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October 9, 1981

October 9, 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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Rugged Division Doesn’t Faze Caps

LANDOVER—The Washington Capitals neither expect nor desire sympathy for their current status as a member of the tough Patrick Division. For one thing, the Capitals asked for it. For another, they are not at all pessimistic about their prospects. “All summer in Canada, everyone was telling me, ‘What a division you’re in,’ “said coach Gary Green. “We’re aware of it. We asked for it. The Islanders reign supreme, and they should, but I don’t think we’re all that far apart from a team like Philadelphia and we’re every bit as good a team, if not better than, the Rangers and Pittsburgh. Of course, that’s fine and dandy to say, but we have to go out and prove it.” A year ago, the Capitals were 5-10-1 against their four Patrick playmates. They divided…

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AMATEUR SCOREBOARD

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE (Standings on Tue. Sept. 29) Emms Division Leyden Division GAMES COMPLETED Wed. Sept. 23 Kingston 7 at Belleville 12 Thu. Sept. 24 Brantford 2 at Peterborough 4 S.S. Marie 6 at Windsor 1 Niagara Falls 2 at Cornwall 7 Fri. Sept. 25 S.S. Marie 4 at Kitchener 6 Oshawa 5 at London 10 Cornwall 2 at Kingston 4 Peterborough 6 at Brantford 4 Sat. Sept. 26 Niagara Falls 5 at Sudbury 3 Ottawa 3 at Belleville 4 Sun. Sept. 27 Peterborough 3 at Windsor 8 Niagara Falls 2 at S.S. Marie 5 Ottawa 3 at Oshawa 4 Sudbury 4 at Kitchener 6 Toronto 1 at Brantford 0 Kingston 4 at Cornwall 9 WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE (Standings on Tue. Sept. 29) EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION GAMES COMPLETED Fri. Sept. 25 Lethbridge 0 at Regina 3 Calgary 2 at Billings 4 Sat. Sept. 26 Lethbridge 5 at Medicine Hat 6 Calgary 5 at Billings 4 Sun. Sept. 27 Brandon 6 at Saskatoon Medicine Hat 1 at Lethbridge 8 QUEBEC…

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Dallas Defense Opens On The Road

DALLAS—The Black Hawks are starting their 15th consecutive season in the Central League, now backed by the Vancouver Canucks, and still smarting from their playpff upset a year ago. Dallas ran away with the regular season championship last year, but lost out in the playoff semifinals, an occurrence returning coach Danny Belisle, who was named CHL Coach of the Year for 1980-81, would just as soon forget. With their rink occupied by the Texas State Fair, the Black Hawks must play their first six games on the road before finally playing before the home town crown at the end of the month, when Fort Worth visits on Oct. 31. Here’s a roundup on the other Southern Division CHL clubs. FORT WORTH TEXANS—Also beginning their 15th straight season, the Texans are backed by the Colorado…

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Templeton Coach Again As Gauthier Quits Falls

NIAGARA FALLS—As predicted in this space last week—if Peterbrough Petes’ coach Dave Dryden wasn’t the Ontario Hockey League coach most under the gun, then it probably was Paul Gauthier of the Niagara Falls Flyers. Was is the right description as Gauthier, who came to the Flyers last season, resigned his coaching duties with the club before the team had even completed their training camp. As expected, club vice president and general manager, Bert Templeton now has expanded his role with the club to include the coaching portfolio as well. Templeton is returning to junior hockey after two years as the coach of the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American League and rumors began almost immediately that Gauthier’s status was shaky if the club got off to a slow start. Gauthier, apparently decided to leave…