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May 15, 1981

May 15, 1981

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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Flames Rose To Occasion Despite Heat In Spectrum

CALGARY—On the whole, the Calgary Flames would rather not have been in Philadelphia for the seventh game of their quarterfinal series with the Flyers. That they had little choice in the matter mattered little. The Flames led the series 3-1 and had one chance to win it at the Stampede Corral, a building they had been nearly invincible in since early February. In that stretch, they had lost just once in 30 games. Instead, the Flyers won a close 3-2 decision, evened the series and flew home knowing how much trouble the Flames have had winning in the Spectrum over the last three years. No one gave the Flames much chance of salvaging the series. No one, except the Flames’ players, that is. “We said we’d beat them and that’s what we’re going…

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Goaltending Might Be Royals’ Stumbling Block

LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS CORNWALL—Heading into the Memorial Cup, the Cornwall Royals have a well-balanced scoring attack and experience on the blueline. Their only downfall could be in goal. Up front, the Royals are led by sophomore phenom Dale Hawerchuk. The Oshawa, Ont. native, last season’s Rookie of the Year, led all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scorers with 81 goals and 102 assists this season for 183 points, 18 more than runner-up Alain Lemieux from Trois-Rivieres. Hawerchuk continued his scoring touch in the playoffs, finishing in a tie with Mark Crawford for the team lead with 35 points. Hawerchuk scored 15 goals and 20 assists; Crawford 20 and 15. But don’t be mistaken into believing all of Royals’ power is contained in one line or one player. Hawerchuk played the majority of the…

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Bellows Youngest Winner Of Molson ‘Star’ Award

KITCHENER—Brian Bellows of the Kitchener Rangers is the youngest winner among the 12 players in the annual Molson Major Cup competition for three-star selections among teams in the Ontario Hockey League. The spectacular Kitchener center is only 16 years of age making him even younger than Oshawa’s great young left winger, Tony Tanti, who is just 17. Bellows won the Kitchener segment of the Molson Three-Star competition while Tanti topped the Oshawa balloting. Here are the various city winners: Brantford–Mike Bullard, center, 20 years old. Kingston—Bernie Nicholls, center, 19. Kitchener—Brian Bellows, center, 16. London—Peter Reed, right wing. 19. Niagara Falls—Steve Larmer, right wing, 19. Oshawa—Tony Tanti, left wing, 17. Ottawa—Randy Cunneyworth. center. 20. Peterborough—Jim Wiemer, left wing, 20. Sault—John Goodwin, center, 19. Sudbury—Mike Hickey, center, 18. Toronto—Bruce Dowie, goaltender, 18. Windsor—Ernie Godden, center, 20. The Molson Cup competition is based on the post-game three star…

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Royals Draw First Blood In Memorial Cup Tourney

WINDSOR—The Cornwall Royals got off on the right foot in the defense of their Memorial Cup as they turned back the Kitchener Rangers 6-3 in game one of the week-long roundrobin championship tournament at the Windsor Arena. Aided by an injury to starting Kitchener goaltender Wendell Young, the Royals pumped in four goals before Kitchener coach Orval Tessier decided Young’s injury would not allow him to continue. Young had assured Tessier that he could start after taking a hard shot from a teammate on an unprotected area of his catching arm. Cornwall fired two easy shots at Young early and both went in for goals. The Royals went on to take a big 5-2 lead after the first period and the Ontario titleholders simply couldn’t catch up before a crowd of 3,960. Young…