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March 16, 1990

March 16, 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

BURNS LOWERS BOOM ON LUDWIG, CARBONNEAU

For perhaps the first time in his career with the Montreal Canadiens, Craig Ludwig was speechless. Or maybe the eight-year veteran was just saving all of his words for his family and friends who drove four hours from his hometown of Eagle River, Wise., to watch him play against the Minnesota North Stars March 3. They never got to see him in action in the Habs’ 3-2 loss to the Stars because he and Guy Carbonneau watched from the stands. Carbonneau and Ludwig were suspended by Canadiens’ coach Pat Bums for violating the team’s curfew in Boston two nights before. Neither player nor managing director Serge Savard were willing to give any details into the incident, but it was believed that both players disobeyed an order from Bums not to leave their hotel…

DEPARTMENTS

THE BALLARDS

The Great Canadian Soap Opera. The Battlin ’ Ballards. Fear and Loathing at Maple Leaf Gardens. When Harold Met Yolanda. Miami Ice. Take your pick. The controversy engulfing the Toronto Maple Leafs ’ ailing owner, Harold Ballard, and the battle for control of his financial empire is being played out on center stage for all to see. This tragic-comedy of epic proportions isn’t a pretty sight. It makes for great copy and film at 11, but in the end it’s simply a saga of a fractured family which has taken its lead from Canada’s most colorful but caustic sports and business personality. Even as Ballard lay gravely ill in a Miami hospital, a victim of kidney failure and loss of faculties, the turmoil that has been his trademark raged on. On any given…

DEPARTMENTS

PEPSI ON ICE

DEPARTMENTS

BIGGER RINKS, FEWER INJURIES

Stan Fischler’s idea of reducing the number of skaters from five to four (THN, Dec. 15) does make sense. But if you give it serious thought, it won’t happen. It’s too radical a move. Still, Fischler is absolutely correct about the need for more room on the ice. And the best course for the NHL would be to move toward enlargement and standardization of its ice-surface dimensions at least to the Olympic standard of 200 by 100 feet. The time for change is perfect. With seven expansion teams added over the next 10 years, the NHL could require that each of its new franchises play in an arena that has the larger ice surface. Also, a number of current franchises are planning to build new arenas in the coming year. Why can’t…