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December 6, 1985

December 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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Facts Suggest Flames Don’t Miss Nilsson

CALGARY FLAMES CALGARY—First a couple of disclaimers. It really is too early to accurately measure what life after Kent Nilsson has been like for the Calgary Flames. Twenty games isn’t enough time to determine, one, if it’s a good deal and two, if the Flames are better off without him. Nor is it possible to assess life after Nilsson in itself. Any comparison between last year and this year must also consider life without Paul Reinhart, the team’s all-star defenseman who hasn’t played a minute of hockey this season. Nilsson and Reinhart accounted for a big percentage of the team’s offense last year (168 out of the team’s 981 scoring points) or a little less than a fifth of the total. That said, as the Flames hit the quarter pole in the 1985-86 season, not…

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Bergeron Still Bothered By Double Vision

Michel Bergeron is back but still suffering from the double vision which forced him to abandon coaching the Quebec Nordiques for 10 games. Wearing special glasses, equipped with a corrective lens for his right eye, Bergeron returned Nov. 22 when the Nordiques travelled to Buffalo for a meeting with the Sabres. The Nordiques, who were 3-6-1 under assistant coach Simon Nolet during Bergeron’s absence, lost to Buffalo 7-5 and then dropped a 3-0 decision to the Washington Capitals the following night. While Bergeron was away from coaching it was discovered a nerve in his right eye was paralyzed as the result of a bout with viral encephalitis. Nordiques’ spokesman Bernard Brisset said only time and the natural healing process can correct Bergeron’s condition. Detroit Red Wings now have two million-dollar minor leaguers with the demotion…

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Setbacks Don’t Discourage Ftorek

NEW HAVEN—The losses mounted to the double-digit mark, the wins only half that much. The power play was at 12 per cent, second lowest in the league. No team in either division had scored fewer goals and no team could be found in a lower spot in the Southern Division standings. Welcome to the American League coaching ranks, Robbie Ftorek. Through it ail, the head coach of the New Haven Nighthawks appeared calm and optimistic. His patience was rewarded when the Nighthawks smoked the Sherbrooke Canadiens 9-2 on Nov. 20. At 6-10, the Nighthawks were only four points behind the fourth and final playoff spot. “I’m comfortable behind the bench and I’m comfortable at practice,” said Ftorek of his first 15 games. “I’m very happy with the work the guys have been giving…

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Smith Looks Right At Home With Oilers

EDMONTON OILERS EDMONTON—Rae Smith possessed a lust for adventure 20 years ago while navigating a lorry through the hills and dales of bonny Scotland. For which son Steve has given eternal thanks. “I wouldn’t imagine I’d have gotten the opportunity if I would have stayed over there,” said Steve Smith, who is well on his way to earning a regular living in the National Hockey League. Born in Glasgow 22 years ago. Smith emerged as the Edmonton Oilers’ most consistent defenseman during a successful (3-2-1) eastern safari that concluded with a 5-4 overtime triumph in Montreal on Nov. 20. As the weary Oilers returned home to play out a four-game homestand that began by outsnoozing the New Jersey Devils 3-2, Smith spoke of how his father wanted a better life for his family and migrated…