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The Promoters: Doug Verb

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Doug Verb HeadshotRecently, Fun While It Lasted had the pleasure of speaking to long-time sports executive Doug Verb for the latest entry in our Promoters Series.

Doug was one of the founding executives behind the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Arena Football League and served as President of the Chicago Sting soccer club from 1982 to 1986.

The Temple University grad has developed and consulted on sales promotions, event management and television deals for major sports and entertainment properties including the NBA, the Miss America Organization and numerous promotions in his home base of Las Vegas, Nevada. Doug’s company Action Sports America (www.giantjersey.com) is a promotional consultant and supplier to major and minor professional sports teams.

I asked Doug for 20 minutes of his time and came away with nearly two hours of great stories about the boom & bust years of American pro soccer in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

I hope you enjoy the highlights of our conversations below.  You can download the entire interview here.

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FWiL:

How did you break into pro sports, Doug?

Philadelphia AtomsDoug Verb:

With the 1976 Philadelphia Atoms of the North American Soccer League. We were the worst professional franchise in America, and I think we may still hold the title to this day.

We had a lot of the same problems that other teams had. We were terrible on the field. There was no money for marketing. We had a terrible schedule – if it was Easter Sunday or Mother’s Day or the 4th of July, that meant the Atoms had a home game. And we had absentee owners. The Atoms were owned by the four 1st Division teams in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Like I said, lots of soccer teams had those problems back then. But we also had a problem that nobody else had: no one on the Atoms spoke English and we played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

FWIL:

You were the Chivas USA of your day!

Doug Verb:

Well, yeah, but it wasn’t set up that way! We didn’t quite have a Hispanic market in Philadelphia. We couldn’t even find a place for the guys to eat.

The local President of the Atoms was an American named Ed Tepper. Ed previously owned the Philadelphia Wings indoor lacrosse team that played at the Spectrum. Somebody recommended me to Ed to be the Atoms’ PR Director. After two or three days on the job, I went to see Ed Tepper and said ‘Ed, why are we doing this?’

Ed says ‘We’re doing this to learn about soccer. We’re gonna do indoor soccer.’

Philadelphia Atoms Indoor SoccerThe day the Mexicans got off the plane in Philadelphia, I took them right to the Spectrum. There’s no translator. I brought them out onto an Astroturf carpet that didn’t quite fit over the hockey rink. These guys clearly think that they’re just in this building to loosen up and see the locker rooms – Veterans Stadium was right next door.

I tell them “No, we’re playing a game here a las siete, at seven o’clock.”

They went back to the locker room and said no, no, no, they’re going home. So I took what they thought were their plane tickets home and I just stood in the middle of the locker room and ripped them up. Of course, it was just their receipts. I kept hearing them call me ‘Loco! Loco Verb-o!’ while I’m trying to explain indoor soccer – that it’s only five players on the field and just try it, it’s going to be fun.

And so they played an indoor exhibition that night against some local semi-pros and they did have fun. I think we had five or six thousand people in the Spectrum and afterwards I told Ed Tepper ‘There is something to this’. Indoor was fast and fun and exciting.

Anyway, then we moved outdoors and had a horrible year. The Mexicans had never seen Astroturf before. The NASL was mostly a league of English guys and our undersized players just got pounded into the turf week after week by the English players. We played on Bicentennial weekend and nobody came. I announced the attendance as 1,776. And the worst part of it all was that only one of these players ever went back and played professionally in Mexico.

So the Atoms went away. I went back to sports writing. And then two years later I got a call from Ed and another guy named Earl Foreman.

FWiL:

The founders of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).

Doug Verb:

Yes. I was one of the four guys that started the MISL, along with Ed, Earl and a Ph.D from the University of New Haven named Joe Machnik, who was the soccer guy.

After the Atoms folded, I worked for The Trenton Times.  I covered soccer in Philly and New York including the New York CosmosThe Times was owned by The Washington Post so occasionally my Cosmos stories got picked up by the national Post news service.

