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January 19, 1973

January 19, 1973

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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Whalers Emerge As Class OfFirst Half

BOSTON—“We’ve had our share of success,” said Jack Kelley, in a rather modest tone as he reviewed the first half of the World Hockey Association schedule. His New England Whalers finished the first half of the season as the leader of the WHA’s Eastern Division, but the po-pular coach wasn’t counting any chickens or making predictions as to who might win the crown. “We figured to be in the race at the outset,” said the New England general manager-coach. “There were some intangibles to be reckoned with, but they worked to our advantage and enabled us to stay in it.” WHA Leaders While New Erigland had lived up to expectations, the biggest disappointment label stuck on Philadelphia, which has had nothing but bad luck since the outset.…… First John McKenzie broke his arm in an…

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MEET THE ROOKIES

Unable to crash the Chicago Black Hawks’ power-packed lineup in years gone by, Larry Romanchych has finally found a permanent home with Atlanta Flames. The fast-skating center did enjoy three productive seasons with Chicago’s Dallas farm club in the CHL where he established himself as a sure-fire NHL prospect. Romanchych is not only a superb playmaker, but is strong enough at 6’1”, 180 pounds to maintain position in the slot for numerous scoring opportunities at the opposition goalmouth. Although unable to dent the twine in a 10-game cup of coffee with Chicago, Larry did fashion two 21-goal seasons and an 18-goal campaign with Dallas.…

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Hockey Ad Lib

Hockey Is Mental… “I DON’T LIKE to be praised. I don’t like to read stories praising my play or hear broadcasters say how great I’m going,” Red Berenson said, and it was a surprising thing for any athlete to say, no matter how modest he may be. Berenson is modest, but he’s proud, too. He’s also realistic. “Naturally, I like my play to be appreciated,” he said. “We all have egos. But when I’m praised I tend to start believing that I’m playing better than I actually am. So much of this game is mental and it requires such physical effort game after game to excel that if you let up just a little your play is apt to fall down a lot. I’m aware of this and it scares me…

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‘Boomer’ High On Bennett

ATLANTA— Curt Bennett sat on the locker room bench, naked save for a pair of figured shorts, and talked about a new dictionary he bought. “I love words,” said the handsome youngster, “and this thing is so neat. It used to be about 15 volumes but they’ve condensed it now into two. In microfilm, I think. It comes with a magnifying glass. “I read it all the time.” There is Curt Bennett, complete in three paragraphs. A figure far wider than the shoulder pads and thin skates of your average hockey player. He is quite easily the Bill Bradley of his game. Once he was asked if he studied himself. “Oh yes,” he said. “I keep a diary and after every game, I evaluate the way I played, both pro and con. I think I make…