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The Thousand and One Nights of Andy Hebenton
Gary Ronberg
April 24, 1967
Most professional hockey players take pride in not missing a game, but one scarred old veteran made a fetish of it
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April 24, 1967

The Thousand And One Nights Of Andy Hebenton

Most professional hockey players take pride in not missing a game, but one scarred old veteran made a fetish of it

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Exploiting his physique to its full advantage, Hebenton, 5'9", 185 pounds, patrols his wing with the style and finesse that only a player who has spent ample time in the NHL can acquire. From Vancouver to San Diego, in the smaller arenas up and down the West Coast, Hebenton is respected as one of the boss men of the Western League. They call him a "hip skater"—not in the jive sense, but because he shuffles forward like a hippy old washerwoman. But he can sweep powerfully into the corners, chasing the puck and sending swift, true passes to his linemates. Andy is still hoping for one more year in the big time—perhaps with one of the teams added to the newly expanded league. "Sure I want it for the pension," he admits, "but I also got the biggest thrills of my life when I was up there playing against the best. Hockey is all I know. I'd like to play it with the best just once more."

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