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October 27, 1956

October 27, 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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INJURIES HAMPER NHL CLUBS

TORONTO, Ont.— Injuries, the bane of any National Hockey League coach’s existence, have been taking their toll early this season, with four clubs directly involved and the other two trying desperately not to be. Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs have all been hit hard thus far. Each one losing a key man for a. lengthy period of convalescence. The Habs, Defending League and Stanley Cup champions, were dealt a severe blow when they lost young Henri (Pocket Rocket) Richard in the opening game of the season against the Boston Bruins. Young Henri, who centres his famous brother, The Rocket, and Dickie Moore on the Canadiens’ number two attacking unit, was hit hard by the Bruins’ flamboyant Leo La Bine and wrenched his knee. Carried from the Montreal…

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Quebec Aces Do Quick Turnabout Winning 4 Of First 5 Contests

MONTREAL, Que.— A name once familiar at the summit adorns the pinnacle of the Quebec Hockey League these days. The Aces of Quebec City are threatening to make it an early runaway from the pack. In this way the representatives of the Ancient Capital have displaced Shawinigan Cataracts and Montreal Royals the teams which have held such sway the last few years, holding the one-two positions as it they held the copyright. You don’t need to be an oldtimer among Quebec Hockey loop followers to remember that the old formula of the Aces was to saunter along for halt a season in the nether regions of the race, then about February 1 come along with a belated spurt. The drive was generally accelerated through the Lenten period and by the Ides of…

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Leafs Off To Slow Start

TORONTO, Ont.— The Toronto Maple Leafs, their crew cuts a-bristlin’ like the hair on a houn’ dawg’s back threw themselves at the awesome prospect of 70 games on hockey last week and if Elvis Presley ever cut a disc to match the frantic show they put up against the Detroit Red Wings in their first endeavour, he would blow his lid. The rock ‘n’ roll Leafs, who borrowed their trademark from a Ranger defenseman with loving cup ears named Lou Fontinato, played against the Wings with all the frantic undulations which Elvis the Pelvis demonstrates. And like Elvis, though, they did a lot of moving, the hardly got off one spot. As J. Skinner the petulant coach of the ex-world champion Wings later remarked: “Them cats had the biscuit most of the night,…

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THE FAN FORUM

Dear Sirs, I have been a reader of THE HOCKEY NEWS for four years now and wouldn’t be without an issue. As a former hockey player myself (strictly ultra-minor league), I find your paper the best way to keep up with the game I can find. I once played in an exhibition game against Lorne Worsley when he was still a junior with the Verdun Cyclones and still consider him to be one of the coolest and most capable gaolers I have ever seen. His misfortune is that he plays with a team that stresses offense (second only to Canadiens in goals scored last year) and to h—I with defense (obviously, when they carry characters like Fontinato, who’s biggest asset is his thick skull). I am wondering if Phil Watson, who certainly proved…