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December 26, 1975

December 26, 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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Gems Follow Simple Formula To South Lead; Standings Take On New Meaning For Garvin

DAYTON— Dayton’s Gems, who are threatening to pull away from all potential challengers in the South Division of the International Hockey League, are following a simple formula to carry out that threat. The Gem success formula is a variation of the basehall creed which dictates victory over the second division and an even break with the contenders if the pennant flag is to fly in center field. The Gems are whipping their South Division rivals and playing .500 hockey against North Division teams. Biggest boost in the Gems’ skate to the front in the South also the best overall record) has been almost complete domination of the defending champion Toledo Goaldiggers. After dropping the opening game of the season to Toledo (on home ice yet), the Gems haven’t lost to Toledo in three…

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New Hockey Violence Crackdown Hits OHA Players After London Ice Brawl

LONDON— The Ontario government’s decision to crack down on hockey violence, both on the ice and in the stands, has resulted in six criminal charges being laid as the result of a battle at the London Treasure Island Gardens a month ago. Following more than three weeks of investigation by provincial police, Const. Bill Litowski of the London detachment said that Hawk defenseman Kevin McCloskey had been charged with assault causing bodily harm while coach Paul Emms and defenseman Bob Manno were charged with causing a disturbance by fighting. Three spectators—Marco Schembri of St. Thomas, John Bernaads of Ingersoll and Vernon Brown of London were hit by the same type of summon as Emms and Manno. They are scheduled to appear in court early next month. The disturbance was allegedly caused when a fan threw…

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Blues Admit To Financial Problems But Salomons Deny Club Will Move

ST. LOUIS— The St. Louis Blues, who have led the National Hockey League in attendance the past five seasons, surprised their fans and many persons throughout hockey by acknowledging that the franchise is having financial problems. Sidney Salomon Jr., chairman of the Blues, and Sid Salomon III, president of the club, admitted their money problems but denied various reports the Blues would move to New Orleans or Seattle or Denver or Miami. In the case of the Blues the problem is not with the hockey team itself. Even with a slight dip in average attendance this season the Blues are drawing about 17,000 fans a game, and the team apparently will show a season profit of about $350,000. But the Salomons also own the St. Louis Arena, where the Blues play, and the huge…

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Aeros Get Tonelli Cleared But Howe Suspended, Fined

HOUSTON Gordie Howe, the playing-president of the Houston Aeros, was fined $1,000 and suspended two games for abuse of referee Ron Asselstine in a World Hockey Association game. Howe and Aeros’ goaltender Ron Grahame, both WHA first team All-Stars, had been suspended indefinitely after an incident in a game in Houston. In a statement issued by the WHA office, Hatskin said Howe’s suspension covers Houston’s game the following night at Phoenix, won 6-5 by Phoenix in overtime, and the team’s next scheduled date, Dec. 9 at home with Cincinnati. Howe’s fine is for $850 plus the automatic fines of $50 for misconduct and $100 for misconduct penalties. Grahame’s suspension was also lifted with the goalie missing only the Phoenix date and his automatic $50 and $100 fines stand. Meanwhile, WHA vice-president in charge of operations, Bud…