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April 1, 1983

April 1, 1983

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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Brandon Will Keep Wheat Kings With Community Ownership Plan

BRANDON—A last ditch attempt by a group of Brandon and area citizens paid off with the announcement that the Wheat Kings will be staying in Manitoba’s Wheat City. When owner Jack Brockest announced that the Western Hockey League franchise was for sale, the group surfaced and attempted to raise $300,000. The campaign ran into problems and, in fact, stalled completely at pledges totalling $156,000 just 72 hours before a deadline had been imposed by Brockest. But more than $85,000 in pledges surfaced almost immediately and the group was then able to conclude and offer to purchase the franchise, with the ownership transfer effective April 1. The group will not be able to collect the money until it receives final approval from the Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC). In keeping with its aim of creating community…

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Blues Get Surprise Effort From Reserve Goaltender

ST. LOUIS—The sacrificial lamb turned out to be a roaring lion—a lion that blew kisses to the crowd, no less. When St. Louis Blues’ coach Barclay Plager looked at his team’s schedule and saw back-to-back games against the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, he decided to start rookie Rick Heinz in goal against the Stanley Cup champion Islanders. The Blues had not defeated the Islanders in their last 12 meetings. If ever a sacrificial lamb were being offered up to the champions, this was it. The strategy seemed sound enough: No. 1 goalie Mike Liut, who had been in goal for 10 of those 12 games against the Islanders, was to be rested so he’d be fresh for the key game in Toronto, which the Blues were battling for a…

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HOCKEY VIEWPOINT

An Old Pro Returns THERE’S A DANDY little twist of irony to the fact that Dave Farrish has played a fairly prominent role in the modest move the Toronto Maple Leafs have made to-wards respectability in the National Hockey League this season. Maybe there’s a little message in Farrish’s return to regular duty in the NHL. too, of which a few big-league clubs should take notice. You see, Farrish is that rarest of birds in the NHL picture these days—the player who, in mid-career, logged a fairly sizeable stint in the minors and made it back to the big leagues. After NHL stints with the New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques, Farrish wound up with the Leafs in the ’79-80 season along with winger Terry Martin in one of the many deals made by…

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Those ‘Explosive’ Rangers Gearing Up For Playoffs

NEW YORK—“Explosive.” That’s how Flyer coach Bob McCammon describes the skating-and-motion system employed by his counterpart, Herb Brooks of the Rangers. And that’s just what the Rangers were as they skated and checked their way to an 8-2 victory over the Flyers at Madison Square Garden in a preview of the opening-round match-up of the Patrick Division playoffs. For Glen Hanlon, the game meant redemption from his struggles of previous months and, finally, acceptance by the Garden fans. “With this team, when there’s a guy down, they go out of their way to help him out,” said the goalie who hit rock bottom the week before in Vancouver but rebounded later in the Rangers’ road trip. Hanlon’s recovery is significant for the Rangers in the long run because he seems to be the team’s…