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December 10, 1976

December 10, 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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Wilson Penguins’ First Steady Goaler

PITTSBURGH Dune Wilson figures he may survive in the National Hockey League beyond his current contract which expires two years hence. That may not seem like much of a revelation, considering the 28-year-old goaltender of the Pittsburgh Penguins is only 28. but there’s more than meets the eye in this case Wilson, languishing for long stretches without appreciable playing time in stays with Toronto and the New York Hangers the past two seasons, suddenly finds himself almost singlehandedly lifting a team from-a hazardous start. Acquired in an emergency when Denis Herron sustained a broken arm on opening night. Wilson was a hurried acquisition after it became apparent that young Gordie Laxton was not yet ready to assume such a demanding workload in the NHL Wilson arrived from the Hangers with two sustained stints,…

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JUNIOR JOTTINGS

Midwest League Lou Vairo, coach of the Austin Mavericks, the current US National Jr A’ champs, was selected by AH Al S Io assist Denver’s Marshall Johnston, as assistant coach of the USA World Junior team They will play against the best jumors from all over the world this December and January in i Czechoslovakia Jim Wilbur tells us that sharpshooting: forward Tony Gelacie of the St. Paul Vulcans scored a goal: just six seconds following the opening face-oil of the second period 1’his is not a record however, tor the same player set the mark last year when he scored to just five seconds following a center-ice face-off In Midwest Jr Hockey League play, the Austin Mavericks moved out smartIy with the opening of the fourth MJHL season grabbing a…

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Reay, Ivan Will Move Up Next Year Says Hawk Boss

CHICAGO- The rumor you are about to hear is no longer a rumor: the Black Hawks will have a new coach next season. Each summer there is speculation about an impending rearrangement of the team’s front office, and each winter those changes are still pending. But club president Bill Wirtz has confirmed that by next September, the following alterations will have been made come hell, high water, or the Stanley Cup: Tommy Ivan, Chicago’s 65-year-old general manager who helped resurrect the franchise from a pretender to contender since his appearance here in 1954, will become a club vice-president and ’will assume many of the duties pertaining to hockey that I currently handle.” according to Wirtz. Billy Reay, dean of National Hockey League coaches and winner of well over 500 regular season games in Chicago, will…

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Green, Berqman Join Jets Wounded

WINNIPEG— It was Tuesday. Nov. 16. The scene: Winnipeg Arena. And Winnipeggers came out in sellout numbers. The two recognized powers of the WHA—the defending champion Jets and the Eastern Division-leading Quebec Nordiques—were to lock horns for the first time. The banners were proclaiming this A Battle Of The Giants’. It wasn’t far from the truth The Jets eventually won it 8-4 with five unanswered goals in the third but their fans weren’t sure whether they were happy or sad. For sure coach Bobby Kromm wasn’t. And neither was his opposite number. Marc Boileau. All for varying reasons, mind you. Upsetting it was for Kromm in that he lost. two more defensemen. Teddy Green and Thommie Bergman going out with torn shoulder ligaments. And Boileau was seething about the officiating of Peter Moffat. Both are…