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February 12, 1955

February 12, 1955

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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Fans Needle “The Needle” But He’s Still Hot Hornet, Allowed 28 Goals in 14 Games

PITTSBURGH, Pa.— If there’s a fall guy when a hockey club is losing, it’s a fair bet that, for a loud majority, it’ll be the goal minder. It’s only reasonable then to pass out plaudits to little Gil (The Needle) Mayer for service above and beyond the call of duty in the Hornet crease while Howie Meeker’s Pittsburgh troupe is making pretty much of a headache of itself for the rest of the American League. Goodness knows, The Needle, despite about as sound a net keeping record as will be found in the annals of the AHL, has been subjected to full need of raucous criticism from that breed of patron who considers that the right to abuse is included in the price of admission! But even the railbird whose sharpest reflex action is…

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First “Meet The Teams” Dinner A Big Success

MONTREAL, Que.— A series of “Meet the Teams” dinners have been inaugurated by the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs and it is the since hope of both camps and other top hockey officials that the idea be extended to include all clubs in the National Hockey League. The brain-child of Coach Dick Irvin of the Habs, the first dinner was held in Montreal to acquaint members of this city’s press and radio with the players and officials of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was such an overwhelming success that the Leafs reciprocated with a similar dinner in Toronto on the eve of Canadiens’ Feb. 9 game there. Too often sports writers, operating close to their home teams, exhibit an ethical blind spot when it comes to dealing with opposing clubs. Not that…

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Mercs Right Back In Contention For Intl. League Playoff Berth

TOLEDO, Ohio— Toledo, reinforced by some last-minute additions, is making its bid for a playoff berth in the International Hockey League. Lodged in last place for the past few weeks. Coach Doug McCaig’s Mercurys have closed the gap steadily until they now are within easy hailing distance of second-place in the six-team circuit. Closed Cap Tough To Catch It’s going to be tough to catch the front-running Cincinnati Mohawks, who have been as much as eight and a half lengths in front, but only a few points separate the other five clubs—Troy, Johnstown, Grand Rapids, Ft. Wayne and Toledo. One of the prime reasons for the resurgence of the Ohioans has been the play of 22-year-old Jerry Prince, a promising icer who has been harassed by various injuries in recent years. Prince, property of the Cleveland Barons,…

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Campbell Grounds Lindsay And Backed By Governors

DETROIT, Mich.— After missing four games with an unprecedented 10-day suspension, Capt. Ted Lindsay was due to return to the Detroit Red Wing lineup against Boston. Saturday’s game in Boston, opening a two-night stand in that city, was slated as the first action for the fiery Detroit forward in almost two weeks. Lindsay was grounded by Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League, as result of an incident in a game at Toronto Jan. 22. He clashed with a rinkside spectator in a scuffle after the spectator had grabbed teammate Gordie Howe’s stick and then thrown a punch at Howe. Campbell held a hearing here the following Tuesday and announced the suspension. It not only was the stiffest penalty ever thrown at a Detroit player but also the strongest ever resulting from a player-spectator…