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November 9, 1957

November 9, 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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Ex-Junior Standouts Pearson, Belisle Join Lions, Toupin Banks On Marcotte

THREE RIVERS, Que.— When hunting was lean for the Lions, Jack Toupin at midweek made hasty moves to bolster for the QHL safari. The night the Three Rivers club visited the Montreal Forum and owed to the Royals 4-0 with Charlie Hodge racking up his first shutout of the eason, the lion-tamer announced the acquisition of two ambitious young players. Through his New York Ranger’s connections he had acquired left winger Mel Pearson and Don Belisle who can play both right wing and center though he’s a portside shooter. They came via Providence. Pearson compiled something like 107 points ofr Flin Flon last season’s Memorial Cup winners, while Belisle fired 39 tallies for the Guelph Biltmores in unior OHA competition. Toupin at the same time announced that he’d stake his chips on young Jacques…

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Bruins Would Like To Get Another Center And Left Wing; Defense Corps Okay

BOSTON, Mass.— The anticipated absence of Fleming Mackell and Jerry Toppazzini from the Bruins’ lineup next season has created two vacancies in the forward squad. Who’ll fill the holes? That depends. “It may depend on players already in our organization,” said Manager Lynn Patrick, “or it may’ depend on any deals we make. It may depend on how we do in the draft in June. “But we’ll probably have a couple of new forwards, anyway,” said Patrick. The Bruins are expected to begin pre-season training here in September with two holdover lines: 1—Bronco Horvath, Johnny Bucyk, Vic Stasiuk. 2—Don McKenney, Doug Mohns, Leo LaBine. Prospective members of another line are Guy Gendron, who scored 24 goals last season and Dick Meissner, already chosen for regular work by Patrick. Before leaving for an end-of-season scouting trip, Patrick said, “I’d like…

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Speaking on Sport

(As seen in The Toronto Star) Debunking With The Defrosting The defrosting of the shinny cake reveals many misunderstandings, some misapprehensions. While the front offices go ‘underground’ to plot against the common foe — Les Habs, who else? — it’s a community responsibility to consider some of those erroneous impressions. For example: Next fall, when the training camps throw open their doors, it will be said that Toronto Maple Leafs, having climbed from the bottom to second slot in two tries under Punch Imlach, are the logical heirs to the throne, when and if Monsieur Toe Blake and his merry men trip over their money bags. That is a fallacy — one which none other than Staff Smythe, a Leaf partisan, you’d have to suspect, pointed out in the gloom of that four-in-a-row rout.…

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Loot-Happy Champs Disperse — Get Set For Summer Of Work

MONTREAL, Que.- How do members of a world professional championship hockey club spend their off-season? Looking at the fivetime Stanley Cup winning Montreal Canadiens, you have to say most of them are of an enterprizing nature and prefer to work, but leisurely. Of course, it is a pro athlete’s prerogative to do as he wishes with his summer idleness and some prefer to merely take it easy with golf a common means of recreation. For those who like to be gainfully employed, the Canadiens are engaged in various endeavours. For example, all-star defenceman Doug Harvey operates a brisk storm window business, while Tom Johnson works a successful trailer camp in Winnipeg. Few engage in the more arduous construction field like Bob Turner. Ralph Backstrom sells cars for an Ottawa agency. Phil Goyette is a customs…