Earl Foreman MISLEd called on my birthday. Friday the 13th of October 1978. The other guy on the phone was Earl Foreman. Earl was the closest guy that I ever met to a genius. But also on that fine line of being maniacal. Earl was a big-time lawyer. He had a lot of sports experience as an owner in the American Basketball Association, where he’d signed Julius Erving out of college, as a part owner of the Eagles, and with the old Washington Whips soccer team. His brother-in-law was Ed Snider who owned the Flyers and Earl restructured the lease for the Flyers and made the Spectrum into the country’s #1 arena. Ed Tepper convinced Earl that indoor soccer was the way to go.

They said we have this idea of Americanizing soccer. Why don’t you come over and we’d like to talk to you about how the media will look at it?

“I don’t need to come by. I’ll tell you right now. They’ll ignore you. They’ll hate you. Sports editors hate it. They don’t like soccer. The only reason I get to write a little here is because it’s the Cosmos.”

I had to cover a New Jersey Nets game that night, so I told them I had to go and I went to take a nap. The phone rang a few hours later and it was Ed and Earl again.

“We got our sixth team and we’re ready to start.”

I said “Start what?”

I started working for the MISL two days later on October 15, 1978. The only known piece we had going for us was Pete Rose, who was a part-owner of our Cincinnati Kids franchise. Pete was great. He was on his free agency trail, which was relatively new back then. I went on the road with Pete as he met with Major League teams in all of the six cities we had for the league. Pete drew throngs of reporters and he always made it a point to talk to the press about indoor soccer.

We launched the league in 69 days. We played our first game on December 22nd, 1978 with Pete Rose kicking out the first ball at the Nassau Coliseum.

Putting together the league in the fall of ’78 was like getting my Master’s degree in the sports business. The Ph.D. came when Earl Foreman said ‘Look. When we get a new franchise, you need to go there, whether it’s for the first two weeks or two months and make sure we stay away from the ‘Brother-in-Law effect’”.

Sure enough, we go into Wichita, Kansas for the first round of expansion in 1979. So Joe Machnik and I went to Wichita to meet with the <new owner>. And Joe asks ‘What about the soccer operations side?’

And of course this guy says ‘Oh, I’ve got that covered. My brother-in-law has been involved in youth soccer here in Wichita for seven years.’

I started laughing and Joe kicked me under the table. Joe told him ‘Look, this is a professional organization. I have list for you of coaches and general managers with experience in pro soccer.’

And the guy is heartbroken. He’s thinking what am I going to tell my wife?

 

FWiL:

Let’s talk about the Chicago Sting.

Doug Verb:

After five years in the MISL league office I wanted to go run a franchise. I was hired to be the President of the Chicago Sting. This was 1982. The Sting were playing soccer year-round – outdoors and indoors – in the North American Soccer League.

Chicago Sting YearbookMy guy in Chicago was Lee Stern. He was everything that was great about soccer in Chicago. He built the foundation of soccer in that town. Because of his stick-to-itiveness and his willingness to absorb what I’d estimate to be $20 million in losses over about 15 years of owning the Sting. The Sting won a couple of titles and had a big championship parade down LaSalle Street when they won the Soccer Bowl in 1981, just like the big boys did.

And yet, Lee was everything that was wrong with owners as well.

Lee would call sports editors at 2:30 in the morning and want to know why the Sting were on the second page when we’d just won a playoff game. When I got there I said to Lee ‘<The editors> all think you’re an asshole.’

And he looked at me like ‘What do you mean?’

‘No one’s ever told you this?!’

‘No!’

Once I’d been there for a little while, I realized why people weren’t being straight with him. In the early years, it was all soccer guys running the Sting. And they were all stealing from Lee. Coaches would do player deals and they’d get a piece of it on the back end. That was the way in soccer back then. The soccer guys did the equipment deals too and they were a joke. We got hardly any money from Adidas. Well, the coach was selling the equipment! Not out of the back of his car, but out of a friend’s car.

FWiL:

Who were some of the most memorable characters on those Sting teams?

Doug Verb:

Karl-Heinz Granitza was the man. He was suave and European. He was a man about town. He had limitations in his game. He wasn’t fast, he wasn’t quick. He kind of played a post-up game and he scored a lot of goals that way. He also had a trendy restaurant and some other business ventures, but he ended up leaving a lot of paper around town and he had to eventually just leave Chicago a few years after the Sting ended. It was a lot of money.

Pato Margetic was a scrawny half-German half-Argentine guy with wild blond hair. He reminded me of an indoor soccer version of Pete Maravich. He was a guy who got the ball on his foot and the crowd just stood up. I never had anything to do with player contracts, except for Pato’s. Pato wanted more money and wanted to stay in Chicago, so I got involved with his contract. We made him a model for one of our sponsors who made blue jeans to get him the extra money.

And then there were the Americans. The leader was Rudy Glenn who was from one of the Chicago suburbs and played at the University of Indiana. He was a big strong defender and he did more camps and clinics than anyone else.

In 1984 we signed a kid named Frankie Klopas who was 16 or 17 years old and underage. He went to Mather High School in Chicago, but he was born in Greece. There’s a big Greek community in Chicago. After we signed Frankie, I couldn’t walk into a Greek restaurant in Chicago – from Greektown to all the little hamburger joints – without them clearing a table for me and never letting me pay. And, of course, I didn’t have anything to do with signing him. Frankie went on to become a national team player for the U.S.

 

FWiL:

What was the impact on the Sting on bouncing around between Wrigley, Comiskey and Soldier Field every year? Why couldn’t the team settle in one place?

Doug Verb:

The impact was that even the players got confused and would go to the wrong stadium on the wrong day. So how could the fans possibly know where we were playing?

The two baseball teams didn’t want us at all. Lee Stern was a part-owner of the White Sox and he just kind of imposed his will to play at Comiskey. The White Sox were at least very cordial to us. But when I walked into Wrigley for the first time, the Cubs made it very obvious that we weren’t wanted there. Mainly for the reason of ‘you’re going to chew up the field’, which never happened.

And Soldier Field was just too big. They were all too big. We put all the fans on the TV side, so one time (coach) Willy Roy’s sons sat all alone in a huge section of empty seats. We had them hold a sign saying “Willy Roy’s Fan Club”

That was the pre-soccer specific stadium era, so everyone faced the same problem. Now my belief is that is not what kept the crowds down for the Sting outdoors. It was just the game of outdoor soccer. It just wasn’t in the blood here. Lots of kids were starting to play soccer but here’s the analogy I’ll make: Everybody bowls. But how many go to see a PBA bowling event?

And again, the Sting were exciting and high-scoring and the players were known and did all sorts of camps and clinics. I used to say to Lee Stern ‘Let’s do All-Star Games, international matches, camps and clinics and merchandise’. But forget all these year-round league games.Those we lose money on.

Lee’s response was “What am I going to do? Buy a bigger boat to take down to Florida?”

FWiL:

What did the economics of the Sting look like?

Chicago Sting ProgramDoug Verb:

The second year I was there, Lee called me and said ‘Kid, you did great. The numbers came in. You lowered the loss to a million dollars.’

The loss had been $1.7 million a year when I got there. I said ‘Oh. OK. If you’re happy that’s great. I’m not happy. I want us to make money.’

Lee says ‘I want to bonus you. I just bought you a unit of soybeans.’

Lee was a commodities broker. That’s how he made his money.

‘What does that mean?’ I asked.

‘Don’t worry, they’re not going to back a truck of beans up to your house. I’ll take care of you.’

The next day Lee calls and says ‘Kid, you’re out of the soybeans. I sold your unit.’

‘You did? Why?’

‘I put the $5,000 in your account.’

‘What do you mean?’

‘I bought them at one price, I sold them at another. You made 5 Gs.’

So, of course I said ‘Thanks! Can we do it again tomorrow?’

‘No, kid. It’s not that easy.’

FWiL:

In 1984, the North American Soccer League folded the day after the Sting won the league’s final Soccer Bowl championship. The Sting moved indoors permanently after that. What are your memories of that time?

Doug Verb:

Three weeks after we won the last Soccer Bowl, we were back playing indoor soccer at Chicago Stadium. We had joined the MISL when the NASL folded.

Indoor soccer was a show. We’d turn out the lights and introduce the team to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Everybody would go crazy. That fan experience was new at the time. Something we started at the MISL.

40% of our indoor fans were women, which was very unusual at the time. They loved the players – these were average-sized guys running around in their underwear. Once the players figured that out, they’d start greasing up their legs. I’ll never forget – I had a woman come up to me who said ‘give me those two seats right there next to the bench and I’ll give you a hundred dollars a ticket.’ I think those tickets were $25 at the time.

FWiL:

What led to the end of the Sting? Was it the move to the Rosemont Horizon in 1986?

Doug Verb:

Well, I initiated the talks with the Horizon. Because it was the suburbs.

But I loved the old Chicago Stadium. How could you not? It was an incredible building. I never heard from anybody who said ‘oh no, I won’t go down there’. But I did start looking at it because we had so many fans out in the suburbs. My plan was to play maybe four or five games a year at the Horizon and continue to play the rest of the schedule at Chicago Stadium. I knew there could be some issues for indoor soccer at the Horizon.

1986 MISL All-Star Game @ Chicago. February 18, 1986We hosted the MISL All-Star Game at Chicago Stadium in February 1986. The day after that game I quit/was fired. Lee and I had just had enough of each other. My replacement committed to play the entire 1986-87 season at the Horizon, which I never would have done.

The biggest issue we, the front office, encountered was our coach Willy Roy. And I never tried to get rid of him. Willy had won Lee two Soccer Bowl titles in the NASL. But Willy would not learn indoor soccer. Remember, an outdoor coach does nothing during a game. Limited number of substitutions, can’t really call plays. Just sits there – maybe yells at a referee once in a while. Willy was great at finding talent and he trained the players hard. But for whatever reason, he would never learn the nuances of the indoor game

In contrast to a guy like Kenny Cooper, the coach of the Baltimore Blast. Kenny was English and he went to ice hockey coaches to learn about shift changes and power plays. He said ‘what’s this about going in one door and out the other’? Willy couldn’t get his players to come off the field for shift changes. Time after time we’d get beat because other teams would go on fast breaks and Willy couldn’t get his players in and out of the door!

We had the best talent, at least as good as anyone in league, with great crowds behind us. But we couldn’t get out of the first round of the playoffs. And in the MISL, that’s where you made your gravy. Playoff revenue was all yours to keep. If we would have had 5 or 6 playoff games instead of 1-2, we would have come pretty damn close to breaking even.

Who knows what might have happened if I had gotten rid of Willy and hired someone who was an indoor coach? Camps were great, we finally had sponsors paying the right amount for sponsorships and we’d put together a small TV network throughout the Midwest of Sting games that was getting decent ratings. We might not still be alive — because there’s not major market indoor soccer anymore — but we had things cooking.

And I had the time of my life. It sure was fun while it lasted.

 

==Links==

Doug Verb Full Interview Transcript

Doug’s Website – Action Sports America

Chicago Sting Home Page

More Interviews from the Promoters Series

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April 22nd, 2015 at 12:40 pm

1968-1971 Amarillo Wranglers

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Amarillo Wranglers ProgramCentral Hockey League (1968-1969 & 1970-1971)

Born: 1968
Died: May 1969 – The Wranglers cease operations.

Arena: Amarillo Civic Center

Team Colors:

Owners:

  • 1968-69: Pittsburgh Penguins / Jack McGregor
  • 1970-71: Pittsburgh Penguins

 

The Amarillo Wranglers were a short-lived minor league farm club of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.  The organizer of the original Wranglers and the club’s absentee President was Penguins founder Jack McGregor, a 34-year old Republican state senator from Pennsylvania.  The Wranglers played one losing season in the Central Hockey League in the winter of 1968-69, lost money, and went out of business in May 1969.

Weirdly, after one winter away, the Penguins returned to the Amarillo Civic Center (under different ownership)to give it another shot in 1970.  These Wranglers were ever worse than the prior version, finishing last (by a huge margin) in the 7-team CHL with a record of 14-47-11.  Once again, the Pens pulled up stakes after just one year, shuttering their Amarillo operation for good in May 1971 and moving their top prospects to the more sensible zip code of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

In 1975, a third edition of the Amarillo Wranglers competed in the obscure Southwestern Hockey League.  These Wranglers had no connection to the Penguins or any other NHL parent club.  As tradition demanded, this version of the Wranglers also lasted for one season and then vanished.

 

==Amarillo Wranglers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1970-71

1970-71 1/2/1971 @ Kansas City Blues ?? Program

 

==Links==

Central Hockey League Media Guides

Central Hockey League Programs

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April 20th, 2015 at 11:56 pm

1978-1982 Oklahoma City Stars

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1979-80 Oklahoma City Stars ProgramCentral Hockey League (1978-1982)

Born: 1978
Died: 1982 – The Stars declare bankruptcy & cease operations.

