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February 18, 1977

February 18, 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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Winnipeg Bodies Falling Over Like 10-Pins

WINNIPEG— The 1975-76 season was a dream for Bobby Kromm and the Winnipeg Jets. Running away with the Canadian Division pennant, they lost only one of 13 playoff games as they coasted to an Avco Cup triumph. Eight short months later, however, the dream has turned into a nightmare. And there are those who regularly congregate in the area of Portage and Main who are wondering whether they’ll wake up in time. There’s probably little wrong with the Jets that some healthy hockey players wouldn’t cure. If Kromm could ever get his troops all together at one time, the Jets indeed still could become a force. But as the schedule wears on there seems to be no abating in the injury toll the Jets have been asked to absorb. One after the other those…

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Around The USHL

Special To The Hockey News GRAND RAPIDS— The Grand Rapids Blades and Green Bay Bobcats continued their head-to-head battle for the honor of being No. 1 in the United States Hockey League and it appeared the Blades were winning the struggle. After registering their biggest win of the year, a 4-1 decision over Green Bay, player-coach Nelson LeClair’s Blades swept two from Sioux City Musketeers 9-6 and 8-3 to pull into a first-place hold on the Northern Division race. Green Bay refused to concede anything to the Blades and came back to whip Traverse City 5-2 and Sioux City 3-2 to keep the race close. The Blades, with a 14-2 home record, held the top with 48 points, two more than Green Bay, indicating the two teams will probably go down to the wire…

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Anemic Wings Desperately Hunt Top Goal Scorer To Lift Offense

DETROIT- WANTED: A goal scorer; experience unnecessary, but helpful; if you can handle the job, salary potential is unlimited apply at Olympia Stadium, Detroit. Get the message? The Detroit Red Wings are desperate for some goals and if things don’t improve soon, they’re likely to place a want ad. That’s how bad things are. For example: In a 10-game winless streak starting the 1977 segment of the current National Hockey League schedule, the Wings were blanked three times in a six-game span. They scored just 11 goals in 10 games, an anemic performance. The club also lost seven straight for only the third time in its 50-year history. The last two losses and a tie in that stretch came in Larry Wilson’s first week as coach. There was little Wilson—or any other mortal, for that matter—could…

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Canucks Follow Tradition By Responding To Shakeup

VANCOUVER- Trying to judge the impact of a major trade is often most difficult in the first game or two played by the men involved. A club generally responds favorably to a shake-up of such nature, and the Canucks gaining the services of defensemen Jack Mcllhargey and Larry Goodenough from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Bob Dailey showed that such was the case. The impact of Mcllhargey and Goodenough was immediate and beneficial as the Canucks, having just made the deal, finally managed to beat the New York Rangers on their home ice, something they hadn’t managed in the teams two previous meetings. The longer term assessment must wait for at least the end of the season, but for now, coach Orland Kurtenbach of the Canucks is pleased with the added aggressiveness the…