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April 8, 1961

April 8, 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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Edwards Puts Hitch In Blades EHL Cup Hopes

NEW YORK, N. Y. — The Johnstown Jets need one more victory to repeat as Eastern Hockey League champions. Steve Brklacich’s smooth skating crew dropped a 2-1 verdict in New Haven, March 21st, and then turned in three successive victories in Johnstown to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven final playoff series. Johnstown took the 1959-60 playoffs from New Haven, four games to one. This season they knocked off Philadelphia (three straight) and Jersey (three straight) to reach the finals. The Blades nipped Greensboro, five games to four, to set up the re-match. In all fairness to New Haven, however (and not to detract from Johnstown’s fine play), the schedule for this series has been all in favor of the Jets. They had four home dates, including three in a row and…

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‘Little Men’ of Braves Biggest Men In Playoff

CHICAGO, IIl.— The’“little” men on the Chicago Black Hawks have played a big role in the team’s bitterly fought semifinal Stanley Cup series against defending champion Montreal. Ken Wharram, Stan Mikita, Murray Balfour, Pete Pilote and Reg Fleming all have contributed heavily to the Chicago cause. Not one of them weighs as much as 180 “pounds or stands more than 5 ft. 9 inches tall. Ken Wharram, the smallest man on the team at 5 ft. 9 in. and 155 pounds, has been one of the real sparks of the Black Hawk attack. He and Pilote lead Chicago in total points for the first four games of the series, with one goal and three assists each. The Black Hawks and Canadiens were tied after the first four games with two victories each. “Kenny, along with…

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Art Ross Puts Four Ex-Canucks On His All-Time NHL All-Stars

BOSTON, Mass. — Four former Montreal Canadiens are on the all-time all-star team chosen for an old sports columnist friend by Arthur H. “Art” Ross, retired general manager and former coach of the Boston Bruins. Ross, whose hockey career as player, inventor and executive spanned 50 years, chose his squad for Elmer Ferguson of the Montreal Star during a closed circuit telecast to Montreal originating here. “I have not selected any player now active in the National League for the simple reason that I do not feel qualified to judge them,” explained Ross. “I haven’t seen a game for seven years.” The Canadiens chosen by Ross for his all-time squad are Left Wing Aurel Joliat, Center Howie Morenz, Right Wing Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Goalie Bill Durnan. The remainder of the Ross squad: Goal,…

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Name Armstrong Top Coach In US Collegiate Ranks

ST. PAUL, Minn.— Murray Armstrong, whose University of Denver Pioneers won their second straight national championship this spring, has been named Coach-of-the-Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Armstrong, a’ 45-year old native of Manor, Sask., has. built Denver into a hockey power in the short space of five years. A professional player for more than 10 years, Armstrong played center for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Americans and Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. He was coach of a junior team in the Montreal chain before going to Denver. Armstrong received the Spencer Penrose Trophy for the distinction voted him by his fellow coaches, and five members of his Denver team were voted to the All-American squad. The five were Goalie George Kirkwood, Defenceman Marty Howe and Grant Munro and Forwards…