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Russ Conway Passes Away At Age 70

from Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune,

Former Eagle-Tribune executive sports editor and hockey writer Russ Conway has passed away.

Conway, 70, was renowned in many circles for his coverage of professional hockey and auto racing. He guided The Eagle-Tribune sports section for three decades.

His death was confirmed by his longtime colleague, friend and attorney, Peter Caruso.

Among his many honors, Conway was awarded the prestigious Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for journalists in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.

He not only was noted for his coverage of the sport for his entire career, starting with the Boston Bruins in 1967, he was especially praised for his work to expose corruption in pro hockey at the highest levels.

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His Game Misconduct book should be a must read for fans of the game.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/20/19 at 05:45 PM ET

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Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated back in February, 1996.

This is only a guess—not the documented-to-death reporting Russ Conway does—but the odds are excellent that Conway was the only Pulitzer Prize runner-up who covered a high school football game last Thanksgiving. 

Conway is a small-town guy working on a small-town newspaper, the Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, Mass., but he has made a big-time impact on pro hockey. Besides covering Boston Bruins home games, checking out the local preps and doing the things any sports editor of a 55,000-circulation newspaper must, Conway has pulled off some of the most compelling investigative reporting in sports journalism. His work—one of three finalists for the 1992 Pulitzer for beat reporting—is on the brink of bringing down Alan Eagleson, founder and former president of the NHL Players Association and one of the most powerful men in hockey. 

Eagleson was much more than just a union boss in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/20/19 at 07:57 PM ET

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