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June 1, 1984

June 1, 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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Wolves Howl About Defenseman Moylan

Louisville Hockey TORONTO—The midget draft was a howling success for Tillsonburg’s Dave Moylan. Moylan joined a select company that includes Dan Quinn, Brian Bellows, Mark Hunter, Kirk Muller, Craig Hart-sburg and Mike Allison as former first picks overall in the Ontario Hockey League’s annual midget draft. Sudbury Wolves, the team with the worst record in the OHL this past season, chose Moylan, a 6-foot, 180-pound defenseman from St. Mary’s Lincolns of the Western Junior B League to kick off the draft. In all, 270 players from the Ontario and Maritime provinces and the U.S. were chosen by the 15 league members. “It’s a privilege and an honour,” said Moylan, who had been considering U.S. college opportunities. “What changed my mind was the fact I was rated number two (by the OHL Central Scouting Bureau)…

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Baldwin Reminded Of Past With Oiler Win

HARTFORD—For 12 years, the length of the Whalers’ franchise, Howard Baldwin has headed the organization, but for the first seven of those years he was involved in a life-or-death struggle known as the World Hockey Association. When the Edmonton Oilers, one of four WHA teams to join the National Hockey League in a well-chronicled expansion five years ago, part of Baldwin was delighted. “On one hand. I feel incredibly good about what Edmonton accomplished,” said Baldwin, the chairman and managing general partner of the Whalers. “When we joined the NHL, guys like Harry Sinden were widely quoted as saying that there was no way that our teams would even be on a par with the established teams. Now five years later, here’s Edmonton holding onto the Stanley Cup. You have to give…

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

The definition of a team player is one who will put team goals ahead of personal goals. Ralph Backstrom, who played professional hockey in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association for 20 seasons (1956-76), is one of the best examples of a team player. For almost 15 of his 17 seasons in the NHL, Backstrom played for the Montreal Canadiens as a third-line center behind two Hall Of Fame greats, Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard. “There were times in my career that I felt I could have played better statistically if I would have played on another team besides the Canadiens,” said Backstrom, winner of the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year in 1959. “1 could have achieved more personal success playing for another team as a first-line…

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Kilrea’s 10-Year Cup Grail Comes To End

KITCHENER—Ottawa 67s were simply too much for the Rangers this season and the Ontario Hockey League was too much for the West and Quebec. The 67s beat the Rangers in the finals of the Ontario Hockey Leeague and earned a right to play in the Memorial Cup, which the Rangers were host to after winning the OHL regular-season title. And when it came to the final of the Memorial Cup, the 67s and Rangers were pitted against each other again. And again Ottawa proved superior, winning 7-2 for the first Cup championship in their 17-year history. Ottawa finished off its season in a flurry, capturing 22 of its last 24 regularseason games, allowing the fewest goals in the league, suffering only one playoff loss in 18 contests—an identical 7-2 score to the Rangers.…