Week In Review after games played on Saturday, January 6th, 1990


Brawlers feel the heat

AP. The Ottawa Citizen. Jan 7, 1990.

MONTREAL (AP) -- Wayne Van Dorp of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shane Churla of the Minnesota North Stars both were suspended for 10 games and their teams each were fined $25,000 Saturday by the NHL for their pregame fight Dec. 28.

In addition, Minnesota's Basil McRae was suspended for five games without pay. Churla, McRae, Mark Tinordi and Dave Mackey of the North Stars and Van Dorp, Duane Sutter, Dirk Graham and Bob McGill of the Blackhawks each were fined $500.

The suspensions will take effect Jan. 13 unless the teams notify the NHL within 24 hours that they will not appeal.

The major participants in the incident -- Van Dorp, Churla and McRae -- along with their respective general managers -- Chicago's Bob Pulford and Jack Ferreira of Minnesota -- met with NHL vice-president Brian O'Neill in Toronto on Friday.

O'Neill had not been expected to render a decision on that meeting until Monday.

The North Stars and Blackhawks got into a full-scale fight a half-hour before their game at Chicago Stadium. Every player eventually got involved in the brawl.

O'Neill said at the time the teams were automatically fined $25,000 each for taking part.

"In 1987, the NHL adopted significant legislation to deal specifically with this type of incident," O'Neill said. "This is the first such incident since the new rule was adopted."


Devils Trade Broten to North Stars for Brooke


January 05, 1990|From Associated Press


Aaron Broten, the top scorer in the New Jersey Devils' history, was traded today to the Minnesota North Stars for center Bob Brooke.


The deal unites Broten with his older brother, Neal, for the first time since 1980-81 when they were with the University of Minnesota.


Aaron Broten, in his nine-year NHL career, all with the Devils, has scored 469 points on 162 goals and 307 assists in 641 games. This season in 42 games, he has 18 points, including 10 goals and eight assists, playing primarily on a checking line.


Brooke is a six-year NHL veteran acquired by the North Stars in November, 1986, in a trade with the New York Rangers, along with a fourth-round draft pick in 1988 for Curt Giles, Tony McKegney and a second-round 1988 draft pick.






There was a flurry of trade activity that occurred after a break during the holidays.  John Tucker is now a Capital, and Jocelyn Lemieux was dealt to the Blackhawks.


5- To Capitals: John Tucker

To Buffalo: Future Considerations


5- To Edmonton: 1990 4th Round Pick

To Philadelphia: Normand Lacombe


5- To New Jersey: Bob Brooke

To Minnesota: Aaron Broten


5- To Montreal: 1990 3rd Round Pick

To Chicago: Jocelyn Lemieux




With Winnipeg’s victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, every team has reached the halfway mark. Here are the Power Rankings, along with where they ranked at the quarter-mark.

  1.  Hartford Whalers  (1) – 25-12-5 (55 Points) – Things got a little tense when Mike Liut went down with a knee injury, but Peter Sidorkiewicz and Kay Whitmore have proved adequate.  The Whalers have hit a rough stretch as of late, but won decisively in Calgary 4-1 Friday night in a game that felt like a title bout.


  1.  Calgary Flames (2)   25-12-5 (55 Points) – The Flames are good, steady, and consistent.  They get scoring from all their lines, Mike Vernon is strong in net, they have good special teams, and a strong blueline.  They are tied with the Whalers for the best record, but lost the previously mentioned title bout and remain second.


  1.  Boston Bruins (6) – 24-14-4 (52 Points) – The Bruins are 22-7-5 after a rocky 3-5-0 start that was away-heavy and featured a lot of players out of the lineup.  The Bruins carry much of the same consistency throughout their lineup as the Flames.  The Bruins, Canadiens, and Whalers promise to provide a very entertaining race for the Adams Division.


  1.  New York Islanders (16) – 24-14-4 (52 Points) – With a blueline that was savaged by early injuries, the Islanders have hit their stride.  Led by Pat LaFontaine’s 31 goals and possibly the NHL’s best defensive pairing of Gary Nylund and Doug Crossman, the Islanders are 14-3-2 in their last 19 games and do not look to be slowing down.


