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March 16, 1968

March 16, 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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Hockey Ad Lib

Coaching Is Frustrating Two seasons away from it now, Milt Schmidt reflects on his coaching career wistfully. He did not have much luck. In two hitches spanning 10 years, his Boston Bruins made the playoffs three times at first then not again. “It’s a funny thing,” he says. “I had some success early. As I learned, my success became less. It’s very frustrating. Whatever you try, it doesn’t work. Then you wonder, what do I do next? You begin to wonder if you’re not capable. But you can’t let your players know you have doubts. You have to act as though you’re thinking positively. The psychological thing is so important in the performance of athletes. If they do not have confidence, or at least hope, they will not win.” Schmidt is one…

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Ranger Fans Chant “We’re No. 2, But Blues Eyeing NHL’s Ton Spot

NEW YORK, N.Y.- Backed by the greatest team effort any Ranger team has given in over a decade, Emile Francis’ rampaging New Yorkers capped a fantabulous three wir week with a key 4-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks, in a second place showdown. In the past, New York usually fell flat on its face when faced with an opportunity to put up or shut up. This time they came through and moved to within 3 points of Mtl. They thoroughly convinced the sold out new Madison Square Garden crowd of 17,250 that they were the better club by outshooting Chicago 37-13. In the memory of the oldest inhabitant of the Garden Press area, the Hawks have not been so smothered since the start of the Stan Mikita — Bobby Hull era. The…

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Binkley Injury Perils Pitt’s Playoff Chances

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – An Injury to the team’s number one goalie and the last-minute trade of a scoring leader gave the Pittsburgh Penguins an altered look for the final month of the NHL season. The Injury was to goalie Les Binkley, the 31-year-old rookie who had become one of the biggest surprises in the NHL. Binkley suffered a broken finger in his right (or glove) hand during a 6-6 tie with Oakland March 2. He was forced to sit out several games as second line goalie Hank Bassen and rookie Joe Daley, recalled from Baltimore, took his place. Meanwhile, the Penguins added a vital right-handed shot by obtaining Wayne Hicks from Philadelphia for center Art Stratton. Hicks, although an Impressive scorer with Quebec in the AHL, had been a sporadic goal producer and playmaker…

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PASSING THE PUCK

• TRYING TO find a new home for the Philadelphia Flyers is a major problem confronting the National Hockey League right now. The Flyers, leaders of the Western Division of the NHL throughout most of the season, will be unable to play in their new arena, the Philadelphia Spectrum, for at least six weeks, and it may be even longer … The roof of the Spectrum may have to be completely done over before it is judged safe for spectators to witness events inside the building. A very tough blow for the Flyers and Philadelphia hockey fans… If Rod Gilbert or Jean Ratelle wins the NHL scoring crown this season it will be the first time a member of the New York Rangers has performed this feat since Bryan Hextall…