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April 23, 1982

April 23, 1982

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 PEOPLE

Swinging With The Stars One of hockey’s most unique ownerships involves Richard Sterban, shown above dropping the ceremonial first puck during the Central Hockey League’s All Star game this season. Sterban, the bass singer for the Oak Ridge Boys, holds a part ownership in the Nashville South Stars of the CHL. Rolling Back The Clock Three of hockey’s greatest performers came back for a nostalgic appearance during the Hartford Whalers’ oldtimer game against the Montreal Canadiens. Referee for the game, Maurice Richard, dropped the puck between the great Gordie Howe, at left, and the Rocket’s younger brother, Henri. Between them, the three former NHL stars scored a total of 1,703 goals in regular NHL league play during their careers. Giving A Helping Hand The Boston Bruins and Quebec Nordiques have agreed to a Sept. 24…

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BLUELINES

The forces hoping to keep the Rangers at Madison Square Garden may be in for a shocker. While MSG boss Sonny Werblin has wrung big business concessions from the unions, New York City and New York State, Werblin’s superior, it is whispered, has been less impressed. Gulf and Western boss Charles Bludhorn appears leaning toward a Rangers move to the Meadowlands. Only a mighty eleventh hour move by city officials can head off the move by “Bottom Line” Bludhorn… Hall of Fame selection committee has come up with a pick that will be very popular with a member of the Campbell Conference… When Don Cherry was asked about hints that he might be the next Flyers coach he snapped that he dislikes the long pants worn by Philly skaters… Flyers…

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NHL Playoff Picture

PATRICK DIVISION WALES CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS ADAMS DIVISION CAMPBELL CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS SMYTHE DIVISION NORRIS DIVISION TOP PLAYOFF SCORERS…

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BEDCLOTHES

History Lesson THIS WAS written before the completion of a tense, noisy series for the championship of French Canada—Montreal Canadiens vs Quebec Nor-diques. Much was made by bush-league sociologists about the nationalistic overtones, how Quebec City has replaced Montreal as the French Canadian hockey town. I’m suspicious of that because most of the bushleague sociologists who spread that guff play the same instrument I do, the typewriter, and learned sociology from assorted barkeeps, waitresses and goodtime Charlies around the NHL. Do they mean that Quebec City is more French than Montreal? If so, the answer, I think, is yes. But that doesn’t mean that Montreal has suddenly become the Anglo capital of the province of Quebec. The fact, hockey fans, is that Quebec City is the ancient, walled fortress where Canada began, its roots plunged deep…