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April 28, 1978

April 28, 1978

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Summer Convention DISCO DANCING, DOLPHIN RACES, a Hawaiian luau, and hockey personalities will be featured when the puck is dropped at the NHL Booster Clubs convention Aug. 11-1213 in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey…Our gracious hosts this year will be the NEW YORK RANGERS FAN CLUB, led by Sammy Pitkowsky… Convention chairman Mark Friedman and convention secretary Phyllis Schlemmer and their enthusiastic committee have planned “on the house” refreshments Friday evening…The convention is open to members of fan clubs affiliated with the NHL Booster Clubs, Inc. which covers every NHL city so far with the exceptions of Toronto and Montreal, and club members should communicate with their clubs’ individual convention chairpeople for reservations and information…Speaking of the RANGERS FAN CLUB the 28th annual player/fan dinner dance marked the first “public appearance” of…


Seven NHL Stars Form Nucleus For Americans

Special To The Hockey News COLORADO SPRINGS— The fate of Team U.S.A, in the 1978 World Hockey Tournament at Prague will rest in the hands of seven National Hockey Leaguers, who will form the backbone of the young American squad. Headed by four members of the Minnesota North Stars, Team U.S.A, will be comprised of top American college players, a handful of good minor leaguers and a total of seven NHL players. Coached by John Mariucci of the North Stars and assisted by Andre Beaulieu, who was a short-time coach of the Minnesota team this year, the Americans will have a 21-man roster for the trip to Prague. The U.S. squad will play four exhibitions games, two in Finland and two in Prague, before opening the tournament against the powerful Soviet Union. A report…


NHL’S…Player of the Week

Players like Gil Perreault, Rick Martin and Don Edwards are certainly foremost in the minds of hockey observers come playoff time, but perhaps the most important player on the Buffalo Sabres is captain Danny Gare who has established a reputation as a money player and leader. Gare scored at least one point in each of the Sabres’ three games which they needed to advance past the New York Rangers. In Game One, he assisted on the third goal of the game to give the Sabres a 3-0 lead. In Game Two, it was Gare’s goal which forced the contest into overtime and for a minute it looked like he might have scored the winner, but it was ruled that he had kicked the puck into the net. In the decisive match in…


Sabres’ Makeshift Lineup Helps End Longest Drought

BUFFALO— The Buffalo Sabres finally ended their longest losing streak in four-and-a-half years, against one of the unlikeliest clubs, and with help from an unexpected source. Three youngsters who had played little for the Sabres this season combined to spark the Sabres to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, who already had beaten out the Sabres for the Adams Division title, in the second last game of the regular season to end a Buffalo losing streak at five games. When the Sabres lost to the lowly Washington Capitals, 4-3, the game before, it looked as though they had a very good chance of tying the club record for consecutive losses. That was seven straight, set in the first two months of the club’s existence. October and September, 1970. The Sabres hadn’t lost five…