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January 21, 1961

January 21, 1961

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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Thomson Moves At Torrid Tempo

Ft. WAYNE, Ind— Len Thomson, Ft. Wayne Komet centerman, replaced Omaha’s Chick Chalmers as the Internaional Hockey League’s scoring leader, by scoring twelve points during the past week. Thomson a likeable 27-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, tallied five goals and seven assists in three games, while Chalmers, who is in a bit of slump, scored three points, in a like number of contests. Len, who has played with Indianapolis, Huntington and Ft. Wayne, in five IHL campaigns, has scored two or more points in his last thirteen games. Thomson’s total is 24 goals and 50 assists in 36 games, as compared to Chalmers’ 25-40-65 in 38 frays. The Ft. Wayne forward is five games ahead of Chalmers’ recordbreaking pace of 134 points last Season and is eight games up on the Omaha centerman’s 93 assists. Muskegon’s…

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Mind Blank From Time He Was Six Feet Away - - Gord

DETROIT, Mich.— Gordie Howe has joined the helmet crew of the National Hockey League. It’s a small group, only three men—Boston’s Charlie Buras and Detroit’s Warren Godfrey are the other members. Howe was ordered to wear a helmet for the rest of the season after sustaining a concussion in a collision with Eddie Shack at Toronto. It’s the second time Gordie has worn the rig. The other time was at the start of the 1950-51 season. Howe had suffered a fractured skull in the playoffs the previous spring after being checked by Toronto’s Ted Kennedy. Howe had little to say about his episode with Shack. “I don’t remember anything from the time he was six feet away from me,” Howe said. But many of the other Red Wings recalled the incident vividly and the thing that grated,…

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Harvey, Beliveau, Boomer On 1st Half Glitter Team

Pronovost, Mahovlich, Bower Also Voted To Six MONTREAL, Que.— Frank. Mahovlich of Toronto and Boom Boom Geoffrion of Canadiens polled the most points in the All-Star voting for the first half of the 1960-61 season. The high-scoring left and right wingmen respectively each polled 87 points out of a possible 90. Johnny Bower of Toronto with 84; Doug Harvey of Canadiens with 83; and Jean Beliveau of Canadiens with 80 were not too’ far off the pace, either. The First All-Star Team at the mid-way mark was selected as follows: Goal, Johnny Bower, Toronto; Defense, Doug Harvey, Canadiens; and Marcel Pronovost, Detroit; Center, Jean Beliveau, Canadiens; Right Wing, Boom Boom Geoffrion; and Left Wing, Frank Mahovlich, Toronto. All of these players were voted to their positions with comparative ease and had a big…

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No Pioneer, Says Hub Negro O’Ree

BOSTON, Mass.— Willie O’Ree is the Jackie Robinson of major league hockey, but he doesn’t feel like a pioneer. O’Ree is the 25-year-old forward of the Bruins who. three years ago. was the first Negro ever to play in the National Hockey League. Late last November O’Ree became the first member of his race to play regularly in the NHL, when the Bruins promoted him from Kingston of the Eastern League. But there have been no trials and tribulations for O’Ree as there were for Robinson when, in 1947, he became the first Negro to play major league baseball. And Willie confesses that he hasn’t been antcipaung any. “To tell you the truth, I’ve never given the matter of my race much thought as far as hockey is concerned,” said O’Ree, a native of Fredericton, New…