The Boston Bruins are expected to announce Monday the appointment of Butch Goring as coach, the Boston Globe reported.
Goring, 36, was a player-assistant coach with the New York Islanders at the start of last season, then was traded to the Bruins in January and used as a full-time player (13 goals, 21 assists in 39 games). Now, the newspaper said, he will break in by assisting Harry Sinden, the general manager who took over as interim coach in the middle of the 1984-85 season after firing Gerry Cheevers, and eventually take over as head coach once the season starts.
"I want to coach, and Boston is a great opportunity," Goring told the Globe . . .
Wayne Gretzky has been selected as The Sporting News' 1984-85 NHL player of the year for an unprecedented fifth consecutive time. In a vote of his peers, the Edmonton Oilers center received 234 votes of a possible 315.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Mario Lemieux was voted rookie of the year by an overwhelming margin.
Joining Gretzky on the magazine's all-star team are two more Oilers -- right wing Jari Kurri and defenseman Paul Coffey -- plus left wing Michel Goulet, Quebec; defenseman Ray Bourque, Boston, and goalie Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia.