Central Hockey League Programs
5,858 Texans, the largest crowd of the season, packed into Dallas’ State Fair Coliseum for Game Four of the 1979 Adams Cup finals to determine the champions of the Central Hockey League.
The host Dallas Black Hawks were chasing their fourth Adams Cup. Although they continued to use the traditional Chicago Blackhawks logo (see game program upper right), their decade-long run as a farm club for the Chicago NHL franchise had ended the previous year. Dallas was a farm team for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks in 1978-79. Their opponents, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, were a St. Louis Blues affiliate.
Knotted 2-2 at the second intermission, Dallas routed the Golden Eagles with four goals in the final stanza for a 6-2 victory and a commanding 3 games to 1 series lead. Rob Flockhart and Dave Gardner led the way with two goals each. The series moved back to Salt Lake three night later, where the Black Hawks closed out the series with a 6-4 victory in Game 5.
After the game, the victors got a little rowdy back at Salt Lake City’s International Dunes Hotel, hurling furniture off the building’s 7th floor balcony. Both of Dallas goaltenders, Curt Ridley and Ed Walsh got arrested. Ridley was the league’s MVP of the playoffs. But the hoteliers were nothing if not indulgent of the marauders from Texas:
“At least they opened the windows before they threw the chairs out,”a hotel spokesman told the local press.
“Salt Lakes Bids Dallas Hearty Adieu”, United Press International,Galveston (TX) Daily News, May 3, 1979.