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June 1, 1977

June 1, 1977

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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Unwanted Vets Become Free Agents

PHOENIX— All but five of last season’s Phoenix Roadrunners claim they don’t know where they’ll be playing next season. Brian O’Neill, president of the former World Hockey Association team, suspects some of them do but also knows many of them don’t. Center Robbie Ftorek, left wing Del Hall and goaltender Clay Hebenton were sold to the Cincinnati Stingers. Left wing Andre Hinse and right wing Frank Hughes revert to the Houston Aeros. Attempts are being made to peddle the remainder. Those who are deemed to have no market value are being informed their medical coverage has been discontinued thus making them free agents. That makes them eUgible for the June 2, WHA intra-league draft. O’Neill, who has returned to the position he left a year ago, vice-president of marketing for Combined Communications Corp., would not identify…

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No Money Leads To Player Shortage In CHL

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 DALLAS— With the 1976-77 Stanley Cup history, two events of major consequence prevail with both happenings beginning to have a familiar ring to their tune. First, the Montreal Canadiens reign supreme as the Stanley Cup champions for the second consecutive year. The second rather important happening is one that strikes much closer to home and concerns the present “unsettled” conditions surrounding the future plans of the Central Hockey League. With the ‘77-78 season only four months away, some questions still remain for the operation of the CHL. The league has granted approval for the continuation of…

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Memorial Cup Returned To West By Bruins

VANCOUVER— New Westminster Bruins captured the 1977 Memorial Cup and the number one ranking as Canada’s top junior team. The championship victory marked the return of junior hockey supremacy to the west following its year-long stay in St. Catharines when the Fincups won the title in ‘76. The Bruins, pre-tournament favorites, polished off the Ottawa 67’s, 6-5. on a goal by Brad Maxwell with less than six minutes left to play. Also contributing to the win in the goalscoring department was forward Mark Lofthouse who notched two to finish the post-season series with six tallies. Miles Zaharko, another of the New Westminster top rearguards, also added a goal, his first of the playoffs Ray Creasy and rookie John Ogrodmck were the other Bruin marksmen. Ottawa’s leading playoff scorer Bob Smith counted once while teammate Warren Holmes…

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How The Minor League Playoffs Finished

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFF GAMES Finals (Nova Scotia wins bast-ot-sovan series 4-2) GAMES COMPLETED Mon. April IB Rochester 4 at Nova Scotia 3 Wed. April 20 Rochester 1 at Nova Scotia 5 Fri. April 22 Nova Scotia 2 at Rochester 3 Sun. April 24 Nova Scotia 5 at Rochester 3 Wed. April 27 Rochester 1 at Nova Scotia 3 Sat. April 30 Nova Scotia 4 at Rochester 3 Semi-Finals (Nova Scotia wins best-of-seven series 4-2) GAMES COMPLETED Sun. April 3 Hershey 4 at Nova Scotia 7 Tue. April 5 Hershey 6 at Nova Scotia 2 Wed. April 6 Nova Scotia 1 at Hershay 0 Sat. April 9 Nova Scotia 4 at Hershey 5 Sun. April 10 Hershey 0 at Nova Scotia 5 Tue. April 12 Nova Scotia 2 at Hershey 1 (Rochester wine beat-of-seven aeries 4-2) GAMES COMPLETED Sat. April 2 Rochester 1 at New Haven 2 Sun. April 3 New Heven st Rochester 1 Wed. April 6 Rochester 5 at Now Haven 2 Fri. April 8 New Haven 3 at Rochester…