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December 30, 1961

December 30, 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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The Night The Crowd Roared

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McVie Showing Seattle He Doesn’t Need Guyle

EDMONTON, Alta.— Where Tom McVie is concerned, it seems that Guyle Fielder’s Golden Touch is with him to stay. The early-season deal, which saw the Seattle Totems find McVie expendable so that they could get a defenceman of Don Ward’s calibre to plug up their blue line, hasn’t cost him a thing, it seems like. By mid-December, he had sniped an even 20 goals, featured by a record-tying outburst of five in a single game for his new employers, the Portland Buckaroos. McVie’s birthplace is Trail, B.C., a hockey hotbed of some account. Twice the interior smelting town has captured the world amateur title, and the aggregation of the late thirties (Allan Cup 1937-38 and world’s championship the following year) is rated by many observers as being the top senior club of all time,…

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Doctors Put OK To Skate Order On Rod Gilbert

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Rod Gilbert, described by a member of the Toronto Maple Leaf organization as “the best junior to come along in five years,” may yet be available to the Rangers this season. The talented right wing, who paralyzed OHA Junior A goalkeepers last year when he scored 54 goals for Guelph, has been convalescing from serious spinal surgery brought on by an accident last Spring. For a while there was doubt that Gilbert ever would play hockey again. Now, however, the outlook has brightened. Mayo Clinic doctors okayed his return to the ice. “Gilbert will skate for a week at his home in Montreal,” said general manager Muzz Patrick. “Then he’ll scrimmage with our Kitchener club. He’s got to take his time, but he might be playing in a month.” That Gilbert is…

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Long Faced Phil Happy Over Bruins’ Powerplay

BOSTON, Mass.— A definite feature of the Bruins’ offense this season has been the effectiveness of their powerplay. The ability of the Bruins to capitalize on penalties to the opposition by scoring with a manpower advantage of one or two players has been considerable. As they neared the halfway mark of their schedule they had scored nearly as many powerplays as they scored last season, when they scored 29. Furthermore, they were making their powerplay pay off at an unprecedented Bruins’ rate. A continuation of the pace seemed likely to produce a new team record, breaking that of 47 goals which the 1959-60 Bruins set. When Phil Watson assembled the Bruins at their Niagara Falls (Ont.) training base in September, he chose five players for his powerplay team. The five were Captain Don McKenney, Johnny Bucyk…