Arena: Myriad Convention Center

Team Colors:

Owners:

 

The Oklahoma City Stars hockey team was a minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars (1978-1981) and Calgary Flames (1981-1982) for four seasons.  The team replaced the once-popular Oklahoma City Blazers (1965-1977)  on the local hockey scene after the Blazers went dark a year earlier.  Both the Blazers and the Stars competed in the Central Hockey League (1963-1984).

Oklahoma City Stars ProgramThe best player to come out of Oklahoma City during the Stars era was undrafted free agent Dino Ciccarelli.  The 19-year old Ontario native signed with the North Stars in September 1979 after getting ignored in the NHL entry draft.  He made his pro debut in Oklahoma City late in the 1979-80 CHL season.  Ciccarelli spent most of the 1980-81 campaign in Oklahoma, scoring 32 goals in 48 games.  By springtime he was in the NHL, scoring 14 playoff goals as a key member of Minnesota’s Stanley Cup finalist squad in 1981.  Ciccarelli went on to play 19 seasons in the NHL and his 608 career goals are the most ever by an undrafted free agent player.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Class of 2010.

By the early 1980’s, the Central Hockey League was under severe financial strain, due in part to broad geographic expansion that required more and more air travel.  The Stars competed against teams as far afield as Cincinnati, Ohio and Birmingham, Alabama.  Late in the 1981-82 season, the Stars declared bankruptcy.  Local owner John Hail estimated the club ran a deficit of approximately $1.1 million in its final season, with local investors on the hook for $400,000 and parent club Calgary Flames footing an additional $700,000 in costs.

The Stars went of out of business in the spring of 1982.  The CHL followed two years later in May 1984.  Pro hockey returned to Oklahoma City a decade later with the formation of the Oklahoma City Blazers in a new version of the Central Hockey League in 1992.

 

==Links==

Central Hockey League Media Guides

Central Hockey League Programs

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April 20th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

1996-2008 Austin Ice Bats

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Austin Ice Bats vs. Waco Wizards. December 27, 1996Western Professional Hockey League (1996-2001)
Central Hockey League (2001-2008)

Born: 1996 – WPHL founding franchise.
Died: May 6, 2008 – The Ice Bats cease operations.

Arenas:

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Owners:

 

The Austin Ice Bats were a minor league hockey team that skated for twelve seasons in Texas’ capital city.  The Ice Bats derived their name from the famed colony of 3.5 million of free-tailed bats that live under Austin’s Congress Avenue bridge.

The club was one of six original franchises in the Western Professional Hockey League in 1996. All of the league’s original franchises were in Texas and New Mexico, though expansion would eventually stretch the WPHL into Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Austin was a solid box office hit in the early years, with the Ice Bats leading the WPHL in attendance during the inaugural season of 1996-97 with 6,200 fans per game.

The Ice Bats original GM & Head Coach (and part owner) was former NHL All-Star Blaine Stoughton. Along with Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull, Stoughton was one of only two men to have a 50-goal season in both the NHL and the rival World Hockey Association.

But the Ice Bats were never known for their on-ice accomplishments.  The level of play was several notches below the top minor hockey leagues.  Despite two finals series appearances, the team failed to win in a league title either in the WPHL or in the Central Hockey League, after a 2001 merger saw the WPHL absorbed into the larger CHL. Instead, the team established a reputation built on classic minor league hucksterism, including promotions such as “Guaranteed Fight Night”.

Arena problems eventually doomed the team. The box office novelty wore off and crowds dwindled at the Travis County Exposition Center, a remote farm show arena nicknamed “The Bat Cave” by local hockey fans. Successive generations of Ice Bats investors pushed for a new arena development in downtown Austin or in nearby Cedar Park without success. In 2006 the Ice Bats moved to Chapparal Ice Arena, a tiny 2,000-seat rink next to a lingerie shop on Interstate 35.  Crowds fell to fewer than 1,000 fans a game at Chap Ice.

