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February 20, 1976

February 20, 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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Lever Keeping Canucks Competitive

VANCOUVER— There is just no way a line of cold, agate type, even the long, thorough ones put out by National Hockey League statistician Ron Andrews, can accurately describe some hockey players Put down Don Lever in that category. Mind you, the Vancouver Canucks’ forward has no reason to blush at any list of his statistical accomplishments. They tell a flattering story. That’s particularly true of the column headed “games played” but those headed “goals,” “assists” and “points” also disclose major contributions to the team which pays his salary. Perhaps, though, the games played figures offer the reader the most significant insight into why Vancouver general manager-coach Phil Maloney views the young native of South Porcupine, Ont., among the Canucks’ most treasured possessions. If you look closely, you’ll note Lever has not missed an NHL…

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Robert Shifted To Give Sabres Balance

BUFFALO— Ever since he joined the Sabres March 4, 1972, Rene Robert has been Gil Perreault’s right winger. That is, until Rene’s knee was hurt against the Bruins in Boston late in January. He sat out a game, then came back to find himself playing right wing on a line with the Sabres’ renowned checkers, Don Luce and Craig Ramsay. This was quite a change for Rene but it seemed to work out, at least at first. He didn’t score in his first game on the new line but he did put eight shots on goal. And Danny Gare, who left the Luce line to take over as Gil Perreault’s right wing, scored twice in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Next time out, Robert scored the tying goal in a come-from-behind…

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Rest Of NAHL Teams Battling For Playoff Spots

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER HOCKEY STICKS Made in Canada by HILLERICH & BRADSBY. LTD Arnold Street, Wallaceburg, Ontario Sold in U.S. and Canada LOUISVILLE SLUGGER HOCKEY STICKS Made in Canada by HILLERICH & BRADSBY. LTD Arnold Street, Wallaceburg, Ontario Sold in U.S. and Canada MOHAWK VALLEY— With just six weeks remaining in the 1975-76 season, interesting confrontations for playoff positions are shaping up in both divisions of the North American Hockey League. Beauce and Johnstown both appear to have solid holds on first place in their divisions. So the race is on among the teams below them in the standings to finish in at least third place in order to avoid the two powerhouses in the opening round, tin the NAHL playoff structure the first four teams from each division qualify with teams one-four and two-three meeting in the quarter-finals.) In…

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FAN FORUM

Keep Vezina In Proper Place In recent months I have noticed that more and more people are writing in to say that the Vezina Trophy should be awarded to the goalie who stops the most shots but doesn’t necessarily have the best goals-against average. To me these ideas are outrageous. The Vezina is not a trophy like the Hart or Norris which are awarded for great individual performance. The Vezina Trophy is a team trophy, awarded to the goaltenders of the unit which best exemplifies prowess on defense by allowing the least goals. How could you give a league award to a goalie with a 4.00 goals-against average? JIM PROSKURNICKNorth Vancouver, B.C. Change Of Principle Led To Dismissal The recent firing of Penguin coach Marc Boileau was directly traceable to his abandonment of two guiding principles…