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May 7, 1976

May 7, 1976

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Spokane Topples Cranbrook As Comeback Brings Title

SPOKANE— When the going gets tough… the Spokane Flyers get going. Powered by one of the most dramatic comebacks in the Lilac City’s 25-year history in the Western International Hockey League, the Flyers defeated Cranbrook 6-5 in the seventh and deciding game of the Savage Cup playoffs to qualify for the Allan Cup semi-finals. The only American team ever to capture Canada’s senior amateur championship (in 1970 and ‘721 the Flyers (nee Jets) next host either Brandon or St. Boniface from the Manitoba Senior League in a best-of-five Patton Cup series to be played entirely in Spokane. The winner will then meet the Eastern Canada representatives in the best-of-seven Allan Cup finals, with all games taking place in the Western city. Only the importance of bringing the Allan Cup back to the Inland Empire can…

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Flyers Claim Quicker Police Action Could Have Headed Off Garden Hassle

PHILADELPHIA— The Flyers were carrying an extra burden as they pursued Stanley Cup III; the disturbing prospect of facing trial loomed over the heads of Joe Watson, Don Saleski and Mel Bridgman. Following a brawl game at Maple Leaf Gardens that missed the Stanley Cup record of 174 penalty minutes by just 60 seconds, the “three Flyers were arraigned and ordered to return to Toronto June 10 when a trial date will be set. Watson and Saleski were charged with assaulting a policeman and carrying an offensive weapon (hockey stick). Bridgman was charged with causing bodily harm to Toronto’s brilliant defenseman, Borje Salming. The latest move against hockey players in McMurtry country resuited from an ugly scene in the Maple Leaf Gardens penalty, box area. As Saleski prepared to settle down in the penalty box…

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Phoenix Hopeful Of Fans’ Support

PHOENIX— The Phoenix Roadrunners will remain in Phoenix at least through the 1976-77 season. The announcement by the club’s ownership was read over the public address system by team captain Al McLeod before one of the games in the World Hockev Association Western Division semi-final series, which the Roadrunners lost to San Diego. The drive, launched eight weeks before, to sell 7,000 season tickets by April 15, had reached only 3,000 but the announcement stated that many businesses contacted adopted “a wait-and-see attitude… if the team stays, you can count on us for our support.” The club’s sales efforts to reach or surpass the 7,000 season tickets “will be redoubled” with “imaginative and exciting promotions” McLeod read from the statement handed him by one of the principal owners, Karl Eller. The ownership expressed its confidence…

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Voyageurs-Bears’ Final Only 3rd Time Division Champs Rivals In 40 Years

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER HOCKEY STICKS Made in Canada by HILLERICH & BRADSBY, LTD. Arnold Street, Wallaceburg, Ontario Sold in U.S. and Canada LOUISVILLE SLUGGER HOCKEY STICKS Made in Canada by HILLERICH & BRADSBY, LTD. Arnold Street, Wallaceburg, Ontario Sold in U.S. and Canada HERSHEY— For only the third time in the 40-year history of the American Hockey League, respective division champions will clash for the coveted Calder Cup playoff title. This was assured when Nova Scotia, the Northern Division kingpin steamrollered over Rochester in four straight games and Hershey’s Southern Division titlists swept past Richmond 4-1. The only other occasions that two division champions battled for the playoff crown came in 1972-73 when Cincinnati defeated Nova Scotia and in 1936-37, the league’s initial campaign, when Syracuse conquered Philadelphia. It is the classic confrontation. Nova Scotia’s high-powered offense that produced 22 goals in the…