Golden Eagle general manager Marc Amicone repeated as the International Hockey League's Executive of the Year, an honor he shared with team co-owner Art Teece last year, but that was apparently the only good news for the Salt Lake franchise to come out of the first day of league summer meetings at the Sheraton Centre Thursday.
The league snubbed Eagle Coach Paul Baxter in coach of the year balloting, naming instead Flint's Rick Dudley, whom the Eagles beat in the Turner Cup finals. Baxter guided his club from last place in December to its second straight IHL Turner Cup title with an exceptionally young team that included only one man, Grant Blair, who'd played for the 1987-88 Turner Cup champions.The biggest blow to the Eagles from the IHL meetings Thursday, is a UPI report that the Phoenix expansion team will not join the league for the 1988-89 season.
Amicone said Thursday night that more discussion was scheduled for Friday regarding the Phoenix matter, but UPI reported Phoenix couldn't find an NHL affiliate and didn't wish to operate as an independent. UPI also said Indianapolis will rejoin the league for next season to make a 10-team league.