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September 27, 1985

September 27, 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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Strength Or Scoring: Those Are The Options

WASHINGTON CAPITALS LANDOVER—A year ago, the Washington Capitals used their training camp to sort out an over-supply of defensemen. This time around, the competition lies among the forwards. Coach Bryan Murray claims that 16 men have a legitimate chance of making the team at one of the three forward positions. Since the roster lists 19 candidates with possibilities, he presumably has written off three, but that still leaves plenty of room for competition. The decision could become one of philosophy, whether to place the most emphasis on toughness or scoring ability. The Capitals collected 322 goals during the regular season, to rank eighth in the NHL. But during their five-game playoff loss to the New York Islanders, they managed only 12. “For the first time ever we’re in a position to choose from a style…

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BLUELINES

Wayne Gretzky may have saved George Plimpton’s coming book Open Net. The original manuscript was based on Plimpton’s experiences as practice goalie against Don Cherry’s Boston Bruins and was dated enough to make stale reading. Gretzky agreed to go one-on-one with Plimpton—and did. There were three “breakaways” altogether. Wayne scored on the first two, BLUELINES has learned, but Plimpton saved on The Great One’s last shot. However, the author suspects that Gretzky deliberately shot the puck into his glove. In any event, the Gretzky episode gives the book the current flavor it will need when it goes on sale later in the season. “I could have had my eyes closed,” says Plimpton of his save on Gretzky. Don Cherry figures heavily in the book as well as another to appear…

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Seattle T-Birds Make A Break From Past

Louisville Hockey Louisville Hockey SEATTLE—It’s a scenario that’s been played out before in the Western Hockey League but never with such pomp and circumstance. Rejuvenation of a franchise, whether in change of city, name or ownership is generally met with some pessimism. There are usually too many questions left unanswered, like who’s really in charge and just who’s paying the bills. That’s not the case in Seattle. The Seattle Breakers, officially renamed the Thunderbirds on Aug. 19, are setting the record straight in a hurry. And if enthusiasm is worth anything, the Thunderbirds are way out ahead in the Western Divison hype department. More than 100 people jammed into the press conference at the posh Westin Hotel to drink champagne and hear of Seattle’s plan for WHL respectability. It was the largest turnout ever for a…

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Lever Burning Over Devils’ Doings

NEW JERSEY DEVILS EAST RUTHERFORD—The trade came just one week before rookies were scheduled to report to the Devils’ training camp and less than two weeks before New Jersey’s veterans would arrive, but Don Lever knew his association with the organization had ended long before he was sent to the Buffalo Sabres on Sept. 5 for future considerations. “Max (McNab) pretty well told my agent that there was no room for me on the roster about a month ago,” said Lever. “Max had said to me before, ‘You be loyal to the New Jersey Devils and the New Jersey Devils will be loyal to you.” I guess that’s as far as that goes. I’ll miss the friendships in New Jersey. Other than that I’m pretty disappointed in the organization itself.” Lever’s three-and-a-half year…