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March 8, 1985

March 8, 1985

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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BLUELINES

Wayne Gretzky says he’s thought about marrying longtime friend Vickie Moss but has decided against it—for the moment, at least—because of her singing career. This is one of several revelations made by the Great One in a lengthy Playboy interview to hit the stands March 5. BLUELINES obtained an advance copy in which Gretzky denies that he lives with Vickie. “She does a lot of travelling in her career,” he says, “and I’m gone an awful lot, so we don’t (live together). We do manage to see a lot of each other. She gives me room for my career and I give her room for her career and that’s why we have a great relationship.” Gretzky ducked a question about naming “the dirtiest player in hockey” but adds that the…

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Riley Does Juggling Act Hoping For Playoff Edge

LOWELL—You’ve got to be part alchemist to be a hockey coach. You’ve also got to be a little lucky. Billy Riley is both. The Lowell Chiefs, a team laden—or burdened—with freshmen playing a regular shift, is still in the running for fourth place—which includes home-ice berth in the playoffs—in Hockey East. It certainly hasn’t hurt that their chief rivals. New Hampshire and Northeastern, have gone through extensive slumps in the loop’s inaugural campaign. A second reason is Riley’s mixing and juggling of his available players, trying to find the winning combination. His team’s top trio consists of a freshman at center, another freshman who’s converted from defense to left wing, and a junior transfer, who sat out last season waiting to become eligible, on right wing. Rookie center Jon Morris from nearby Chelmsford,…

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Bowman Honored For Coaching Milestone

HOCKEY NOTEBOOK Two days after the Montreal Canadians feted Guy Lafleur at the Montreal Forum, the Buffalo Sabre repeated a similar cere-money for his former coach, William Scott Bowman. Bowman, who broke Dick Irvin’s record for career wins by a coach (690) on Dec. 19, 1983 was honored at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, and among the dignitaries in attendance were National Hockey League president John Ziegler. New York Islanders’ coach Al Arbour, a former player and captain of Bowman’s St. Louis team, and Lafleur. Bowman received a gold plaque with pucks shaped to form 691, round trip tickets to Florida from his players and a plaque from the Edmonton Oilers, whom the Sabres were playing that night. In addition, Bowman received a message from U.S. president Ronald Reagan, complete with an error. “I’m delighted…

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Bozon To Trek Long Way To Draft

ST. JEAN—Phillippe Bozon of the St. Jean Castors may make the quantum leap from junior hockey in France to the National Hockey League draft in little more than a year. Last season at 17, the right winger and center from Megeve, France, spent three weeks with the Castors during training camp, then returned home because he felt he wasn’t ready for major junior hockey. Now the 5-foot-11, 175 pounder leads the Castors in scoring with 29 goals and 40 assists for 69 points in 56 games. “I’ve seen him play nine or 10 times this season and he has always played well,” said Pierre Dorion of the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Bureau. “He skates well and has good hands. I think he’ll get drafted, probably in the middle rounds. He may not…