  1.  Montreal Canadiens (3) – 24-16-3 (51 Points) – The Habs have been steady, but are stuck in a brutal Adams Division behind the Bruins and Whalers.  Montreal has struggled on the powerplay, scoring at 19.77% (4th worst in the NHL) which stunts their scoring.  They have the tandem of Patrick Roy and Brian Heyward between the pipes who may be the best in the league.


  1.  Washington Capitals (5) – 23-17-2 (48 Points) – There is some recency bias that makes it difficult to drop the Capitals down a spot.  Washington is looking really good, winning 7 of their last 8, while general manager Dave Poile has made some shrewd additions of Bob Joyce and John Tucker.  Scott Stevens and Rob Langway not being in the lineup for an extended period of time will start to catch up to them.   


  1.  Los Angeles Kings (7) – 23-18-1 (47 Points) – Wayne Gretzky has been starting to create some separation from the pack for the NHL scoring lead.  Bernie Nicholls is among the NHL lead in assists.  Mike Robitaille and Jon Tonelli have also chipped in, but after that, the Kings will need some more scoring to come from their lineup.


  1.  Winnipeg Jets (17) – 20-17-3 (43 Points) – The Jets have stayed within eye-sight of the Kings for second in the Smythe.  They could use another 6 game winning streak that they enjoyed in the middle of December to solidify their position and grab second in their division.  Have they found their goalie in Bob Essensa?  The Jets jump 9 spots, the second largest jump in the power rankings.

9.        St. Louis Blues  (4) – 20-20-2 (42 Points) – The Blues are the only team at .500 in the Norris Division, but they are also the most complete and disciplined team of the bunch.  Like the Jets, they may have found some stability in a young goaltender in Vincent Riendeau, who has posted 2 shutouts recently.  This ranking is generous, in light of them having a -3 goal differential.  You just sense Brett Hull is going to break out any time.

  1.  New Jersey Devils (8)– 20-19-3 (43 Points) – The Devils are a difficult team to figure out.  They will look great one night, and look average or poor the next.  They are ranked above the Flyers, due to a wider variety of scoring, and a much better blueline, including new acquisition Alexei Kasatonov starting out with the Devils this week.


  1.  Philadelphia Flyers (11) – 21-18-4 (46 Points) – This is going to get me in a lot of trouble.  Other than the worst powerplay in the league, the Flyers are better at every major measurable than New Jersey, and also perform better than several teams in front of them.  I am not yet sold on the Flyers.  Their goaltending with Ken Wregget replacing Ron Hextall does not seem to be dependable for the stretch run, especially with a shortage of defensive forwards, stay at home defensemen, and lack of discipline.  Let’s see if the Flyers can prove me wrong.



  1.  Chicago Blackhawks (13) – 17-20-5 (39 Points) – The Blackhawks seemed to have finally righted their ship, before a wild pregame brawl against Minnesota.  Wayne Van Dorp was suspended 10 games, many players fined in a lockerroom that is already missing Dave Manson to a long suspension for a match penalty vs the Maple Leafs.  They miss Doug Wilson on the blueline who should be back any game now.  Once this team is back together as a unit, they can be dangerous in a winnable Norris Division.


  1.  Toronto Maple Leafs (9) – 18-20-5 (41 Points) – This will be another unpopular pick.  The Maple Leafs sit in 2nd in the crowded Norris Division.  Like the Blackhawks (and Flyers), lack of discipline plus shaky goaltending makes it difficult to count on this team winning.  The Leafs have sported a very good powerplay thus far this season, but can they count on it to keep saving them?


  1.  Edmonton Oilers (10) – 19-23-1 (39 Points) – Edmonton has won 4 of their last 5 and seem to finally be turning the corner.  With Grant Fuhr out of the lineup, Bill Ranford has looked like a solid starting goaltender.  Expect this team to overtake 1 or more teams in the Smythe Division race by the end of January.


  1.  Buffalo Sabres (12) – 16-17-9 (41 Points) – The Sabres are underperforming their expected points pace by 11 points.  While they have one of the best goaltending tandems of Darren Puppa and Clint Malarchuk, their scoring has not been consistent.  They are fortunate they are in the Adams Division, where it looks like Quebec will be folding up their tents soon looking to the future.


