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July 1, 1974

July 1, 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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THE INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY WEEKLY

RANGERS TO GET NEW LOOK — Page 12 BRUINS PICK DON CHERRY AS NEW COACH AFTER CUP FUROR — Page 2 EXPANSION FORCES WHA INTO THREE DIVISIONS — Page 20 13 PAGES OF HOCKEY DRAFTS, STATISTICS INSIDE NO SHOWS ‘MAR NHL’S AWARDS’ GALA — Page 13 EXPANSION TEAMS HAPPY WITH NHL DRAFT PICKS — Page 3…

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Ashbee Ponders Role With Flyers As Tragic Eye Injury Ends Career

PHILADELPHIA— Barry Ashbee sat there answering questions patiently, unemotionally. His reactions were typical. This was the same man who played most of the season with a chipped vertebrae. The man who, at 34, finally attracted the attention he deserved as an outstanding defenseman. Now he was announcing his retirement. This was, however, no ordinary farewell to hockey. The man who had given the Philadelphia Flyers so much in four years was forced into retirement by a frightening eye injury suffered against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup semi-finals. Ashbee revealed that the shot by Dale Rolfe that struck just above the right eye has left him with only 20 percent vision. Sight in his left eye is perfect. “The doctors don’t think the right eye will improve much,” he said.” It’s pretty…

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Cougars Shore Up Goaling By Signing Dave Dryden

CHICAGO— The Cougars made a big move to shore up their weakest spot, goal, when they signed Buffalo Sabres’ regular goaler Dave Dryden to a multi-year contract. Dryden, 32, compiled a 2.97 goals against average for Buffalo Sabres last year and played in the NHL All Star game. “We’re happy Dryden decided to play hockey again in Chicago.” said Walter Kaiser, team president. Dryden played with the NHL Black Hawks prior to going to Buffalo. The Cougars did well in off season awards as player coach Pat Stapleton was named the WHAs top defenseman and center Ralph Backstrom captured the sportsman award, similar to the NHL’s Lady Byng Trophy. Back in Chicago. Backstrom captured the Cougars MVP in a vote of the media covering the Cougars games. “Everybody knows how hard Ralph works during games,…

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Blues Continue Defense Kick With Wilson, Draft Picks

ST. LOUIS— The trading of Gary Sabotirin leaves the St. Louis Blues with two players remaining from the original Blues’ team. Only the Plager brothers. Barclay and Bob. are left from the band of expansion Blues who mustered the valiant challenge against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup final series in the spring of 1968. Sabourin has had seven solid years in St. Louis and has been a favorite of the fans for his hard-nosed determination. Now he is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs after being traded for goalie Ed Johnston. Sabourin, who holds the Blues’ career scoring mark of 267 points, had a substantial disagreement with St. Louis coach Lou Angotti in the last few-weeks of the regular season. Angotti, trying to take a better look at the abilities…