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January 25, 1974

January 25, 1974

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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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

PLAYERS SCORING PENALTY RECORDS

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“Old Man” Howe Fools Experts With Inspired Play

HOUSTON — While everyone else in North America is running out of energy. Gordie Howe has discovered a mysterious new source. Howe at 45 is playing as well as ever. Some observers are beginning to think his energy supply may never I run short. When Howe ended a two-year retirement to join Houston Aeros many predicted a disaster that would ruin the legend. About the most optimistic prediction was that Howe would avoid embarrassment as a power play specialist. So he played on the power play. And on the penalty killing unit. And on a regular line. And he is the leading scorer on a leading contender for the WHA title. Howe is still held in awe by rival players. You can see it on the ice. During the heat of battle the players don’t…

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Spurs’ Fortunes Continue To Hit Low Point In Race

DENVER— Denver Spurs upset Portland Buckaroos 3-2 in overtime to break off a five-game losing streak but immediately set out on another losing string of five. The overtime victory was the second for the Buckaroos against three extra period losses. The Spurs have now lost 20 of their last 25 games and have fallen 17 points off the league lead for which they were challenging in early season. All five other teams are in the race for the lead. The schedule maker isn’t smiling on the Spurs, either. They are in the midst of an 11—game road trip where the Spurs have won only four of 20 games. The parent St. Louis Blues, among its player shifts, returned center Bob Coilyard who scored a goal and an assist in his first game back, a…

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Suspensions, Fines Fail To Slow Down Americans In North Division Race

ROCHESTER— Suspensions, fines and injuries have failed to stop the Amerks’ surge in the Northern Division and the Rochester fans are confident a championship is in the offing. During a recent 20-game stretch, the Amerks lost only three times while winning 13 and tying four. And they had to play some of those games without goalie Lynn Zimmerman and left wing John Wensink. Wensink drew a 10-game suspension plus an automatic $50 fine and Zimmerman a three-game suspension. automatic fines totalling $150 and an additional $200 levy imposed by AHL president Jack Butterfield for their part in a bench-clearing brawl in Providence Dec. 23. Amerk coach Don Cherry was fines $500 for failure to control his players. Wensink’s suspension was his second during the first half of his rookie pro season. He had…