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June 1, 1982

June 1, 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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Coming Next Month

As is our custom, a good part of the July issue of THE HOCKEY NEWS will be devoted to statistics—not only from the National Hockey League but also from all the minor and amateur leagues. In addition to our usual scoring and goaltending stats, we’ll also have the final plus-minus figures for the NHL for this past season. In addition to the statistics, we’ll also have (finally!) a complete rundown on the results of this year’s Entry Draft. As that June 9 date rapidly approached, rumors and potential deals were running rampant as all the NHL’s general managers jockeyed for a better position in what appeared to be one of the most talent-laden drafts in recent history. By the time our July issue rolls around, we’ll all know what teams Brian…

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Bellows Steals Show As Kitchener Wins Cup

H&B Louisville Hockey H&B Louisville Hockey HULL—They gathered across the river from Canada’s capital to watch the battle for Canadian junior hockey supremacy between representatives of the three major junior leagues. And they came to see the play of some of Canada’s leading candidates for the National Hockey League’s June draft, including top of the chart players Brian Bellows of Kitchener and Gary Nylund and Ken Yaremchuk of Portland. And when it was over, Bellows and his Kitchener Rangers’ teammates were the big winners, winning the 1982 Memorial Cup championship with a 7-4 victory in the final game. Portland wasn’t even in the final, supplanted by a furious skating Quebec outfit from Sherbrooke. In storybook fashion, Bellows capped off a pressure-packed junior year in which he’s been continually touted as the player most likely…

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Bossy Exemplified Isles’ Desire To Retain Cup

In the glowing aftermath of the Islanders’ sweep of the Canucks in the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bob Bourne posed a question. “How can you say we’re not great,” the Isles’ lanky left winger pleaded. “Tell me, how?” The Islanders are great. Even Dave (Tiger) Williams conceded that. Said the Canucks’ chief agitator: “We tried to play tough. We banged them around and they stood up to it. They’re true champions.” Nobody stood up to it better than Mike Bossy, whose two power play goals three minutes apart in the second period propelled the Islanders to their Cup-clinching 3-1 victory in Game Four at Vancouver. Williams spent a good part of the final series attempting to bait Bossy into a fight. “I wanted to cut his head off during…

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Unstable Rangers Tested The Isles

NEW YORK—Much was made during the playoffs of the Stanley Cup champion Islanders’ “foot-soldiers”, the second wave of attackers—the Bob Nystroms, John Tonellis, and Wayne Merricks—who so effectively backed up the team’s big guns, Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier. These foot-soldiers became forces to be reckoned with and targets of their opponents’ strategies. Case in point: During the RangerIslander Patrick Division finals, Nick Fotiu, Gary Burns and Cam Connor had a mandate to neutralize Nystrom and Tonelli, both clutch scorers who also like to mix it up in the corners. One reason for this implied heirarchy on the Islanders, a fact that made it possible, was the stability of their lineup, the resemblance between the team that took the ice in October and the team that carried the Stanley Cup around…