Page 14-Wednesday, May 9, 1979-The Michigan Daily
'Hulk' Turner battling in minors
By BILLY NEFF
Special to the Daily
He has been called many things, but his newest
nickname, sgnified by a banner in the New Haven
-Coliseum bearing a picture of The Incredible Hulk, is
his favorite. New Haven's 'Incredible Hulk' is former
Michigan hockey player Dean Turner, now a defen-
seman for the New Haven Nighthawks of the
American Hockey League, the top farm team of the
New York Rangers.
Turner, known more for his rough style of play than
his skating, has lived up to the nickname and more
while ringing up 275 minutes in the penalty box. As a
rookie for New Haven, he had an incredible 19 five-
minute fighting majors, a team leading statistic.
IN ROCHESTER and Maine and other AHL
locations, Turner has obviously not been received
with the endearment he has been lavished in New
Haven. "They (other teams' fans) hate me. They
make physical gestures ith their fingers. And it (the
reaction) has not been too positive. I kind of enjoy it,
though," Turner admitted.
"At the beginning of the year, my hands were all
cut up. When I was playing phycisal at the beginning
of the year, people wanted to test me. I must have had
10 fights in the first ten games," added the son of
Detroit television personality Marilyn Turner.
Turner has finally established himself as one of the
league's tougher coustomers and thus has settled
down to playing defense for a team trying for the
AHL championship. He notched 34 points during his
rookie season, but is quick to point out, "I'm not in put it, "I might not have gotten
any way an offensive defenseman." Turner was the top college
TURNER MUST have been doing something year and is happy with his de
besides fighting during the year, although that is still "It's all happening too fast," h
his forte, since the Rangers called him up when in- "I definitely hit it right," Tu
juries plagued them. He played in two games for has been hitting things ever sin
Fred Shero's Rangers before being sent down again.
"I think playing in the majors is easier than playing
down here because everybody there is playing their
position," said the Southfield native.
Turner asserts that the AHL's level of play is very
good. "I don't think this league (AHL) is that far
from the NHL in ability. Look at Bobby Sheehan (a
starter for the Rangers in the playoffs, who played at
New Haven all season), he goes up and look what he
does," Turner said.
"There are some guys on this team who could play
for St. Louis. The most important thing is getting a
break. Look at Donnie Maloney, my roommate at the
beginning of the year here (he has 7 goals for the
Rangers in the playoffs). He got a breaks and boom,"
WHETHER IT be by fighting or other means, Tur-
ner, like every aspiring hockey player, wants to play
in the major leagues. "Let's face it. Everyone want to
be in the bigs. New York is the only place to be. Being
in the Apple (New York City) is just super," the
In his drive for the NHL, Turner left school at the
end of his sophomore season last year, because as he Dean Tu
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deenseman picked last
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Bruins force seventh game, 5-2
BOSTON (AP)-Stan Jonathan, another spectacular effort. He robbed backhander from close up. Then after
sidelined most of the regular season by Guy Lafleur and Mondou with spec- Jonathan's third goal, he robbed Mon-
a shoulder injury, scored three goals tacular saves in protecting the lead late dou again before time ran out.
last night and led the Boston Bruins to a in the second period. "I told you they wouldn't beat us
5-2 victory 'over the Montreal With nine minutes remaining, Gilbert three times in a row," Cherry said.
Canadiens, forcing a seventh game in came up with another outstanding save "Now we go there, and the pressure is
their NHL semifinal playoff. as he kicked out Serge Savard's on them."
With the victory, the Bruins, beaten
in seven consecutive postseason games
on Montreal ice the last three years,
earned another chance to end the hex at
the Forum Thursday night in the
Jonathan, who scored just six times
during the regular season, had one goal
in the first period, tying the score 1-1.
Then, after Wayne Cashman put
Boston in front 3-2 with a big assist from
Brad Park at 16:30 of the second period,
Jonathan added two insurance goals in
The first, at 7:23, came on a pass
from Bob Miller and'the other, with less
than five minutes remaining, was set
up on a pass from the corner by Cash-
Despite steamy conditions in packed
Boston Garden, the two old rivals came
out swinging. Montreal jumped to a 1-0
lead at 8:05 as Larry Robinson tipped
home a pass from Pierre Mondou while
both teams were shorthanded.
Boston wasted little time in tying the
score as Jonathan tipped in a shot at
Don Marcotte gave the Bruins a 2-1
lead with a quick shot high off goalie
Ken Drysden's left arm at 12:21, but the
Canadiens struck back justa27 seconds
later as Mondou scored on a long slap-
Dryden made several fine saves in ,
the middle period before Cashman
outhustled Montreal defenseman Guy
Lapointe in front of the net and tipped
home Park's long drive from the point.
The Bruins never let up after that,
skating and forechecking with reckless r APPhoto
abandon in breaking up Montreal plays. STAR NEW YORK Islander left wing Clark Gillies (9) makes an attempted grab at
Boston goalie Gilles Gilbert, who New York Ranger Ron Greschner's (4) left knee in early series action at Madison
replaced veteran Gerry Cheevers after Square Garden. The sixth game of the Stanley Cup semi-final series (the Rangers
the second-game ofthe series, turned in' lead 3-2) that has.electrified the Metropolis was played last night at the Garden.