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March 22, 1974

March 22, 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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Flyers’ Rookies Await Playoff Test

PHILADELPHIA— The Gary Dornhoefers. Ed Van Impes and Joe Watsons have been through the emotional grinder of a Stanley Cup Playoff chase before. These veterans were there when Buffalo wrenched a nearly guaranteed playoff visit from the Flyers with four seconds remaining in the regular season. And they were there last season when the Flyers nearly startled Montreal in the Stanley Cup semifinals. After sudh downs and ups. nothing should disturb Philadelphia’s experienced hands. But what about the rookies in coach Fred Shero’s cast? How were they reacting to Chicago’s crowding tactics in the NHL West Division? The answer is fine, thank you. Jimmy Watson and Orest Kindrachuk. the only two Flyer rookies, weren’t without their flaws but Shero showed his faith by playing them regularly. Watson continued as Van Impe’s defensive partner…

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Stint In The Minors Helps Put Ferguson Into Leafs’ Lineup

TORONTO— George Ferguson, who won’t be 22 until August, ranks as the Maple Leafs’ foremost expert on the subject of” going to the minors for further seasoning. “The phrase itself is one of those choice bitsof hockey language which can mean any of a dozen things. Joe Schluk is going to the minors for further seasoning, says the coach, meaning Joe has been keeping his daughter out too many nights and he wants him out of town. Or. Joe convinced the coach to invest heavily in some stocks which have just plunged in value s and presto. Joe’s gone for further seasoning. Fergy was assigned to Oklahoma City Blazers this season for more mundane reasons. Plain and simple, he was a disappointment in 1972-73 as a rookie, and he wasn’t good enough to…

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Fairbairn Bursts Out Of Slump As Bulldogs Blaze For Rangers

NEW YORK— It was almost a text book lesson in how to kill a penalty. Billy Fairbairn and Walter Tkaczuk seemed to have the puck more than did the Minnesota North Stars who were one man up. Although neither got on the board, they were the key in New York’s 3-1 win March 2. “Fairbairn and Tkaczuk did a job out there.”noted Emile Francis, the Rangers’ general manager-coach.”They weren’t fair, they didn’t let Minnesota have the puck.” The next night, against the California Seals. Fairbairn popped home goal No. 10 in the first minute of play. Linemate Steve Vickers scored No. 28 in the 8-2 romp over California, to point up the increased productivity on the scoreboard of the Bulldog line. Ten goals for Fairbairn is only one third of the total of 30…

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Cougars Ended Third Despite Injuries, WHA Call-Ups

LONG ISLAND— When the most penalized player in Eastern Hockey League history was named as coach of the new North American Hockey League’s Long Island Cougars, observers had their doubts as to what the veteran defenseman could do as a coach. Today those doubts have been cast aside as the Cougars finished off the regular season in third place, gaining momentum that carried them into the playoffs. The streaking Cougars might have finished higher in the standings had it not been for several injuries and call ups. “Considering the injuries we’ve had this past season, John’s done a remarkable job. in getting us up to third place.” commented the Cougars’ trainer Ed Rothschild. Rothschild said that the young Cougars suffered approximately 25 injuries over the season, including six shoulder injuries, a broken collar-bone,…