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October 31, 1969

October 31, 1969

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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NHL Flyers Sad But Dears Happy Over Exciting Play Of New Line

HERSHEY— The fact winger Ted Snell prefers snow to sunshine set-up a reunion of what could be one of the most exciting forward lines in the American League this season. The 22-year-old Hershey Bears winger, refusing to play for Phoenix because he was tired of “looking at sunshine every day” and wanted to be “where there is snow,” was quickly grabbed by coach Frank Mathers. “It has to be one of the weirdest deals in hockey,” said Mathers, “but it was a good one for us.” No sooner had the Snell-Bob Leiter-Stan Gilbertson line been reunited than it combined for seven points to spark the Bears to a pair of exhibition wins over the National League Philadelphia Flyers here. Hershey topped the Philly club, 4-3 and 4-2. Only last spring, the trio caught a hot…

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Meet The Rookies

The Minnesota North Stars have been searching for a bruising defenseman for some time and a young man named Barry Gibbs appears to be the answer. The 21-year-old former Boston Bruin chattel is 5’10”, 195 but he can really rock a man when he hands out the bodychecks. Gibbs compiled 194 penalty minutes in only 55 games last season with Oklahoma City of the Central League and another 53 in the CHL playoffs. But Gibbs’ value to the Blazers was enormous. He was picked as the league’s best defenseman and made the All-Star team. The North Stars grabbed Gibbs from Boston along with Tommy Williams in an offseason trade. A solid hitter, Gibbs, a native of Lloydmin-ster, Sask., appears to be one of the shining new stars of the future…

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Hockey Ad Lib

Profile Of A Super Star THIS WAS LATE LAST season in the Boston dressing room after a Bruins’ game. Phil Esposito was closing in on an unprecedented 100 scoring points and the reporters were closing in on him. He was asked if he was beginning to Press a bit. The dark, handsome star smiled wistfully and said, “I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t. I’m trying to do something no one else ever has done. I remember when Bobby Hull was trying to score his 50th goal. He said the harder you try, the harder it is to do anything. I think that’s true. You just have to go out there and play your game. It try not to think about records. But you guys keep coming around to remind me.” His…

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Clippers’ Sputtering Start Retails Worse Beginnings

BALTIMORE— One week into the new hockey season finds the latest edition of the Baltimore Clippers starting out to emulate most of their seven predecessors. Which is another way of saying that the locals are off to another sputtering start. At this writing Coach Rudy Migay’s minions were looking for their first win. But, their first three tries at victory have at least become progressively better. since they have lost 0-6, 1-6, and 2-3. In case you missed the winners, they were Springfield, Hershey and Quebec in that order. But, Baltimore has done worse at breaking from the starting gate and still come on to finish in the playoffs. So, there are some silver clouds after all. In their sophomore season in the AHL (1963-4) the Clippers lost seven of their first nine starts…