One of these teams—
—will not make the playoffs. That's akin to living in the waiting room at the Greyhound terminal yet missing your bus. The division just isn't that good. Toronto coach Brophy, the ex-Long Island Duck and alltime EHL penalty-minutes record holder, seeks skaters in his image. In the summer's blockbuster trade, Toronto sent Rick Vaive and Steve Thomas to Chicago for Al Secord and Ed Olczyk. Secord is mean and good—he has had three 50-goal seasons. Olczyk, a Chicago native who always felt pressure to impress the home folks, is 21, 6'1" and 195 pounds of unrealized potential.
Chicago got a 50-goal scorer in Vaive and the prolific Thomas (35 goals and 62 points last year), and also acquired goalie Bob Mason from the Caps. Take the Black Hawks ahead of the Leafs because they traded grind for goals.