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February 5, 1971

February 5, 1971

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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Butiin Admits New Agreement Gives WCHL ‘Big League’ Look

CALGARY— Ron Butlin heads a hockey league that NHL men predicted wouldn’t survive past its first season. Three years later, thanks in large measure to Butlin, it is not only surviving but will do a million dollars in business this season. The league is the Western Canada League, a farflung, l0-team circuit stretching across the Canadian prairies and soon to expand to B.C. Butlin is its strong-willed president, a job he handles from the league headquarters in Calgary. Butlin is quick to pull out statistics showing the WCHL’s bigtime status. He says attendance will hit the 900,000 mark this season. Another favorite talking point is the insurance plan, which insures everyone in the WCHL, even the coaches, managers, owners, trainers and referees. There is also a $200,000 disaster insurance plan which would benefit every…

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Flett Still Rates High With Kings

LOS ANGELES— When the Los Angeles Kings were born four seasons back. Bill Flett emerged as a big-leaguer. In their rookie campaigns. Flett helped the Kings into second place bv scoring 26 goals and was acclaimed as one of the outstanding prospects developed bv one of the new teams. However. Bill has had trouble sustaining this promise. He scored 24 goals his second season, but only 14 last season, when he was demoted to the minors for live games before being recalled. The feeling around L.A. generally has been that he is not the plaver he figured to be. For awhile, other clubs wanted Flett more than anv other King, but L.A. officials refused to part with him for fear he would become a super star. Now, clubs are bidding less and offering…

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PASSING THE PUCK

● BOSTON — BOBBY HULL’S winning goal in the 24th annual NHL All Star Game to give the West a 2-1 win over the favored East was his fourth in All Star play. He was also the outstanding player on the ice and he was closely followed by the brilliant play of Buffalo Sabres’ rookie Gil Perreault … There were nine members of the Chicago Black Hawks on the winning Western squad and both goals came off the sticks of Chicago players … Hull and Chico Maki … Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull were both given outstanding ovations by the very fair and well informed Boston fans when introduced prior to the game. Former Bruin boss Harry Sinden, who came out of retirement to coach the losing East Stars, was…

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OHA MAJOR JUNIOR

Looking At The Races ONTARIO MAJOR JUNIOR (Standings on Tues. Jan. 26) GAMES COMPLETED Tues. Jan. 19 St. Catharines 2 at Hamilton 5 Montreal 5 at Ottawa3 Thurs. Jan. 21 London 3 at Hamilton 5 Niagara Falls 0 at Peterborough 4 Fri. Jan. 22 Peterborough 3 at Niagara Falls 6 Toronto 4 at Kitchener 1 Oshawa 0 at Ottawa 5 Montreal 9 at London 7 Sun. Jan. 24 Hamilton 2 at St. Catharines 10 Toronto 4 at Montreal 5 London 4 at Oshawa 4 Peterborough 6 at Kitchener 1 Niagara Falls 0 at Ottawa 6 LEADING SCORERS ALBERTA HOCKEY LEAGUE (Standings on Mon. Jan. 18) LEADING SCORERS NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR (Standings on Thurs. Jan. 21) LEADING SCORERS QUEBEC JUNIOR LEAGUE (Standings on Mon. Jan. 25) LEADING SCORERS ALBERTA JUNIOR LEAGUE (Standings on Mon. Jan. 11) LEADING SCORERS ONTARIO SENIOR LEAGUE (Standings on Fri. Jan. 22) LEADING SCORERS BRITISH COLUMBIA JUNIOR (Standings on Mon. Jan. 11) OKANAGAN DIVISION LEADING SCORERS NEW ENGLAND LEAGUE (Standings on Fun. Jan. 17)…