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December 31, 1976

December 31, 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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North Division Battle Could Increase Gates

TOLEDO— The South Division race in the International Hockey League is still a wide open affair but it's beginning to look as if the North Division is separating the men from the boys. “Any team is just a weekend away from first place in our division.” says To ledo manager-coach Ted Garvin. “With the race as close as it is, I would think attendance throughout the league would start to rise. Every game seems to be a struggle. Those kind of games don't make it any easier on me, but it has to prove pretty exciting from a spectator stand-point.” Garvin's Goaldiggers are even less than a weekend from first place as the 1976 protion of the IHL campaign approaches an end. Toledo is just one point behind front-skating Dayton. Columbus is a…

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Race Tightens At Top Of Standings; Hawks' Harrison Still Goalie Leader

SPRINGFIELD— With six teams at the starting gate the American Hockey League board of governors decided to go with a balanced schedule in one division for the 1976-77 season. Unfortunately they forgot to tell the teams the news. A quick glance at the standings after 10 weeks of competition would give anyone the idea that there are in fact two divisions operating. Defending champion Nova Scotia, New Haven and Rochester appear to be competing for first place while Hershey, Rhode Island and Springfield seem to be battling it out for their own “first place.” The Vees currently hold down first place, a position they have since the very beginning. Their position on top is anything but solid as the New Haven Nighthawks, having their best season ever, are a very close second, only…

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SOVIETS TO SHARE HOCKEY SECRETS

MONTREAL — As a result of the overwhelming success over the last three years of the study-tour course dealing with the Soviets' scientific approach to the game of hockey, arrangements have been made for a fourth group to journey to Moscow by Dr. Ed Enos of Concordia University in Montreal. This group will depart for the Soviet Union on May 29, 1977 for three weeks of intensified study. Fred Shero, one of the 1974 course participants, says the course “certainly was one of the greatest learning experiences in my entire hockey career. The overall program was excellent and the course is a must for any serious student of the game of hockey. Their scientific approach to every sport is very impressive.” On and off-the-ice sessions will deal with a complete analysis of the…

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Lafleur, Salming, Maniago Leading Molson Cup Poll

MONTREAL— The name Lafleur has almost become synonymous with the Molson Cup in Montreal. The winner of the Molson Cup the past two seasons, Guy Lafleur was selected as one of the post-game three stars 10 times during Montreal's first 26 games of the 80-game schedule. The Canadiens' high-scoring right winger won the first segment of the voting over teammate Larry Robinson. In Toronto, Borje Salming managed to overcome a very slow start and take a commanding lead in the Maple Leaf race for the Molson Cup. Out in Vancouver, veteran goalkeeper Cesare Maniago took the first segment award and holds a comfortable lead in the overall race for the Molson Cup competition. Maniago managed to win the award despite missing several games with a pulled thigh muscle. Robinson, John Gould, then with Vancouver, and…