Cedar Park finally approved a new $55 million arena, set to open in 2009. But instead of the Ice Bats, the Cedar Park Center would play host to the Texas Stars, the new top farm club of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. With the looming arrival of the Stars, the Ice Bats went dark in May 2008. The Ice Bats franchise continued to exist as an inactive member of the CHL for a time but nothing ever came of this and the team effectively went out of business as of the spring of 2008. The Central Hockey League folded in 2014.

The Ice Bats were the subject of the 2003 book Zamboni Rodeo by Texas Monthly writer Jason Cohen. (Cohen’s original 1997 article on the team is also in the Links section below).  Zamboni Rodeo remains available on Amazon.

 

==Austin Ice Bats Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Date Opponent Score Program Other

1996-97

1996-97 12/27/1996 vs. Waco Wizards ?? Program Game Notes

 

==Links==

The Ice Bats Cometh“, Jason Cohen, Texas Monthly, February 1997
Central Hockey League Programs
Western Professional Hockey League Programs

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1926-1994 Springfield Indians

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1977-78 Springfield IndiansCanadian-American Hockey League (1926-1933 & 1935-1936)
American Hockey League (1936-1942 & 1946-1951)
Eastern Hockey League (1951-1953)
Quebec Hockey League (1953-1954)
American Hockey League (1954-1967 & 1975-1994)

Born: 1926 – Can-Am League founding franchise.
Died: 1994 – The Indians relocate to Worcester, MA.

Arenas:

Team Colors:

  • ????-1990: Blue, Orange & White
  • 1990-1994: Green, Blue & White

Team Owners:

 

“Well I wanna win it clean. Old time hockey. Like when I got started, ya know? Jesus, Toe Blake, Dit Clapper, Eddie Shore…those guys were the greats.” – Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman), Slap Shot, 1977

The Springfield Indians were one of the iconic names in all of minor league hockey.  The club operated, in various leagues, for the better part of eight decades in the Western Massachusetts city of Springfield.  The towering figure who loomed over the team for nearly fifty years was a man named Eddie Shore.

There were several iterations of the Indians. The original club played in the Canadian-American Hockey League from 1926 until a midseason collapse thirteen games into the 1933 season.

 

 

 

 

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==Springfield Indians Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1959-60

1959-60 12/10/1959 vs. AHL All-Stars W 8-3 Program
1959-60 2/27/1960 vs. Rochester Americans ?? Program

1974-75

1974-75 4/18/1975 @ Rochester Americans L 5-2 Program

1976-77

1976-77 3/9/1977 vs. Rhode Island Reds L 5-2 Program

1977-78

1977-78 11/2/1977 @ Broome Dusters W 5-4 Program
1977-78 3/26/1978 @ Maine Mariners L 5-2 Program

1978-79

1978-79 1/10/1979 @ Maine Mariners L 4-1 Program

1979-80

1979-80 12/15/1979 vs. Nova Scotia Voyageurs ?? Program
1979-80 1/9/1980 @ Maine Mariners L 5-1 Program
1979-80 2/15/1980 @ Adirondack Red Wings W 6-2 Program

1980-81

1980-81 11/14/1980 vs. Nova Scotia Voyageurs L 5-4 Program
1980-81 12/20/1980 vs. New Brunswick Hawks ?? Program
1980-81 4/1/1981  @ Hershey Bears L 6-4 Program
1980-81 4/8/1981 @ Maine Mariners L 3-1 Program

1983-84

1983-84 3/27/1984 @ St. Catharines Saints L 8-5 Program

1984-85

1984-85 11/9/1984 vs. Hershey Bears W 7-6 (OT) Program
1984-85 2/3/1985 @ Maine Mariners ?? Program
1984-85 2/10/1985  @ St. Catharine's Saints ?? Program

1986-87

1986-87 3/19/1987 @ Fredericton Express  L 5-4 Program

1988-89

1988-89 11/12/1988 vs. Utica Devils W 5-4 Program Game Notes
1988-89 3/11/1989 @ Maine Mariners ?? Program

1989-90

1989-90 4/10/1990 vs. Cape Breton Oilers W 8-3 Program Game Notes

1991-92

1991-92 11/9/1991 vs. Halifax Citadels ?? Program Game Notes

1993-94

1993-94 4/6/1994 @ Hershey Bears L 2-1 Program

 

==YouTube==

Blood & Guts: The Eddie Shore Story.

 

==Links==

American Hockey League Media Guides

American Hockey League Programs

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