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April 27, 1990

April 27, 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.

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ROOKIE SIMS KEEPS KOMETS’ STREAK ALIVE

Rookie coach Al Sims kept alive a streak that began long before he became coach of the Fort Wayne Komets. For the 16th year in a row, the non-NHL affiliated Komets made the playoffs. The streak is a record among active International League teams and is believed to be a league record. The Komets finished fourth in the four-team East Division, fifth overall, with a 37-34-11 record. The top eight teams in the nine-team league qualify for the playoffs. “When the season started my main goal was to make the playoffs,” Sims said. “That’s no guarantee for an independent team, of course, But eight teams were going to make it and I wanted us to be one of them.” “Every year, l0 or 11 players come and go on independent teams, but we…

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CRASH AND BURN

The season began in Prague and ended in Los Angeles. In between, the Calgary Flames put in almost 50,000 air miles across three continents…and went nowhere. Only 10 days into their title defense, the Flames were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by a Los Angeles Kings’ team from the wrong side of the NHL tracks. The Kings finished with only 75 points, but played well enough long enough to drop-kick the defending champions into next year. Despite their victory, the Kings didn’t leave much of an impression on the Flames. “If we played really well and got beat by a better team, that would be easier to live with,” said defenseman Al Maclnnis. “It’s never easy to lose, but sometimes it’s easier to accept if you give it your all and you…

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RIVERMAN REIGNS

Michel Mongeau of the Peoria Rivermen has already won one award and he’s likely to win another. The flashy center led the International League in scoring with 39-78-117 totals in 73 games to win the Lamoureux Trophy. He’s also one of the leading candidates for the Gatschene Trophy as league MVP. Mongeau was just about the only bright light in a dark season for the Rivermen, who finished fourth in the West Division with a record of 31-38-13. If Mongeau doesn’t add to his trophy case, it’s probable Indianapolis goalie Jimmy Waite will. Waite won the James Norris Trophy as the leading ▪goaltender with a goals-against average of 2.53 and is the other top candidate for MVP. The award winners will be announced during the playoffs. GATSCHENE TROPHY Both Mongeau and Waite have come a long…

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LaFORGE HOPES TO DUKE IT OUT IN HAMILTON

Bill LaForge is looking to get back into the Ontario League. Dukes of Hamilton co-owner Mario Cupido confirmed LaForge, fired as coach-general manager of the Niagara Falls Thunder Nov. 15, has applied for the general manager’s position with the Dukes. The post became vacant March 22 when Dave Draper resigned after one season on the job. LaForge, now a special-assignment scout with the Western League’s Tri-City Americans, was coach of the Hamilton Steelhawks from 1985-86 until the team moved to Niagara Falls in 1988-89. After directing the Thunder to the Emms Division championship last season, LaForge was fired after compiling a 4-15-2 record and replaced by George Burnett. LaForge was then hired as director of hockey operations for Tri-City but was re-assigned to a scouting position I after the American players staged…