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December 3, 1982

December 3, 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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’Pac-Man’ Pavelich Possesses Heart

NEW YORK—It was sometime around Christmas of 1980 that Mark Pavelich went to see Herb Brooks. Both were in a kind of exile in Switzerland, quite an anticlimax to the gold-medal victory of their U.S. Olympic team the previous winter at Lake Placid. Brooks was coaching in Davos and Pavelich was playing in Lugano—country where hockey is an avocation for native players—but it was a situation that suited the temperament of neither man. At the time, it was no secret that Brooks was eventually bound for New York. Meanwhile, Pavelich had been passed over in the National Hockey League draft that followed the Olympics, the consensus being that at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds he was too small for NHL play, but he yearned to return to the States. “Pav asked me to keep…

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Europeans Key South Stars’ Two-Game Sweep

H&B LOUISVILLE HOCKEY BIRMINGHAM—Markus Mattsson, the 25-year-oId Finnish-born goalkeeper, turned back 70 of 73 shots to key the South Stars to a rare two-game sweep, 4-2 and 2-1, of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in the Salt Palace. And it was another European import, Czechoslovak defector Milan Mokros, who keyed the Birmingham attack, collecting five assists in the two victories. Jim Dobson had two goals for the Stars in the first victory. The twin wins in Salt Lake were achieved without the club’s leading scorer, Dave DeBol, who is sidelined for six weeks due to a broken wrist suffered in Indianapolis. The victories gave Gene Ubriaco’s team a 2-2 record on its first long road trip of the season, with a two-game invasion of Colorado next on their schedule. Mattsson lowered his goals-against average to…

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SOME OTHER VIEWS

Recently, there have been some reports that the Hartford Whalers are experiencing serious financial difficulties that could have an effect on the team’s operation in that city. But the Whalers’ Managing General Partner, Howard Baldwin, says it is not a crisis situation and, below, explains his view of it. Contrary to previously published reports, the Hartford Whalers are in no way in any financial crisis. The Whalers, like many other sports franchise, have had considerable losses and these losses have been funded annually by the partners. From an operational standpoint, losses for fiscal year-end June 1983 are projected to be 40 per cent less than the amount incurred in fiscal 1982. The combined net assets of the partners of the Hartford Whalers exceed several hundred billion dollars, and any one of these…

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Hartford’s Neufeld Playing Physically

HARTFORD—In the past, the soft-spoken good guy that is Ray Neufeld off the ice hasn’t been a whole lot different from the Ray Neufeld on the ice. Like a couple of hundred others who have flirted with success in the National Hockey League, Neufeld is one type of player when he hits and another uneffective type when he doesn’t. At 6-2 and 215 pounds, Neufeld can be a strong up-and-down winger when he asserts his physical presence. Doing that, night after night for the full 80 games, can be difficult, as any player who has done it will surely attest. Neufeld, in spots, has proven that he can do it, but to ensure a happy ending to his career, he must do it again and again. At 23 and in his fourth professional…