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1983–84 NHL season

The 1983–84 NHL season was the 67th season of the National Hockey League. The Edmonton Oilers de-throned the four-time defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders four games to one in the Cup finals. Not since World War II travel restrictions caused the NHL to drop regular season overtime games in 1942–43 had the NHL used overtime to decide regular season games. Starting this season, the NHL introduced a five-minute extra period of overtime following the third period in the event of a tied game. A team losing in overtime would get no points; this rule remained in effect until the 1999–2000 season, where a team losing in overtime was awarded 1 point. If the game remained tied after the five-minute extra period, it remained a tie, until the NHL shootout arrived in the 2005–06 season. Overtime in the Stanley Cup playoffs remained unchanged. In the entry draft, Brian Lawton became the first American to be chosen first overall, by the Minnesota North Stars. Three Americans were chosen in the top five: Pat Lafontaine and Tom Barrasso.

Sylvain Turgeon was chosen second and Steve Yzerman was chosen fourth overall. The St. Louis Blues did not participate in the draft; the NHL took control of the franchise after the draft. On July 27, 1983, Harry Ornest purchased the Blues for US$3 million. Arthur M. Wirtz, long-time chairman and part-owner of the Chicago Black Hawks, died at the age of 82 on July 21, 1983, his son, took over ownership of the team. The Edmonton Oilers ran away with the best record in the league, for the third straight year set a new record for most goals in a season, 446; the Oilers' new captain, Wayne Gretzky, was once again breaking records and rewriting his name into the record book. This season saw. During those 51 games, Gretzky had 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points, equivalent to three points per game, he won his fifth straight Hart Trophy and his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy. The season's second leading scorer was Gretzky's teammate Paul Coffey, with 126 points, became the third defenceman to score 100 points in a season.

The Calgary Flames played their inaugural season at the Olympic Saddledome. Prior to the season, the St. Louis Blues were purchased by Harry Ornest, keeping the team from moving to Saskatoon and remaining in the Missouri city, where it remains. In addition, the team's home venue, the Checkerdome, reverted to its original name, the Arena, after six seasons. Note: GP = Games played; the Islanders lost the first game at home 1-0, but came back to defeat the Oilers 6-1 in the second game. Edmonton took over the series from that point, winning the next three games, all played in Edmonton. Source: NHL. Note: GP = Games played. Note: GP = Games played. March 5, 1984: Dave Barr and future

Lost Treasures: Creatures of the Deep

Lost Treasures: Creatures of the Deep is the third and last album in the Lost Treasures series mixed by well-known trance DJ/producer Tiësto. It was released in 1997. Hyperdrive Inc. - "Dreams In Sync" 3:56 Life According To Bozo - "Lert" 5:19 N. Y. Alliance - "Ronald Ray-Gun" 3:42 Jerome'Pacman' Elia - "Alaya" 3:22 South London Voodoo - "Into The Night" 4:52 Wild Bunch - "Jonka" 5:47 Continuous Cool - "Relations" 4:41 DJ Marco Bailey - "Planet Goa" 3:32 T. L. T. - "Kubik" 4:22 The Modwheel - "Destination Morocco" 6:30 Sambuca - "Assassinate" 5:33 DJ Tiësto - "The Tube" 4:37 Exit - "Exyl" 4:02 The Oriëntalist - "Oriëntrance" 3:27 Transa - "Enervate" 4:29 Fix To Fax - "Meridian" 5:29

Artificial noise

Artificial noise is a wave or vibration, electromagnetic, or other signal, generated by a human source. The purpose of generating artificial noise, whether intentional or not, may vary, depending on what is considered noise in a particular context, it can be used to experiment on a subject by controlling the frequency or amplitude of the artificial noise to ascertain how the subject interacts with external stimulation. For example, to test the sensitivity of a microphone noise-reducing filter, the test administrator could generate artificial noise in a laboratory setting to determine whether the microphone suppresses the noise, or interprets the noise as something, not noise. In the context of urban dwellings or establishments, artificial noise might be called light pollution, or commuter traffic. In the context of spectator sports, artificial noise is the use of artificial sound-making devices to show the audience's support. In organized sports' early years, such as there was, came from the cheering of a team's supporters.

Early in the history of American football, the practice of employing cheerleaders became standard, these individuals soon began to use megaphones to lead the cheering. Prior to the era of electronics, the use of horns and cowbells had begun in an attempt to make noise louder than that which could be created through the mere use of the human voice; the invention of the compressed air horn gave fans another weapon in their arsenal. As fan sophistication increased, they learned to make noise in a way which distracted the visiting team to the assistance of their own. College football teams which had their own marching bands, came to depend upon the band to play loudly at strategic times, while hardly sportsmanlike, could be effective. Two developments more than any others led sports leagues to regulate artificial noise; the first was advances in electronics which put items like portable bullhorns within reach of the typical fan. These devices could create an incredible level of noise which could make game play intolerable.

The second was the rise of fan interest in college basketball, of course played in indoor venues in which the sound dissipates far less than in outdoor ones. Leagues did not desire to end the vocal support of fans, but learned that they would have to regulate artificial noise made by electronics, horns and the like, to make game play tolerable. Most leagues banned these devices altogether, banned cheerleaders from access to public-address systems, prevented bands from playing while the ball was in play. Most leagues have followed the lead of the National Football League and banned the playing of recorded music while actual game play is occurring, limiting it to when the ball is dead. In 2007, the Indianapolis Colts were accused of adding artificial noise against the New England PatriotsIn football, the referee can call a "delay of game" penalty on the home team if, after being warned, the management of the venue does not or cannot do enough to prevent the use of artificial noisemakers. In basketball, a technical foul can be called on the home team if it is felt that they are not making a sufficient effort to prevent the generation of artificial noise.

In the 2004 Arena Football League playoffs, the San Jose SaberCats organization was fined $10,000 for distributing cowbells prior to a game versus the Tampa Bay Storm. The most common devices used to create artificial noise today are "thunder sticks", long aluminized PET film balloons which make a sort of drumming noise when banged together, it seems that these will be banned at some point in the near future. Some groups of fans defy bans on artificial noisemakers; the most notorious noise scofflaws in North American sports are football fans of Mississippi State University. The Southeastern Conference, has banned artificial noisemakers for many years. However, they now restrict their ringing to times when the ball is dead