GRANTED: To Seattle and Denver, franchises in the NHL, conditional on financing and facilities to be provided by the home cities. The expansion will mean a four-division, 20-team league in 1976, and signals the dissolution of the Western Hockey League effective immediately.
HIRED: To coach the Boston Bruins, DON CHERRY, 40, general manager-coach of the Rochester Americans and AHL Coach of the Year for the last two seasons. Cherry saw limited action as a player, including one game as a Bruin in the 1955 Stanley Cup playoffs against Montreal.
NAMED: University of Wisconsin Hockey Coach BOB JOHNSON, 44, to be head coach of the 1976 Olympic hockey team.