  1.  Vancouver Canucks (19) – 20-20-2 (42 Points) – The Canucks have a tenuous hold on the 4th and final playoff spot in the Smythe Division.  They are a -15 in goal differential which may indicate that they have been fortunate so far, and things will even out. 


  1.  Minnesota North Stars (15) – 14-22-7 (35 Points) – A team who relies heavily on their top line for scoring.  Unfortunately for them, Brian Bellows has been held without a goal for 9 consecutive games.  They will need him to get going if they want to stay in front of the Red Wings.  This week they acquired forward Aaron Broten from the Devils for Bob Brooke.


  1.  Detroit Red Wings (18) – 13-23-6 (32 Points) – The Red Wings remain in striking distance of the North Stars for a playoff spot.  They are 4th worst in the NHL in goals against with 162.  They will need to shore things up between the pipes and stay out of the penalty box if they want to salvage the season.


  1.  New York Rangers (14) – 13-24-6 (32 Points) – The largest fall, tied with the Blues.  The Rangers struggle to score goals.  They struggle even more to score even strength goals.  They average 1.84 even strength goals a game, second worse only to Quebec.  The Rangers currently sit 11 points out of a playoff spot, and time will soon not be on their side.  They are 3-12-2 in their last 17.


  1.  Pittsburgh Penguins (20) – 11-27-3 (25 Points) – The Penguins have been marginally better since shipping out Gene Ubriaco and Tony Esposito for Craig Patrick.  They aren’t winning nearly enough games to get back in the race, and are 18 points behind the Devils for the last Patrick Division playoff spot.  They have a -44 goal differential and have the 3rd worst average shot differential (-3.68).


  1.  Quebec Nordiques (21) – 11-28-2 (23 Points) – While the Nordiques’ effort many nights is admirable, considering the circumstances, this team is toast.  They have the NHL’s worst offense, defense, and have a -82 goal differential. They have the worst average shot differential (-6.17).  Their goalies have a 4.64 GAA and .856 Save %.  Will it be Ricci, Nolan, Nedved, or Primeau’s name they call in Vancouver in June?





Team Spotlight: The Montreal Canadiens, Defending Wales Conference Champions



NHL Standings

We are now into the second half of the season.  Games are becoming much more meaningful.

There is a 3-team race forming in the Adams Division for 1st place between Hartford, Boston, and Montreal.  Nobody seems to be slowing down.  Do the Bruins want 1st place?  The 4th place Sabres have given them fits so far this season going 3-1-1.  The teams play Sunday night in Buffalo. The Nordiques are in last place, 17 points out of 4th place and the playoffs.  Unless there is a sudden and miraculous change in Quebec, the Adams Division playoff field seems set already.

The Patrick Division is also top-heavy.  The NHL’s surprise team, the New York Islanders have a 24-14-4 record for 52 points atop the division.  Both the Capitals and Flyers continue to play well and remain in striking distance at 48 and 46 points respectively.  The New Jersey Devils are in the 4th and last playoff spot with 43 points.  The Rangers are in freefall, 11 points out of a playoff spot and showing no signs of their anemic offense coming to life.  Even further back are the Penguins who, like the Nordiques, need a quick and dramatic turnaround, sitting 18 points behind the Devils for a playoff position. 

Finally, for the first weekly report in a month, the top 3 teams in the Norris Division have spread out beyond one point of each other.  They are now separated by 3 points.  Only the Blues are at .500 and as a result hold a 1 point lead over the Maple Leafs, who are 2 points behind the Blackhawks.  Minnesota, who has been streaky this season are trying to hold onto 4th place, but are still trying to join the pack 4 points behind Chicago.  Detroit comes into tonight 3 points out of a playoff spot.  All positions in the Norris are certainly in reach, just 10 points separating 1st and last.

Calgary’s lead in the Smythe has shrunk from 12 points to 8 points this week.  They still feel good about their hold on the Division.  The Kings seem to have distinguished themselves above the pack too, sitting at 23-18-1 for 47 points.  WInnipeg, who has games in hand on the entire NHL are in 3rd with 43 points, trailed by the Canucks who are 1 point back.  Watch out for the Oilers though.  Bill Ranford has looked good and Edmonton has won 4 of 5, climbing within 3 points of 4th place.



