“The Hockey News” From 1988

In a box in my closet I found a few old issues of The Hockey News from 1988, and here’s a sampling of things mentioned:

“We’re so used to this against Montreal, but we’re not complaining.” – Quebec Nordique GM Maurice Filion after an apparent tying goal was waved off against Montreal Feb. 29.

Consumer crusader Ralph Nader lobbied NHL president John Ziegler in an attempt to keep ticket prices down. FANS (Fight to Advance the Nation’s Sports), a group headed by Nader, cited the average ticket price for an NHL game at $7.87, which Nader said was “the most difficult to justify of all the major sports.” (Note from me – Originally I thought this had to be a typo, so I dug through old ticket stubs and I see that it was very possible. I have a Habs-Bruins stub at the Forum that was ten bucks. And various other stubs I have from the late 1980s ranged from ten to fourteen and upwards around twenty bucks. So maybe $7.87 isn’t completely farfetched. Just seems too cheap, that’s all).

“When Borje and the other Swedes went to the NHL, took all the crap and didn’t come home in a box,” said Mats Naslund, “we all knew we had a chance to play in the NHL.”

After Steve Yzerman scored his 50th goal – against Sabre goalie Tom Barrasso – he fished the puck out of the net. Then, inexplicably, he tossed it into the crowd on his way back to the Detroit bench. “I just thought someone else might appreciate it (as a keepsake) more than me,” Yzerman said. “I have the memory of it, and I’ll never forget it. I don’t need the puck. But he was destined to get it anyway. Jacques Demers chased down the fan who caught it, and traded him another puck and a stick for it. The coach planned to have the milestone puck mounted.

“Obviously, the fans in Minnesota don’t care about the playoff race.” Boston Bruin GM Harry Sinden, after 9,591 people showed up at the Met Center to watch Montreal and Minnesota play a 2-2 tie March 14.

Joe Sakic took it right down to the wire for a photo finish that not even the Western League stewards could decide. The Swift Current centre scored four goals in his team’s last regular-season game March 19 to tie Moose Jaw’s Theoren Fleury with 160 points. The WHL has no formal tie-breaking procedure and declared Sakic and Fleury co-champions. It’s the first time in WHL history two players have tied for the scoring championship.

Originally drafted by the Sabres in 1980, Randy Cunneyworth explains his failure to stick in Buffalo rather succinctly. “Square pegs don’t fit into round holes.”

“It’s funny,” said Stephane Richer. “In the past few games it seems that everything I shoot is going in or any time I make a pass to my linemate he scores.” Richer scored on four of 10 shots in a 7-6 overtime win at Los Angeles March 5. Among the goals was the game-winner, making it 44 goals in 65 for number 44 as he helped Montreal to a league-high eight consecutive victories.

Springfield Indians (AHL) center Bruce Boudreau had his 20-game point streak snapped by Maine in a 4-2 loss Feb. 28.

Leafs suffer double-digit embarrassment – a humiliating 10-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Maple Leaf Gardens.

6 thoughts on ““The Hockey News” From 1988”

  1. Wow, the good ol’ days when we actually had a league to watch this thing called “ho-key”. Wish I could watch it today but it seems the Grinches won’t let me.

    It’s really awesome how they’re doing everything possible to kill any interest in the sport.

  2. Hey Dennis,Darth is correct in saying that they are killing intrest in the sport,gary bettman is a basketball guy and has no experience in our game .I think his whole mission is to undermine this league and set up a broomball league his wife can play in.

  3. Derry, I’m pissed at both sides. Surely something could have been figured out by now. And even if there is hockey, I’m not crazy about a 50-games season or so.

  4. I perfectly agree with your “So maybe $7.87 isn’t completely farfetched. Just seems too cheap, that’s all” sentiment. I might have a Leaf ticket from shortly after that, second row from the roof, I’ll have to look.

    According to http://hookedonhockeymagazine.com/average-nhl-ticket-prices-for-2011-2012-season/ the average ticket price in Dallas last year was only $29.95, while Montreal was third with $88.67, Winnipeg was second and Toronto tops with $123.77. Only twelve teams had more than the average of $57.10, with with nineteen teams between $45.86 and $70.13. The top three are the major outliers with the bottom eight somewhat so.

    Now all the highest ticket prices are for the Canadian teams, but in 1988 our dollar was heading into the dumper.

  5. “In a box in my closet I found…” you must have hockey stuff all around the house — some hidden and some not!

  6. Marjo, it’s decades of putting things in boxes and putting away. But little by little I’m making my life simpler.

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