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August 19, 1982

August 19, 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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Quebec Is Quiet In Summer Recess

QUEBEC—During the summer, the Quebec fans and players take a much-needed vacation from the world of hockey in a city where, for nine months each year, the media is saturated with National Hockey League analysis. Last season, the coverage was intense as the Nordiques made it to the semi-finals of the Stanley Cup. But in July and August, the fans are much more interested in the fate of the Montreal Expos. The players, meanwhile, are completing a tour of the province of Quebec playing exhibition softball games. On the hockey scene, not much has been happening. There is nothing new in the Marc Tardif situation. General manager Maurice Filion promised some news by the end of June, but nothing materialized. NHL officials investigated Tardif’s in-volvement in the player-agent field, and ruled out…

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Penguin Veteran Sheppard Victim Of Youth Movement

PITTSBURGH—Last year, the Penguins trimmed no fewer than five players—30 or older—from their roster during the off-season. The trend is continuing this year, and the first victim is 33-year-old center Gregg Sheppard. The Penguins placed the 10-year National Hockey League veteran on waivers and since no other club claimed him, Pittsburgh plans to buy out the option year of his contract. “I was shocked,” said Sheppard about the move. “I saw Baz (general manager Baz Bastien) before they went to the draft and he said, ‘We have to talk about your contract.’ I assumed they were either going to let me play out my option or sign me to a one-and-one (one season and an option year) contract.” Sheppard learned the hard way what happens to a person who assumes incorrectly. The 5-8, 170-pounder…

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Aluminum Tries For Share Of The Stick Market

Tradition has been and still is an innate part of hockey. Traditional rivalries grew; traditional strategies evolved, but one area where the game has gradually moved away from tradition is the field of equipment, where a number of changes have emerged. Fifteen years ago, very few National Hockey League players wore helmets. Now, more than 80 percent of them do and the percentages for non-professionals playing hockey are well in excess of 95 percent. Only a few years back, players began using plastic skate blade holders because they were lighter and could be manufactured to hold an edge better. Now, the tube-style metal blade holder is nearly passe. Even the traditional two-piece hockey uniform with short pants and long stockings is in danger of being replaced by Cooperalls and CCM’s Total…

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Coming Next Month

Next month’s issue marks a milestone for THE HOCKEY NEWS. It will be our 35th anniversary and we invite all our readers to join the celebration. We’ll be turning back the clock and taking a look at our own history. That isn’t to say we’ll forget about the present. As the opening of National Hockey League training camps draws near, we will have complete reports on every team as well as our regular features and columnists. Plus, we will make a couple of exciting announcements regarding new features to be included in THE HOCKEY NEWS once we get back on a weekly schedule. Also, we’ll have an update on how the National Hockey League owners and the Players’ Association are progressing on their attempts to come up with a new collective bargaining agreement. And…