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December 16, 1977

December 16, 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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Also-Rans Could Provide Surprises In ECAC Division I Playoff Battles

BOSTON— In last week’s issue, we took a look at the chances for repeat playoff performances by last year’s ECAC Division One final eight: Clarkson, UNH, Cornell, Boston University, Boston College, RPI. Brown, and Providence. Early polls and scuttlebutt pick BU and Clarkson to top the 17-team league, with Cornell receiving considerable support as well. The rest of last year’s playoff teams are rated good chances to repeat, although such is rarely the case. Harvard is a pretty good bet to make the cut, in the opinion of most coaches, but don’t be too surprised if more than one of last year’s also rans squeezes in. Here are the analyses: HARVARD: Uncharacteristically, the Johns weren’t able to score much last year although they did develop a cohesive defense to compensate. Most of…

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Looking At The Minor League Scoreboard

AMERICAN LEAGUE (Standings on Tue. Dec. 6) GAMES COMPLETED Wed. Nov. 30 Philadelphia 3 at Hampton 1 Springfield 3 at Hershey 8 New Haven 2 at Maine 4 Binghamton 4 at Nova Scotia 7 Fri. Dec. 2 Hampton 3 at New Haven 1 Binghamton 2 at Philadelphia 6 Maine 3 at Rochester 1 Sat. Dec. 3 Binghamton 1 at Hampton 4 Rochester 2 at Hershey 4 Nova Scotia 6 at Maine 3 New Haven 4 at Springfield 6 Sun. Dec. 4 Springfield 4 at Binghamton 3 Hampton 0 at Maine 5 New Haven 0 at Nova Scotia 6 Philadelphia 4 at Rochester 4 GOALERS’ RECORDS LEADING SCORERS CENTRAL LEAGUE (Standings on Wed. Dec. 7) GAMES COMPLETED Tue. Nov. 29 Tulsa 4 at Phoenix 2 Thu. Dec. 1 Tulsa 2 at Phoenix 0 Fri. Dec. 2 Kansas City 3 at Dallas 2 Phoenix 4 at Salt Lake 6 Sat. Dec. 3 Dallas 6 at Fort Worth 3 Tulsa 2 at Kanaaa City 5 Phoenix 0 at Salt Lake…

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Dallas Fans, Coach Draw League’s Ire; Texans Keep Lead With Late-Game Power

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER HOCKEY STICKS Made in Canada by HILLERICH & BRADSBY, LTD Arnold Street, Wallaceburg, Ontario Sold in U.S. and Canada LOUISVILLE SLUGGER HOCKEY STICKS Made in Canada by HILLERICH & BRADSBY, LTD Arnold Street, Wallaceburg, Ontario Sold in U.S. and Canada DALLAS— Gerry McNamara has been the Central Hockey League’s leading critic of officials this season but this time the Dallas Black Hawks’ rookie coach had one word too many. Referee Johnny McCutcheon called a gross misconduct on McNamara and CHL president Bud Poile followed with a $300 fine. McNamara assaulted McCutcheon’s ear drums as the teams and officials were cutting across the ice to the exits at the end of the second period of an 8-5 loss at Fort Worth. That seemed mild in comparison to the Kansas City Red Wings’ exit after an 8-6 loss at Dallas two…

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Larouche Acquisition Bolsters Habs’ Offense

MONTREAL— Grey Cup Week in Canada is the focal point of the football season in the Canadian Football League, a celebration which combines the biggest football game of the year with a week of dinners, dances, partying, etc…sort of an amalgamation of the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras rolled into one. The Combination of the city of Montreal hosting Canada’s Grand National Extravaganza and the fact that the team representing Montreal, the Alouettes won the Grey Cup by a totally unforseen lopsided 41-6 score, were enough to interrupt the city’s late November thoughts which are usually attuned to the hockey Canadiens and Christmas shopping—in that order. So you’re Sam Pollock, general manager of the Canadiens and what are you going to do to get the people thinking about hockey, again? Simple, says Sam,…