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September 1, 1978

September 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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Mariners Host Traktor To Start Soviet Tour

Special To The Hockey News PORTLAND— The Maine Mariners have announced that the Soviet touring team, Traktor, will be the opposition in the second annual Mariners-Soviets game at the Portland Civic Center on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at 7:35 p.m. “The Traktor team was selected because it is one of the top three teams in Russia. They are a First Division club and placed better than the Dynamo club did in league play last year,” explained Walter Bush, chairman of the board of the NHL Minnesota North Stars and spokesman for the Soviet tour. Last December the touring Dynamo team fell to its only loss of an eight-game tour to the Mariners at the Civic Center before a crowd of 6,726. Right wing Drew Callander scored at the 7:28 mark of the third period to…

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EQUIPMENT SUPPLEMENT

A picture, so the saying goes, is worth a thousand words, and the players in this particular photograph—Bryan Trottier (left) of the New York Islanders, and Phil Russell of the Chicago Black Hawks—are, through their actions, saying everything there is to say about what it takes to play hockey: Concentration, strength, agility, determination, balance… the list could go on forever. Although it probably wouldn’t come to mind immediately, one thing that has to go pretty high up on the list of ingredients which comprise the complete hockey player—no matter at what level he plays—is equipment. Take a look at the picture once again and count up the brand names of products which are readily visible: Both players are using KOHO sticks; Trottier is wearing a CCM helmet and Wilson gloves; Russell is…

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Rockies Remaining In Denver As NHL Approves Club Sale

DENVER— Another long summer of doubt has ended for Colorado hockey fans with the announcement of the National Hockey League Board of Governors’ approval of the sale of the Colorado Rockies from Denver oilman Jack A. Vickers to New Jersey trucker Arthur E. Imperatore. The sale of the Rockies was approved by the NHL in August and was consummated the next week. Prior to training camp, the team had sold about 3,600 season tickets. And with the ownership dilemma resolved, the Rockies’ front office can now go full steam ahead at merchandising their product and restoring interest among disillusioned hockey fans. It’s become almost a yearly occurrence in Denver that a major-league hockey franchise is in jeopardy every summer, going back to the days of Ivan L. Mullenix and the ill-fated Denver Spurs of…

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Flyers Agree Changes Had To Be Made In Club

PHILADELPHIA— A team in transition, maybe a team in trouble. That’s how people describe the Philadelphia Flyers as they prepare for their first season in eight years without Fred Shero behind the bench. To some observers, Shero’s shift to the GM-coaching jobs with the New York Rangers isn’t as important to the Flyers’ future as the absence of dependable veterans such as Gary Dornhoefer, Ross Lonsberry and Orest Kindrachuk. Dornhoefer’s retirement and the trading of Lonsberry, Kindrachuk and erratic Tom Bladon to Pittsburgh leaves the Flyers with a team that’s heavy on youth. At 35, Joe Watson is the team’s senior citizen—and the only player except for goaltenders Bernie Parent and Wayne Stephenson who is over 30. The next oldest players are Bobby Clarke and Andre (Moose) Dupont—both 29. Rick MacLeish, Reggie Leach and Don…