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April 11, 1959

April 11, 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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BATHGATE NIXES OPERATION DATE FOR RIGHT KNEE

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Andy Bathgate has decided to play an ice version of Russian roulette. The Rangers record-breaking right wing has done rightabout-face and cancelled plans to have an operation on his trouble some trick right knee. Dr. Kazuo Yanigasawa was shining up his scalpel last week when Sir Andrew called a conference with the Blue bigwigs to tell them he wasn’t in favor of having a silver plate inserted in his right knee. Since Bathgate already is carrying a lode of silver in his left knee — inserted by thp Japanese doctor in 1952 — he decided he was well enough supplied with armor to survive the 1959-60 warfare. Apparently Ranger President Gen. John Reed Kilpatrick, g.m. Muzz Patrick and coach Phil Watson didn’t think Bathgate had a tinny excuse. When the Hart Trophy…

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Leader Sees Enlarged WHL As Rival To Majors Within Seven Year Period

LOS ANGELES, Calif.— Al Leader, president of the Western Hockey League, said here he believed the loop—if expanded to include both San Francisco and Los Angeles—would prove capable of standing as a rival to the nowdominant National Hockey League. Leader and Jim Piggott, owner of the Saskatoon team, a Western League member, talked with three members of the Los Angeles Coliseum commission and Bill Nicholas, Coliseum and Sports Arena general manager. The new Sports Arena will open later this year. Frode Kilstofe, president of the Coliseum Commission, said despite an earlier tendency against consideration of membership in the Western Hockey League, “I rather like the idea now.’ He referred to the possible move of Saskatoon to Los Angeles for the 1959-60 season. Leader said, and Nicholas agreed, there was no chance of Los Angeles getting…

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Ehman And Crystal Ball Makes Punch Look Good: Won’t Stand Pat In ’59

TORONTO, Ont.— Regardless of how the Maple Leafs eventually make out in the Stanley Cup battling, 1958-59 will go down in hockey history as Punch Imlach’s year. Punch was such a spectacular, and controversial success as first general manager, then coach of the Leafs, that team, owner Conn Smythe and his son Stafford were debating publicly over whether the bald one should continue as coach for another season. Smythe, Sr. thought Imlach looked like the best coach available. Smythe Jr. said that Punch, as general manager, had the right to hire a new coach of he thought it wise. Imlach himself professed not to care. “I have only one concern at the moment — winning the Stanley Cup,” he said, scooting away out on another of those limbs he daringly traverses every chance he…

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Punch Used Old Irvin Line Trying To Unmask Hub Pair

One of George “Punch” Imlach’s apparent worries about the Bruins-Toronto Maple Leafs playoff series was halved after three games when Doug Mohns was eliminated by a knee injury. Until Mohns was hurt in a seemingly harmless collision with Toronto’s Dick Duff, Imlach had been fretting about the face masks being worn by Center Bronco Horvath and Mohns, a defenseman. Horvath and Mohns have been wearing the masks since sustaining broken jaws in a game in Toronto last October. BOSTON, Mass.— With Mohns hurt Imlach was left with only Horvath’s mask to worry him. In doing a verbal burn at the protective devises ordered for the two Bruins by medical authorities here,’ Imlach showed a keen memory. The Toronto manager-coach used the identical lines employed in a similar situation a half-dozen years ago by the…