The Hockey News – 40 Years Ago

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Jan. 30) – This edition of my memorabilia photo-blog series is simple and to the point: 72 covers of The Hockey News dating from Oct. 27, 1972 to Apr. 22, 1977. The hockey bible – as it is known – was in fact a newspaper at the time… not the sharp, glossy magazine it is today. The only color you will see in the pages below are those of headlines and front-page ads; all photos in the paper were black-and-white.   Much happened in hockey during the four-and-a-half-year span represented by these covers: It was a time of salary escalation owing to the player war between the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association… New York Islanders and Atlanta Flames had just joined the NHL… Philadelphia Flyers became the first of the 1967 expansion teams to win the Stanley Cup… Don Cherry was hired as coach by the Boston Bruins… Such legendary players as Denis Potvin, Lanny McDonald, Bob Gainey, Bryan Trottier, Bernie Federko, Doug Wilson and Mike Bossy were drafted into the NHL… Future stars Eric Lindros, Scott Niedermayer, Peter Forsberg, Chris Pronger, Paul Kariya, Ryan Smyth and Daniel Alfredsson were born…  Borje Salming, signed as a free agent by the Leafs, became the first great European to play in North America… Hall-of-famer Tim Horton – stalwart Leafs defenseman of the 1960s and name-sake to the donut empire – died in a single-car crash after playing a game with Buffalo at Maple Leaf Gardens… Gordie Howe ended a two-season retirement to join Houston of the WHA and play with sons, Mark and Marty… Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals joined the NHL in expansion; Washington establishing futility records that still exist [fewest wins – eight – and most goals allowed – 446 – in a minimum 70-game schedule]… Philadelphia and Buffalo squared off in the first all-expansion Stanley Cup final… The game’s most prolific scorer – Phil Esposito – was traded from Boston to the New York Rangers… In an era long before free agency, Bobby Orr was somehow allowed to join Chicago after his contract with the Bruins expired… Leafs captain Darryl Sittler erupted – in 1976 – for 10 points (still a single-game record) against Boston; a record-tying five playoff goals against Philadelphia and the overtime marker that ended the first Canada Cup tournament… Sittler’s teammate, Ian Turnbull, set a league mark for goals by a defenseman in one game – scoring five against Detroit (it, too, remains the standard)… Kansas City Scouts became the Colorado Rockies. California Golden Seals became the Cleveland Barons… And, the Canadiens of Scotty Bowman, Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Jacques Lemaire, Larry Robinson and Serge Savard began their Stanley Cup dynasty of the late-’70s.   You will undoubtedly notice that Bobby Orr is on the vast majority of these covers of The Hockey News – but not solely because of his unparalleled greatness. Rather, No. 4 was a spokesperson for the Yardley brand of male “grooming products” (as they were called) and Yardley had a front-page ad. Orr, in fact, is plastered all over the initial cover below.   Enjoy this trip through one of the most volatile and influential times in hockey history.     OCTOBER 27, 1972  

NOVEMBER 24, 1972

DECEMBER 1, 1972

DECEMBER 29, 1972

JANUARY 19, 1973

FEBRUARY 2, 1973

MARCH 30, 1973

APRIL 13, 1973

APRIL 20, 1973

MAY 18, 1973

OCTOBER 5, 1973

NOVEMBER 16, 1973

NOVEMBER 30, 1973

DECEMBER 28, 1973

JANUARY 15, 1974

FEBRUARY 1, 1974

FEBRUARY 22, 1974

MARCH 1, 1974

MARCH 8, 1974

MARCH 15, 1974

 MARCH 29, 1974

APRIL 19, 1974

APRIL 26, 1974

MAY 10, 1974

MAY 17, 1974

JUNE 1974

JULY 1974

AUGUST 1974

SEPTEMBER 1974

OCTOBER 18, 1974

OCTOBER 25, 1974

NOVEMBER 1, 1974

NOVEMBER 8, 1974 (JOHNNY BOWER’S 50th BIRTHDAY)

NOVEMBER 22, 1974

NOVEMBER 29, 1974

DECEMBER 6, 1974

DECEMBER 27, 1974

JANUARY 10, 1975

JANUARY 17, 1975

FEBRUARY 7, 1975

FEBRUARY 21, 1975

FEBRUARY 28, 1975

MAY 9, 1975

SEPTEMBER 1975

NOVEMBER 7, 1975 (PHIL ESPOSITO TRADED TO N.Y. RANGERS)

NOVEMBER 14, 1975

NOVEMBER 21, 1975

NOVEMBER 28, 1975

DECEMBER 12, 1975

JANUARY 2, 1976

FEBRUARY 6, 1976 (NIGHT BEFORE DARRYL SITTLER’S 10-POINT GAME)

FEBRUARY 13, 1976

FEBRUARY 20, 1976

FEBRUARY 27, 1976

MARCH 5, 1976

MARCH 12, 1976

MARCH 19, 1976

MAY 14, 1976

JULY 1976

OCTOBER 22, 1976

NOVEMBER 19, 1976

DECEMBER 10, 1976

DECEMBER 17, 1976

DECEMBER 31, 1976

JANUARY 7, 1977

JANUARY 21, 1977

JANUARY 28, 1977

FEBRUARY 11, 1977

FEBRUARY 18, 1977

FEBRUARY 25, 1977

MARCH 11, 1977

MARCH 18, 1977

MARCH 25, 1977

APRIL 8, 1977 (DAY AFTER TORONTO BLUE JAYS FIRST-EVER GAME)

APRIL 15, 1977

APRIL 22, 1977

 

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