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September 15, 1957

September 15, 1957

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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Unlucky Rearguard Hugh Bolton Determined To Regain Position

TORONTO, Ont.2014 Every morning, about 5.30 a.m. Hugh Bolton jumps on his bicycle and heads for Weston arena. He′s on the ice at 6.05 a.m. and drives himself as hard as if Conn Smythe, Hap Day or King Clancy were roaring from the sidelines. Hugh is trying to whip the left leg which he broke at Montreal, last November, into shape for the Maple Leaf training grind which opens in Sudbury Sept. 17. He admits the thrice-smashed limb—he broke the ankle as Marlboro senior and snapped the leg in two places in the Montreal mishap — is far from 100 per cent. But if courage, nard work and desire mean anything, he′ll be one of the survivors of 35 candidates when coach Billy Reay selects his squad for the 1957–58 season. “My leg feels…

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Bower To Barons

NEW YORK, N.Y.— The New York Rangers have sold veteran goalie Johnny Bower to the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League for an undisclosed amount of cash and 22-year-old Ed MacQueen. MacQueen played both defense and-right wing for Cleveland last season. He was one of four players in the AHL to score four goals in a game. The Rangers, according to general manager. Muzz Patrick, will farm him out to Vancouver of the Western League. “'He’S a kid who could develop into a big leaguer,” Patrick said, “if he sticks to a wing.” Bower played one full year with the Rangers, allowing less than three goals a game, but achieved greater success in the American League. He was twice voted most valuable player at Providence, only goalie in the loop’s history to win…

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Backstrom Considered Fine N.H.L. Prospect By Canadiens’ Brass

MONTREAL, Que.— Montreal Canadiens’ brass think they have as fine a major league prospect as there is in 19-year-old Ralph Backstrom. The youngster from Kirkland Lake has been the recipient of some glittering accolades in pre-training camp talk. Sam Pollock, in charge of the Montreal farm system declares: “Backstrom is the best prospect we have had since I’ve been here and I’ve been around for ten years.” Canadiens vice-president Kenny Reardon rates Backstrom “as good a National League prospect as there is today. And that includes such highly rated candidates as Frank Mahovlich in the-Toronto organization and Ted Hampson of the Rangers.” Reardon concedes that Mahovlich who sparkled with the St. Michael’s Juniors last season is an outstanding prospect. But he likes his own boy better. Mahovlich has already signed a pro contract with Toronto. Reardon…

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Chi Acquires Jim Thomson For $15,000

CHICAGO. Ill.— The Black Hawks, via the seemingly limitless resources of owners Jim Norris and Arthur Wirtz, have added veteran defenseman Jim Thomson in a straight $15,000 cash deal with Toronto Maple Leafs. Front offices of both clubs officially closed the transaction and Thomson said in Toronto that he will report to training camp at St. Kitts if his business partner in the fuel business agrees. Thomson’s entire NHL career to date has been spent with the Maple Leafs. He reportedly fell into disfavor with the Toronto front office early this year when he took part in the organization of the National Hockey League Players' Association. The same plight befell Detroit star Ted Lindsay. another valued addition to the Chicago roster. Thomson, a second All-Star team selection twice, has long been known for his…