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December 14, 1973

December 14, 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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McDuffe, Ridley Goaling Terrors Of League

PROVIDENCE — A pair of orphaned goaltenders have found a home with the Reds this season. Pete McDuffe and Curt Ridley, cast a drift by St. Louis and Boston respectively, have been double trouble for the entire AHL this year, and are making their former employers look rather foolish in the process. “I got some funny looks when I said our goaltending would be vastly improved at the beginning of the season,” chuckled GM coach John Muckler, “but these guys have really been getting the job done for us. “I think they’ve made believers out of everyone by now.” Indeed they have McDuffe, who played total of one game while backing up Ed Giacomin and Gilles Villemure in the Ranger nets last year, has handled the bulk of the chores thus far, playing an average…

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Movements of Players

Following are the latest player movements in hockey: NATIONAL LEAGUE N.Y. RANGERS: Sheldon Kannegiesser, defenseman, Tom Williams and Mike Murphy, forwards, (traded to Los Angeles in return for Gil Marotte, defenseman, and Real Lemieux, forward. BUFFALO: Pete McNab, forward, recalled from Cincinnati of AHL. DETROIT: Tim Ecclestone, forward, traded to Toronto in exchange for Pierre Jarry, forward. Roy Edwards, goalkeeper, decided against returning to team and remains on inactive list. Brian Lavender and Len Fontaine, forwards, returned to Virginia of AHL. TORONTO: Jack DeCloe, forward, recalled from Oklahoma City of CHL and reassigned to Tulsa of CHL. Brian Bowles, defenseman, recalled from Tulsa and reassigned to Saginaw of IHL, but refused to report and was placed on suspended list. Cam Fyer, forward, reassigned to Toledo of IHL. N.Y. ISLANDERS: Bryan Lefley, defenseman, recalled from Fort Worth…

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Seals’ Leach Sees Turnabout Coming Soon

OAKLAND — Three years ago at the age of 20. Reginald Joseph Leach was the first round draft choice of the player-rich Boston Bruins. To hockey people that kind of credential rates with owning a 51 percent interest in a Saudi Arabian oil field. The Bruins knew they had a gold nugget in the 6-foot, 180-pound right wing from Riverton, Manitoba. In his last amateur season with the Flin Flon Bombers in Manitoba he had set a personal bombing record by scoring 89 goals and 100 assists and there were rumors that the only way to stop Reggie Leach was with a surface to air missile. He joined the Bruins that season after scoring 24 times in 41 games with Oklahoma City in the CPHL. But the talentloaded Bruins afforded Leach little opportunity…

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Hockey Ad Lib

Home Where The Heart Is HOW DOES MAN get 400 minutes in penalties in single season? Steve Durbano of the St. Louis Blues smiled sheepishly and admitted, “You have to work at it.” He got 371 and 324 minutes his last two years as an amateur in Toronto, then 402 his first year as professional in the minors in Omaha. That’s 1,097 minutes in three seasons, an all-time record of staggering proportions, equal to 18 full games sitting in the penalty box. Since this is his home away from home, perhaps he should be permitted to set up light housekeeping in the sin bin with, say, couch, refrigerator and stove so he could nap and snack and be refreshed and have his strength restored for his return to action. Possibly his wife…