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December 9, 1961

December 9, 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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Greensboro Steps Up Pace In Eastern Race

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Coach Ron Spong has his Greensboro Generals on the move and the North Carolina team is taking command of the Southern Division of the Eastern Hockey League. The Generals, who last season won their sectional title by averaging better than five goals per game, got off to a slow start this fall, winning only five of their first 11 games and causing consternation among many scribes who picked them to run away from the Southern Division rivals. But Spong has had his boys skating the last fortnight to the tune of six victories in nine games, including three successes over the defending league champions, the Johnstown Jets. The victories over Johnstown were achieved within a span of five nights as odd scheduling paired the Generals and the Jets for four straight…

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HOCKEY CROSSWORD

SOLUTION NEXT WEEK ACROSS 1. Pictured Red Wing player. 4. Initials of Witiuk of Spokane. 6. N.H.L. club affiliated with Buffalo Bisons (abbr.) 7. A former New York forward star. 11. Upon. 12. This Rochester forward hails from Newfoundland. 14. Nickname of Williams of Cleveland. 16. Yard (abbr.) 18. Stanley Cup winners of 1945-46 (abbr.) 19. Old Latin (abbr.) 21. Number of goals scored by Bob Baun last season. 22. Many Maple Leaf players like to water—during the summer. 24. Rochester’s goaltender. 28. Initials of an N.H.L. coach. 30. Given name of Rupp of Springfield Indians. 31. Organ of hearing. 33. Pictured star never played—hockey (abbr.) 34. Short for first name of Toronto’s publicity director. 36. Eddie Shack has been termed a—hockey player. 37. Initials of Smrke of Rochester. DOWN 1. Teammate of pictured player. 2. Minnesota birthplace of Williams of Cleveland. 3. Foster Hewitt recently wrote one. 4. AHL trophy given to league’s outstanding defenseman. 5.…

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Head Practices Empty Net Shot With Extra Man

BOSTON, Mass.— There was a time when a National Hockey League goalkeeper was a chap whose duties were limited to trying to stop the shots of the opposition. But that was in the old days, before Don Head. Has the venerable NHL ever known another goalkeeper like Head, the 28-year-old rookie of the Bruins? If so, who? Besides doing a passable job of stopping opponents’ shots, Head has also: Skated from his net to join the Bruins’ offense in delayed penalty situations as a point man. Participated in the passwork which is part of the killing of penalties. Made some of the best body checks by Bruins this season. And, of course, done more fighting than any other Bruin. “I know I’ve never seen anyone like him,” said Lynn Patrick, manager of the Bruins. “Jacques Plante (Montreal) began what…

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Gamble Hero Of Amerks; WasBum Just Last Week

ROCHESTER. N.Y— Hockey is like any other sport—one day you’re a hero, the next a bum. If you don’t believe it, just ask Dick Gamble of the Rochester Americans. Only he’s made the transition the other way this season. After the first 11 games of the 1961-62 American Hockey League season, Dick had himself only two goals. Rochester fans became quite vocal in their wonderment at just how Gamble had managed to total 40 goals with Buffalo last season. And Amerk officials too were unhappy with Gamble’s performances, which failed to approach his status as the defending All-Star left winger. He tallied goal No. 3 in Rochester’s 8-1 loss in Buffalo on Nov. 4, but went pointless at home the following night. All three of his goals up to that time had been scored…