Minor in Name Only: The History of the Adirondack Red Wings by Mike Kane

By Mike Kane

When Ned Harkness enthusiastically envisioned that Glens Falls, long island, might turn into the "Green Bay of Hockey, " even his so much ardent supporters needed to ponder whether his hyperbole had any limits. Adirondack groups have received 4 Calder Cup playoff titles and feature been a completing university for dozens of NHL avid gamers, coaches, and managers, together with Adam Oates, Adam Graves, Joe Murphy, Bob Probert, former Winnipeg Jet Tim Cheveldae, former Montreal Canadiens megastar Peter Mahovlich, long island Rangers president and basic supervisor Neil Smith, and previous l. a. Kings trainer Barry Melrose.

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Jim Gagliardi for his encouragement, getting several interviews, and parting with the 15 years of newspapers that cluttered his home and office. Jack Hume and Denis Paquette of The Gazette Newspapers for permitting me to take on this assignment and to use Gazette photos. Gale Brinkman and David Rawlin, who without much notice jumped in with some great photographs. The Adirondack Red Wings Booster Club for loaning me its archives, compiled by club historian Jean Irwin. The staff and players of the Adirondack Red Wings.

Try to play as well I didn't think we could play any better than we did in the first period and see if we could keep that going through 60 minutes. " Instead of knocking out the Bears, the Wings dropped their guard and got hammered. "We went out with a five-minute power play and we figured we could sit back," McKay said. " Defenseman Dave Fenyves threw the first counterpunch 38 seconds into the period with a shorthanded goal against St. Laurent. Four minutes later, Don Biggs made Peter Dineen pay for a defensive error with the Bears' second shorthanded goal.

Everybody knew that the Montreal Canadiens meant good hockey. Hockey was not that big in the Glens Falls area. We talked about Montreal first. We contacted them. Then the (Hartford) Whalers were involved. " Harkness said there was never any question in his mind about where his first stop would be in the search for a team. "I called Bruce Norris," he said. "They had their team in Kansas City and the roof at the Kemper Arena had collapsed and they didn't know what to do with the rink. For years Detroit had been in the American Hockey League.

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