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February 24, 1968

February 24, 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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Fist-Swinger Marc Brunet Cools Temper To Help Make Florida Rockets Hot Club

JACKSONVILLE. Fla. - Defense man Marc Brunet’s ability to learn an important hockey lesson has paid dividends this year for the Jack-sonville Rockets and helped the team virtually clinch its first Eastern Hockey League playoff berth. Brunet, a 195-pound rearguard who has a flair for swinging his fists, has learned to cool it. Not that he’ll back off from any foe when it comes to a man to man battle, but Marc realizes his value to the team is lessened when he’s sitting in the penalty box. “It’s not that I don’t want to fight. But I realize that our team wants to win and I don’t like to lose either. If I blow my top and we play a man short, I’m only hurting my mates,” explains Brunet. So nowadays Brunet curbs his…

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Hughes, Menard Proving Little Man Can Succeed In Robust Big League

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Howie Hugnes and Howie Menard are so small that when they play on a L.A. Kings’ line with 6-3, 195-pound Doug Robinson, as they have been, it looks like Doug is doing a solo, closely pursued by two fleas. Hughes is 5-9 and weighs 170 pounds. Menard is 5-6 and weighs 160 pounds. When asked if Menard was the smallest man in the NHL, manager Larry Regan said, “Heck, he’s the smallest man anywhere.” Even among hockey players, Who seldom are sizeable, Hughes and Menard seem small. Managers and coaches go around saying size doesn’t matter, that it’s the man that counts, but Hughes and Menard know better. Hughes is 28 and has been a pro eight years and Menard is 25 and has been a pro six…

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Maniago Laments Long West Coast Trips

Flyers Catch Up With Sleepy North Stars TWIN CITIES, MINN. – The North Stars and their West Division brethren of the National Hockey League may well have it tougher next season when the schedule calls for 36 (Instead of 24) games against the established East Division clubs. But you won’t hear any of the NHL newcomers complaining. One of the main reasons, says Minnesota goalkeeper Cesare Maniago, is it will mean one, perhaps two fewer trips to the West Coast for games against Los Angeles and Oakland. “It isn’t too bad when we have a day off between games out there,” said Maniago, “but it’s murder when a club has to fly out of Oakland after midnight West Coas, time and get into the Twin Cities about 10 in the morning on the day of…

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Bears Climb To Top On ‘Western’ Wins

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears used Western Hockey League opponents as a springboard to the top of the ladder in the American League’s Eastern Division title race. Coach Frank Mathers’ charges returned from a five-game swing through West Coast cities with three wins to their credit, the victories vaulting them into first place in the east division. Only last month Hershey was camped in second place, r trailing the Springfield Kings by a dozen points. However, since Jan. 1 the Bears ran off 11 wins and two ties in 19 games to pass the Kings, whose ranks were depleted by player recalls by the parent National League Los Angeles club. During the western swing John Henderson came on in relief of regular Andre Gill, who suffered a groin injury in the club’s first stop…