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January 21, 1977

January 21, 1977

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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FAN FORUM

Charron For Pyatt Steal For Capitals I am a member of the Washington Capitals fan club and I have been following them ever since their inception in the National Hockey League three years ago. The Caps have made several good trades. Two years ago, they got Ace Bailey and Stan Gilbertson for Denis Dupere. Last year, they received Gerry Meehan and Jean Lemieux for Bill Clement. This past summer, the Caps unloaded their 1975-76 scoring leader. Nelson Pyatt, for Guy Charron, who last year led the team now known as the Colorado Rockies in goals and points. He had 27 goals and if he keeps up his pace this season, he could get 40-plus goals. Anything over 26 would be a team record. Pyatt is having a good season, but not half as good…

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World Hockey Association Summaries

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San Diego Streaking At Hot Pace

SAN DIEGO— The most improved team in the World Hockey Association? The San Diego Mariners are staking a claim to that title by making a strong run for the WHA championship. They lead the Western Division by eight points, over Houston, and are the winningest team in either division. The Mariners have a 23-13-2 record for 48 points in 38 games or a .631 percentage. The Quebec Nordiques, leaders in the Eastern Division, have played the same number of games for a 22-15-1 record. 45 points and a .592 percentage. One of the biggest wins of the season came before one of the biggest crowds. 10,146, and was a 4-3 victory over defending Avco World Trophy champion Winnipeg Jets, currently third in the standings. The Mariners outshot the Jets 42-15 for the one-goal victory, in which Don…

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Rockies, Capitals Now Fierce Rivals

DENVER- It was only a late December game between two last-place teams. But when the Washington Capitals and Colorado Rockies get together this year, the players on both squads treat each encounter as something of importance. “That's right.” said Johnny Wilson after the Rockies beat the Caps with two goals in the last three minutes, 3-1, here Wednesday night, Dec. 29. “It's like the Stanley Cup playoffs out there when these teams play. They both want to prove something.” Everyone recalls that the Caps and Rockies were born at the same time, the Colorado club relocating to the Mile High City after two years as the Kansas City Scouts. In their first two seasons, the Scouts held a 5-2-1 edge in games played between the teams. But since the two clubs made history…