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January 22, 1982

January 22, 1982

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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Whalers Can’t Hide Truth: Team Isn’t Better

HARTFORD — Larry Pleau has tried to cover some of the wall’s bare spots with new paint, but for all of his interior decorating, the room looks just about the same. Through 40 games a year ago, the year of the great upheaval in the Hartford Whalers’ organization, the team’s record stood at 13-18-9. Through 40 games this season, the team’s record, 10-21-9, was worse. Considering that the dog days are still ahead — in February, the Whalers play nine of 13 games on the road — the chances of a dramatic turnaround are remote. “It really isn’t all that difficult to figure out,” said Pleau, the team’s 34-year-old GM-coach. “Just look at some of our players and their lack of consistency. We’re losing games not because we’re getting flooded in our own zone,…

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Cloutier Equal To First NHL Tests

BUFFALO — Don Edwards is going to be doing most of the Buffalo Sabres’ goaltending, now that Bob Sauve has departed for Detroit, but the brass knows now that there’s someone capable to take Edwards’ place should something happen to the slender netminder. Jacques Cloutier stepped in recently when Edwards unexpectedly came up sick and performed admirably. General manager Scotty Bowman decided he could trade Sauve, who is playing out his option this season, when he was satisfied that Cloutier is good enough to tend goal in the National Hockey League. So far, Jacques hasn’t done much NHL goal-guarding but when he has, he has looked equal to the task. At a game in Hartford, for instance, Edwards was scheduled to go between the pipes for Buffalo. He had been in the nets for…

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Interconference Meetings Unfriendly

HAMILTON — Some old and new acquaintances made over the Holiday period when several interconference Canadian college matches were held, will not be soon forgotten by the teams involved from the Quebec and Ontario University Athletic Associations. A tournament at McMaster University saw the Quebec teams, Laval and McGill, take seven of eight possible points from Ontario representatives McMaster and Guelph. Meanwhile at Trois Rivieres, the host Patriotes earned a win and a tie with York of the OUAA. However, in both locations, incidents put a damper on the holiday spirit, causing two games to be halted before play could be completed. The McMaster Tournament began with some exciting but sloppily played hockey, most likely a result of too much Christmas turkey. In the opener, Laval blew a five-goal lead against the…

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Hawks’ Savard Chasing Team Records

CHICAGO — Stan Mikita, whose accomplishments in 21 seasons make him the human denominator in evaluating Black Hawk centers, believes Denis Savard still is scratching the surface of his potential. “Wait until he’s around for three or four years and gets his confidence,” Mikita said on a visit to Chicago Stadium to watch his old team practice. “I know it took me that long. “Every-night I see him I watch him trying new moves. Sometimes they don’t work but that doesn’t mean they won’t somewhere down the line. A lot depends on the two guys alongside him [Al Secord and Timmy Higgins]. If they keep jelling, it’s going to make him that much more effective. “Also, there’s a learning process a center has with his wingers — knowing where they’re going to be…