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May 12, 1978

May 12, 1978

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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Ranger Front Office Still Unsettled; Jennings, Fergie Ponder Decisions

NEW YORK— The New York Rangers are strangely silent these days from the top down. No one is saying anything on a variety of problems facing the club before the summer drafts. On such subjects as the Don Murdoch affair, in which the player could conceivably be barred from playing hockey in the United States next year after being found guilty on a cocaine charge to a possible new coach if Jean-Guy Talbot is not coming back. And then there’s general manager John Ferguson’s future with the club as GM. Bill Jennings, the president of the Rangers simply offers no comment on Ferguson. The Rangers’ present GM says no comment on Talbot and no one is saying anything about Murdoch’s status for next season. If Murdoch was sweating out his “green card” which would…

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Graves Overlooked, Canucks Shortchanged In World Cup Picks

VANCOUVER— Confusion was the order of the week as Vancouver Canucks mopped up the season. The uncertainty stemmed from the selection, or more accurately, the nonselection of Vancouver Canucks to the Team Canada Squad participating in the world championships in Prague. The first smattering of news had it that Don Lever and rookie Jere Gillis would be asked to play on the team, the emphasis being youth and skating. Fair enough, except that Lever was coming off a bad year and Gillis was not yet a Canadian citizen having been born in Bend, Ore., before his parents moved to Quebec when he was three. Gillis, it was speculated, would play for Team U.S.A. Then a local reporter had a phone conversation with coach Harry Howell, and the Barons general manager indicated he would like…

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Unbelievable Texans Were Minutes From Defeat

FORT WORTH— “It’s hard to believe. We were just two-and-a-half minutes from having our season end. And here we are, two games up in the finals.” Player-coach Billy MacMillan looked back on a week which saw his Fort Worth Texans win all four starts. And, instead of packing their trailers to go back to Canada, as most experts expected them to be doing, the Texans had won two straight in the Adams Cup finals against their chief rivals, the Dallas Black Hawks. “The series isn’t over yet,” MacMillan cautioned. “We won the first two games at home, but Dallas is always tough in their own rink. Still, we’re playing very well. And our checking line of Garth MacGuigan, Alex McKendry and Yvon Vautour is doing a really great job against their big line…