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BRONCOS LASSO HOCKEY LUXURY
Gagne does it all for Western
By SCOTT SHAFFER
The offensive defenseman. Ever
since Bobby Orr used to lace up the
skates and tally over 100 points a
ear, the offensive defenseman has
Peen one of the ultimate hockey
Western Michigan will
probably never appear on Lifestyles
of the Rich and Famous, but the
Broncos' hockey program is blessed
with the equivalent of a Mercedes
380-SL in the person of Wayne
Gagne, Western's captain, is
erhaps the premier scoring defense -
man in college hockey today. His
76 points last year was tops
among the nation's defensemen, and
he held the Central Collegiate
Hockey Association career record
'When I was younger I
was a little jealous, but
I've learned to accept
(not being drafted). It's
just fortunate for the
guys who are drafted.'
for assists by a defenseman before Superior State, the team that split to accept it. It's just fortunate for
beginning this, his senior year. two games with the Broncos last the guys who are drafted," he said.
THIS SEASON Gagne has weekend. "But I don't know how Gagne, a Toronto native, doesn't
picked up right where he left off the pros will look at him based on think much about his numerous
last year. He has a 21-game his size and the wear-and-tear scoring records any more. "I just
Vonsecutive scoring streak and 23 factor." take it as it goes. I tried thinking
points in league play, which ties NHL scouts will look at about records during my sophomore
him for fifth place with teammate Gagne's size as a drawback - if year and it hurt my game. Last year
Paul Polillo and leads all they look at him at all. A quick I just started going out and
defensemen in the CCHA. He will scan of CCHA rosters yields a playing."
lead his team against the startling result. Twenty-two active And he kept on playing until
Wolverines in a home-and-home CCHA defensemen have been Western Michigan had dethroned
series beginning Saturday. drafted by the NHL; Gagne is not Michigan State in the CCHA
Like the 380-SL, Gagne is one of them. playoffs for the first time in five
compact. While being 5-9, 186 ONE COULD hardly blame years. The Broncos lost to Harvard
Vpounds hardly means having to the All-American for being jealous in the quarterfinals of the 1986
hop in the children's department, it of some of the lesser-quality players NCAA championships, but Gagne
does present a problem if your who have been drafted when Gagne was named to the All-CCHA
desired line of work is an NHL wasn't even deemed worthy of a tournament team.
defenseman. last-round 'pick. N 0 W, however, the two
"He's one of the top five players But he harbors no such leading scorers from that team are
in the league, no question," said sentiments. "When I was younger I gone, and the Broncos are now in
Frank Anzalone, head coach of Lake was a little jealous, but I've learned the middle of the CCHA pack with
a 6-6 record.
Head coach Bill Wilkinson now
relies on Gagne to run the power
play and kill penalties as well as
score and play defense. "He's the
type of guy that makes things
happen," said Wilkinson. "He's
dangerous with the puck and has an
The fifth-year coach is not
troubled by Gagne's size. "He's not
going to knock people down so the
idea is for him to clear the puck
out. He has to use his finesse," said
the man who beat out Minnesota-
Duluth, Clarkson and Wisconsin
for Gagne's services.
Gagne had 59 assists last year, a
CCHA single-season record for
defensemen, and according to
Wilkinson, "he plays like a center.
He always knows where his
teammates are on the ice."
The modest Gagne will graduate
in April as a physical education
major. He is considering going to
Europe to continue playing hockey
but says he will take whatever
chance to play that comes along.
Until then, Gagne will
concentrate on improving the
Broncos position in the standings.
Opposing coaches had better
heed Anzalone's advice and keep
Gagne in check if they plan on
stopping the Broncos.
Says Anzalone, "He's 90
percent of Western's offense when
he's on the ice. Too much Wayne
Gagne means too much Western
Michigan (which) means losses for
the other team."
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mike
Schmidt, the 37-year-old third
baseman of the Philadelphia
Phillies, was named the National
League's Most Valuable Player on
yesterday for the third time, and said
he wanted to win once more next
year before retiring.
"I'm gearing up for next year in
hopes of being at this podium
again," Schmidt said at a news
conference. "I'm going to try
Schmidt, who led the league in
home runs and RBIs, said he was
not looking beyond 1987, adding
that his thoughts about retiring had
not changed since the season ended.
SCHMIDT, who also captured
the award in 1980 and 1981,
became only the seventh three-time
MVP winner in the major leagues
since the award began in 1931.
Schmidt totaled 287 points to
beat runnerup Glenn Davis,
outfielder for the Houston Astros,
who collected 231 in voting by
members o the Baseball Writers
Association of America.
Asked if he felt he deserved his
third MVP, Schmidt never
hestitated before responding with an
Schmidt is the first NL MVP
from a team that did not win its
division since Dale Murphy of the
Atlanta Braves in 1983.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
'Bullets dump Pistons, 119-105
on the Diag!
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -
Moses Malone scored 31 points,
Jeff Malone added 28 and the two
combined for 35 of Washington's
62 first-half points last night as
the Bullets went on to defeat the
&Detroit Pistons, 119-105 .
With Malone scoring 18 points
and Malone 17, Washington
opened a 62-40 halftime lead over
the struggling Pistons, who have
lost three straight games.
The Bullets broke the game open
in the first quarter on a 12-0 spurt,
with Moses Malone scoring eight
for a 32-17 lead in the final minute
of the period. Though the Pistons
trimmed the margin slightly to 34-
21 by the end of the quarter, they
got no closer the rest of the game.
Detroit was handicapped by Isiah
Thomas' early foul trouble. The
All-Star guard picked up his second
foul less than four minutes into the
game and sat down for the rest of
the quarter. The Pistons led, 11-7,
when Thomas left the game.
Despite his limited playing
time, Thomas scored 15 points.
Vinnie Johnson led the Pistons
with 20 and Adrian Dantley had 17.
Bill Laimbeer slaps the ball away from the
the first quarter last night. The Pistons
Bullet's Charles Jones during
dropped their third straight
THANKSGIVING WEEK-END HOURS
BOSTON (AP) - Kevin
McHale scored 30 points, Larry
Bird 29 and Jerry Sichting 20 last
night as the Boston Celtics
outdueled the Atlanta Hawks in the
Wilkins with 29 points, Glenn
Rivers with 25 and Kevin Willis
Boston Coach K.C. Jones, who
night to lead New Jersey to a 4-3
NHL victory over the Detroit Red
Wings, extending the Devils'
unbeaten streak to five games.
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