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December 24, 1966

December 24, 1966

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Bauman Called With Gump Out

MONTREAL, Que.— Montreal Canadiens called up goalie Gary Bauman from Quebec, on a standby basis, while Gump Worsley had his injured knee operated on. Worsley tore a cartilege in the knee while making a leg stop off Toronto’s Ron Ellis in a game earlier this month. He’s out for an indefinite period. Charlie Hodge has replaced Worsley in recent games, and Bauman is now acting as Habs alternate goalie.…

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This Could Be Year At Last For Rangers Howell

NEW YORK, N.Y.— By now it should be a sensational bore to Harry Howell, the Rangers’ aristocratic defenseman. Every year in November somebody starts chirping that Harry deserves to be named to the AllStar team. Then the chirping becomes a chorus. Then, in December, the Rangers usually fold their tent and quietly fade away and nobody’s wild about Harry anymore. Somehow, the feeling persists that 1966-67 isn’t like every year. For one thing the Rangers are perched atop the NHL. For another Harry Howell has more goals (6) than he scored all last season (4). Which is not saying everything because Harry of the silvering hair also is playing the kind of defense that makes teams like the Rangers offer $275,000 for defensemen like Carl Brewer. When I broached the idea of the All-Star…

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Western Ad Lib

Vejprava Glitters Again Gordon Vejprava says he can’t explain it, but he’s having a startling season. The little 5-8, 165-pound forward is 33 years old, has been a pro for 13 seasons now and seemed on the skids. He used to score 20 to 25 goals a season in the American League, but it’s been five years since he scored 20 goals in a season, and last year, when it sometimes seemed he couldn’t find the net with a map, compass and, guide, he scored only 13. He’s a great, slick, fast skater, so he gets lots of opportunities, but he’s been blowing them. When L.A. traded him to Vancouver for Buddy Boone last season, L.A. fans cheered. Suddenly, this season, he has caught fire. At the one-third mark in the campaign,…

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Van Impe’s Surprising Play Takes Hawks’ Minds Off Young

CHICAGO, Ill.— When the Chicago Black Hawks blocked the proposed Howie Young deal coach Billy Reay was asked if his club could use Young. “We haven’t got a problem on defense right now. Ed Van Impe has been a pleasant surprise. He showed up at training camp and told me he intended to make the team. The guy he had to beat out was John Miszuk and that’s exactly what he did.” Van Impe has to rate as one of Reay’s big bonuses this season. For a guy who wasn’t expected to be with the Hawks, the rookie rearguard is doing all right, He has six goals, more than Pierre Pilote and Jacques Laperriere — the NHL’s recognized two top defensemen — have between them.…