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November 6, 1981

November 6, 1981

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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Wings Hoping Opener Was Omen

DETROIT — For those people searching for an omen, the Detroit Red Wings’ 6-3 victory over St. Louis in the home opener at Joe Louis Arena offered more than one. For instance: • Detroit finally defeated Mike Liut, who was 5-0 against the Red Wings, including four straight victories on Detroit’s home ice. • In those four previous games at Joe Louis Arena, Liut had given up a total of seven goals but the Wings, with the Mark Kirton-Paul Woods-Mike Blaisdell line leading the way, put a half-dozen pucks past St. Louis’ standout netminder. • The victory snapped a six-game ‘Detroit winless streak against St. Louis (0-5-1). • It also was their first home-opening victory in seven seasons. The Wings were 2-3-3 in home openers with the last triumph coming way back in 1974-75 over…

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Real Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques has always been recognized as a prolific goal scorer. His big hangup since coming into the NHL has been his inability to stay healthy. After scoring 283 goals in 369 games in the World Hockey Association, Cloutier moved to the NHL with the Nordiqpes in the last expansion. He missed 13 games the first year and last season, the year was a write-off with injuries keeping him out of 46 games. Cloutier claims he’s fully recovered this season and he appears intent on proving to NHL fans he has finally made the grade. After the Nordiques’ first 10 games, Cloutier had scored seven times and added 12 assists for 19 points, the best in the NHL. Cloutier won himself recognition by THE HOCKEY NEWS as NHL Player…

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Flyers To Be Tough With Templeton At Helm

LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS LOUISVILLE HOCKEY STICKS NIAGARA FALLS — The story goes something like this: The new player arrived in town, having been traded to the Hamilton Fincups, and upon walking into the dressing room, dropped his equipment bag and announced to his new teammates, “I’m the toughest (expletive deleted) guy on this team, and don’t anyone forget it.” The words had barely escaped his’ mouth when he received a pop on the kisser, sending him sprawling to the floor. Then came the words, “I’m the toughest guy on this team and don’t YOU forget it.” The puncher and speaker was Bert Templeton. Like many stories that make their way around the Ontario Hockey League, this one might be fabricated, getting better and more ficticious with each telling. It probably isn’t, though. Templeton has the reputation…

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Sputtering Flames Headed By Rookie

CALGARY — The leading scorer of the Flames after the first week of play was not the high-profile Swede or the highly-paid Paraguayan. It wasn’t Kent Nilsson or Willi Plett. It wasn’t even Guy Chouinard, Eric Vail or Bobby MacMillan. In fact, as the Calgary Flames’ offense sputtered, it was rookie right winger Bobby Gould, nominally of the fourth line, who led the team in goals. Gould had three in his first three games, not bad considering he’s on the last line and misses his shift whenever linemates Bill Clement and Jamie Hislop are called on to kill a penalty. The 24-year-old Gould is one of only two rookies to make the team. The other is the 25-year-old Kari Eloranta, a Finn who spent the past two years with the Swedish club team Leksand. Neither…