Now on to the NHL’s league leaders through the 13th week of action.

The Great One is Rolling at the Top of the Points Race







Adam Oates has 45 assists, centering one of the most prolific lines in the NHL






The line of Geoff Courtnall, Dale Hunter (non pictured) and Dino Ciccarelli, has proven to be the top forward line so far







As usual, Ray Bourque is among the top defenseman in the NHL






Tom Fergus is the NHL’s Faceoff King so Far






Dave Ellett Leads all Defensemen With 9 PPG










Bill Ranford has been raising his save % as he steadies the Oilers



Terreri has been excellent when called upon in New Jersey





Don Beaupre heads the NHL with 18 wins, tied with Kelly Hrudey






Game of the Week:

Title Bout in Calgary

The two best teams in the NHL met on Friday night, in a much hyped match up.  The Hartford Whalers, out west, to face the Calgary Flames.  The Whalers, still dealing with playing without their star goalie, Mike Liut, turned to Kay Whitmore, who had 1 start so far this season, his only appearance until he had to replace Peter Sidorikiewicz as the Jets shelled him in the previous game.

Adam Burt scored his 6th of the season only 1:48 into the game to quiet the Saddledome crowd.  The Whalers ran into a bit of penalty trouble towards the end of the period, but Whitmore stood tall, making 11 saves to carry the Whalers to the lockerroom with a 1-0 lead.

The second period started fast and furious.  Dana Murzyn netted his 3rd just 1:40 in.  However, with Joe Nieuwendyk in the penalty box for hooking, Ray Ferraro scored on a tap in set up by Randy Cunneyworth to claim the lead again, less than 2 minutes after the Flames tied it.  Cunneyworth scored his own goal with 1 minute remaining in the period to up the lead to 3-1.  During the period, Stu Grimson and Ed Kastelic got tangled up, and the result was a 10 minute misconduct for Grimson, who was playing in his 1st game of the season.  Calgary managed 17 shots in the period, but again, Whitmore was up to the task.

Calgary continued to press in the 3rd period.  Whitmore kept the door shut, making 42 saves total and 5 of 6 goalie rating draws.  Gary Roberts had to sit in the penalty box most of the period as he received a double minor and 10 minute misconduct early in the period.  Ray Ferraro had an assist on Dave Babych’s goal and also fought Joe Nieuwendyk in the third period for the Gordie Howe hat trick.  The Whalers’ 4-1 victory pulled them even with the Flames with a game in hand for the Presidents’ Trophy race, but more importantly, made a statement.











3 Stars of the Week:

  1. Rick Tocchet – Philadelphia Flyers
  2. Wayne Gretzky – Los Angeles Kings
  3. Brett Hull – St. Louis Blues


Rick Tocchet had a big week for the emerging Flyers.  Tocchet scored 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points in 4 games and was a plus 4.  One of his goals was a game winner.  He also chipped in 3 hits and 2 takeaways in a tenacious 2-way effort.

Wayne Gretzky, who, as usual, has lofted to the top of many offensive statistical categories had 2 game winning goals, 5 goals total and 3 assists for 8 points to lead the Kings to a 3-1-0 record for the week.

Brett Hull is also breaking out for the Blues, scoring 3 goals and 5 assists, to match Gretzky.  He did not have any game winning goals on the week.




















The Flames do what it takes to stay on top of their shot differential










Theyre Packing the Spectrum in Philly as the Flyers are Giving Fans Something to be Excited About






This Week In the News


January 1


Notre Dame Wins Orange Bowl


1990 Orange Bowl


The 1990 Federal Express Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on January 1, 1990, as part of the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. The 56th edition of the Orange Bowl featured the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Colorado Buffaloes. Colorado entered the game undefeated and ranked number one in both polls, while Notre Dame entered the game coming off their only loss of the season to the rival Miami Hurricanes in the final week of the season. Notre Dame would spoil a championship season for the Buffaloes with a 21-6 victory, Colorado's loss allowed Miami to win the National Championship, with Notre Dame finishing number two.[1]



The loss by Colorado opened up the National Championship for Miami, but several analysts/pollsters felt that Notre Dame was also worthy of the title. Notre Dame and Miami had lost one game and Notre Dame had played a much more difficult schedule. However, the head to head matchup proved too much to overcome as Miami was voted number one in both polls. Notre Dame would have to settle for number two.



