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March 2, 1979

March 2, 1979

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Big Mac Attack… SOMETIMES IT TAKES time, but in the last year or so Bob MacMillan has developed into one of the finest forwards in hockey. He is 26 years old and is in his seventh season as a professional, but he is just becoming the player he can be. Bobby Mac always skated well and made marvellous moves, but he didn’t have a hard shot. He was a handyman who played every forward position and killed penalties effectively, a hustler who worked hard and checked his foes, but he didn’t get many goals. In two seasons with Minnesota of the World Hockey Association, a half-season with Providence of the American League, a half-season with the Rangers in the National League, and two seasons with St. Louis, he never had more than 20…


Mikita Becomes 6th Best Scorer

MONTREAL— Veteran Stan Mikita attained another milestone in the NHL last week. He became the sixth highest scorer of all time. Mikita, second oldest player active in the NHL at 38 years of age—Detroit’s Terry Harper is 39—scored his 14th goal of the current season to raise his all-time career total to 534 goals, sixth best in league history. Mikita shunted the retired Frank Mahovlich off the sixth rung in the all-time goal-getting race. The hard-nosed Chicago center, who can’t have too many NHL years left, is in no danger of overtaking the all-time leader, Gordie Howe. Howe left the NHL after scoring 786 goals. Phil Esposito is second to Howe with 664 goals having passed Bobby Hull this year. Hull counted 604 NHL goals while a member of the Chicago Black Hawks. NHL Coaches…



WHA’S … Player of the Week New England Whalers are looking towards Mark Howe more and more as a central player in their offense, so it should come as no surprise that when the youngest Howe shook his way out of a goal-scoring slump that the Whalers would sweep a weekend series to stay within one point of Edmonton in the standings. After losing to Edmonton Friday, the Whalers were sparked by a two-goal, one assist effort by Mark as they downed Quebec, 4-1. The goals, Howe’s 31st and 32nd of the season, broke a six-game goalless streak for the winger. The Whalers followed up with another solid victory, blasting the Winnipeg Jets 7-1, with Mark Howe again leading the way. He scored two goals and a like number of assists to move…