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December 17, 1971

December 17, 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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HOW THEY STAND

WESTERN LEAGUE (Standings on Wed. Dec. 8) GAMES COMPLETED Wed. Dec. 1 Phoenix 6 at Denver 3 San Diego 4 at Portland 3 Thurs. Dec. 2 San Diego 3 at Salt Lake 5 Fri. Dec. 3 Salt Lake 5 at Denver 7 Seattle 1 at Phoenix 6 Sat. Dec. 4 Denver 3 at Salt Lake 4 San Diego 3 at Phoenix 3 Seattle 0 at Portland 10 Sun. Dec. 5 Denver 6 at Portland 1 GAMES TO COME Wed. Dec. 8 Portland at Denver Salt Lake at Phoenix Thur. Dec. 9 Portland at Salt Lake Seattle at San Diego Fri. Dec. 10 Seattle at Denver Portland at Phoenix Sat. Dec. 11 Denver at San Diego Sun. Dec. 12 Denver at Seattle Wed. Dec. 15 Denver at Salt Lake Seattle at Portland San Diego at Phoenix LEADING SCORERS (Including games of Sun. Nov. 28) GOALKEEPERS’ RECORDS…

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MacNeil Experts Vees To Finish On Top In East

HALIFAX— General Manager and coach Al MacNeil of the Nova Scotia Voyageurs had just digested a diet of statistics when we had caught up with the hard working executive for an assessment of the first seven weeks of operation in the American Hockey League’s Eastern Division. “I think the records will show”, he said, “that the league has greater depth and balance than it has had for many years. There was a time perhaps when strong teams could count on an occasional easy night but that doesn’t apply anymore. There are no patsies in this league. You earn every point and if you stop working you can go from top to bottom very quickly”. At the time of his analysis, MacNeil’s Voyageurs were berthed in second place in the Eastern Division. The Vees greatest…

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Barons Hot At Home To Move Up In Race

CLEVELAND— The Cleveland Barons are doing what Coach John Muckier said they would. Muckier predicted his club would get off to a slow start but would move into high gear by mid-November. The Barons, taking advantage of home ice opportunities, moved into second place in the AHL’s Western Division and within striking distance of first place Hershey. There are two good reasons for the Barons’ surge. Cleveland received help from Minnesota after the season was underway which has greatly strengthened and balanced the club, and, the club has taken advantage of home ice opportunities. Cleveland is unbeaten in its last ten starts at home, as of December 1st, and had lost only once at the Arena up to that time. That loss, a 3-2 squeaker to Cincinnati, came in the Cleveland home opener.…

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NHL Home, Road Records

(Statistics include games of Sun. Nov. 28) EAST AT HOME WEST AT HOME EAST ON ROAD WEST ON ROAD…