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January 4, 1991

January 4, 1991

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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OATES SHOWS BLUES HE HASN’T MISSED A BEAT

St. Louis Blues’ center Adam Oates returned to the lineup Dec. 16 after missing 18 games, looking as though he had never missed one. Oates, who had a point-scoring streak of six games when he suffered a tom abdominal muscle Nov. 5, picked up where he left off with a three-point night in the Blues’ 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. “Oatsie came back and played a hell of a game, no doubt about it,” Blues’ coach Brian Sutter said. “For him being off so long, it’s incredible. He came back and never skipped a beat.” Oates assisted on the Blues’ first two goals—by Geoff Courtnall and Brett Hull—then scored himself late in the second period. The goal was his third of the season, and the two assists put him back into a…

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DATEBOOK

Dec. 26-31: The Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. Club teams from the Soviet Union, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden and Czechoslovakia compete in this annual tournament. Dec. 27-30: The USA Cup in Albany, N.Y. A four-team, round-robin tournament featuring teams from the U.S., Canada, Sweden and the Soviet Union. Dec. 28-29: Syracuse Invitational. A two-day college tournament in Syracuse, N.Y., featuring Colgate, Lowell, Cornell and Lake Superior. Dec. 28-29: Great Lakes Invitational. Held at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, Michigan, Michigan Tech., Maine and Michigan State meet in this two-day college tournament. Dec. 28-29: RPI Invitational. Four-team tournament in Troy, N.Y., between RPI, Western Ontario, Alaska-Fairbanks and Union. Dec. 28-29: Badger Hockey Showdown. Bowling Green, Wisconsin, North Dakota and St. Lawrence meet in this two-day tournament in Madison, Wise. Dec. 29-30: Sheraton-USAir Invitational in Burlington, Vt. Four team tournament…

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SEVERAL SHOCKERS AMONG SEVEN STOPPED STREAKS

Call it the week of the halted streak. During a five-day period (Dec. 7-11) seven Hockey East skeins came to abrupt ends, the most notable of which was Maine’s 25-game home unbeaten string. Lowell, 16-0 losers to the Black Bears in the second game of their Hockey East Tournament quarter-final series in March, shocked the Bears 5-4 Dec. 7. The Chiefs parlayed freshman goalie Dwayne Roloson’s 35 saves, two goals by sophomore left winger Dave Pensa and an effective forechecking system that prevented Maine from free-wheeling through the neutral zone into an emotional win. Maine had gone 23-0-2 in its previous 25 games at the Alfond Arena and hadn’t lost since being swept by Boston College 5-1 and 4-3 last December. “We wanted to come back here and prove we were more of a team…

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PLAYER OF WEEK

Kevin Hachey is the Ed Belfour of the Ontario Youth Hockey Association. The 4-foot, 45-pound goaltender from Ontario, Cal. posted Belfour-type numbers with the mini mite team last season, finishing with a 1.67 goal-against average in 16 games. The five-year-old backstop continued his hot play in the playoffs, shutting down the opposition with a 2.00 GAA. Kevin’s outstanding play led his team to the Southern California Amateur Hockey Association Cup. It was the team’s first year in the association. This season, Kevin jumped to the mite C level for eight- and nine-year-olds. After five games, Kevin led his team to a solid 4-2-1 record. An avid hockey fan, Kevin’s favorite team is the Los Angeles Kings. His favorite player is Kings’ goaltender Kelly Hrudey. When he’s not playing hockey, Kevin attends kindergarten at Cortez Elementary School in…