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November 15, 1958

November 15, 1958

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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Watson, Harry That Is, Calls Smythe Tops ln Game Today

ST. CATHARINES, Ont.— The early successes of the St. Catharines Teepees this year are not justification for being too confident that the Teepees will win the championship this year, Harry Watson, coach of the club, warned in an address to the St. Catharines Rotary Club. Mr. Watson, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs for some eight years before retiring, said that he was impressed with the abilities of the members of the team and had big expectations of them. In regard to his own career in the National Hockey League, he conceded, “you never like to admit you’re getting old and slowing up.” but he suggested that if you must end your playing career there is nothing more satisfactory than coaching a good team. Despite his indirect affiliation with the Black Hawks, Mr.…

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Player-of-the-Week

HERSHEY. Pa.—When the Pittsburgh Hornets folded in the American League, few fans of the Hershey Bears knew that the sad passing of the colorful club would mean that great things were in store for the Bears. Many of the Pittsburgh players were moved into Hershey. Among them was all-star defenseman Frank Mathers. Hired as playing coach. Mathers, a likeable guy who seems to have the ability to get the most out of his players has endeared himself to the Hersheyites with his great play on defense and his fine all-around handling of the players. Last season Mathers led the Bears to top place in the AHL and then carried them through two playoff series to the Calder Cup. This season the Winnipeg born rearguard found his ranks torn apart by the…

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Tony Convinced Flyers Will End 1st

EDMONTON, Alta.—Coach Tony Leswick of the Edmonton Flyers is convinced he has the club to go all the way in the prairie division of the Western Hockey League. He is even more convinced as he took his learn back Edmonton after a swing through coast division gities. “I was tickled pink with the way the club performed on the road,” says coach Tony Leswick. “I am convinced they will go on from here to a great year. They showed me enough for me to predict first place finish now.”…

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Al Parsley

On The Sidelines There’s positively no known crystal ball to reveal that they’ll sing his praises come the Ides of March as they’re doing in November—to give the lite Jimmy Walker’s December-May ballad’ a bit of a twist; but right now Floyd Curry is basking in the plaudits of a small but rapidly growing group in Montreal. It seems that the QHL Royal’s noble expiriment of a player-coach for the first time in the history of this famous hockey club has become, overnight a smashing success. Of course the Royals are rol-Mtking along with a comfortable lead in first place in the tidy four club circuit, which makes anything and everything that Curry does look exactly right. Still close observation provides visible testimony that Foreman Curry shows marks of cool genius in a…