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December 14, 1979

December 14, 1979

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Park Operated On BOSTON—A third operation on his right knee within the last year will sideline Bruins’ defenseman Brad Park probably for at least two months. Park, who has not played in the 1979-80 season, missed half of the schedule last year due to knee problems and operations. He underwent surgery during the offseason and reported to training camp in excellent shape but problems with a fluid build-up in his knee necessitated further surgery. The surgery removed several small bone spurs and smoothed the area under the kneecap according to Bruins’ physical therapist Jim Kausek. Park will wear a cast for one month and then may possibly resume skating with two months seen as a reasonable recovery period. Petes To Europe PETERBOROUGH—With financial problems resolved, the Peterborough Petes and seven other players from Ontario Major…

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End Drawing Near For Venerable Olympia

DETROIT—Time is running out for Olympia Stadium. As the National Hockey League turned into December, the grand old building on Grand River was counting down the hockey games. Home of the Detroit Red Wings since it was built more than half-a-century ago, Olympia will be vacated by the NHL club after the game Dec. 15 against the Quebec Nordiques. The Wings are scheduled to move into their new home on the riverfront, the Joe Louis Sports Arena, on Dec. 27 when they entertain the St. Louis Blues. The new arena will open with a pair of college basketball games early in December, but the Wings, with a 12 day break in their home schedule, delayed their move a little bit to allow themselves plenty of time to make the switch effectively and smoothly. While a…

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Break Makes Eaves A North Star

BLOOMINGTON—When the North Stars returned to Minnesota from a one-game road trip to Chicago, one of the first to welcome rookie Mike Eaves aboard was Bobby Smith. A few pleasantries exchanged, Smith and Eaves got down to some serious discussion on the breaks of the game. Smith, Minnesota’s leading scorer through its first 16 games and the 1978-79 National Hockey League rookie of the year, was lost to the team in mid-November for four to six weeks with a broken right ankle. Eaves suggested Smith stay active while the cast was on his foot. “He wanted to know if there were any complications,” Eaves said. “The only problem I had was that the ligaments and tendons were a little tender. I told Bobby I lifted weights to keep my upper body strong and…