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January 9, 1960

January 9, 1960

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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Timing Shot, Bronco Tries To Snap Back In Shooting Match

BOSTON, Mass.— A bruised foot has cost Bronco Horvath of the Bruins the scoring leadership of the National League. And if Horvath fails to recapture the scoring position he held for more than two months, the painful injury may be the reason. The snapshooting center acquired his injury in a game in Detroit on December 5, the day after scoring his 21st goal in Chicago. In attempting to avoid a long shot by Detroit’s Marcel Pronovost, Bronk jumped into it. The fast moving disc struck him flush on his big toe. By the next night, when the Bruins played Chicago here, Horvath’s foot had balooned to the point where he couldn’t wedge it into his skate. He was unable to play. Horvath made the Bruins’ next game, although his mobility was extremely limited but a night…

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Player-of-the-Week

CHICAGO, III.—Murray Balfour, the 5’9”, 178 pound hard rock right winger of the Chicago Black Hawks, scored two of the most important goals of his young National Hockey League career last week, and was easily voted our Player-Of-The-Week. Balfour’s two goals helped the Hawks take four of a possible six points in three games during the week, and kept the Indians within striking distance of the fourth place Boston Bruins. One of his goals gave the Hawks a 4-4 tie with the Detroit Red Wings, the other was the winner against Toronto, when the Braves took a 4-2 decision. Few coaches have had any success with the last minute tactic of pulling the goaler in favor of a sixth forward. But Rudy Pilous pulled the trick in Chicago with his club behind…

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Sid Reshuffles Lines Trying To Find Spark To Kindle New Blaze

DETROIT, Mich.— Three setbacks in four games caused the biggest Red Wing shakeup of the season. Coach Sid Abel moved Jerry Melnyk between Alex Delvecchio and Len Lunde and dropped Norm Ullman between Vai Fonteyne and Billy McNeill. Actually, the shift was brought about by more than the four games. Ullman’s line scored only twice in 15 games during their regular shifts and the quiet, curly-haired center had only a pair of power play goals in 18 games. Delvecchio counted only two in 15 games, one while killing a penalty. The absence of scoring from the line wasn’t felt too much in December since Gordie Howe’s unit had no trouble finding the range and was responsible for an eightgame hot spell. But Howe, Gary Aldcorn and Murray Oliver then went two games without scoring and Wings…

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Sleaver, Fan Set-To Stirs Wolves, Lions Word Battle

MONTREAL, Que.— Bizarre incidents crowded one another in the Eastern Pro Hockey League during the festive season. A Sudbury player was spirited from the Trois-Rivieres rink to escape apprehension by the police, or worse, mob violence…Sammy Pollock tried to place an understudy for a substitute serving a bench penalty in Sudbury…Royals and Frontenacs rolled an exchange of ‘naturals’ during a weekend home-and-home-series…and Montreal’s general-manager Frank Carlin almost had an appoplectic stroke as the Fronts roared back for five tallies, almost to erase a 6-0 lead held by his hearties. Taking things in the order of listing above: John Sleaver, who played for the Lions last season, but now owes fealty to Sudbury’s Wolves, was so aroused by heckling by a Trois-Rivieres fan seated in a rail seat, that he swung at the citizen…