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May 3, 1974

May 3, 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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Wings Give Rutherford New Pact

DETROIT — One player the Red Wings won’t have to worry about losing to the World Hockey Association is goaltender Jim Rutherford. The 25-year-old netminder signed a multi-year contract with the Wings at the end of the 193-74 season. “We have to be solid down the middle if we are going to strengthen our team.” said Red Wing coach Alex Delvecchio. “The signing of Jim is a good start.” It’s ironic the Red Wings are banking their future on the miniature netminder. Three years ago. the Wings gave up on Rutherford and lost him to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the inter-League draft. At the time, recently-deposed general manager Ned Harkness said that Rutherford was too small to stand up to the rigors of NHL goaltending and did not fit in the Wings’ plans. But at that…

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FAN FORUM

Fans Integral Part Of Bruins’ Success If you’ve never been to the Boston Garden, then I don’t think you can say the real Bruins’ fans are bad at all, they’re the best. As for the game which Chicago played Boston at the Garden the top balcony bazoos id most of the garbage throwing. Those people don’t quite understand and fully appreciate hockey. One of Boston’s reasons for the top spot and the best home record so far this year is because of the fans. EILEEN CRONIN, West Newton, Mass. Flyers Don’t Rate For Stanley Cup I read that some of the best hockey writers from the United States and Canada made their predictions on the outcome of the 1973-74 National Hockey League campaign, and after doing so I can honestly say that they made the…

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Talk Of Expansion In NAHL To Top Post-Season Meeting

ALBANY— With all seven North American Hockey League teams slated to return next season, the latest talk centers around who will join them in 1974-75. According to executive director Bob Dextraze. “There will be a maximum of three new franchises next season.” The young NAHL ruler reveals that of the nine applications received three definitely have the potential to compete in the league next year. The three franchises could be Concord. New Hampshire. Scranton. Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill. New Jersey. At least those are the three sights mentioned most often around the league. While the future location of the WHA Jersey Knights lies in limbo, sources around Jersey point to Baltimore or Miami as their more logical 1974-75 home. With the exit of the Knights there would be a vacancy at the Cherry Hill…

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Conacher Fund Aiming For Half Million Mark

TORONTO— The seventh annual Charlie Conacher Awards Dinner will be held May 30 in Toronto as the Charlie Conacher Research Fund aims for the half-million dollar mark in totals funds raised towards cancer research. The dinner, to be held at the Royal York Hotel, will feature some of the biggest names in hockey, both past and present. The awards to be presented at the dinner are the Charlie Conacher Memorial Trophy and the Charlie Conacher Team Trophy. The Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the active NHL player judged to have made outstanding humanitarian and public services contributions in the course of his career. The aim of the trophy is to draw attention to the office achievements of hockey players. Previous winners were George Armstrong. Bob Baun. Jean Beliveau. Bobby Orr. Orland Kurtenbach. Gary…