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May 7, 1982

May 7, 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 VIEWPOINT

More On The Big 80 PERHAPS IT’S BEING alarmist in kicking a point around too often but it appears more and more that the National Hockey League must take a look at preventing its 840-game regular season in becoming little more than a tune-up for the Stanley Cup playoffs. In increasing numbers NHL team executives and coaches are moving towards an outlook that what happens in the Cup tournament is the only thing that really matters. The “problem” is this: All the good things a team does in its 80-game schedule, the excellent hockey it produces, the amount of fine entertainment it dishes out, the high finish it achieves and the individual accomplishments of its players can all be wiped out in a best-of-five series. Think not? When the Edmonton Oilers’ 1981-82 season…

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WHL’s Action Just As Hectic Off Ice As On

H&B Louisville Hockey H&B Louisville Hockey CALGARY—The month of April was rather hectic as far as the Western Hockey League is concerned. To whit: 1) The Seattle Breakers opened the best-of-seven Western Division final against Portland, by falling behind 5-0 just 12 minutes into the first period. But, the Breakers then roared back with seven unanswered goals and won 7-5; 2) The Regina Pats eliminated the Calgary Wranglers from their Eastern Division semifinal series, winning the best-of-five affair in four games. But, following a third-game donnybrook, both coaches—Bill LaForge of Regina and Calgary’s Doug Sauter—were ordered by the WHL to cough up $4,000 performance bonds; 3) LaForge then found himself in more trouble, following the Pats’ 6-3 win over the Broncos in Lethbridge in the first game of the east’s best-of-seven final. A first-period incident in…

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Cranbrook, Georgetown Win Allan, Hardy Cup Titles

GEORGETOWN—The Georgetown, Ontario Raiders, a hockey team that mowed down the opposition through the entire 1981-82 hockey season, are the new Canadian intermediate champions and holders of the Hardy Cup. The Raiders, who represent the Ontario Hockey Association Intermediate League, climaxed 58 years of operation—the last 11 as an intermediate club—by winning the Hardy Cup from the Quesnel, B.C. Kangaroos with a three-game sweep of their best-of-five Canadian intermediate hockey final. All three games were staged in Georgetown. The Raiders are also the first Ontario Hockey Association team to ever win the Hardy Cup. Georgetown was the second team to win a Canadian title in the past two weeks. The Cranbrook Royals of the Western International Hockey League captured the Allan Cup, emblematic of senior hockey supremacy in Canada by beating the Petrolia,…

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Maple Leafs Have Eyes For Center

TORONTO—Thousands of miles away from the home of their first draft choice, the Maple Leafs’ braintrust sat in a small arena in Tampere, Finland, watching the World Hockey Championship unfold. Acting general manager Gerry McNamara and coach Mike Nykoluk have been casting covetous eyes upon some of the talent on display in Finland, but most of these players have been scouted before. McNamara, in fact, told Jim Christie of The Globe and Mail that the Leafs were there (in Finland) in reaction to previous criticism that the club had ignored the European talent pool. Still, while the possibility remains that McNamara and Nykoluk will “discover” a player or two in Europe to sign for a shot with the Leafs, the club’s main attention will soon be directed once again to the National…