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April 5, 1985

April 5, 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.

The Minors

Blades, Stars Fight To Bad Finish

UTICA—Comedian Henny Youngman would have loved it. The man who made famous the line, “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out,” would have been right at home in an Atlantic Coast Hockey League game March 15, featuring the Erie Golden Blades and Mohawk Valley Stars. It’s a hockey situation so unique nobody has ever heard of it happening before. For the record, the Blades defeated the Stars 3-1, but it was a contest that was never completed. After two bench-clearing brawls, a total of 16 players were ejected and referee Bob Albano had no choice but to end the game with 14:19 remaining in the third period. There just weren’t enough players to finish the game. After conferring with commissioner Ray Miron, the game was awarded to the Blades since…


Healthy Hawks Peaking As Playoffs Draw Near

CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS CHICAGO—Which ever team faces the Chicago Black Hawks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs isn’t going to have it easy. Just ask Calgary coach Bob Johnson. Johnson watched his team lose 3-1 to the Hawks and was impressed by what he saw. “Now that Chicago has everybody healthy, I wouldn’t want any part of that team in the first round of the playoffs,” he said. The victory over Calgary concluded a successful three-game road trip for the Hawks. They opened with a 6-4 win in Vancouver, lost by the same score in Edmonton and regrouped to register the victory in Calgary. The win in Vancouver—with Murray Bannerman making his 11th consecutive start in goal—was the Hawks’ first since Jan. 24, 1979, when Tony Esposito shut out the Canucks 5-0.…



Q. Why do NHL teams wear their white jerseys at home. In the 1960s they wore their dark sweaters. Do they not alternate every decade? Derek Rogers Oromocto, N.B. A. The National Hockey League board of governors decided at the 1970 NHL meetings to switch home teams to the white-based uniforms. It was felt this would be better for the fans because it would give them more variety, as they would see the more colorful dark-based uniforms of the other clubs in the league. Q. If there was a tie for the last playoff spot in an NHL division at the end of the regular season, what format is used to break the tie? Derek Oger Thunder Bay, Ont. A. The NHL uses a three-pronged formula to decide ties for playoff spots, and it applies…


Sabres Frustrated In Pursuit Of First Place

BUFFALO SABRES BUFFALO—Just how badly do the Buffalo Sabres want to win the Adams Division title? If you take a look at some recent results you could say they don’t want it very badly, or if they do they aren’t showing it. With only a handful of games remaining in their regular-season schedule, the Sabres found themselves in a three-way battle for first place with the Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques. But not one of these three teams seemed to want it. The Sabres recently concluded a four-game road trip out west, tying two (Los Angeles and Edmonton) and losing two (Vancouver and Winnipeg). That’s two out of a possible eight points. They returned home for three games and sandwiched a win over Pittsburgh in between losses to the Canucks and Boston. That’s two more…