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March 23, 1968

March 23, 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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IS THIS GEOFFRION’S LAST YEAR IN NHL?

NEW YORK, N.Y. On March 9 at Minnesota, Boom Boom Geoffrion practiced with Rod Gilbert’s curved stick and the next night he replaced the sick and injured Gilbert in the Ranger line up on the Hot Line with Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield. Geoffriqn’s weapon was his own regular lie stick plus the great pride and just plain intestinal fortitude that is so much part of the great Gaul. He responded with two big assists on both of Jean Ratelle’s goals and while he does not move around the ice with the speed or verve that is Rod’s wont these days, Boomer was very much a plus. The Hot Line was still hot and Geoffrion even livened up the night with fisticuffs with Los Angeles’ Bill Flett midway in the second period. Francis…

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Clippers Honor Marshall For 1,000th Game Feat

BALTIMORE, Md. – Willie Marshall, veteran high-scoring center for the Baltimore Clippers was honored here, March 15th at the Civic Center for having played his 1000th game in the AHL. Only two other players in the long and colorful history of the American League have passed this enviable plateau. Fred Glover, player-coach of the Cleveland Barons is approaching the Willie Marshall 1,200 mark, while Harry Pidhirny, who reached this goal while playing for the Clippers three years ago, wound up his pro career with a total of 1,071 games. Now in his 17th year of skating in the league, the 36-year old Marshall is generally regarded as one of the AHL’s all-time greats. His career covers four years with the old Pittsburgh Hornets, 6 ½ with the Hershey Bears, a half year in…

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Tkaczuk Lone UnanimousPick As Montreal Habs Draw Blank

KITCHENER, Ont. – Walt Tkaczuk of the Kitchener Rangers was the lone unanimous selection for the Ontario Hockey Association Junior “A” League’s all-star teams picked by the 10 league coaches. Kitchener, Hamilton, Niagara Falls and Toronto Marlboros each placed three players on the two teams with Montreal Canadlens drawing an unexpected blank. Based on five points for the first team and three for the second squad, Tkaczuk drew the maximum 45 votes. No coach was allowed to select his own player. Named to the first team were Gerry Gray of Hamilton, goal, Mike Robitaille of Kitchener and Rick Ley of Niagara, defense, Tkaczuk at center, Danny Lawson of Hamilton right wing and Jack Egers of Kitchener left wing. On the second team, Phil Myre of Niagara was in goal, Brad Park of Toronto and…

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Hockey News Closes Fans’ NHL All-Star Poll

MONTREAL, Que. – Who is the National Hockey League’s best netminder? And is Bobby Orr really the greatest defense-man of them all? Would you pick Jean Beliveau over Stan Mikita? You, the fans can answer these and many other questions that surround the picking of All-Star earns by getting in on THE HOCKSY NEWS’ 21st annual All-Star poll, which ends this week. This is the last chance to select/our AllStar teams and compare t with the official teams that will be made public after the close of the regular season. It’s a kind of challenge you won’t want to pass up if you’re a hot hockey fan. This is the third and final week we have published All-Star team ballots. Results will be compiled and the teams you the fans selected will appear in the…