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February 3, 1968

February 3, 1968

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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Crozier Back As No.1 Man With Brand New Attitude

DETROIT, Mich. - Roger Crozier was chipper. The Red Wings had just lost, 2-0 to Toronto in Crozier’s first game back in the National Hockey League since the 25-year-old former All-Star decided to quit on Nov. 6. The fact that Crozier was chipper after a defeat was encouraging. There wasn’t any moodiness as he hurried to dress, pack and get back to the airport for the trip back to the minors. Crozier had been called up on an emergency basis-general manager Sid Abel said No. 2 goalie George Gardner had the flu-and had to return to the minors to fulfill his 14-day sentence there before the Wings could recall him permanently. His performance against Toronto earned that permanent recall, Abel said. “I’m not in condition yet,” Crozier said. “I’m not sharp.” But he looked plenty sharp…

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Foley Gives Inspiration To Ice Kings

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Gerry Foley is having a fine season with the Spring field Kings. The scrappy veteran winger always hustles, works hard and goes at top speed on the ice. He is easily spotted on the rink, too, since he wears a white helmet. He is a great inspiration to the younger players as he digs pucks out of the corners, does more than his share of scoring and is just a busy guy on the ice for the local team. That’s the way the old pro always played the game. In 40 games so far, Foley is having a great season in the scoring column. He has potted 12 goals and had 21 assists for 33 points with about half the season to go. He proves his fine play making ability…

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Former AHL Star, Bruce Draper Dies of Leukemia At 27

OTTAWA, Ont.— Bruce Draper, former American Hockey League player with Rochester Americans, Hershey Bears and Baltimore Clippers, died of leukemia here at his home, Jan. 26, at the age of 27. Draper was a onetime ‘hot’ prospect in the Toronto Maple Leafs chain after helping pace Toronto St. Michael’s to the Memorial Cup in 1961. Draper actually played one NHL game with Toronto in 196263, but most of his professional hockey career was spent in the AHL. He also saw some service with Denver…

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FAN FORUM

NHL Must Take Lead To Introduce Helmets Hockey News Editor: Now that Bill Masterton has died, isn’t it about time helmets were made manditory in the NHL? This tragedy should make Mr. Campbell aware of the great dangers this game holds. At speeds of 25 and 30 m.p.h. it doesn’t take much to knock a man off his feet. It is more than likely he will fall in a peculiar manner. In fact in a recent Ranger-Black Hawk game, Vic Hadfield was lucky to avert serious injury when he slipped on a rut in the ice and crashed headlong into the boards. There is no reason why players should not wear helmets. Players claim, “They would be a distraction to my playing.” However, in baseball, after a similar incident, the players were forced to…