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February 14, 1953

February 14, 1953

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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Detroit Fans Label Gordie Howe Greatest Scene Stealer As He Approaches Magic Mark Set By Rocket Richard

DETROIT, Mich.— As far as Detroit fans are concerned, Gordie Howe has become the greatest “scene stealer” in hockey. The big excitement in these parts is Howe’s fantastic scoring streak in a bid to crack the all-time National League record for 50 goals in a single season. That was “the record which never will be broken” when it was set by Montreal’s Rocket Richard in 1944-45. Richard himself never came closer than 45 again. Now that Howe is on the track, and roaring at full speed, spectators tension hits its highest peaks at Olympia whenever the big right winger is on the ice. It’s just like Babe Ruth was at his peak hitting home runs, the fans turned out just to see the Babe smash another out of the park. Now it’s to see Howe get…

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PASSING THE PUCK

PUNCH IMLACH was presented with THE HOCKEY NEWS award as the “Outsanding Coach in 1951-52” at a pre-game ceremony we attended in Quebec last week. Imlach was selected as the top mentor in all of hockey last season, pro and amateur included, and he is the first member of the Quebec Senior League to be so honored… The former Toronto senior star is in his sixth season as coach of Quebec, and in only one of these years has his team failed to make the QSHL finals… Jean Beliveau, who has been Imlach’s meal ticket the last two seasons, is exepcted to leave Quebec at the end of the cuurent year… Those in the know say he is anxious to prove what he can do in the National Hockey League,…

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Edmonton Kings Cinch Top Spot In Western Junior

REGINA, Sask.— A thumping 7-0 victory over the defending champion Regina Pats registered right in Regina sewed up first place in the final standing of the Western Canada Junior Hockey league for the Edmonton Oil Kings. The win broke a first-place deadlock between the two clubs. Pats have only one game left in-the regular schedule while Edmonton has four games. At the same time the overwhelming triumph made the powerful Kings odds-on favorites to take out the Pats in their best-in-nine semi-final playoff series. The two top-place clubs will clash in the marathon playoff, with the winner entering the league final. Edmonton holds a big edge over the Pats in season’s play, winning five and losing one in six games. Off their terrific victory over the Pats, observers rated coach Ken McAuley’s Edmontons the…

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Vet of Two World Wars, Eddie Oatman Skated To Immortality As “Iron Man”

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn — “Hot Stove” Leagues have long debated the question of the Life-span of an athelete in competitive sports. They have agreed in the main that it depends entirely upon the sport, and for the rest that is pretty much of a matter of opinion. Baseball players perhaps can boast the longest careers and football players the shortest. Herein, however, lies a controversal point, inasmuch as other groupwise sports have arguments to present. One in particular. Hockey, might well upset what theories there may be clear across the board. It deals with a player whose character, reputation, brilliance and endurance have become legionary wherever this great game is played. His name, Edward ‘Eddie’ Oatman, occupies a hallowed spot in every Arena of any size in both Canada and United States. Dyed-in-the-wools remember him affectionately…