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August 31, 1984

August 31, 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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Best-Ever USA Lineup Fortified By Trottier

Michael Jackson? So who is Michael Jackson?” Bob Johnson, coach of Team USA was indignant. A Jackson family concert had a hand in depriving the American team of an exhibition date in Detroit. Didn’t the Jacksons realize what they were doing? Johnson’s team has a mission. Fortified by the addition of one of the newest American citizens, Bryan John Trottier, Team USA enters the tournament with great respect and greater expectations. “I think this will be by far the best Team USA in the Canada Cup since its inception,” said Washington general manager David Poile. Poile, an advisor to Team Canada, should know—his Capitals provided four Americans: Rod Langway, Dave Christian, Bob Carpenter and Bryan Erickson. “I think they’ve got a very legitimate shot at winning it,” said Philadelphia GM Bob Clarke. Clarke should know. He’s…

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Quebec Players Have Personal Cup Stake

QUEBEC—The participation of three Quebec players for Team Canada in the Canada Cup provides more evidence that the Nordiques are now among the top teams in the National Hockey League. Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny were original choices by Team Canada coach Glen Sather, and defenseman and team captain Mario Marois was added as a replacement for New York Islander ace Denis Potvin, sidelined because of hypertension. Stastny, more than anyone, is anxious to represent his new country in the tournament. One week before reporting to Team Canada, Stastny was bursting with confidence. He even did a radio interview live and in French. “I think we have the best team in the world,” Stastny said of Team Canada. “I’m anxious to play and I’m convinced we can win. I am in better shape…

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Radio-TV Coverage Gives Fans Their Fix

Hockey fans who are suffering from an insufficient amount of coverage of their favorite sport will receive a healthy fix with the 1984 Canada Cup. Both the television and radio coverage will be the best it’s ever been in the I three-time tournament—both in content and style—which begins Sept. 1 and will conclude on Sept. 18 if the best two-of-three tournament is over in two games. If a third game is needed, it will be played on Sept. 20. The CTV Network in Canada will be televising all five Team Canada games in the first part of the tournament, the Sept. 2 game between the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia, plus all playoff action. The same coverage will be available on CTV’s French network, TVA. There’s been interest in other countries in picking…

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Canucks Sport Distinct European Flavor

It’s taken 12 years, but the message has finally gotten across. At least the plan is at long last taking shape. So says Wayne Gretzky, the National Hockey League’s center of attention who was all of 11 years old when the initial summit confrontation between Canada and the Soviet Union took place over a never-to-be-forgotten eight-game debate in 1972. Team Canada prevailed in the inaugural clash of the shinny giants, but hardly with the ease freely forecasted before the September series. And because eyes were opened, changes were prompted. Albeit long term. The results, according to the NHL’s premier performer, will begin to unfold during the next item on the international calendar—the 1984 Canada Cup tournament, which will wind up at the Northlands Coliseum either Sept. 18 or 20. “Since 1972 we’ve been told…