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December 9, 1967

December 9, 1967

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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Seals Plagued By Weak Middle Men

OAKLAND, Calif. - When the Oakland Seals opened their training camp last September, coach Bert Olmstead knew he would have a building job to do, but he had confidence that at least two areas would take care of themselves - centers and defense. Here It is now, nearly a third of the way through the National Hockey League season and from game one, the biggest problem plaguing the Seals has been the play of the centers, even the defense has had its flaws. Billy Harris, Wally Boyer, and Joe Szura, figured to give the Oaklanders a strong suit right down the middle, the place where offenses succeed or fail. But among them, they have scored only four goals and 13 assists in 20 games! In desperation, Seal boss Bert Olmstead reached down into the ranks…

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Defense Healthy Again, Bears Up With Kings

HERSHEY, Pa.— The way things are shaping up in the Eastern Division race it appears the Hershey Bears and Springfield Kings will battle It out for the title. Hershey, defending Eastern champion, trailed the Kings by only four points at the 17 game mark in the schedule and had two games In hand on the Bay Staters. One of the Bears most Important victories came against the Kings Nov. 25 when Hershey edged them, 5-3, before a sellout crowd of 7,200 at the Sports Arena. The Bears have been bugged with injuries to their "defensive corps through the early portion of the schedule. However, of late, everyone is healthy and the club has begun to roll in high gear again. One of the key reasons for the Bears staying right on the heels of Springfield…

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Dreary Play Turns Hobs Into ‘Hab-Nots’

MONTREAL, Que. - It’s going to be a long season for Canadiens and for the poor wretches whose duty it is to write about them in the public prints. The team that Is fast becoming known as the “Hab-Nots” of hockey, have entered the month of December clinging to their share of last place despite the best efforts of the New York Rangers to dislodge them from the basement. There was one area where the Hab-Nots were in a class by themselves, however, and that was in the scoring column. They had scored the least number of goals, — 51 in 22 games — of any team in the old division. In 14 games through the month of November, Canadiens won three, lost eight and tied three others. Half of the games were…

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Bucyk Pushes Hull off Top Rung As Bruins Hold Lead In NHL Race

It’s a good thing for five clubs In the East division that the national hockey league expanded to 2 teams this season. Otherwise, the Boston Bruins might be miles ahead of them in the standings. The Bruins, paced by the 91—point producing line of scoring leader Johnny Bucyk, centre Fred Stanfield and right winger John McKenzie, have been held back in their hopeful march toward their first pennant In 27 seasons by the west division teams. While showing a record of 10 wins, three ties and only two losses to the rivals in their own division, the Bruins have four wins and three losses in seven starts against West division competition. Bruins, who have finally emerged from hibernation after eight years in or near the bottom of the pit, have an over-all…