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August 1, 1966

August 1, 1966

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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Irwin Out As Coach With Reds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Ivan Irwin will not be back as coach of the Rhode Island Reds in 196667. Lou Pieri, owner of the American Hockey League team, said Irwin, who coached the Reds last year and had only a one-year contract, will not be rehired for the coming season. “It was a hard decision,” Pieri said. “But I feel we needed a change in the coaching department, so we’re now looking for another man… possibly a player-coach.” The Reds are also hunting a new general manager with Fern Flaman’s departure to take over as manager-coach of Los Angeles Blades. Pieri said that Flaman’s three-year contract with the Reds was to terminate shortly and that the ex-Boston Bruins’ great had been offered an opportunity in Los Angeles “too promising to pass up.” Pieri went on to say…

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Western Ad Lib

Portland Club Sold The Western League picture continues to shift restlessly. The most interesting development of the past month was the purchase of the Portland franchise by Executive Director Harry Glickman and General Manager-Coach Hal Laycoe from C. Howard Lane, Albert Forman and the estate of the late Ted Gamble. After much debate with himself, Laycoe declined an offer from Jack Kent Cooke to become the leader of Cooke’s new Los Angeles Kings in the new division of the NHL. Glickman was also considered by Cooke. Both are big-leaguers and belong in the big-leagues. But their decision to stay in the Western League strengthens that circuit’s future considerably. In the six years they have run the Portland Club, it has led the league in attendance every year, won four pennants and…

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Interlocking Play Ended, AHL-WHL Discuss Merger

ROCHESTER, N.Y. The American Hockey League voted to discontinue its interlocking schedule with the Western Hockey League and also discussed plans for the two leagues to merge sometime in the foreseeable future. Jack Riley, AHL president, said the owners voted at the league’s annual meeting to dis-continue the schedule after one year. He said AHL teams did not earn much money at the gate when they played the WHL teams at home. He added that each league has set up committees to work out details of a merger and that “the Western League is very receptive to the idea.” He said the teams may merge by the 1967-68 season, or possibly before. There are nine teams in the AHL and seven in the WHL.…

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