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January 4, 1980

January 4, 1980

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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Maine Making Division Impact After Bears Claw ECAC Foes

ORONO—There were already 40,000 believers in the University of Maine’s varsity hockey program living in the vicinity of the school tucked into the woods just north of the city of Bangor. Then the Black Bears, this year’s new entrant to ECAC division one, proceeded to knock off a fine Boston College team 6-3 on BC’s rink and journeyed home to defeat New Hampshire 5-3. The wins, coming in the last full week of play before the Christmas holidays, raised Maine’s league record to 5-3. Suddenly the rest of college hockey south of the pine tree state has taken notice that, yes, this is a talented hockey team that could make a run for a playoff spot. There are no seniors on the Maine team, coached by former Princeton mentor Jack Semler. It’s…

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New Haven Wins Battle Of Leaders; Desperate Dusters Reach Hodge

LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS MONCTON: Less than a week after the New Haven Nighthawks had blasted New Brunswick down in Connecticut, the return match in Moncton proved to be another rare loss for the Hawks. Mike McDougal was the architect scoring at the 14:47 mark of the third period, giving New Haven a 4-3 win. It was their first victory ever at the Moncton Coliseum. Bruce Boudreau, recently back from his brief stint with Toronto, scored for New Brunswick along with Rick Jodzio and Ron Wilson. Those three goals were not enough for netminder Murray Bannerman, who suffered through the 10-6 loss to New Haven just a few days earlier. New Brunswick was coming off an impressive 6-1 win over the Adirondack Red Wings prior to the 4-3 loss to New Haven.…

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Flyers’ Propp Proving All-Around Delight

He scored the game-winning goal in the season opener, a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. After three weeks, he was leading the Philadelphia Flyers in scoring and ranked seventh in the league. Bobby Clarke? Reggie Leach? No, no. Those two Philadelphia veterans are having excellent seasons. But the young man in the spotlight is Brian Propp and, if he isn’t a leading Calder Trophy candidate, then the wind don’t whip across the Manitoba plains in the wintertime. All Propp has done since arriving in Philadelphia is impress observers with his complete hockey skills. Rarely does an NHL rookie display such ability and natural instinct. Whether it’s scoring goals, passing, working the comers or checking, Propp can do it. And, on most nights, he looks as if he’s been doing it…

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WCHA Puts 12 Players On U.S. Junior Nationals

MINNEAPOLIS—No less than 12 WCHA players are on the roster of the 20-man team selected by the U.S. Nationals to compete in the International Ice Hockey Federa-tion world junior championships in Helsinki, Finland. Coached by Lou Vairo, the U.S. team is comprised of American born players under the age of 20 and will compete against the Soviet Union, West Germany, Finland, Canada, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Sweden. The U.S. team will oppose the Czechs and Swedes in their first two games in Helsinki. WCHA players on the team include goaler Paul Butters of Minnesota, defensemen Pat Ethier of Wisconsin, Dave Jensen of Minnesota, Ken Leiter of Michigan State and Dan Vlaisavljevich of Denver; forwards Scott Carlston and Gary DeGrio, both from Minn-Duluth, Lexi Doner and Todd Lecy of Wisconsin, Bryan Erickson of Minnesota,…