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September 1, 1979

September 1, 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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Bulging Roster Goal Of Flames’ Busy Off-Season

ATLANTA— Summertime and the living is easy…or so it used to be. Come July or August many National Hockey League team offices closed and it wasn’t business as usual. But this wasn’t so in the case of the Atlanta Flames this summer. The summer of ‘79 has been the busiest in the history of the franchise and come September they should have the most interesting and competitive camp ever. General manager Cliff Fletcher and his assistant David Poile, had their work cut out for them by taking on a minor league franchise in the Central Hockey league. The Flames want to staff the team with players under contract with the Flames as they do not want to look for outside help. “We may have to borrow some players,” Poile said. “But we don’t want to.” The…

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Helmet Rule Spreading In Hockey

The importance of wearing a helmet in a hockey game has been officially recognized. This summer the National Hockey League announced that their rookies will be required to wear helmets in* the forthcoming season. It is mandatory in both Canada and United States that minor league players wear helmets. The NHL announcement is an adjustment in thinking for the hockey establishment as Darryl Sittler, captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, recalls in the book, Safety On Ice, when he first wore a helmet back in 1970. “Perhaps I imagined it but I felt I got vibes from management. Nobody said anything but I got the feeling they would prefer I not wear a helmet.” Since a National Standard was set in Canada, 1975, all helmets sold for hockey in Canada must bear…

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Black Hawks Thrilled With Entry Draft Pickings

CHICAGO— The Black Hawks may not have had much to cheer about last winter, but the same cannot be said for the summer. If the agony of defeat haunts them, they at least experienced the thrill of victory Aug. 9 when the National Hockey League held its entry draft. For whatever reasons, Chicago’s record in the junior market over the years has not been, shall we say, spotless. But there was near unanimous approval over the Hawks’ No. 1 selection this time around. He is Keith Brown, a burly defenseman who is but 18 years old. Brown is six-foot-one and 192 pounds and the Hawks’ chief talent scout, Jack Davison, could not conceal his glee that Brown was available when the Hawks’ turn—No. 7 in the overall draft—came up. “He may not only be ready…