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April 17, 1981

April 17, 1981

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 NHL

Sonmor Confident Stars Prepared For Playoffs

BLOOMINGTON—The Minnesota North Stars did not make much improvement in their W-L-Ts this National Hockey League season from last. They actually dropped a few notches in the overall standings, from sixth to ninth place. But in the final week of regular season play, the North Stars were playing so well that coach Glen Sonmor was almost giddy about having to play the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. And consider the fact that the North Stars, in their 14 seasons in the league, have either tied or lost (usually lost) in the Boston Garden. After the Stars blew out St. Louis 6-3 in their final home game of the regular schedule, Sonmor made a prediction, entirely in jest. “We are prepared to invade Boston and we’ll be taking…

Features

SLAPSHOTS

New NHL Draft TORONTO—The European influence on the NHL will be more intensified now that the league will commence drafting their superstars. According to Toronto Sun columnist George Gross, the way is being cleared between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation for the league to hold a regular draft of a limited number of European players. The NHL would reimburse the teams from whom the players are drafted, probably in the $100,000 range. The draft of top players from the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Sweden and Finland would eliminate the cloak and dagger tactics that the Quebec Nordiques had to go through to secure the Stastny brothers, Peter and Anton, from behind the Iron Curtain last summer. Final arrangements are expected to be worked out between representatives of the leading European powers, the…

Features

They’re Not Zinging The Blues Anymore

Looking back now to the start of the Blues and National Hockey League play in St. Louis in 1967, it would be easy to second guess and scream “they did it all wrong.” They didn’t really. They did everything right, Sidney Salomon, Jr., and his associates did, at least in their hearts. In their enthusiasm, their determination to give St. Louis a great hockey team they may have brought on some errors of commission. In the final analysis, however, the one problem which brought the original Blues from the peak of success in 1967 into crashing financial disaster 10 years later was purely and simply the building in which they played. It was called the Arena. Now, in success, it is called the Gheckerdome. But essentially it was a white elephant, an albatross,…

Features

NATIONAL LEAGUE SUMMARIES

Mon. March 30 PHILADELPHIA 0, RANGERS 0 BOSTON 2, BUFFALO 2 Tue. March 31 ISLANDERS 1, MONTREAL 3 DETROIT 5, CALGARY 5 PITTSBURGH 1, QUEBEC 5 WINNIPEG 3, LOS ANGELES 7 ST. LOUIS 3, MINNESOTA 6 Wed. April 1 QUEBEC 4, HARTFORD 5 WINNIPEG 4, VANCOUVER 4 CHICAGO 2, TORONTO 2 COLORADO 4, EDMONTON 4 Thu. April 2 RANGERS 1, ISLANDERS 2 BUFFALO 2, PHILADELPHIA 2 COLORADO 3, CALGARY 5 WASHINGTON 3, BOSTON 2 PITTSBURGH 1, DETROIT 1 LOS ANGELES 4, ST. LOUIS 6 Fri. April 3 CHICAGO 1, RANGERS 3 HARTFORD 1, MONTREAL 6 EDMONTON 7, VANCOUVER 2 Sat. April 4 BUFFALO 5. DETROIT 4 MINNESOTA 5, ST. LOUIS 0 WASHINGTON 1, ISLANDERS 4 VANCOUVER 5, CALGARY 6 BOSTON 5, PITTSBURGH 2 COLORADO 5, LOS ANGELES 5 WINNIPEG 2, EDMONTON 7 QUEBEC 5, TORONTO 5 Sun. April 5 MINNESOTA 4, CHICAGO 8 RANGERS 2, PHILADELPHIA 0 ISLANDERS 7. BUFFALO 3 DETROIT 2, WASHINGTON 7 MONTREAL 4, BOSTON 2 PITTSBURGH 5, HARTFORD 4 ST.…