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May 4, 1973

May 4, 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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Bernier, Widing May Be On Kings’ Block

LOS ANGELES— When a team misses the playoffs for a fourth straight season there might be a tendency to make a lot of changes. However, when it improves 11 victories and 24 points, totals enough points to have made the playoffs the five previous seasons, and misses by only three points, there might be a tendency to stand pat. Owner Jack Kent Cooke of the Kings must ponder this problem now. Recovering from a heart attack, he is removed from the firing line, but with lots of time to think. General manager Larry Regan and coach Bob Pulford wait for the word. There are no guarantees this season’s rise will continue, carrying the team into the higher ranks, any more than there were that a soft schedule at season’s end assured success. With 14 of…

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STANLEY CUP SUMMARIES

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Reds Make Hasty Playoff Exit, Williams Sees Bright Next Year

PROVIDENCE — It didn’t exactly climax in a storybook ending, but Reds’ rookie winger Tom Williams had no complaints about his AHL initiation campaign. “I’m pretty satisfied with the way things worked out,” confessed the 22-year-old Windsor, Ontario native. “Twenty goals and 29 assists isn’t too bad, all things considered.” Things like a painful rib injury, which sidelined Tom for three weeks and severely handicapped his play in a number of games im* mediately following his return. “Most rib injuries are slow to heal and mine was no exception,” he observed. “I really didn’t hit full stride for probably 10 days to two weeks after I began playing again.” Tommy’s dreams of a 30-goal season were also hindered by a couple of brief stints with the parent Rangers, who were once again ravaged by numerous…

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FAN FORUM

Lapointe Overlooked In Fans’ All Stars I must say that I could not believe my eyes when I saw the All Star teams picked by the fans. I could not believe that Guy Lapointe was not voted on the teams. Brad Park, I believe, was voted on because of his past reputation, rather than his production. Park didn’t even come close to Lapointe as far as defensive play was concerned. Park scored 11 less goals this year than last and Lapointe scored nine more than Park this year. He even outscored Park 54-53. I was really upset that Guy hasn’t received his just reward but I’ll be glad to see Lapointe on the First NHL official All Star team. There’s no way Park is better than Lapointe this year. DAVID WACHTELL, Indianapolis, Ind. How About…