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December 21, 1984

December 21, 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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Bruins Aim For Glory And The Cup

NEW WESTMINSTER—Last time the Memorial Cup championship was staged in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum, the New Westminster Bruins laid claim to major junior hockey supremacy in Canada. That was 1977. Nine years later, the Memorial Cup will again be staged in the Pacific Coliseum and the Bruins will be there, too. Well, at least they hope to be. Although it hasn’t officially been decided, it’s expected the 1986 national classic will likely include a host club—the Bruins. And as soon as the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and Canadian Major Junior Hockey League approve the Dec. 3 decision to play host to the event in Vancouver, it’s expected the Bruins can start preparing to be seen in the prestigious tourney. In voting by all 14 WHL clubs, New Westminster beat bids from Portland, Lethbridge and Calgary. “We’re…

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PLAYER TRANSACTIONS

BEAVER TALES NATIONAL LEAGUE BOSTON—Don Sylvestri, G, recalled from Indianapolis of IHL as replacement for Doug Keans, G, who is sidelined for 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Ken Linseman, C, and Lyndon Byers, RW, back from injury list. BUFFALO—Steve Patrick, RW, and Jim Wiemer, D, traded to the NY Rangers for Dave Maloney, D, and Chris Renaud, D, who was recalled from New Haven of AHL. Sabres sent Renaud to Rochester of AHL. Timo Jutila, D, Claude Verret, C, Gates Orlando, C, Mike Moller, RW, and Normand Lacombe, RW, all recalled from Rochester. Jim Schoenfeld, D, relieved of coaching duties at Rochester and activated as a player by the Sabres. Schoenfeld’s coaching assistant, John Van Boxmeer, stepped up as head coach. Real Cloutier, RW, and Jutila, assigned to Rochester. Gilles Perreault, LW,…

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Pine Bridge Bucking For Raise To Ton Of League

PINE BRIDGE—What a difference a year has made for the Pine Bridge Bucks. The Bucks were mired in last place all of last season in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, but it’s a different story this time around, with the team challenging the Carolina Thunderbirds for first place. A talented crop of rookies has infused new blood into the Bucks and, along with several returning veterans, has helped make Pine Bridge the talk of the league. In the high-scoring ACHL, an outstanding defense is a rarity, but that is just what the Bucks possess. They have given up only three goals per game. While some credit goes to the defensemen, the Bucks boast two of the top three goalies, statistically speaking. Both veteran Steve Heittola and rookie Ray Leblanc have goals-against averages of three…

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O’Neill Taking Heat For Weak Hierarchy

It’s probably a little too late to be devoting a column to the unfortunate, face-spearing incident which took place between Minnesota’s Paul Holmgren and Hartford’s Torrie Robertson on Oct. 27. But it is very definitely not too late to, once again, admonish the powers that be at the National Hockey League offices for their reluctance or sheer inability to correctly and courageously handle this situation. A quick review of the facts: Holmgren and Robertson came into contact alongside the Hartford bench while chasing the puck into the Whalers’ zone. On that much they’ll both agree. After that, their version of the foreplay preceding the main event differs. Holmgren: “The butt end of his stick hit me on the side of the head, and he rubbed his glove in my face as we…