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January 28, 1967

January 28, 1967

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Injuries Force Punch Imlach To Give Walton Long-Awaited Shot At Big Time With Leafs

TORONTO, Ont.— Young Mike Walton is getting his long-awaited, long overdue tryout with the Maple Leafs. Punch Imlach, coach and general manager of the Toronto team, decided to bring Walton in for a four-day stretch during which Leafs were to play Detroit Red Wings twice and Boston Bruins once. With Red Kelly injured, Leafs had been getting along with three centermen, Dave Keon, Bob Pulford and Pete Stemkowski. It was the week-end of Jan. 14 and 15 which convinced Imlach some changes had to be made. Leafs played superbly in beating Detroit on the 14th, then flopped miserably against Chicago. Imlach was beginning to get the idea his team could only handle the second division clubs and that, of course, wasn’t good enough. Meanwhile, Walton was producing points by the bushel for Leafs’ American…

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Petes Name Two-Man Team As Replacement

PETERBOROUGH, Ont.— Coaching in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League continue to be a rather precarious way of making a living. Starting this season Bill Long of the Niagara Falls Flyers was the only coach with a record of having been with the same team for as long as two consecutive seasons. During the past two weeks another couple of coaches were either fired or dismissed, depending on how the matter was announced by the clubs concerned. Leo Bossy, brought in from the Halifax Junior Canadiens to handle the Montreal Junior Canadiens at the start of the present schedule, got his walking papers and was replaced by a former Montreal junior pilot Claude Ruel. The other Montreal-backed team in the OHA league, Peterborough Petes, then announced that Roger Bedard had resigned. It was perhaps not mere…

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Reaction Mixed To Expansion Formula As NHL Teams Lose Only Six Players

MONTREAL, Que.— Did the six new teams in the expansion of the National Hockey League get the best deal possible from the existing NHL teams in their player stocking formula plans? Reaction to the complicated plan to provide players for expansion of the NHL in 1967-68 was mixed. Bill Putnam, president of the Philadelphia Flyers, was probably the most optimistic of the six new franchise holders. He termed the formula “a good plan and a fair plan.” Putnam added, “I was somewhat surprised at what we did get. Like the other owners I would have liked a little more, of course, but I realized the position the other clubs were in,” Putnam said. Jack Kent Cooke of Los Angeles, who along with Putnam, represented the six new teams at the meeting, said he was pleased…

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Portland Netminding Duo Leads WHL Coaling Race But Norris Top ’Saver’

LOS ANGELES, Calif.— At mid-season in the Western League, Portland’s Don Head and Rick Charron are running 1-2 in the official race for the best goaltender award based on fewest goals allowed per game, but Jack Norris of L.A. actually may be playing a bit more effectively based on the highest percentage of shots stopped. The players in front of a goalie so affect his chances of turning in low-scoring efforts that fielding percentage may be a more accurate statistic in determining superior performances. Norris is far down the list in goals-against averages with 3.35, compared to Head’s 2.71 and Charron’s 2.86, but Norris’ fielding mark of.922 is much the best in the circuit. Head is next at.909. Then comes Les Binkley of last-place San Diego, way down in goals-against at 3.19,…