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January 2, 1976

January 2, 1976

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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Espo hoping series won’t become a political football

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LOOKING AT THE MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD

AMERICAN LEAGUE (Standings on Fri. Dec. 26) NORTH DIVISION SOUTH DIVISION GAMES COMPLETED Tue Dec 16 Springfield 5 at Richmond 3. Wed. Dec. 17 Richmond 4 at Baltimore 2; Providence 8 at Hershey 8; Rochester 6 at New Haven 3. Fri. Dec. 19 Springfield 2 at Baltimore 1, New Heven 4 at Providence 6-Nova Scotia 7 at Richmond 3, Hershey 1 at Rochester 1. Sot. Dec. 20 Nova Scotia 2 at Hershey 3; Providence 2 at New Hoven 6; Rochester 4 at Springfield 2. Sun. Dec. 21 Baltimore at Nova Scotia, postponed; Springfield 5 at Providence 9; Hershey 6 at Richmond 4; New Haven 4 at Rochester 2. GAMES TO COME Fri. Dec. 26 Richmond at Baltimore; Springfield at New Haven; Hershey at Nova Scotia; Providence at Rochester. Sat. Dec. 27 Providence at Hershey; Baltimore at Richmond; New Hoven at Springfield. Sun. Dec. 28 Baltimore at New Haven; Rochester at Nova…

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Ashbee Ranks Flyers’ Jim Watson With Denis Potvin As NHL’s Best

PHILADELPHIA— As assistant coach in charge of the Philadelphia Flyers’ defense, Barry Ashbee isn’t a gabby sort. When the former second-team NHL All Star defenseman speaks then, people listen. Ashbee was talking about the improvement of Larry Good enough who in less than one season has progressed from suspect number one draft choice to a reliable NHL rearguard. Relating Goodenough’s advance to that of Jimmy Watson, Ashbee said, “Look how fast Jimmy came along. Right now I’d say Jimmy and (Denis) Potvin are the two best defensemen in the league.” Hmmm, that’s classy company for Watson, a third-round 1972 amateur draft pick who prepped one season at Richmond (AHL). Watson was voted to last year’s NHL All Star game for the Campbell Conference, but in the final All Star team balloting he tied…

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Canucks ‘Apathy On Road Keeps Club Down

VANCOUVER— Coaching the Vancouver Canucks is a more difficult job this season than it was during their first five in the National Hockey League. The reason is simple. For the first time in their history more is expected of them than mediocrity. Unfortunately for Phil Maloney, the man who is both their coach and general manager, mediocrity is mostly what this Canucks have been delivering. Last season the Canucks surprised everyone, including themselves, by finishing first in the Smythe Division. Granted, it was a weak division, but the Canucks still won it, finishing two points in front of St. Louis and four ahead of favored Chicago. Nor was it all done with mirrors. Even an outstanding season from goaltender Gary Smith wasn’t the entire reason. Through trades and some judicious selections in the amateur draft,…