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December 19, 1997

December 19, 1997

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Lake Superior seniors start picking up slack

Traditionally a team that relies mostly on seniors and juniors, the 1997-98 Lake Superior State Lakers features 17 freshmen and sophomores. As expected, they got off to a slow start. But coach Scott Borek has seen a steady improve-ment and the Lakers improved their Central Collegiate Hockey Association record to 3-4-3 (4-6-3 overall), good for fifth place. “We certainly haven’t put much together,” Borek said. “But I’m really pleased. We started out very poorly.” But things got better as the season progressed and Borek said it was because five of his seniors, particularly center Terry Marchant and left winger Joe Blaznek. have performed well. “(With) the emergence of Terry Marchant and Joey Blaznek, five of our seven seniors have stepped up,” Borek said. “They needed to fill a leadership role and five of them…


High-scoring Savage made grade decision

With the number of pro leagues growing exponentially, it’s certain Andre Savage will continue his hockey career after graduation at Michigan Tech. But Savage originally chose to play college hockey and get his degree because of the uncertain future. The senior right winger, who led the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in scoring a third of the way through the season, considered offers to play major junior as a 16-year-old. “I thought all along I would be going to college to get my schooling,” Savage said. “I just figured I could probably play hockey until I was 26 or 27, but what would happen after that? If I had my degree at that point, I’d be a lot better off.” The native of Ottawa had seven goals and 20 points in Tech’s first 12…


TV can teach viewers though coaches’ eyes

Ron Wilson readily admits he has never met a microphone he didn’t like. And he wishes more NHL coaches would adopt the same attitude. The Washington Capitals’ coach has never pulled a player from a between-periods TV interview, encourages his players to answer questions thoughtfully without the standard cliches and doesn’t mind one bit being pulled aside for a quick interview between periods himself. He’s not going to give away any state secrets, but he’s happy to discuss strategy and educate the viewers. As the NHL continues to use the TV medium to grow, especially in the United States, it will need more coaches such as Wilson. NHL bench bosses are a wealth of information to broadcasters in other sports, but there seems to be a mentality in hockey that coaches are…


Knowing when your number is called

Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Rod Langway of the Washington Capitals recently joined the list of players who have had their numbers retired by their NHL teams. Lemieux’s 66 was retired Nov. 19, Langway’s No. 5 Nov. 26. It is considered the highest honor an NHL team can bestow upon a player. No other players are permitted to wear a retired number for that team. Listed below are the retired numbers for each of the past and present NHL teams. Boston Bruins 2-Eddie Shore, 3-Lionel Hitchman, 4-Bobby Orr, 5—Dit Clapper, 7—Phil Esposito, 9-John Bucyk, 15—Milt Schmidt. Buffalo Sabres 2-Tim Horton, 7-Rick Martin, 11—Gilbert Perreault, 14~Rene Robert. Calgary Flames 9-Lanny McDonald. Chicago Blackhawks 1-Glenn Hall, 9-Bobby Hull, 21-Stan Mikita, 35-Tony Esposito. Detroit Red Wings 1-Terry Sawchuk, 6-Larry Aurie, 7-Ted Lindsay, 9-Gordie Howe, 10-Alex Delvecchio, 12—Sid Abel. Edmonton…