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February 16, 1979

February 16, 1979

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.

IN THIS ISSUE

Erie Pulling Away In NEHL Race

ERIE— The Erie Blades continue to be the scourge of the North Eastern Hockey League and new Blades goaltender Carey Walker is the talk of the league. Originally brought into camp at the halfway point of the season on a look-see basis by coach Nick Polano, Walker was thrust into the starter’s role after both Erie goalies, David Johns and Tim Cuppage, were felled by injuries. That was five games ago and Walker continued his phenomonal play in a 2-1 road wm over Utica which gave him five wins in his first five starts. Even more impressive is the fact that Walker has allowed just nine goals in his five victories. Erie’s five game winning streak had them solidly in first place nine points ahead of the Hampton Aces. The Blades, winners of…

IN HIS ISSUE

Wolves Howling With Hot Offense; Fox’s Scoring Heroics Spark 67s

SUDBURY— The Wolves are howling. Sudbury has risen rapidly in the Leyden Division of the Ontario Major Junior League in recent weeks and it’s all because of a high-powered offense. Led by captain and right winger Mike Foligno and outstanding goaltending by rookie Don Beaupre, the Wolves have climbed into second place ahead of Oshawa. Foligno, a 6-1, 190-pounder, Peterborough Petes, defenseman Greg Theberge and Toronto Marlboros’ center Gary Dillon are probably the most highly-regarded graduating players in the league this season. Foligno has closed in on league-leading scorer Tom McCarthy of Oshawa, who is out with an injury and is just four points behind through the first three-quarters of the schedule. “Speaking for our guy, (Foligno), particularly since the Labatt’s tournament, he has been a tremendous leader for us, on and off the…

THE NHL

Rangers Dip From Impressive To Respectable

NEW YORK— The Rangers’ longest road trip of the season—six games—came to a screeching halt in Los Angeles, right before the week-long All Star break, when the Rangers lost to the Kings, 4-2. A victory in that game would have meant that New York’s record for their six-game road show would have stood at an impressive 42. With the loss, however, they slipped to a respectable 3-3, with wins over Buffalo, the Islanders, and Vancouver, and losses to Washington, Colorado, and the Kings. When we last left the Rangers, they were coming off their biggest win of the season, a 7-2 thrashing of the Islanders at the Coliseum which came just before they embarked on their west coast swing. Here’s what (gulp) happened out there: Vancouver; This was the only game the…

FEATURES

HOCKET PEOPLE

Luck Of The Draw Goaler Dan Bouchard of the Atlanta Flames, who is also a member of the Louisville Hockey Stick advisory staff, gets a helping hand from young Dennis Watson of the Can/Am Hockey School as he draws two lucky winners for the ‘Louisville Scholarships’ to attend Can/Am hockey schools this summer. Winning recipients of the December segment of the draw included Michael Lacey, a 13-year-old from Marcellus, N.Y. and Jamie Flanagan, a 16-year-old from Kindersley, Sask. Double Shiner Ron Duguay of the New York Rangers is consoled by teammate Phil Esposito after the fiery young Ranger had the misfortune of running into a stiff punch courtesy of rookie defenseman Brad Marsh of Atlanta. Duguay, who has become one of the Rangers’ hottest scorers in recent weeks, suffered two black eyes after…