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October 20, 1951

October 20, 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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Bruins Put O.K. On Having Club Owned By New Bosses

DETROIT, Mich.— Such high front-office doings as the sale of a club is somewhat out of the scope of hockey players, but the Boston Bruins settled on an enthusiastic reaction to news that they had a new big boss. The Bruins were in Detroit for their opening game against the Red Wings when word came on the sale. They knew it had been in the wind all summer, and anticipated the change after hearing that negotiations had been reopened. “We’re all for it,” declared Coach Lynn Patrick. One of the Bruins advanced the idea that maybe with the rink controlling the team, hockey would get more promotion in Boston. If we can draw in more fans, it means more money — and maybe we’ll get some of it,” stated the coach with forthright philosophy.…

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Playing Coaches Getting Scarce In PCHL—2 Left

VICTORIA, B.C.— There was a time not so many years ago when the Pacific Coast I eague boasted practically a playing-coach for every club in the league. Today that is not so with the bench coach far outnumbering the hard-working double duty player coach. Last season the league had. a 50-50 split, this season, to start with at any rate, there are only two playing mentors on the eight clubs. They are sophomore Roger Leger of Victoria and freshman John “Jake” Forbes of New Westminster. Murray “Muzz” Patrick of Tacoma and Tony Hemmerling ot Seattle are both manager-coaches along with Frank Currie at Edmonton. Bill Cook, Saskatoon; Tommy Anderson, Calgary; and Murph Chamberlain, Vancouver; all former NHL stars of another era do their masterminding from the bench. This might very easily be…

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‘Rocket’ Scores Two Firsts In Opener Of New Season

MONTREAL.—Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scored two first in the first game of the 1951-52 season in Montreal in which the Habs whipped the Chicago Black Hawks 4-2. At exactly 1.29 of the opening period, before half the fans could take their seats Rocket flipped a pass, via Lach and Olmstead into the back of Goaler Harry Lumley’s cage. It marked the first goal in the N.H.L.’s 1951-52 campaign for the season was just one minute and twenty-nine seconds old. Richard’s second first came at 11.25 of the final period. Then, Referee George Gravel saw Richard clos his hand on the puck while it was in the air and was forced to give the Montreal right winger a minor penalty. It was the first time this season that the new rule,…

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Shore Promises “Spirited” Club

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Since clothes are supposed to make the man, it remains to be seen whether the uniform can make the team in the case of the Syracuse Warriors, newest members of the American Hockey League. For the Warriors for all purpose are just last year’s Springfield Indians dolled up in new pants and skates. Unless there is considerable individual and team improvement over a year ago when Springfield finished third in the A.H.L. Eastern Division, Syracuse’s first year in pro hockey in a decade may be a dismal one. However, in fairness to the team and coach Frank Beisler, Springfield was one of the most spirited clubs in the league a year ago, and spirit will cover a multitude of short-end scores with the paying customers. In introducing his players to a welcoming group…