The Winnipeg Jets are retiring Bobby Hull's No. 9 on Feb. 19, a tribute that apparently could not happen as long as John Ferguson was general manager. "He didn't like Hull and that was that," said Mike Smith, who replaced the fired Ferguson Oct. 30. Hull played with the Jets from 1972-79 and helped them win two World Hockey Assn. titles before the WHA merged with the NHL in 1979. "Without Bobby Hull, I don't think there would be professional hockey in Winnipeg," Smith said. Hull's number was retired by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1984, 12 years after he left.
Minnesota's Brian Bellows missed a 2:30 a.m. curfew in Chicago, after he failed to accompany the team back to its hotel and thus missed Coach Pierre Page's announcement that there would be a bed check. As punishment, Bellows was forced to take a cab to Chicago's O'Hare airport, pay for his own flight to St. Louis, pay for another cab to the hotel and for his room in St. Louis.
Why Kevin Dineen isn't Hartford trainer Tom Woodcock's favorite player: Woodcock used the uniform numbers of six Whalers in a Connecticut lottery that had a jackpot of $9.7 million. He missed by one number, Dineen's No. 11.