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October 28, 1961

October 28, 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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‘He Treats Us Like Pros’, Say Blues Of Doug

NEW YORK, N.Y.— At 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night, Oct. 15, the New York Rangers took over undisputed possession of first place in the National Hockey League. The unlikely event was greeted with mixed emotions. “Why make an issue of it?” a Ranger official said, “the other clubs have played fewer games than we have.” Which was true. But the fact remained that New York won three of its first four games. And who can remember when that happened? The answer is 1940-41, a year the Rangers finished fourth. Their best opener in recent history was 1938-39 when they won four out of their first four. And wound up second. While some may pooh-pooh the Blueshirts’ opening surge as something of a bubble that soon will burst, others see it as a portent of things to…

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York Peanut Butters-Up Fans With Nifty Premium

TORONTO, Ont.— When York Peanut Butter decided to offer a series of Hockey Cards to the public they also decided to do a thorough job. Apart from the Hockey Cards which are obtainable in both York Peanut Butter and York Salted Nuts, they have produced the most authentic and useful album this hockey fan has ever seen. Written under the direction of Foster Hewitt and Frank Selke it contains everything from an explanation of the Referee’s signals to thumbnail descriptions of the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, pictures and descriptions of National Hockey League trophies and even a story on the origin of Hockey! The Albums will be on sale in various outlets throughout the country and the cards themselves will be tucked under the lid of every jar of…

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Heart Attack Puts Bill Folk On Rack

SPOKANE, Wash.—In the first week of official play in the young Western Hockey League season the Spokane Comets were dealt a crushing blow with the loss of their key defencemen. Veteran Bill Folk, Spokane team captain, suffered a heart attack during the Comets homeopener against San Franciso on Saturday night October 14, and was rushed to the hospital where he will be confined from four to six weeks. It was reported that Folk suffered severe chest pains early in the game and collapsed on the bench. Doctor A. T. Perry, team physician, expressed the view that the attack would no doubt end the playing career of the robust defenceman. A thirty-four year old native of Regina. Saskatchewan, Folk turned professional in 1948 with the Omaha Knights of the United States Hockey League…

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Andy Out To Copy Boomer, Sets 50 As His New Mark

NEW YORK, N.Y— Andy Bathgate, 175 pounds worth of heavy artillery, says he’s setting his gunsights on 50 goals this NHL season. “I wouldn’t be unhappy if I get 40,” says the Rangers’ Samson, “but since I’m setting a goal I’ll make it 50.” Last year Bathgate scored 29 times and the Rangers finished fifth. Some observers believe there is a direct link between the two. It is felt that a 40 or, better yet, 50-goal season from Bathgate would almost guarantee a playoff berth for the souped-up Rangers. The way Andy feels now this is possible. Forget all the huggamugga of previous seasons, this really is a new Bathgate. Not for such a trivial reason as a switch from right wing to center. Or vice versa. Or his coach, or the weather. Or a…