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June 15, 1951

June 15, 1951

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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THE FAN FORUM

IRVIN TOPS Dear Sir, It Is beyond me how anyone can vote for xanybody but Dick Irvin as All-Star coach. Living in New York, I’m certainly not prejudiced. Tommy Ivan’s coaching genius of course can’t be denied but with a power packed All-Star squad such as he guided who could not boot them home first. Irvin, on the other luand had to break in nine rookies, exactly half the squad, and was hurt by Doug Harvey’s indifferent play throughout most of the season. He had phenomenal success with the rookies such as Gerry McNeil, Tom Johnson, Paul Meger etc. You can bet that improper handling of these youngsters would have ruined Canadiens. So, it’s hats off to Dick Irvin, the best coach in hockey today. Harold McLeer Brooklyn. N.Y. CLEAN PLAY FAN Dear Sir, I am a very keen hockey…

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Passing The Puck

AN OVERFLOW gathering of hockey people plus members of the press and radio turned up for luncheon tendered by Montreal Canadiens on the first day of the two-day N.H.L. conclave. This prompted Ebbie Goodfellow to crack: “Another full house for Canadiens”… Montreal topped the league in attendance last season… Eddie Shore was over the green on a 230-yard hole recently using a No. 2 iron. “It was against a stiff breeze, too,” Eddie added… The owner of the Springfield Indians shoots in the low seventies… Lynn Patrick says he has four players on the Bruins who will beat four players from any other team in hockey in a golf match. The four par-busters on the Bruins are Bill Ezinicki, Johnny Peirson, Milt Schmidt and Bill Quackenbush … Still talking about…

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Squib Walker’s Death Shock To Hockey World

FORT WILLIAM, Ont.— George E. (Squib) Walker, dean of Canadian hockey scouts, died unexpectedly of a heart seizure at his home, Suite 3, Ross Apartments, Catherine street, Fort William. He was 56 years of age. Chief Scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and a prominent figure in Canadian hockey circles for more than a quarter of a century, Walker was stricken with a heart attack at 10 p.m. and died three hours later. Although he suffered a heart attack several years ago, Squib had been in good health up until his fatal attack. He was making preparations for a fishing trip on the next day with friends. A native of Toronto, Walker was associated with the Toronto Maple Leaf organization for 30 years, first as scout and later as…

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New Faceoff Circle Will Get Once-Over In Exhibition Games

MONTREAL, Que.— The lobby of the Windsor Hotel in downtown Montreal was buzzing with rumors of player deals last week as the National Hockey League went into conference. But they turned out to be just rumors and three days later the largest group of professional hockey leaders ever to meet under one roof dispersed without so much as trading or selling a star or a stickboy. Most prominent rumor of a cooking deal was said to be between Toronto and Chicago. And the fact that Conn Smythe of the Leafs and Bill Tobin of Chicago got together for a game of golf while in town made the buzzing even louder. It has long been said that most deal are made on the links during the off season. However, even though the rumors…