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October 13, 1978

October 13, 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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OHA Teams Facing RebuildingYear; Armstrong Quits As Marlies’Coach

LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS Made in Canada by HILLERICH & BRADSBY. LTD Arnold Street. Wallaceburg. Ontario Sold in U.S. and Canada LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS Made in Canada by HILLERICH & BRADSBY. LTD Arnold Street. Wallaceburg. Ontario Sold in U.S. and Canada TORONTO— A long, hard winter is expected for the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. Already weakened by the World Hockey Association raids, the OMJHL is now attempting to rebuild and repair some of the damage. Then the league received another shock when Toronto Marlborough’s coach and general manager George Armstrong called it quits at the start of his seventh campaign in the league. Armstrong, who will remain at the helm of the Marlies only until the club can replace him left commenting: “I’ve been saying I wanted out since they gave me the job, so I decided it was time to put up or shut…

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IHL Teams Bolstered By NHL Camp Cuts

MILWAUKEE— International Hockey League teams plunged into their training camps anticipating player cuts from parent National Hockey League clubs and the possible return of some IHL alumnus who were attempting to crack the majors or higher minors. The first of the NHL camp cuts to arrive included goaler Bob Froese, who went to Saginaw; defenseman Brian Crombeen, who joined Fort Wayne; and right winger Denis Houle, center Steve Stockman, defenseman Steve Harrison and left winger Bruce Hamilton, all of whom were assigned to Port Huron. The cuts were made by the St. Louis Blues and five of the players were 1978 draft choices of the Blues. Harrison, whom the Blues chose 39th in the NHL draft, is a promising defenseman who played with Toronto Marlboros. Two NHL teams were hoping to get some of…

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Capitals, North Stars Delegated Also Rans

MONTREAL— If the Minnesota North Stars and the Washington Capitals have improved their respective hockey clubs this season they failed to convince the men on the hockey beat. In the special pre-season poll conducted by THE HOCKEY NEWS, 19 of the NHL’s ‘beat men’ found little sympathy in their hearts for either NHL team. They selected the North Stars to finish last in the Adams Division race on 17 of 19 ballots. The same fate befell the Washington Caps in the Norris Division. Both the Stars and Caps finished out of the NHL playoffs last season and the selectors have given them little chance to improve on their plight.…

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Racers’ Offense Pleases Stapleton; Stingers Resolve Problem Of Visas

INDIANAPOLIS— After his first week as the new Indianapolis Racer coach, Pat Stapleton had this assessment of the club that finished a distant last in the World Hockey Association in 1977-78: attitude—excellent; offensive progress—good; defensive development—average. Here’s what Stapleton had to say: • “The competitiveness in the camp has been great, and the same is true of the attitude,” said Stapleton. • “I think our offense should be all right. I think there are some guys who came in with the idea of making this club. • “We had four players signed on the right (wing) side, but a couple of these might be in jeopardy. And it’s the same at center. Some of the guys who came in are pushing hard at this position. • “I think the defensive part is the most vulnerable right…