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December 3, 1976

December 3, 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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FRANK ORR SAYS

Scotty Likes New Rules ALTHOUGH 100 GAMES hardly represent enough time for the definitive test of new hockey rules. National Hockey League referee in-chief Scotty Morrison is satisfied that the legislation introduced this season to penalize heavily the instigators of fisticuffs is working well The new law. No. 54A. gives the referee power to hand out at his discretion, major or game misconduct penalties to players who deliberately initiate fights for the purpose of intimidation or punishment. The rule, which had the backing of the NHL Players Association, was designed (a) to combat the growing trend in which fights appeared to be started deliberately as part of some teams’ tactics, and (b) shake off the back of the NHL a few critics who claimed that the league was doing nothing to cope with…

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RED WINGS ALLEGE FOUR PLAYERS TREATED AS ’MARKED MEN’ BY REFS

DETROIT— The Detroit Red Wings continue to roll up the penalty minutes and club officials insist there’s more to it than meets the eye. “We’ve got four guys that are marked,’’ general manager Alex Delvecchio said. “I don’t know why. but they are. What can you do about it?” The fact is. the Wings are trying to do something about the situation. Concerned over what they think is the special attention they are receiving from National Hockey League game officials, the club, according to vice-president John Ziegler, has been in “constant contact” this season with referee-in-chief Scotty Morrison regarding the situation. “We’ve been in contact since the exhibition games and we’re continuing to talk to him,” Ziegler said. Ziegler would not comment when asked if he thought the Wings were being treated unfairly. “If 1 comment on…

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Aeros Take Penalties But Still Rolling Along

HOUSTON— The Howes may be moving but the Houston Aeros are still rolling. George Bolin, chairman of the board of the Aeros. said he had given the New England Whalers permission to talk to the Howe family and later said he had given the San Diego Mariners permission. The Howes—Gordie. Mark and Marty—have a no-trade clause written into their contract with the Aeros and could not be traded or sold without permission. Hon Ryan, general manager of the Whalers, was in Houston to discuss a possible contract with the Howes. World Hockey Association president Bill Mac Far land and Ryan said they would like to keep the Howes in the WHA. The Howes have made it clear, mostly through Gordie’s wife and the family’s business agent. Colleen. that they will not return to Houston next season.…

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Pats Coach’s Future Gets Cloudy; Brandon Pulls A wav In East Section

REGINA— The most promising aspect of the 197677 Western Canada Hockey League season is the balance among the 12 teams There is more equality this year than in any other recent campaign Unfortunately, this doesn’t include Regina Pats, who yearn for the glory days of three seasons back when they won the Memorial Cup. but instead see nothing but dust and smog on their horizon. The Pats and Elin Elon Bombers are in a class by themselves…at the bottom. Brandon Wheat Kings, it appears, are alone among the true powers. The other nine? That’s where the balance comes in Eight points separate the nine “mediums “…Calgary with 23 points at the top of the group, and Medicine Hat with 15 at the bottom. The Wheat Kings, with just three losses in 22 games, have…