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December 31, 1982

December 31, 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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Good Health, New Team Helps Caps’ Houston

LANDOVER—Ken Houston, the man the Calgary Flames felt was washed up, is skating happily toward the most productive season of his NHL career. As the Washington Capitals passed the 33-game mark with a club record unbeaten streak of 13, the longest in the NHL this season, only Mike Gartner and Dennis Maruk had accounted for more goals than Houston’s 13. Since Houston’s high mark in seven seasons with the Flames was only 23, it is reasonable to expect him to surpass that figure at age 29, when it seemed that a combination of sickness and a reputation for being lackadaisical would terminate his career. Houston came to Washington with goalie Pat Riggin in June for defenseman Howard Walker, winger George White, a No. 3 draft pick in 1983 and a second-round selection in…

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Sabres Snap Slump But It Didn’t Last

BUFFALO—What better way to shake a slump than by beating the champs? Even though the champs, themselves, aren’t doing very well, the Buffalo Sabres got a lift out of knocking off the New York Islanders in their own building. And what better man to set the winning pace than Tony McKegney, who had sounded off about being benched during the Sabres’ w’inless streak? The Sabres hadn’t won in six games when they invaded Nassau Coliseum to play the Islanders. McKegney had picked up only one assist since he scored twice and assisted on a third goal in the Sabres’ last previous win, 7-2, over the New York Rangers, Nov. 28. McKegney duplicated that performance as the Sabres ended their streak by defeating the Islanders, 5-3. Unfortunately, coach Scotty Bowman’s inconsistent young team couldn’t keep…

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Habs Trade Gingras To Ease Crowded Defense

MONTREAL—Bob Berry continues to hunt for the right combination of his Montreal defense. It was so easy at this time last year because he had veterans Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson, Rod Langway and Brian Engblom to anchor the group. Of that quartet, only Robinson remains. At the beginning of the season, it appeared that Berry had a workable combination, with a sextet featuring Robinson, former Washington Capitals Robert Picard and Rick Green, sophomore Gilbert Delorme, Gaston Gingras and rookie Craig Ludwig. Ric Nattress was No. 7 man. Now, there is an eighth man Bill Root. Is eight enough? Is eight too much? It appears eight was too much for Berry as the Canadiens tossed Gingras into a two-player trade to Toronto along with seldom-used center Dan Daoust. The departure of Gingras eased the defense situation…

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Expansion Reflects Attendance Surge

QUEBEC—When the topic of expansion first arose last year, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League governors were less than ecstatic. They suggested there wouldn’t be enough quality players around the province to stock the two new teams—the Longueuil Chevaliers and Drum-mondville Voltigeurs. They also said the quality of play would be diluted. While the Voltigeurs continue to sit in the Dilio Division’s basement, Longueuil is a solid third in the Lebel Division and has the league’s fourthbest record. But more important to league officials are the impressive attendance figures through November—and not only in the expansion cities. League attendance has increased bv 69,585 fans from the same point last year. While it is true that Longueuil’s and Drummondville’s cumulative totals have much to do with the surge, attendance is still up by some 18,000 among…