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June 1, 1976

June 1, 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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New GM Francis Intends To Build From Own Roster

ST. LOUIS— The day Emile Francis was appointed the St. Louis Blues’ man in charge of everything he joked about his penchant for making trades. Asked whether he expected to make any trades before the season began, Francis grinned and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever gone that long without making a trade.” But even the great traders such as Francis are disillusioned these days by the calibre of players on the trading block. “The players I want are now available,”he said.”Most teams these days don’t have any depth, except Montreal which has more depth than anybody.” He says of the Blues’ depth, “We’d have to weaken ourselves in one position to strengthen ourselves at another position. I don’t anticipate any big deals.” Francis probably won’t be shut out in the trading market but he probably…

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How Capitals Finished Year

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FRANK ORR SAYS

A Few Good Signs TO A GAME AND A LEAGUE which had been kicked around a great deal during its playoffs because of violence, the classy final between the Montreal Canadians and Philadelphia Fivers was a bonanza to the National Hockey League. Although the Canadiens won the Cup in four games, all contests were taut and exciting, excellent demonstrations of major league hockey at its best. And, most important to the NHL’s sagging prestige, only-two major penalties were called for fighting in the four games, the result of a little flare-up between Flyers’ Moose Dupont and Mario Tremblay of Canadiens. Not that the hockey lacked hitting and muscle. Both teams worked with considerable aggressiveness. There were lively battles in the corners but minus the cheap-shot garbage which has cluttered up the game so often…

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K.C. Kings Drop Bid On Hockey Scouts

KANSAS CITY— The Kansas City Scouts appeared to have played their last game of major league hockey in this city after a last-ditch effort by the pro basketball team to save the club fell through. The Kansas City.Kings of the National Basketball Association had come to the rescue of the hockey Kings but were unable to win a compromise with city officials on a lease for Kemper Arena, where both the Scouts and Kings perform. As a result the Kings dropped out of the bidding for the National Hockey League franchise, which has been plagued with financial problems from the start. William E. Clarkson, a representative of the mayor’s office, said the decision effectively killed hopes of keeping the two-year-old Scouts in Kansas City. The Kings had requested the city to include in the…