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April 10, 1954

April 10, 1954

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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PASSING THE PUCK

DETROIT—Bob Goldham, one of the real veterans of hockey sounded the key-note in the Red Wings dressing room immediately following their 3-1, opening game triumph against Canadiens. “The spirit on this club is unbeatable. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. Detroit’s Big Three, Howe, Lindsay and Kelly are setting the pace with three goals apiece. Incidentally, Lindsay’s goal—the first of the game, was his 25th in playoff competition… Watching the series was King Clancy, Hap Day, Freddie Hunt, Frankie Eddolls and Lou Jankowski… Maurice (Rocket) Richard was having trouble getting untracked. An oddity for the Rocket who usually rises to his greatest heights in the playoffs. Still looking for his first point… When Dutch Reibel popped home the winner it was his first goal since February 8… Bernie (Boom-Boom) Geoffrion…

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Plante Risked Wrist Operation In Effort To Gain Greatness

MONTREAL, Que.— Jacques Plante, Canadiens’ sensational rookie twine-tender, who, according to his coach Dick Irvin, has„ revolutionized the intricate art of goalkeeping, was born to be a gambler. It wasn’t so long ago that the angular French-Canadian kid made the biggest—and wisest decision of his young career. A year and a half ago, Plante was on the verge of giving up hockey. A wrist injury in childhood left him unable to turn his left palm outward. Somehow or other, he got by, on sheer determination, even with the senior Montreal Royals. “I knew I couldn’t hope to be a top goalie. I couldn’t catch the puck with my left hand or block it or knock It down. I used my right thigh to try. to block it, but that meant a rebound. Too often…

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Nelson Leafs Win Western Intl. Title

NELSON, B.C.— Willie Schmidt’s high-flying Nelson Maple Leafs have won the Western International league play-offs and will now meet the Penticton V’s in a seven game series for the prized Savage Cup. The Leafs, by virtue of their 9-2 win over the Kimberly Dynamiters won the final round of the League playoff, three games to one. The Dynamiters had been a heavy favourite to cop the best-of-five series since three of the five games had been slated for Kimberly where they have been nigh-on invulnerable all season. But, play-offs don’t always work that way. Kimberly took the first game 2-1 on Cal Hockley’s third period goal and then the Leafs went on a rampage. They took the Dynamiters into camp 4-3 in Kimberly before they returned to the “Queen City” for two…

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THE CIST AND JEST OF IT

(As Seen in the Montreal Herald) • WHAT DOES A hockey coach do when his team has breezed through one series, and is waiting for its next opponent to be decided? Does he sit back, relax, go to the movies, play a few games of solitaire, pat his athletes on the back and tell them they’re great?. Perhaps some do. Not Dick Irvin. He doesn’t play solitaire. He doesn’t sit back, he doesn’t pat his athletes on the back, unless it’s with his fist. He doesn’t relax. Irvin’s principal between-series amusement, and a sort of diabolic amusement at that, is conjuring up various forms of psychological attack on the team Canadiens meet next, this time, Red Wings, something that may disturb their poise, and give them cause to worry. And if his scheme…