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May 2, 1975

May 2, 1975

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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SHL Sees Expansion Necessary For Continued Operation Of League

THE HOCKEY NEWS EVERY WEEK for the price of a ticket to a SINGLE GAME! Superb Hockey Reading Each Month HOCKEY WORLD & HOCKEY PICTORIAL ROANOKE— The Southern Hockey League finished its second year intact, if not in good shape. But the future of the league. says president Gene Hawthorne, lies with further expansion. The SHL has not yet decided what it plans to do for next year, but it did decide at its annual meeting that it would not operate again with only five teams. The Southern was an offspring of the former Eastern League. Two yearsago, after facing constantly rising travel costs and a lack of interest in the northern clubs, the Southern Division teams of the EHL decided to go their own way. Those four cities included Roanoke, Greensboro. Charlotte and St. Petersburg.…

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Islanders Win “Battle Of New York”

LONG ISLAND— It was only 37 years ago that the Stanley Cup playoffs produced the last Battle of Gotham. That was in 1938 as the New York Americans topped a highly-favored Ranger sextet two games to one. Each team had notched a victory before the Amerks’ Lorne Carr iced the clincher after forty seconds of the third overtime. 3-2. As every hockey fan this side of Siberia knows by now, the N.Y. Islanders dealt the Rangers a similar death blow this year, winning two of three on the road at Madison Square Garden to advance to the quarter-finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. And it was an overtime thriller, as J.P. Parise nai led the coffin after only 11 seconds of sudden death. It was a strange game, but then again, the entire series…

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Canucks Need More Muscle To Become Cup Contender

VANCOUVER— “It takes a lot of ingredients to make a good stew,” ranks as one of hockey’s oldest cliches. It is also true, which is why it has endured long enough to become a cliche. The Vancouver Canucks in just one short year have acquired a remarkable number of right ingredients for their own version of a successful stew, but the taste is not yet quite right. With the late season emergence of Ken Lockett as a bonafide major leaguer, the Canucks appear solid in the key area of goaltending. They have the veteran Gary Smith and the rookie Lockett as a capable alternate. Over the course of the season Don Lever and John Gould established themselves as top goal scorers. Dennis Ververgaert and Chris Oddleifson should fit into that category if they…

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Hawks Proved To Themselves They Could Win In Clutch

CHICAGO— April 15 is the day of reckoning here in the States. That is the day we settle up with Uncle Sam and pay the man his due. The day of reckoning for the Black Hawks came a little earlier in the month. Five days, to be exact. That was the day of their decision for 1975: they either had to prove that they were the team that everyone figured they were or discover that the Stanley Cup playoffs were a spectator sport. This was a day of mixed emotions. The Hawks had been soundly trounced in Boston 8-2 and had to win two crucial games to keep them from being TV viewers for the rest of the series. Mixed emotions? It they lost, it would prove that they were the mediocre team…