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April 15, 1977

April 15, 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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Hockey Players On The Move

Following are the final player movements in hockey for the 1976-77 season: NATIONAL LEAGUE CLEVELAND — Bjorn Johansson, defenseman, Vern Stenlund and Angie Moretto, forwards, recalled from Salt Lake of CHL. COLORADO — Sean Shanahan, forward, sent to Dallas of CHL. Bill Oleschuk, goaler, sent to Oklahoma City of CHL on loan. N.Y. ISLANDERS — Billy MacMillan, forward, recalled from Fort Worth of CHL. BUFFALO — Ken Breiten bach, defenseman, recalled from Hershey of AHL. Danny Gare, forward, placed on disabled list with back trouble for rest of season and playoffs. ST. LOUIS — Barclay Plager, playing-coach from Kansas City of CHL, recalled by Blues under emergency conditions. Plager will be on Blues’ playoff roster. WASHINGTON — Tom Rowe, forward, recalled from Rhode Island of AHL. PHILADELPHIA — Mark Suzor, defenseman, recalled from Springfield of AHL. CENTRAL LEAGUE FORT WORTH…

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No-Goal Verdict Ends Rangers Playoff Bid

NEW YORK— Gus Connery is the co-ordinator of the Washington Capitals youth hockey program—and as such rates as a good guy. However, his work as a goal judge in the March 25 game between New York and the Capitals would hardly rate huzzahs on Broadway. By failing to push the red light button when Ranger captain Phil Esposito “scored” at 3:19 of the second period, halving the Washington margin to 2-1, Connery helped the Caps drive home the final nail in the Rangers’ 1976-77 coffin. “There is no doubt it was a goal.” said NHL supervisor of referees Dan McLeod, who was a press box observer. Bob Kilger, the referee, was out of position, and caught going in the wrong direction when Ken Hodge shot, Roger Crozier stopped the puck and kicked it…

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HOCKEY CROSSWORD

ACROSS 1. Pictured player. 8. Initials of a Los Angeles forward. 9. New York is located here. 10. First name of one of the Kings. 12. Nickname of former Ranger power pley specialist. 13. Former NHL goaltender, (init) 14. One of the Leafs. (Init) 15. Atlanta’s 1st choice in 1973 amateur draft. 17.1975-76 Vezina Trophy winner. (Init) 19. Usually required for a leg injury. 20. A Minnesota center. 22.15th and 12th letters of the alphabet. 24. One of the North Stars, (init) 26. This former Leaf is considering a comeback with Team Canada, (init) 27. A high-scoring Flyer, (init) 28. An NHL general manager. 30. Former L.A. forward. 32. A Winnipeg defenseman. DOWN 1. A Los Angeles center. 2. Skating requisite. 3. An NHL coach. 4. Each, (abbr) 5. An NHL captain, (init) 6. A Washington winger. 7. One of the Hawks. 11. Minor pro league, (init) 14. Number of the playoff goals scored by Marcel Dionne lest…

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Leach Emerging From Dismal Season To Boost Flyers Hopes In Cup Playoffs

PHILADELPHIA— To most hockey players, a 30-goal season is sufficient reason for contract renegotiation. To Reggie Leach, this 30-goal season is barely salvation for a disappointing encore to last year’s 61-goal, Conn Smythe Trophy-winning effort. The good news is, Leach was emerging from his season-long struggle as the Flyers headed into the Stanley Cup playoffs. How Leach was emerging! —at Vancouver: Leach salvages a 4-4 tie for the Flyers with a goal in the last 18 seconds. It was hi; 11th shot-on-goal of the game. —at Boston: Reggie “the Revived” flips a wrist shot past Gerry Cheevers just 2:14 into the game. Leach scores later on a power play as the Flyers romp, 6-2. Shot total: five. —at Philadelphia: Leach stuns Cesare Maniago and the Canucks with an unassisted goal just 13 seconds after the opening…