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April 1, 1961

April 1, 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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Ullman Hits Jill Rung As All-Time Red Wing

Underrated Norm Leads Club In Goals, But Was Two Behind In Points DETROIT, Mich.— When it comes to underrated hockey players, the Red Wings have a contender for first honors — Norm Ullman. Uullman goes about his work quietly and most effectively. For the fourth straight season he topped 20 goals. This past campaign was the 25-year-old Edmontonian’s best from all angles. He scored four more goals than ever before (28), he had six more assists than ever before (42) and 12 more points (70) than in any other season. Ullman broke Gordie Howe’s stranglehold on the Red Wing goal scoring race and missed Howe’s total point mark by two. Howe had led the club in goal scoring 11 straight years. His 72 points, however, gave him the team point leadership for the 10th time…

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Boston To Shift Training Site

BOSTON, Mass. — After six years of training at Boston Garden, the Bruins are changing their training site. They’ll train next fall either in Niagara Falls, Ont., or Winnipeg, Man. In announcing his intention of leaving the Garden. Manager Lynn Patrick said, “Our pre-season training next fall will be the most important in our history. It is my feeling that we can concentrate on business and coordinate our efforts better if we’re away from home.” The away-from-home training, said Patrick, would be on a trial basis. The Bruins moved their training camp here from Hershey, Pa., in 1955. The move heightened pre-season public interest in the team, increased pre-season publicity many-fold and stepped up the advance ticket sale greatly. The Bruins sponsor a junior team in Niagara Falls and they are part-owners of the Winnipeg…

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Rookie Trainer Puts Cleveland Back Into Race

CLEVLAND, O — Thus are heroes made. One day a fellow named Leslie John Binkley was bandaging knees and elbows, supervising the activity of the dressing room of the Cleveland Barons, and playing custodian to a bucket of spare pucks. The next day his name was being splashed across the headlines of the Cleveland papers as a celebrity. Opportunity had knocked on the door of Leslie John Blinkley and he wasted no time in answering. With the Barons from one of the most disastrous road excursions of all time—seven straight losses in seven games away from home — Coach Jackie Gordon uttered a swift prayer and made a swift change. He sent the veteran little mack-clad Gil Mayer to the sidelines to guard the Cleveland cage.. The move was not quite as dramatic as it might…

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Player-of-the-Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Bill Sweeney of the Springfield Indians became the first member of the Indians to lead the American League in scoring in, 19 seasons. In 1941-42 Pete Kelly of the Indians led the league with 34 goals and 44 assists for a total of 78 points. Kelly played in 46 games. This season Sweeney played in 24 games more than did Kelly. He scored 40 goals and added a record 68 assists for 108 points — exactly 30 more than Kelly. Sweeney’s 68 assists were tops in the American League and a record for a Springfield player. Sweeney’s 108 points was 11 shy of Red Sullivan’s all-time record of 119, set in 1953-54. Sullivan was then playing with the Hershey Bears. Last week Sweeney added two goals and four assists to…