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December 14, 1984

December 14, 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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Team Canada Eyes Golden Opportunity

The way coach Terry Simpson and director of player personnel Sherry Bassin see it, the 46 players invited to try out for Canada’s national junior hockey team have a golden opportunity. The unit, including eight U.S. college players, five first-round National Hockey League draft picks and 10 others chosen in the second round last June, will assemble in Belleville on Dec. 10 for a mini-tryout camp to pick the best 20 for the world junior championships. Dec. 23 to Jan. I in Finland. The objective is clear—winning a gold. “I came back from the last year’s tournament impressed by Canada’s hockey players,” said Simpson, who was the assistant to Brian Kilrea on last year’s team, which finished fourth with a 4-2-1 record in Sweden after a devastating opening loss to the Finns. “I…

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TRIVIA

1. What New York Ranger forward is known as “Old Mississippi?” 2. Against what goaltender did Bobby Orr score his last NHL goal? 3. Who recorded the Washington Capitals’ first league shutout? 4. What former Vezina Trophy winner was the top goalie in the AHL in 1968-69 and 1969-70? 5. What two teams played the first regular-season overtime game in 198384? 6. Which Plager brother was an original Atlanta Flame? 7. What NHL goaltender recorded the first shutout of the ’84-85 season? 8. What NHL team was in existence for only one season, yet had the scoring champ that year? 9. What two current NHL coaches played together with the 1968-69 Montreal Canadiens? 10. What current NHL player led the USA in scoring at the 1979 World Hockey Championships? Answers in next week’s issue. Last Week’s Trivia Answers 1. Greg Terrion. 2.…

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DEMON BLOND

Guy Latleur had spent a long time pondering one of the most difficult decisions of his 33 years. The confidence in his abilities diminishing, Lafleur knew the day was fast approaching when he would have to step out of the limelight of playing for the Montreal Canadiens. In the late afternoon of Nov. 26, Lafleur made one thing perfectly clear—he was retiring from the National Hockey League. “I thought about this during the summer,” said Lafleur, one of the greatest players to have ever played the game and a folk hero in the province of Quebec. “After we did so well in the playoffs. 1 wanted to come back and try again. “Nobody pushed me to make this decision. I took it on my own. The opportunity to work with the organization will be a…

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PLAYER TRANSACTIONS

NATIONAL LEAGUE BOSTON—Brian Curran, D, back from injury list. Ken Linseman, C, sidelined for week with shoulder injury. BUFFALO—Lindy Ruff, D, out of action indefinitely after suffering shoulder separation. Jacques Cloutier, G, returned from Rochester of AHL to undergo surgery for torn knee ligaments. Cloutier is out for the rest of the season. CALGARY—Mike Eaves, C, and Lanny McDonald, RW, back from injury list. Bruce Eakin, C, returned to Moncton of AHL. CHICAGO—Dave Feamster, D, and Bob MacMillan, LW, assigned to Milwaukee of Dan Frawley, RW, recalled from Milmukee. Jack O’Callahan, D, sidelined indefinitely with bruised shoulder. DETROIT—Dwight Foster, C, out for month with knee injury. EDMONTON—Larry Melnyk, D, returned to Nova Scotia of AHL. HARTFORD—Mark Paterson, D, recalled from Binghamton of AHL Marty Howe, D, Returned to Binghamton as a replacement. LOS ANGELES—Darren Eliot, G, sidelined with…