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July 1, 1953

July 1, 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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Colorful Emile Francis To Handle Cleveland Barons’ Goaltending

CLEVELAND, Ohio— Emile (The Cat) Francis, as colorful a goalie as has ever put on a pair of pads, will be guarding the cage for the Cleveland Barons this coming season as a result of the deal completed by James C. Heady, General Manager of the Barons, that sends Johnny Bower to the New York Rangers. The Barons get besides Francis a smooth left winger in Neil Strain. Francis, 26 years old, two years younger than Bower, is a native of North Battleford, Sask., and was the outstanding netminder in the Western Hockey League this past season. The colorful little 5 foot 7 inch, 155 pounder, has played for New York, Chicago, and Cincinnati during his career and he should become one of the most popular players ever to play for Cleveland…

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Pint-Sized Puck Stars Honored In Saskatoon

SASKATOON, Sask.— More than 120 youths were guests of the Saskatoon Kinsmen Club when the pee wee hockey league’s windup banquet was held at The Bessborough. Outstanding Saskatoon puck products like Viv Lynn. Ralph Almas, Pat Lundy, Alex Kaleta, Bev Bentley, Vic Howe and Alex Kuzma were among the many who added a big league touch to the festivities. A starry member of the champion Chicago Black Hawk club, Trent Beatty, was recipient of two individual awards but was unable to attend the function. Beatty, who led the scorers with 30 goals and 11 assists, received the Dickson trophy as top marksman and was given a Chicago Black Hawk jacket as most valuable man to his club. Butch Johnson accepted the Al Hulme trophy, emblematic of the league championship, from Mr. Hulme on behalf of…

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Peters Shelves Retirement Plan After Fine Showing Last Season

CHICAGO, Ill.— Jittery Jimmy Peters, now pushing 31 years in the age bracket, is looking toward the coming puck schedule as a Chicago Black Hawk with an attitude usually confined to the eagarest of newcomers. A veteran of eight campaigns with four NHL clubs, he now surprisingly finds that he can’t afford to retire. It is not a matter of finances, but rather one of pure and simple logic. The 1952-53 season, which found Jim potting 22 goals and assisting on 19 others to accumulate 41 scoring points, turned out to be the best he has ever experienced in any pro league and he definitely wants to prove that it was no accident. A year ago this time, the Peters future in hockey was of somewhat lesser brilliance, if not completely dark. After…

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Marion Barons Join International Loop

MARION, Ohio.— A fourth Ohio team, the Marion Barons, were admitted to the International Hockey League at a meeting held in Toledo on Friday, July 10. The Barons will play their home games in the Marion Veterans Memorial Coliseum, located on the State Fair Grounds in Marion. It 13 a modern building with seating capacity for hockey of 4,000 without an obstructed view or a poor Beat. The ice surface is 190 x 80 feet, and work has already commenced to install a new ice plant which will be ready for an exhibition game on October 10th and the opening game of the regular season on Oct. 14th. Marion will play its games on Sunday afternoons at 3 P.M., and on Wednesday evenings at 8:30 P.M. The Barons will be affiliated with the…