September 17

Just a few notes and news items for this September Sunday morning:

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Gary Bauman
  • Minnesota North Stars lost their first exhibition game to their Memphis Central Professional Hockey League farm team by a score of 3-1. Goalies Carl Wetzel and Gary Bauman shone for Memphis. Ray Carpentier scored a pair of goals for Memphis.
  • North Stars right winger Bill Goldsworthy flew into a rage at referee Bob Sloan in last night’s game and made contact with the official by way of a push. He was thrown out of the game,  will be fined and could be suspended.
  • Defencemen Joe Watson and Ed Van Impe of Philadelphia Flyers have been fined $500 each for being late for training camp. Both have arrived at Quebec City but refuse to participate in workouts until their contracts are settled.
  • Flyers forward Brit Selby has returned to the ice after sitting out a few days with a pulled groin.
  • Red Wings defenceman Bert Marshall reported to training camp this year at 30 pounds lighter than he was at this time last season. He looks quicker and more mobile, and doesn’t appear to have lost any strength. He’s being paired on the blue line with Howie Young.

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    Bert Marshall
  • Detroit rookie left winger Nick Libett has been a disappointment so far in camp.
  • Los Angeles Kings coach Red Kelly is very high on his team’s chances in the National Hockey League Western Division this year. He says that goalie Terry Sawchuk has been sharp in early workouts. He also says forward Howie Hughes has been a pleasant surprise.
  • Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League have signed 36-year-old goalkeeper Bobby Perreault to a two-year contract.
  • New York Rangers centre Jean Ratelle is flying at training camp. Ratelle says his back is pain-free for the first time in years.
  • Reporters at the Rangers Kitchener training camp say veteran Harry Howell’s gray hair turned a dark, rich brown over the summer.

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    Red Berenson
  • Rangers forward Red Berenson, who failed to score in 30 games with New York last season, has been popping goals at a rapid rate in workouts. He might be ready for a breakout season. Or, he could end up in the minors for good. It doesn’t look like Emile Francis will have much patience with him.
  • Boston Bruins coach Harry Sinden says that Gerry Cheevers and Ed Johnston will battle for the number one goaltending job. The loser of that battle will go to Oklahoma City to play regularly. The backup will be one of Dennis Gibson or Russ Gillow, unless general manager Milt Schmidt can pick up a higher-quality netminder through a trade.
  • Rookies battling for berths on the Bruins include defencemen John Arbour, Dave Heaney, Dave Woodley and Barry Gibbs; centres Ron Buchanan and Derek Sanderson; left wingers Ross Lonsberry, Glen Sather and Myron Stankiewicz, and right wings Wayne Cashman, Ted Hodgson and Jean Pronovost.

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