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February 2, 1973

February 2, 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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Old Bucks Playing Like Kids Once Again As Jones Sets Sights On 6th Point Title

PORTLAND— Anybody want to bet that Art Jones doesn’t win the Western Hockey League scoring crown again this season? The best advice is don’t. The old redhead is on the move. Business problems seemed to occupy his mind more at the beginning of the season than the scoring problems he was having. He went into the construction, business last summer. Now the 38-year-old center is fast closing on the WHL leaders in pursuit of his sixth straight scoring title. Jones scored eight points on four goals and four assists in the last three games to earn WHL plaver-of-the-week honors. He has scored 26 points—nine goals and 17 assists—in his last 14 games to jump to a tie for fourth in the WHL scoring race. His 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points leave him…

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Hockey Ad Lib

Thisa’ And Data… I WONDER: Why do coaches usually pull a line off the ice immediately after it has scored? Stimulated, confident, loose, its percentages of producing another goal right off would have to be higher than that of a new line that comes on… Why do coaches pull goaltenders in the last minute when they’re a goal behind? Because it’s always done, of course. Because they want to show the fans they’ll try anything to win. But the percentage of games tied this way is poor. And we suspect they are taken completely out of a lot more games by empty-net goals that they would have evened with their regular attack. And as long as they’re taking their goalers out in the last minute when one goal behind, why not…

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’Flu Bug Staggers Roanoke; Revamped Ducks On The Move

ROANOKE VALLEY— As if the Roanoke Valley Rebels weren’t suffering enough without players like Denis Mel-oche (shoulder injury) and Pierre Cournoyer (knee injury), a new menace attacked the club: the flu that has been going around the country. At one point, Doug Carpenter was playing despite a fever of 102 degrees, and young Dale MacLeish was unable to play Denis Meloche at all due to the weakening virus. As it was, coach Gregg Pilling had already been activated in an attempt to cover for Cournoyer’s knee injury, but Pilling himself was felled with bronchial complications of the illness and was forced to return to his accustomed behind-the-bench position. The coach was not unhappy to be back there, though, as he was so sore he could hardly move, and it was too difficult to…

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Looking At The Races

GAMES COMPLETED Mon. Jon. 15 Drummondville atLaval 9 Twos. Jon. 16 Montreal at Trois-Rivieres 6 Quebec at Sorel 5 Thur. Jon. 18 Montreal at Drummondville 3 Sherbrooke at Cornwall 5 Sorel at Laval 8 Fri. Jan. 19 Cornwall at Shawinigon 6 Trois-Rivieres at Quebec 6 Drummondville at Sherbrooke 6 Laval at Montreal 5 Sun. Jan. 21 Trois-Rivieres at Cornwall 8 Quebec at Showimgan 3 Drummondville atSorel 17 Sherbrooke at Montreal 5…