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May 25, 1979

May 25, 1979

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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Home Ice Helps Owls Make Turner Cup Finals

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 GRAND RAPIDS— Moe Bartoli is confident the Grand Rapids Owls will reign as Turner Cup champions in the International Hockey League. And that would climax the greatest turnaround in the league’s history. A year ago the Owls didn’t qualify for the post-season party—the only one of nine teams which didn’t get an invitation. For Bartoli, the season wasn’t as easy as the record-setting 109 points would indicate. Nor was a spot in the Turner Cup finals against Kalamazoo with the • home ice advantage. Missing from the Owls’ stretch run and their 14 (15 if…

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Flames Remove Creighton After Post—Season Flop

ATLANTA— Atlanta Flames’ general manager Cliff Fletcher recently announced that the contract of coach Fred Creighton would not be renewed for the 1979-80 season. The decision was made 20 days after the club was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by Toronto. Creighton will not be offered another position within the organization. “It was strictly a case of disappointment in not being able to advance in the playoffs,” said Fletcher. “We’ve been in the playoffs on five occasions now and have won but one game. The aspect of the season ticket holders was not taken into consideration. It was a committee decision between principal owner Tom Cousins, president Bob Kent and myself. We just felt it would be better to start next season with a new coach.” Creighton, 45, had been the team’s…

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Round I To Espo As Ruse Misfires

MONTREAL— Score Round One to Phil Esposito. When the Ranger veteran headed for the penalty box after being whistled off along with defenseman Rod Langway of the Canadiens for slashing at 7:25 of the first period of Game One of the Stanley Cup finals in Montreal, Canadiens’ coach Scotty Bowman leaned over the boards and yelled a few epithets in Phil’s direction. Whether it was because of Bowman’s outburst or because the linesman was pushing him, Esposito hopped into the wrong penalty box, although he didn’t have a chance to settle before the other linesman approached with Langway in tow. Esposito noisily departed for the other “cooler.” And what did Mr. Bowman have to say? “I was just trying to get him upset,” explained the Canadiens’ coach. “You know how Phil likes to talk to…

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FAN FORUM

Write to: FAN FORUM, The Hockey News, 1434 St. Catherine St., W., Montreal, Canada H3G 1R7 Blues’ Federko Deserves Byng Trophy The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and talent during the season. Well St. Louis’ Bernie Federko should be a major contender for this award. Not only did Federko lead the Blues in scoring, but he also remained in the Top Ten for the majority of the season. And was one of the plus-minus leaders for the season. During the past three seasons, his entire professional career, he has yet to produce a major penalty for fighting. He is the cornerstone of the Blues, who as second to last place finishers didn’t receive the ink that the Islanders and Canadiens get. Federko should deserve a lot of consideration…