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May 1, 1962

May 1, 1962

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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Rangers Flourishing Minors Presenting Draft Problems

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Thoroughly delighted with their first playoff in four years, the New York Rangers are seriously thinking about making a habit of the unusual experience. First order of business is the annual NHL draft, June 4-6, for which the Blues must protect 18 players and two goalkeepers. Ordinarily this would be a simple task for a fourth place club but the Rangers find themselves suffering from a surplus of bountiful crops on their farms. Their Kitchener outpost in the Eastern Pro League has been so productive that the talent-starved Boston Bruins have publically warned the Blues that they plan a raid. Lynn Patrick, the Bruins’ head head-hunter, has been casting covetous eyes on several of brother Muzz’s blue-ribbon babies. These include robust defenseman Jim Nielson and forwards Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelie, Bob Cunningham…

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Habs To Leave Three Off Player Protected List

MONTREAL, Que.— Disappointment about the club’s second straight playoff loss has soured Montreal fans on some of the Canadiens with the result that trade and sale rumors have started and will be flying until the annual June draft meetings in about six weeks time. However, the brass can hardly be as fickle as the fans in evaluating its hockey employees who, despite their Stanley Cup playoff setback, did managed to win the league championship for the fifth straight season. And they did so, despite fears of fans and scribes last fall that the Habs wouldn’t finish higher than second place and possibly as low as third. Considering that Canadiens wound up the 70-game schedule for 1961-62 13 points ahead of Toronto Leafs—the eventual Stanley Cup champs—and 23 points better than the third-place Chicago…

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Indianapolis Out Port Huron Set For IHL Entry

PORT HURON, Mich. Port Huron will be a new starter in the International Hockey League next season it was disclosed here at a metting of the league’s board of governors. The entry of the Michigan city followed on the heels of an announcement that Indianapolis would suspend operations from the IHL. Frank Gallagher of Dearborn, Mich., long-time president of the league, announced he would resign his post to take over the job as general manager of the Port Huron team. Howie Newstate, IHL secretary and publicity director, said the status of the Toledo club was also indefinite and there was a chance it would not operate either next season. Newstate said Toledo general manager Andy Mulligan will confer with his board of directors within the next few weeks to determine whether Toledo will remain in…

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Sinden, Gauthier Share Top Defenceman Award

OTTAWA, Ont.— For the first time since the Eastern Professional Hockey League established an award for the best defenceman of the year, two players will share the honor for the 1961-62 season. Rugged Harry Sinden of Kingston Frontenacs and big Jean Gauthier of Hull-Ottawa Canadiens were declared co-holders of the award after each received the maximum 30 votes for the annual all-star teams. Sinden set a league record for defencemen in scoring when he compiled 72 points. His 61 assists established a league mark for rearguards. Al MacNeil of Hull-Ottawa won the EPHL top defenceman award last year and Jean Claude Tremblay, also a Hull product, won it in 1959-60.…