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March 31, 1956

March 31, 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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PASSING THE PUCK

l ‘ THE INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY WEEKLY Founded October 1st 1947 Published Weekly, except monthly May through September by Ken-Will Publishing Co. Ltd. 1434 Ste. Catherine Street West Montreal 25, Que. Yearly Subscription Rates: $3 00 in Canada and the British Empire: $4.00 in the U.S.A, and Foreign Countries. Entered as wcu.l-clas-mailer. October 3. 1963, al the Poet Office at Rouses Point, Point N.Y.. under the Act of March 3rd, 1879 Authorized ec.-t.iKl-cla-e mall. Post Office Department, Ottawa Printed in Canada; •NEW YORK—MORE Montreal hockey fans saw Ca-nadiens plav in New York than at any time in history over the weekend… Over 1200 Montreal rooters were on hand for the two games with Rangers. rl he lobby of the Hotel Piccadilly (Hockey Headquarters in New York) looked like Peel and St. Catherine Streets… the colorful throng sang French-Canadian folk songs between periods…

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Leafs Fooled Even The Experts-By Capturing Semi-Final Berth

TORONTO, Ont. Leafs were one hour away torn summer vacation on vlarch 18. They cheeked out of De-,roil’s Leland Hotel, had their >ags packed and waiting in the iressing room for the fast get-tway to the train after they completed the schedule against Red iVings in Detroit Olympia. It had o be the end of the line. Yet 12 hours lai er the same ithletes were back at Detroit LMympia practising for the first round of like Stanley Cup semifinals against Detroit. An unexpected elimax to an in-rcedible NHL finish had propelled Toronto into its IGth playoi’i:igainst the Wings when almost every expert, in the business had relegated Leafs to the class of also-rans. I’Tougli Finish Going into the final weekend one point behind Boston Bruins, Leafs were faced with a Saturday night visit from Chicago…

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Rocket Connects While Glenn Deflects

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Rookie Coaler Helps Rangers Break Montreal ‘Jinx’

Blues Finally Win at Forum Bell Replaces GumpforN.Y. MONTREAL, Que.—‘ It took the psychological lift provided by a rookie goalkeeper, one of minor hockey’s real vagabonds, for the New York Rangers to shatter a persistent jinx that lias prevailed on Montreal ice. For the second game of their best-of-seven Stanley Cup semi-I final against the title-winning j Canadiens, they thrust Gordie Bell into the net. Although he wasn’t tested too severely by the Habs, he produced enough good saves to help his team to a 4-2 decision. ‘ It was the Rangers’ first victory at the Forum in 18 outings, dating back to January 30, 1954. It was only their second in five years. Substitute netminders seem to have a peculiar fascination for the Canadiens. Earlier this season Claude Pronovost s tepped into the Boston cage…