51589Re: Vintage North Stars-Scouts
- Sep 9, 2007Cleveland had been sold by Mileti and the new owner openly courted the NHL.
Of course the team had moved to Richfield which I can add my two bits
about.it IS in the middle of no where, I remember it was a topic when we
were trying to do the old NAHL/MLHA in the early 90's and had some ex WHA
types and NHL guys who were there when Cleveland was in the league. To the
man they thought that things would be better with the new arena in the city
itself. We had Chuck Catto there who was the man that built the orginal
Crusader line up, John Ferguson who some people may remember was an ex Baron
before a Hab, Bob Whidden who had played for the Crusaders and Roy Boe who
had owned the Isles back then. So we had three guys with a lot of Cleveland
experience.I also remember talking to folks about it when we held our draft
in Cleveland and locals said it was a nasty drive all the way out there on
bad weather winter nights.
Now you take all of that and add on that the team was starting to miss
payrolls and attendance was AWFUL.death or at least the NHL was in the air.
Now two sources say similar things.one says that Cheevers "opted out": of
his contract and the other says he asked for and got a release. So he was
not sold nor did he have to go to court.
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