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March 17, 1956

March 17, 1956

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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Time Running Out To Get Ballots In For All-Star Poll

MONTREAL, Que.— Fiery Phil Watson, coach of the resurgent New York Rangers, was among the first people to get his votes in for the annual Hockey News NHL Fans’ All-Star poll. Fiery Phil, who perhaps doesn’t qualify as a fan in the strict sense of the word, picked the following players for his personal All-Star team. First Team: Terry Sawchuk. goal; Fern Flaman and Tom Johnson, defense; Jean Beliveau, center; Rocket Richard, right wing; Nick Mickoski, left wing; Toe Blake, coach. Second Team: Lorne Worsley, goal; Doug Harvey and Bill Gads by, defense; Tod Sloan, center; Gordie Howe, right wing; Bert Olmstead, left wing; King Clancy, coach. Sloan MVP As his MVP, the Ranger coach chose Tod Sloan of the Toronto Maple Leafs while he went along with Andy Hebenton of his own club as the…

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NOHA Puck Parade

TIME FOR UPHEAVAL… it is the considered opinion of Maxie Silverman, one of the shrewdest and most colorful personalities in Canadian hockey, that the NOHA Southern Division should turn professional to avoid further deterioration from a competitive and financial standpoint…in an exclusive interview with THE HOCKEY NEWS, “The Silver Fox” said that the calibre of play this season has been at least 35 per cent weaker than last year and unless something drastic is done IMMEDIATELY the major league, as we know it throughout the Southern Division, will be reduced to Intermediate level…said Maxie: “The teams in the Southern Group are operating as professional teams and yet they have to labor under amateur rules which have long since become outdated. Financial losses are heavy and we aren’t getting the calibre…

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Every NHL Club Has Something To Shoot At

MONTREAL, Que— No team can afford to let up for even the matter of a minute as the National Hockey League schedule draws rapidly to a close. There’s too much at stake. For one thing, only one club, the Chicago Black Hawks, are definitely out of contention for a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Four others are desperately jockeying for position in the tight NHL standings and the fifth, the league-champion Montreal Canadiens have several good reasons to go all out as well. For the Habs, however, it is not the demands of a more advantageous playoff position which is the incentive for an all-out effort. They have already clinched first place in the standing. But a number of the Montreal players, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Bert Olmstead, Maurice Richard, Jacques Plante and…

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Slinker Sloan Bounces Back To Torment Tormentor Turner

TORONTO. Ont.— Tod Sloan has created all sorts of miracles for the Toronto Maple Leafs this winter, but his piece de resistance has to be the night he turned Toronto’s darkest hour into its brightest. Having already cashed $1,000 bonus cheques for scoring 20, then 25, 30 and 35 goals, the Slinker was starting on his fifth grand when Montreal Canadiens carried a 12-game unbeaten streak into Maple Leaf Gardens on March 1. Only two points ahead of Boston Bruins in the girdle-tight race for the fourth and final Stanley Cup playoff berth, Leafs were desparately striving to protect their advantage. Then the end seemed inevitable. A brutal body check by Montreal’s rookie defenseman Bob Turner KO’d Sloan and while he lay unconscious on the ice, Leafs and their fans saw their hopes…