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Jerry Kirshenbaum
October 21, 1974
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October 21, 1974


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"Forget the Ferrari," answered Crozier. "How are you?"

Price was unhurt and the Blazers could sneak in ahead of WINNIPEG. But the Jets have made changes, too. To free Bobby Hull to concentrate on scoring goals they have turned some of his coaching duties over to Rudy Pilous, who used to be Bobby's coach on the Black Hawks and, before that, in his junior days in St. Catharines, Ont. Support for Hull on the ice comes from a smorgasbord of Swedish imports: Defenseman Lars-Eric Sjoberg, Goalie Curt Larsson and Forwards Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg.

Quebec still lacks depth and its goal-tending remains so-so but none of this prevents the rabid Nordique partisans from raising the rafters every time J.C. Tremblay, that stickhandling wizard, goes into his Marques Haynes routine with the puck. Former General Manager- Coach Jacques Plante has left Quebec and is dusting himself off to tend goal in EDMONTON'S new 15,500-seat arena, which replaces the antiquated but evocatively named Klondike Palace. The Oilers have reached into the NHL for Defensemen Barry Long and Ray McKay and Right Wing Bruce MacGregor, and it is conceivable that the 45-year-old Plante will actually get a few chances to take a lap around the rink and blow kisses to the crowd, his longtime practice on nights when he has a shutout in the nets.

Still, few expect Plante to perform well enough to justify the boast of Edmonton General Manager Bill Hunter that the club now has "the best defense in pro hockey." Plante is 10 months Gordie Howe's junior and a friend confides, "Jacques came out of retirement because of that big ego of his. He figures, 'If Gordie can do it, so can I.' " Howe's influence on the struggling WHA is felt in many ways.

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