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December 29, 1956

December 29, 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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“Long John” Sleaver Qiven Pro Contract

“Long John” Sleaver played his last game of a three-game tryout with the Black Hawks December 16 and General Manager-Coach Tommy Ivan then promptly announced that he planned to hand a pro contract to the slender right flanker since “he’s played better than some of the boys we’ve been going with.” For one of the last graduates from the old Galt Black Hawks, OHA Jr. member of the Chicago farm system, until disbanded two years ago, it was an oft postponed, but finally realized dream come true. His first trial test came several years ago when Ivan was still Detroit mentor. He failed to register a scoring poit in the last two on successive nights earlier this month, but Ivan saw in John the aggressive urge to prove himself that may have…

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American League

Odd Record Hershey Beers have on unusual goals for goals against record in AHL play this year. They are second, two points off the lead, but have only scored 87 goals. At the same time they have been scored on 96 times. Bower Best Providence Red’s goalie Johnny Bower has a 10-goal lead on Rochester’s Charlie Hodge in the race for the goaltending award. Bower, although he hasn’t played all of the Reds’ games, has yielded only 53. HOW THE RACE GOES THE POINT PARADE (Including Games of Sun. Dec. 16) LEADERS Most Goals Bo Elik, Cleveland, 24. Most Assists Jimmy Moore, Cleveland, 27. Best Goalie Johnny Bower, Providence, 21,53,2,2.52. Most Shutouts Johnny Bower, Providence; Charlie Hodge, Rochester. 2 each. Most Penalized Player Larry Zeidel, Hershey, 98 mts Most Penalized Team Cleveland, 444 mts…

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Opportunity Knocked: Turner Answered

MONTREAL, Que.— Bob Turner of the Canadiens is a man of serious mien who subscribes wholeheartedly to the old adage, “opportunity knocks once.” And when it knocked for him, he seized it with alacrity and stepped jauntily across the threshold into the National Hockey League, where, in just a year, he has established himself as a defenseman destined for stardom. Turner, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday at the end of January, found opportunity knocking on his door’ just a year ago. He was hoisted then from Shawinigan Falls as a replacement with the Habs when Doug Harvey and Dollard St. Laurent were sidelined with injuries. Harvey had broken a bone in right hand and St. Laurent had shattered his jaw in a mid-ice collision with Detroit’s Red Kelly. In a few weeks back to…

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Kennedy ‘Splinters’ Picket And Fans Join In The Fun

CHICAGO. Ill.— Fearless Forbes Kennedy bared his fists in the face of Bert Olmstead of the visiting Canadiens at the Chicago Stadium earlier this month and found that his fans will fight for him too. It all provided a rather fiery climax to a rough game won by the Montrealers, 3-1. The most spectacular of an entire evening in fistic fireworks went off in the final five minutes of the battle when Kennedy took out after the Hab winger tabbed. “Picket’ who has gained little favor with Chihawk fans for his picky tactics during most, of Montreal’s Windy City visits. Kennedy became so incensed during the closing moments of the conflict that he literally forgot the hockey game to bash Olmstead into the boards to the right of the Hawk, cage with a…