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December 31, 1960

December 31, 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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Blake Intends To Stick With Charlie Until Roof Falls In

MONTREAL, Que— Ever since he took over for the slumping and injured Jacques Plante, substitute goalie Charlie Hodge has been the hottest backstop in the National Hockey League. The boyish-looking, 27-year-old netminder from suburban Lachine, Que. was called in at a time when the Canadiens were setting “records in” reverse for being scored on. Plante, the five-time Vezina Trophy winner seemed to be letting in as many shots as he was kicking out. In his first 21 games, Plante allowed 69 goals for a 3.28 goals-per-game average — worst in the league. There was widespread opinion that Hodge, at best, was a doubtful quantity, even as a temporary replacement. And despite his fine work, no one has accused little Charlie (15-6, 150 pounds) of being in the same class with a healthy Plante. In…

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Amherst — Averaging Six Goals Per Game — Pulls Away In NSSHL

Open Seven Point Gap Over Halifax After 14-2 Victory NEW GLASGOW, N.S.— Amherst Ramblers, a team bristling with firepower and backed by the tremendous goaltending, of playing coach Jacques Monette, are beginning to walk away from the rest of the pack in the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League for the second consecutive season. Last year the powerful Ramblers won the league handily and then came to within a goal of entering the Eastern Canada Allan Cup finals. The present campaign began with the appearance that the Halifax Wolverines were going to give the Amherst boys a good run for their money. However, while the defending champions continued their winning ways into Christmas week, the Wolves suddenly lost their winning combination and dropped four consecutive games, one to each of the clubs in the circuit.…

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Boncher’s Brainstorm - A Fan Club For Blues - Celebrates 10th Year Has Over 1,000 Members On The Books

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Ten years ago Frank Boucher, then general manager of the Rangers, got a brainstorm. “Why don’t we have a fan club for the Blues?” he thought to himself and then passed the idea on to Herb Goren, the New Yorker’s press agent. “Why not?” replied Goren. A week later, leaflets were passed around the Garden balcony notifying rooters of the first meeting of a Rangers Fan Club. Boucher was dubious. “I had no idea how they’d respond,” he said. When he turned up at the meeting, he was stunned. Hundreds of fans turned up and that’s how the Rangers Fan Club was born. Conceived in the team’s darkest days, it blossomed into one of sports largest and most loyal booster groups and today has more than a thousand members in all parts of the…

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Hamilton Fans Get A Chance To Cheer — Red Wings Roar

The long-suffering hockey fans in Hamilton finally have a contender on their hands. After finishing dead last in the seven-team Ontario Hockey Association junior “A” league the past two seasons and getting away to a dismal start this year, Hamilton has suddenly caught fire. With a new coach (Eddie Bush from Guelph) and a new name (they took the name of Red Wings from the sponsoring Detroit club, replacing their former “handle” Red Wings) Hamilton has accumulated its longest winning streak since entering junior “A” hockey in the 1953-54 season. The Red Wings “warmed up” with two ties with the league-leading Guelph Royals, then swept to double victories over the slumping St. Catharines Teepees and Peterborough Petes. These 10 points moved them from deep in the junior cellar into a fourth place tie with…