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February 7, 1959

February 7, 1959

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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Canucks Took Him From The Boston Bruins

MONTREAL, Que— They say that everytime Ralph Backstrom scores a goal for the Montreal Canadiens, a howl goes up to the front office of the Boston Bruins and simultaneously Lynn Patrick and Milt Schmidt hoot “we wuz robbed.” It all started a few seasons ago. General Manager Frank Selke of the Canadiens received a phone call from an old hockey player named Bummer Doran. “He told me there was a kid at Kirkland Lake who looked like a find,” says Selke. The Habs’ GM immediately dispatched a scout to look young Backstrom over. They liked him and made arrangements to have him sent to Montreal. “One of the Boston Junior clubs had drafted Backstrom, apparently. We maintained we’ didn’t have to recognise the Ontario draft and so Sam Pollock brough Ralph to Montreal. We…

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Ole Debbil Injury Hit Bruins Where It Hurts Most-In Murderers Row

BOSTON, Mass.— Last season the Boston Bruins had so many high scorers on their forward lines it was hard to keep track of both names and figures. The Bruins had six forwards who scored 20 or more goals, two complete lines of gunners. Never in the long history of the National league had one team been able to ice so many 20-goal scorers. The six and their totals: Bronco Horvath (30), Don McKenney (28), Jerry Toppazzini (25), Vic Stasiuk (21), Johnny Bucyk (21), Fleming Mackell (20). But there’ll be no threat to their year-old record by the Bruins this season. Injuries have seen to that. Instead of six players with totals in excess of 20 goals they figure to have four. The four are McKenney, Stasiuk, Toppazzini and Bucyk. The Bruins moved into February with McKenney owning…

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Barons Surge Slowed Down By Injuries

CLEVELAND, O— In the first month of the year 1959 the Barons have had enough daches to last them until next Dec. 31. Never has the Cleveland club been harder hit by injury than has this crew. First it was Gerry McNamara, then Defensemen Bucky Hollingworth and Cal Stearns needed appendicitis treatment, both ending with operations. Next it was Bob Robertson’s ankle. Then Art Stratton’s knee and finally Bob Bailey’s chest, nipped by a bronchial condition. Through it all the Barons continued to mow down the opposition, going eight straight games without defeat until they went into New England Jan. 24th for a tussle with Springfield Indians. Glen Sonmor’s squad knocked off Cleveland 3-1 and the following night the Barons were hit by Providence Reds 6-3. Still, using as few as 12 players some nights and…

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Player-of-the-Week

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Montreal Canadiens are gloating these days. They have the prize rookie in minor pro hockey. His name is Billy Hicke, a graduate of the Regina Pats of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, a kid with speed and hustle that has already labelled him the player most likely to succeed Maurice Richard at right wing when the ‘Rocket’ calls it quits. Hicke, a comparative unknown when he joined the Americans at their Hull, Quebec training quarters last September is presently setting the American League on fire with a tremendous scoring spree. In his last 20 games he has scored 17 goals and added 25 assists for 42 points. Since Christmas he has moved from 10th in the scoring into a five point lead. At Xmas time he was…