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December 22, 1956

December 22, 1956

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SIDELIGHTS

(As seen in the Montreal Herald) QUEBEC — There have been many recent discussions about the dramatic strategy by a hockey coach in removing his goaler in the late moments of a game, and sending on a sixth skater. Because most of these arguments deviate from the main issue the copyright owner is somewhat irked. “Opponents of this policy bring up a lot of angles that are completely off the beam,,” says Frank Carlin, the C.O. They seem to think it’s a boomerang, a backfire or something of the kind when the opposing team gets a man free and he scores into an empty net on a long-shot or a breakaway.” “When the coach takes out his goaler with a faceoff in the opponent’s end of the ice and puts on another forward…

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Defelice Jumps From Spare At Hershey To No. 1 Goalkeeping Spot With Bruins

BOSTON. Mass.— One night Norman Defelice was the spare goal-tender for the Hershey Bears of the American League. A night later he was the regular goal-tender for the Boston Bruins of the National League League. For the second straight season the ill-fortune and brilliant Terry Sawchuk has projected into prominence a relatively unknown follower of the goal-tending trade. A year ago Sawchuk suffered a severe finger injury, and the Bruins summoned Long John Henderson from Hershey to replace him. But Henderson’s equipment was lost en route to Montreal where the Bruins were playing, and before he could replace Sawchuk it was necessary to replace him. The only available filf-in for the scheduled fill-in was Claude Pronovost, the spare goalie for the Montreal Royals of the Quebec League. Young Pronovost catapulted into immediate fame by shutting out…

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Laufman Leading Scorer For Powerful Dutchmen

STRATFORD, Ont.— The battle for top spot in the western division of the senior “A” OHA continues to be a see-saw race between three clubs, and at the end of the second week’s games in December, Stratford Indians and Kitchener Dutchmen were tied with 25 points, while Windsor Bulldogs were only two points back with 23. Chatham Maroons are still very much in the hunt, although trailing Windsor by six points. The luckless Owen Sound Mercurys are another six points in arrears to the Maroons, and hold down last place. However, Kitchener has played the most games, 22, while Chatam has played 21, Owen Sound 20 and Windsor and Stratford 19. Any advantage, therefore, that Windsor and Stratford have over Kitchener is that they both have three games in hand. But when you…

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Hard-Working Sam Bettio Emerges As Sharp Sniper

BUFFALO, N.Y.— Hustle has its own reward. For Silvio (Sam) Bettio it has earned the respect of his teammates—and opponents—and lengthy stays with the only two pro organizations he has been associated with in 10 years. Never considered a prolific scorer, Bettio has ever been the willing worker, whether playing his normal left wing, killing penalties, or taking a stab at filling in on the right side or at center. “I only want to play hockey,” has been Sambo’s reaction to a request that he perform a particular task. But this isn’t intended as a piece about the general makeup of Bettio as a hockeyist. That is well-known. Rather, it’s intended to point up the emergence of Bettio, the scorer. With 23 Buffalo games in the 1956-57 AHL history book, the chunky, 28-year-old Bettio…