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August 1, 1990

August 1, 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

HOMECOMING A MEMORABLE TRIP FOR STASTNY

The irony was not lost on Peter Stastny. Just as the NHL awaited the invasion from Czechoslovakia of players such as Zdeno Ciger, Robert Holik and Jaromir Jagr, Stastny returned to his homeland this summer for the first time in a decade. It was a visit the New Jersey Devils’ center thought he would never again make after Aug. 21, 1980. On that night, Stastny, his pregnant wife Darina and his brother Anton left the Czechoslovak national team under the cover of darkness in Innsbruck, Austria, as they defected to Canada. A decade later in full daylight and with more than a touch of nostalgia, Peter, Darina and their four children (Katarina, lan, Kristina and Paul) literally drove back into Czechoslovakia and Stastny’s hometown of Bratislava for a three-week visit. “It was something…

DEPARTMENTS

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

When former New York Islanders’ star Bryan Trottier and New York Rangers’ Ron Greschner reached the end of the line this summer, it made headlines in sports pages across North America. But what may have gone unnoticed was that the New York duo was 1-2 in terms of con ecutive years of service to the same NHL team (Greschner, 16; Trottier, 15). That torch has now been passed to Chicago’s Doug Wilson and Los Angeles’ Dave Taylor, both of whom have been with their teams 13 years entering the 1989-90 season. Below is the list of active players with the most consecutive seasons with the same club. Also listed are the coaches and general managers with the longest-consecutive terms with one team. No coach has been with his current team more than three straight…

DEPARTMENTS

RED WINGS’ TROUBLES NOT DEMERS’ FAULT

The recent callous and untimely dismissal of Detroit Red Wing coach Jacques Demers illustrates how intellectually and ethically bankrupt the organization has become. When Demers was hired, the Red Wings were in shambles. In one season, he managed to restore a sense of self-respect and excitement that Detroit hockey fans had not experienced since the 1950s. He became a legend here because of the class, dignity and honesty with which he conducted himself. Sure, the Red Wings had a terrible season but did Demers trade Adam Oates and Paul MacLean for Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney? Did he trade away four young players for an injured Jimmy Carson? Was he in charge of the poor scouting and drafting over the last several years? The man who must bear the blame for the misfortune…

DEPARTMENTS

PRO FILE

CURTIS JOSEPH Born: April 29, 1967, Keswick, Ont. Height: 5-foot-10. Weight: 170 pounds. Team: St. Louis Blues. Position: Goal. Acquired: Signed as free agent. June 16, 1989. Career highlight: “Getting a chance to prove myself against Toronto in the (1990) playoffs. I’m from Toronto, and was a Leaf fan growing up, and all my family and friends are there.” Career disappointment: “Getting hurt against Toronto in the playoffs and not being able to go on.” Most embarrassing moment: “In the (1988) WCHA final I went out to stop the puck, but it took a funny bounce off the boards near center and hit the post behind me. Luckily they didn’t score.” Boyhood Hero: “Gilbert Perreault in ButtaJo. We got to see a lot of Sabres’ games in Toronto and Perreault was an exciting player to…