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March 9, 1973

March 9, 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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⋆ Player’s of the week ⋆

In The East Few players have made the impact on the National Hockey League to match little Marcel Dionne, who has already become the highest scoring sophomore performer in league history. The shifty Detroit Red Wings’ center has been one of the hottest goal scorers in the NHL in recent weeks and his two-year total of 151 points in 138 games is a new league record for second-year players. Dionne climaxed another whirlwind week for the Wings as he scored six times in three games including a hat trick which turned out to be Detroit’s complete scoring output in a 3-3 tie with Montreal. Dionne also added two goals in the NBC Game of the Week contest against St. Louis as the Wings rolled to a 5-0 conquest. In The West Pittsburgh Penguins are fighting…

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Hockey Ad Lib

Flames Did Selling Job… THE CAN WALK AWAY from a writer on the road because there’s no profit. But I am told that Bernard “Boom Boom” Geoffrion speaks to everyone in sight in and around Atlanta in an effort to build up his sport and his team. Bill Putnam, formerly of Philadelphia Flyers, is Atlanta Flames president and he hired a public-relations firm and a coach who could sell the ice sport in the deep south. It has paid off. Atlanta is not one of those major league cities with a history of minor league hockey. It has had major league baseball, basketball and football for seven years or less. With GeorgiaTech, it has been college football country. Veterans are astonished to hear hockey discussed at parties. More than 7,000 season tickets…

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Grant’s Hat Trick Ends Bruins’ Domination

TWIN CITIES— Minnesota’s boisterous hockey fans had to wait a long time for the first North Star hat trick of the season, but when it finally did occur, the setting was just about perfect. Danny Grant rifled in three goals, in the 58th game of the 197273 season, to provide the margin of victory as the North Stars whipped Boston 5-2. It was the first time that the North Stars had beaten the Bruins in three years, which meant that it was Jack Gordon’s first conquest of the Stanley Cup champs as Minnesota coach. Grant’s outburst increased his goal total for the season to 23, who took over the club leadership in that department. It also afforded the sturdy left winger an opportunity to possibly equal his single season’s high at Minnesota, 34, which…

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First American With Blues, Johnson ‘Rotating’ Goaler

ST.LOUIS — Bob Johnson is the first native American to play for the St. Louis Blues. Johnson was born in Farmington, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and his rise as a hockey goalie has been rapid. He played two years of junior hockey in the I Detroit area before winning a hockey scholarship to Michigan State University. He later played for Toledo in the International Hockey League as he became part of the organization of his hometown team, the Red Wings. The Blues acquired him before last season and assigned him to their Denver farm club. In 37 games Johnson had a 2.83 goals-against average, the lowest in the Western Hockey League, and was runnerup in voting for the WHL’s Rookie of the Year. Then in the playoffs, as the Spurs went all…