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September 1, 1980

September 1, 1980

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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HOCKEY TALK

No Off-Season For Nanne RAN INTO LOU NANNE the other day. At the airport, naturally. He was going from Minneapolis to Oklahoma City to check out his farm club in the Central Hockey League. “Lou,” I said, “I’d like to talk to you about the North Stars for next year.” “Fine,” he said. “I’ll be back home in two days. I have to play golf Thursday morning in a tournament.” “Oh,” I said. “Then I’ll get ahold of you Friday.” “Oh, no,” he said. “I’ll be in the office at three on Thursday. Early tee time.” Early tee time. I don’t know how many professional sports executives, in the middle of their off-season, would schedule their golf around their work. It’s supposed to be the other way around, isn’t it? But in Lou Nanne of the Minnesota…

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Hockey Sticks Analysis

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Canucks Using Updated Coaching Approach

LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS VANCOUVER—Everyone in Vancouver has been busy making., cracks as to the number of people flooding into the Canucks front office lately, but nobody has mentioned their quality. First. Jack Gordon was hired to be general manager Jake Milford’s assistant and then Tom Watt joined the coaching staff of Harry Neale and Dave Dunn for at least the next two years. Watt, who was very nearly lured out of his University of Toronto position two years ago by Lou Nanne of the Minnesota North Stars, comes to the Canucks officially as an assistant to Neale, but speculation has been running rampant that he will become head coach when Milford retires and Neale is moved up to the GM position. In fact, Watt, at a news conference to announce his arrival,…

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Novel Uniform Concept Gains In Popularity

Hockey has always had several odd characteristics which have helped to make it an instantly recognizable sport. Among them are allowing the players to fight—a practice which may soon cease to exist—and the hockey uniform, that awkward-looking collection of jersey, pants and pads, the mound of material under which the skaters still manage to perform some extremely agile feats. But the archaic uniform may soon be leaving the sport of hockey, probably quicker than fighting will depart, as the desire for lighter equipment—without the sacrificing of protection—is accomplished by the equipment manufacturers. For the past few years, two of the bigger names in hockey equipment—Cooper and CCM—have been designing and testing hockey uniforms that are much lighter and more streamlined than the traditional garb. It is a trend which has been successfully…