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January 26, 1990

January 26, 1990

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.

THE NHL

McNALL HINTS MAJOR DEAL COULD BE IN OFFING

Bruce McNall has invested heavily in his team to make it a Stanley Cup contender. The Los Angeles Kings’ owner did not envision struggling to stay above .500, or battling the Winnipeg Jets for third place in the Smythe Division. Nor was he pleased those were the facts. “But I’m not panicking,” he said. “I’m not too concerned at this moment. There is so much parity in the league right now that no one has really taken off, even Edmonton. The Oilers are playing very well, but we’ve still got a shot to catch them. “We haven’t played anywhere near our potential, but I’m hoping we’ll peak at the right time, start rolling toward the end of the season.” The Kings were doing their rolling on flat tires, running their winless streak to six…

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INTERNATIONAL: EXPANDING ITS OPERATIONS

Just as we are all beginning a new decade, the International Hockey Institute is also entering a new phase with regard to its operations. The highly respected, Montreal-based hockey school is beginning its seventh year of operation; however 1990 will feature a new look. The Institute is expanding to include schools in Rochester, N.Y., and the Ottawa-Hull region. International has developed a worldwide reputation for offering excellent programs, taught by highly-qualified instructors. International’s director, Ken Tyler, a professional coach in Switzerland for the last two years after coaching nine years at McGill University, has decided to add two new sites with the hope of spreading the fine programs of the Institute. Tyler believes strongly in educational, individualized hockey training. The Institute hires professional educators and educated professional coaches. “We are now starting…

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GOALIE STICKS BECOMING OFFENSIVE WEAPONS

Today’s goalies have not only revolutionized the way they play the game, they’ve also provided the impetus for the change in some of its equipment. Take the goalie stick, for example. At one time, goalies used their sticks for stopping pucks along the ice—and little more. Now, with more goalies being relied upon to help make the transition from defense to offense, puckstoppers are looking for more in the sticks they use. “There’s no question,” says Victoriaville president Gary Jackson. “Goalies are looking for lightweight sticks with balance. They’re also looking for curves that they weren’t looking for before.” Philadelphia Flyers’ goalie Ron Hextail has revolutionized the goaltending trade by his ability to handle the puck. Although he wasn’t the first NHL goalie to be credited with a goal—Billy Smith of the New…

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TORONTO HOCKEY REPAIR—25 YEARS OP QUALITY WORK

Through word of mouth, Toronto Hockey Repair has a reputation for quality work. With 25 years of experience, THR has become legendary within the hockey community. THR’s reputation has been built in repairs, from repalming of hockey gloves to the lengthening of goalie pads. Toronto Hockey Repair also specializes in custom goalie equipment (goal pads, trappers, blockers). A new unique feature of the custom goal pad is that the customer can have his/her name sewn right on the side of the pads. New for 1990, THR has introduced lightweight goal pads, made from genuine leather. Their weight is approximately..6’/2 pounds. Their interior is constructed from high-impact plastic and foam which greatly helps reduce rebounds. Other features of this new innovative piece of equipment include calf protector with the cheater on the side…