1990 Sugar Bowl


The 1990 USF&G Sugar Bowl, part of the 1989 season, took place on January 1, 1990, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Miami Hurricanes, competing as a football independent. Miami was victorious in by a final score of 33–25.




The 1989 Alabama squad finished the regular season with a 10–1 record, as conference co-champions. Following their loss against Auburn in the first ever Iron Bowl played at Jordan–Hare Stadium, university officials announced they accepted an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl. The appearance marked the eleventh for Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, their 42nd overall bowl game appearance and the first since the 1980 Sugar Bowl, where they defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks, en route to the national championship.



The 1989 Miami squad finished the regular season with a 10–1 record. Following their victory over Notre Dame, university officials announced they accepted an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl. The appearance marked the second for Miami in the Sugar Bowl, and their sixteenth overall bowl game appearance.


Game summary

Miami opened the scoring with a Stephen McGuire, 3-yard touchdown run to take an early 7–0 lead. In the second quarter, Alabama tied the game on a 4-yard Gary Hollingsworth touchdown pass to Marco Battle.[3] On the next drive the Hurricanes retook the lead after Craig Erickson threw an eighteen-yard touchdown strike to Wesley Carroll. After the Carlos Huerta extra point was blocked by Thomas Rayam Miami led 13–7. The Tide cut the lead to 13–10 midway through the quarter on a 45-yard Philip Doyle field goal. The teams then traded touchdowns to end the quarter with Miami scoring on a three-yard Alex Johnson run and the Crimson Tide scoring on a four-yard touchdown pass from Gary Hollingsworth to Lamonde Russell to make the halftime score 20–17.


In the third quarter, the Hurricanes extended their lead on an eleven-yard Erickson touchdown pass to Rob Chudzinski and after a second missed extra point the score was 26–17 entering the final period. In the fourth, Miami scored again on a twelve-yard Randy Bethal touchdown reception from Erickson and Alabama scored the final points of the game after Prince Wimbley had a nine-yard touchdown reception from Gary Hollingsworth to make the final score 33–25.


With their victory, both the Associated Press and Coaches' Polls awarded the Hurricanes the national championship in ranking them #1 in their final rankings



Headline News From January 1st, 1990



January 4th

Trains Collide In Pakastan

Two trains collide in Sangi, Pakistan, on this day in 1990, killing between 200 and 300 people and injuring an estimated 700 others. This was the worst rail accident to date in Pakistan.


The train Zakaria Bahauddin (named after a holy man according to Pakistani tradition) had a capacity of 1,400 passengers and often traveled the 500 miles between Multan and Karachi. On January 4, the Zakaria, with 16 cars, was making this journey overnight. The train, with 2,000 passengers, was overloaded, a quite common occurrence in Pakistan at the time.


As the train approached the village of Sangi in Sindh province, it suddenly was sent onto a side track. Unbeknownst to the Zakaria, a 67-car freight train was parked overnight on this new track, and the Zakaria plowed straight into the back of it at 35 miles per hour. The locomotive was knocked right off the rails and took the first three passenger cars with it. Virtually everyone on these first three cars was seriously injured or killed.


An estimated 200 to 300 people were killed and approximately 700 others were treated at area hospitals. Some victims had to be airlifted to Karachi for immediate treatment. The train’s engineer survived the crash and revealed later that the train had been sent onto the side track by an inattentive signalman, who was subsequently jailed for manslaughter.


Pakistan’s rail system serves more than 65 million passengers annually. Unfortunately, the crash in Sangi was not unique. Less than 18 months later, a similar crash in Ghotki killed more than 100 people.



“Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins continues at #1 on the Billboard 100 music charts for the third straight week

Another Day In Paradise


“Pump Up The Jam” by Techotronic is moving up the boards, now moving up from 7th to 4th this week

Pump UpThe Jam