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August 1, 1978

August 1, 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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Smith, Keon Capture Awards; Tardif MVP For Second Time

Special To The Hockey News NEW YORK— Four New England Whalers players were honored here on July 6 as the World Hockey Association announced its award-winners for the 1977-78 season at the final day of the league’s annual meetings at the Plaza Hotel. Goaltender Al Smith came away with the biggest haul, being named to the WHA first All Star team and also taking the Ben Hatskin Trophy along with teammate Louis Levasseur as the top goaltending duo in the league. Smith and Levasseur had a combined 3.24 goals against average. During the regular-season, Smith compiled a 30-20-3 record with a 3.22 GAA while Levasseur showed a 14-11-2 mark and a 3.30 GAA. For the second year in a row, center Dave Keon was named the WHA’s “most gentlemanly player,” being tagged with just two…

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Canada Cup Series Set For 1979 and 1982

Special To The Hockey News TORONTO— Hockey fans who have been clamoring for a return of the Canada Cup super series will get their wish in 1979 and again in 1982. The International Ice Hockey Federation gave its official approval to the renewal of the Canada Cup tournament when it wound up its four-year congress in mid July in Sirmione, Italy. Alan Eagleson, chairman of Hockey Canada’s international committee, carried the ball at the IIHF meetings and managed to secure the needed approval while compromising other concessions to the world hockey body. The IIHF accepted an amended Canadian proposal to change the four-year cycle of major international tournaments and the new schedule calls for a world championship next year and again in 1981 and 1982, skipping 1980 when the Olympics will serve to represent the…

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Bruins Hand Vet Bucyk New ‘Beliveau’ Type Role

BOSTON— He wore a Bruins’ uniform longer than any other player, 21 years. He played in more games, 1,437. He scored more goals, 545; collected more assists, 794; and more points, 1,339. And now it’s all over. No more the threadneedle power play passes out of the corner. No more the devastating hip checks at center ice. No more the chants of “Chief! Chief! Chief!” from 14,602 throats. Johnny Bucyk has retired. “We’ve put a deal together for Bucyk,” said Bruins’ general manager Harry Sinden the other day in quietly disclosing the end of the 43-year-old Bucyk’s career. “We want him to stay with the Bruins for a long time. “He’s going to be our Jean Beliveau, working in many different capacities with the organization. He’ll do some work for me, some for Paul Mooney (Bruins…

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Rangers Sign Top Draft Picks, Three Free Agents

NEW YORK— The New York Rangers announced the signing of their first three selections in the 1978 amateur draft. Left wing Don Maloney, center Ray Markham, and defenseman Dean Turner all agreed to multi-year contracts with Fred Shero, the Rangers’ general manager-coach. In addition, Shero also announced the signing of a pair of free agent forwards—Dean Talfous and Frank Beaton. Maloney, whose brother, Dave, has played for the Rangers the past three seasons, played his junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey Association. The 6’1”, 190-pounder had 30 goals and 74 assists for 104 points last season. He was the Rangers’ first choice this season, and the 26th player chosen overall. Markham, a 6’3”, 220-pounder, starred last season for the Flin Flon Bombers of the Western Canada Hockey League, where his…