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March 23, 1984

March 23, 1984

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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Maybe Hamilton Doesn’t Need Harold Ballard If you’ve been following the disaster that is the Pittsburgh Penguins, you may have noticed it is rapidly closing in on the crisis stage. Forget the team’s last-place standing in the National Hockey League. The Penguins accomplished that much last year, though this year’s numbers—14 wins, 34 points—are even more woeful. But there is another set of more condemning numbers, numbers like 3, 812, 3, 599 and 3, 844. Those are the attendance figures for three of the last four Penguin home games. The question that arises is how much longer will construction magnate Edward DeBartolo continue underwriting the sort of losses those numbers foster? The Penguins lost $3.5 million last year, will blow another $5 million this and while that may be a drop in DeBartolo’s…

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Gillies Comes Back With Important Goal

LONG ISLAND—On the night that Olympians Pat LaFontaine and Pat Flatley made their Nassau Coliseum debuts, Clark Gillies scored a goal. It broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Flyers. It also may have been one of the most important goals in Gillies’ career. Here’s why: Until he scored that goal, the veteran left winger was in a real funk. He had been goalless in 10 games when he was benched for the first time in his career at Winnipeg Feb. 29. Three nights later, the Islanders played the Maple Leafs at Toronto and Gillies again watched the game from the stands. Gillies did not object to the two-game benching. In fact, he welcomed the rest, which appeared to rejuvenate him. He played what he termed “a…

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Stars, Maxwell Get It Together

BLOOMINGTON—It was almost getting to the point where Brad Maxwell was a perennial rookie. Maxwell broke in with the North Stars by scoring 57 points in his first year, a sizzling number for a defenseman from the New Westminster Bruins. But instead of taking a direct route to National Hockey League stardom in Minnesota, Maxwell was something of an emigma: brilliant with his puckhandling, pinpoint passing and willingness and ability to fight, but erratic with what seemed to be wavering intensity. Each year the spots of brilliance made those who appreciated Maxwell’s boundless potential assume he was on the verge of becoming a star. This year, Maxwell finally seems to have found that level. “This is my best year,” Maxwell said. “By far.” Maxwell doesn’t judge his season by points, but those points are interesting. Maxwell…