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December 18, 1954

December 18, 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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Kelly Got Wrong Puck Howe Didn’t Get Any In Scoring Epic Goals

DETROIT, Mich.— The plot got all mixed up the night Red Kelly scored his 100th goal and Gordie Howe his 250th. Such “milestone” tallies are a big deal in hockey. It’s a special occasion whenever a player gets his 100th, 200th, 250th, etc. Handshakes all around, congratulations from friends and family, maybe even a picture with the lucky puck. It is traditional that the player receives the puck and cherishes it among his permanent souvenirs. Kelly and Howe achieved their milestones in the same game. In fact, each scored twice as Detroit took a 6-1 decision in New York. But both were caught offside from an historical point of view. Kelly confused about his scoring total, got the wrong puck as a souvenir. Howe missed the significance entirely and didn’t realize he’d hit his 250th…

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AHL Rinkside Revealings

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Andy Branigan, veteran defenseman of the Providence Reds in the American Hockey League, established a new all time league record for durability on December 1st, by playing in his 643rd regular season game. The former record of, 642 games was held by Fred Thurier who has retired as a player, and is now a linesman in Cleveland. Chuck Scherza, a teammate of Branigan with Providence will pass Thurier’s record in a few weeks also, as he played in his 636th game the night that Branigan set his new mark. Branigan is in his 12th season in the AHL, while Scherza has had one year less of participation. It took Thurier 14 seasons to compile his game total. In addition to pressing close behind Branigan for the total games…

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SIDELIGHTS

(Montreal Herald) • THERE’S no hurry about restoring Jacques Plante to regular duty in the nets with NHL Canadiens Frank Selke, generalissimo of hockey operations at the Forum, said recently. The tall poker-faced net guardian who suffered a fractued cheek-bone during a pregarne warm-up more than a month ago is to be given ample time to recuperate from his injury and at the same time gain full mental poise so that he’ll approach the nerve-wracking goaltending chores refreshed both physically and in spirit. Selke also negated the popular idea that Plante might be rehabiliated by a tour with the Royals. “Plante has proven himself a big leaguer, and when he starts back to work it will be with the big league club”, Selke said. “There are two reasons why I want it no other way: “First:…

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Victoria’s Ed Dorohoy - Makes His Boasts Stick

VICTORIA, B.C.— A recent story in The Hockey News, datelined New York, titled the “Great Gabbo”, and concerning Eddie Dorohoy of the Victoria Cougars really rang a bell in the Capital City of British Columbia. For this, after all, is where heady Eddie has been popping off and putting out for the last five years. It was just fortunate that New York Rangers got a taste of it; it must have put them in a relaxed frame of mind. For as Eddie now says: “They seem to be doing alright; and why shouldn’t they? I told them where they were making their mistakes.” Eddie had an autumnal fling with the Rangers this year, but was struck off the roll call when the Blues left Victoria for the prairies and the final leg of their…