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October 12, 1968

October 12, 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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Old Rochester Club Wearing New Canuck Livery

SEATTLE, Wash. — If you want to play it cute, you can put it this way: The six-team Western Hockey League opened its 1967-68 season with four “defending champions.” Four defending champions? Well, you can start with the Seattle Totems. In two years under Coach Bill MacFarland, the Totems have won two Lester Patrick Cups in the playoffs. They will shoot this season to become the first team in Western Hockey League history to make it three in row. Now add the Portland Buckaroos. The charges of Coach Hal Laycoe have won the regular-season championship the last four seasons in a row. The Buckaroos are aiming for No. 5. Of course, they’ll just break their own record if they succeed. No other team ever won the regular-season title more than twice in row. Now throw…

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Sinden Sees Title Dogfight With B’s In Thick Of Battle

BOSTON, MASS. — Harry Sinden is starting his third season as Bruins coach with a mixture of optimism and caution. feels the Bruins experience of finishing third last year could bring them all the way to the top of the National Hockey League this season. But a slip could drop them again out of playoff spot. “We saw a lot of good things from some of our kids during out training work,” said Sinden. “We also seem to be a little better organized than we were at the start of last season. “But that I mean we have a better idea of what we can expect from individuals and what we can do as a unit. “But when you ask me about the race and how teams will finish I don’t care to pick…

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Imlach Cracks Whip, Bans Sideburns To Rouse Leafs

TORONTO, Ont. Punch Imlach cracked the whip—or had somebody cracking it for him-right from the outset this fall and it was immediately obvious how the combative little manager-coach proposed to bring his Toronto Maple Leafs back from their ignominious fifth-place finish of 1968. When Leafs reported at their Peterborough, Ont., training camp, they were greeted by two physical education instructors whose assignment was to get the athletes in shape. This was done and, to put it mildly, it wasn’t easy. There was untold suffering but the beefing was noticeably good-natured. Imlach was in nasty mood. He ordered all sideburns to be shaved off and, needless to say, banned turtlenecks. That’s only sample of the kind of discipline he imposed. Standards of dress mean little to Imlach; he was simply getting his troops back…

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Hockey Crossword

SOLUTION IN OCTOBER 19 ISSUE A CROSS 1—Pictured player. 9—A Ranger forward. 10—Native Province of 12 a-cross. 11—15th and 12th letters of the alphabet. 12—played 21 games for New York last season. 13—By way of. 14—A house of lodging. 16—First name of an N.H.L. coach. 17—Initials of an N.H.L. city. 19—preposition 20—One of the Bruins answers to this. 22—First name of 23 across. 23—Wears No. 23 for Philadelphia. 27—Initials of Leaf forward. 28—Initials of one of the Leafs. 29—One of the Kings. DOWN 1—A Leaf veteran. 2-1941-42 prince of Wales trophy winners (abbr.) 3—This city won the Stanley Cup in 1926-27. 4—22nd and 5th letters of the alphabet. 5—15th and 12th letters of the alphabet. 6—No team wants start like this. 7—Many fans see N.H.L. games via this. 8—Fred Glover coaches this” team. 15—Number worn by Frank. St-Marseille. 18—Not high. 21—First name of former Leaf Reaume. 22—First name of one of the Habs. 24—A former Red Wing answers to this. 25—An N.H.L.…