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December 24, 1976

December 24, 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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Generals Closing In On Kalamazoo; Gears' Malinoski IHL's New 'Mr. Bad'

FLINT— The Generals have done a complete flip-flop and have become one-half of a two-team challenge to Kalamazoo tor first place in the North Division. Following one of the club's most dismal slumps in history, magnified by an almost non-existent offense, the Generals have turned things around completely offensively and defensively. The end result is a five-game winning stréak. The surge has pushed the Generals from last into a tie for second with the rampaging Saginaw Gears. The Generals and Gears are just two points behind front-skating Kalamazoo. Featuring the Flint hot streak were back-to-back shutouts by goalie Rick St. Croix, one on the road. The Generals blanked Port Huron on the road on Saturday night and bounced back to rip Muskegon at home on Sunday. 10-0. Last season Flint had just one…

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DEADLINE STOPPERS

JETS OVERPOWER CZECHS WINNIPEG— The Winnipeg Jets literally came up off the floor to knock off the touring Czechoslovakian National team 6-5 in the start of the Czech six-game tour of WHA cities. The Jets, trailing the Czechs 4-0 going into the third period, erupted for six goals to turn the decision around. Anders Hedberg, Dan Labraaten, Thommie Bergman, Kent Ruhnke, Mats Lindh and finally Peter Sullivan, with the eventual game winner, scored for Winnipeg in the final 20 minutes of play. The Jets were outshot 31-20 but it was Winnipeg's Joe Daley who outshone Canada Cup hero Vladimir Dzurilla in the Czechs' goal as 10,022 fans went home deliriously happy. The Czechs were scheduled to play in Edmonton Dec. 13, Calgary Dec. 15, St. Paul Dec. 17, Hartford Dec. 20 and Indianapolis…

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WHA'S… Player of the Week

The Cincinnati Stingers are making a determined bid to regain the WHA's team scoring lead and if they keep up performance like their 8-0 drubbing of Phoenix and 6-2 rout of Houston they're sure to make it. The Stingers, who rank third with 132 goals, went on a scoring binge last week as they racked up 15 goals in three starts and the man who helped lead the way was former NHLer Blaine Stoughton, who produced a four-point game in the easy win against Phoenix. Stoughton hit the 20-goal mark scoring twice and he helped set up two others in the same game. When the Stingers thumped Houston, Stoughton chipped in with a goal giving him a five-point week and a good reason why the young Stingers are becoming a force in…

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WHA SCORING AND PENALTY STATISTICS