ANGER

Peace and quiet couldn’t last forever on the Quebec Nordiques. Since the beginning of training camp, many in the organization had been talking about the great team spirit and relaxed atmosphere in the dressing room. But the walls came crashing down after a 6-3 loss to Edmonton in Quebec Oct. 28. Coach Michel Bergeron lashed out at a player he refused to name, believed to be defenseman Jeff Brown. “There’s a guy on this team that is really getting on my nerves,” said Bergeron. “I’m sick and tired of his attitude. This is a guy who has a certain amount of leadership on this team. But a very bad leadership.” Bergeron said the Nordiques have had problems with younger players who became stars too quickly. Brown is 23. “A kid in Quebec can get way…

THE NHL

PLAYER OF WEEK

Derek Schmidt is a six-year-old right winger for the North Olmsted Hockey Club Mites of the Strongsville (Ohio) Minor Hockey Association. Named after former Boston Bruins’ star Derek Sanderson, Derek has been playing hockey since he’s been 4½ years old. Last season in spring hockey, Derek scored 33 goals and added 22 assists for North Olmsted. Coached by his father Karl, the 3-foot-8, 40-pounder has been skating for the last four years and attends power-skating schools during the summer months to help advance his game. When he’s not playing hockey, he also likes to ride his bicycle and is an avid soccer player in the off-season. Derek is a Grade 1 student at Chapman Elementary School in Strongsville. He hopes one day to meet his favorite player, Mario Lemieux. He also enjoys following the…

THE NHL

WORKHORSE RANFORD FINALLY GETS A BREAK

The Edmonton Oilers have encountered problems this season, but goaltending hasn’t been one of them. Coach John Muckier gets downright nasty when anyone dares to suggest otherwise. Case in point—the Oilers’ 3-3 tie against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Oct. 25. Bill Ranford stopped 32 shots, but that didn’t stop a reporter from asking Muckier how anxious he was to get Grant Fuhr back from the Oilers’ American League farm team in Cape Breton. “How could you ask that question after watching Ranford?” scowled Muckier. Ranford, who had a 4-4-3 record and a 3.27 goals-against average after 11 games, filled in for Fuhr with outstanding play. And with 678 minutes played—including 18 minutes of overtime play—he was also the most overworked of the NHL’s masked men. “Yeah, the leader of the pack,…