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November 26, 1982

November 26, 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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BEDCLOTHES

Comical Non-Trade THE MOST COMICAL non-trade ever made was perpetrated upon unsuspecting listeners of Canada’s largest radio station, CFRB of Toronto. Early-morning listeners were startled, a few weeks ago, to hear CFRB’s sports director breathlessly announce that the Maple Leafs had obtained Tom McCarthy from the Minnesota North Stars. The sports director’s name is William Stephenson. McCarthy is an impressive left winger for Minnesota and the North Stars are unlikely to yield him to anybody, especially to the Maple Oafs, who can’t afford to give up what they’d have to give up to obtain McCarthy. The way it was, announcer Stephenson heard from a source that McCarthy would be on a flight carrying the Leafs to Los Angeles for a game with the Kings. The source was a functionary for an airline that transports the…

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Boutette Making A Muckery Of Goal Scoring

PITTSBURGH—For someone who insists he is not a goal scorer, Pat Boutette has been doing a pretty good imitation this season. “I’ve never proven I was a goal scorer,” said the Penguin left winger. “I’ve always more or less been a mucker.” Boutette has jumped off to the best start of his nine-year National Hockey League career, scoring 14 goals and four assists in the Penguin’s first 14 games. Included in that goal-a-game pace were: two two-goal games; his first two career hat tricks; three-game winners (the Penguins won only one other game of the 14); and eight power-play goals. It took Boutette 39 games last season before he scored his 14th goal. “This year the goals are just coming my way,” he said rather modestly. “I think maybe I’m shooting the puck a…

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Flames’ Reinhart Is Right Man For The Job

CALGARY—In the year of the 20-man roster, many National Hockey League teams have found a place for the onedimensional player in their line-ups. There are power-play specialists and penalty-killing specialists and face-off specialists and players that specialize in roughing up the opposition when the coach says don’t dance. In this era of specialists, the Calgary Flames have entered Paul Reinhart, a defenseman who has played three positions more or less regularly through the first quarter of the season. Reinhart is a defenseman by default, the best rearguard on a club with only a mediocre corps of blueliners. Coach Bob Johnson candidly admits that center is perhaps Reinhart’s best position. Unfortunately, there are six other players with the Flames—Kent Nilsson, Guy Chouinard, Jim Peplinski, Doug Risebrough, Mel Bridgman and Kari Jalonen—whose best position is…

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Ownership Anything But Conventional

There are in the world of sport certain well-known owners who people love to hate. Perhaps the peoples’ wrath is justified; then perhaps not. Nonetheless, animosity exists and the media grind out an endless number of stories of the George Steinbrenner-Calvin Griffith variety. Such is not the case concerning the ownership of the NHL Winnipeg Jets. Rarely is an unkind word spoken of the gentlemen who were instrumental in bringing big league hockey to this central Canadian city. The history of the ownership of the Winnipeg franchise has been anything but conventional. After Ben Hatskin and Saul Simkin dropped $400,000 per year for the first two years of the team’s existance in the WHA, it became abundantly clear to the founders that the entry’s chances of survival were slim. At that point in time…