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September 6, 1985

September 6, 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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Dog Days With The Good Doctor

“OH, DOCTOR ORR! Oh, learned philosopher of the puck and renowned analyst of the grand old ice game! What a break this is to find you in your office in the middle of summer! What goes on in hockey that’s puzzling, mystifying, perplexing and difficult to figure out doesn’t stop because of the hot weather and we poor observers need an explanation to all the bafflegab, poppycock and claptrap!” “Always happy to illuminate the dark comers for you folks. But the old doc might not have the answers to all the matters that muddle the game these days. A few might need divine revelation to decipher their machinations and idelogy. Now what seems to be your problem? What can’t you understand?” “I thought ‘strike’ was something that only low-ranked games like baseball…

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Smail, Hayward Benefit From Productive Years

WINNIPEG JETS WINNIPEG—Nibbling away at his own roster, GM John Ferguson has all but completed his summer’s task of signing the players who comprise the Winnipeg Jets. Staggering his announcements. Ferguson signed left winger Doug Smail, goaltender Brian Hayward and defenseman Wade Campbell in a three-week period during the dead of summer. Only two players entering their option year were left to be signed. And if Robert Picard or Jim Kyte were posing a problem, Ferguson wasn’t saying so. Hayward and Smail are coming off exceptional years. An extremely fast winger, Smail has complemented the swarming, tic-tac-toe styles of Swedish teammates. Entrenching himself as the Jets’ No. 1 goaltender, Hayward posted a 33-17-7 record and a 3.84 goals-against average last season. He broke 10 club records, including one for the longest winning streak—nine games. As the 1984-85…

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Romano Revises His Plans For Retirement

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PITTSBURGH—The goaltender of the future for the Pittsburgh Penguins is again the goaltender of the present. Roberto Romano, who announced his retirement late last season, has changed his mind and will report to training camp on September 17. “I’m going to come back and see what happens. “said Romano. “I’m going to give it my best shot, but I realize I’ve got to start all over again.” Romano, 22, was called the team’s “goaltender of the future.” by club officials until he said he would retire to begin work as a wine distributor in Baltimore. However, he returned to his Montreal home when the season ended. “I just decided to come home and take the summer off.” Romano said. “It was frustration, frustration with the lack of success. Mine, and with the team. “Things…

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Flint’s Return Makes ‘I’ A 10-Team League

INDIANAPOLIS—The city of Flint may be down as far as the International Hockey League is concerned, but it’s not out. When the Generals and the city fathers were slow in reaching an agreement for the coming hockey season, the Generals packed up and moved the franchise to Saginaw. Jarred by the transfer, Flint did a turnaround and has obtained permission from the IHL Board of Governors to keep a team in the league. As a result, Flint, represented by Dr. Carl Lamb and former Detroit Red Wings’ star and ex-GM Ted Lindsay, becomes the 10th team in the league. The yet unchristened team will balance the IHL’s two divisions by joining the East segment with alongside Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Toledo and the reestablished Saginaw franchise. The West, which played with five teams in the nine-team…