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January 12, 1963

January 12, 1963

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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Buckaroos Respond By Setting League Pace

PORTLAND, Ore.— This city’s citizens are still apparently very much in love with their Buckaroos who continue to lead the southern division of the Western Hockey League. The Bucks, with a lot of new faces trying to retain the league championship, are sailing along alone in first place and appear to be settled in that position for the rest of the season. Every time somebody gets close to Portland, Hal Laycoe’s crew turns around end thumps ’em. After 15 home games this season, the Bucks have attracted 118,456 paid customers for a game average of 7,897 per contest. Last year at the same time they had drawn 113,072 for an average of 7,538. After a shaky start, Portland jelled and played the soundest hockey of either division but, at the same time, the Los…

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Read It Next Week In The Hockey News

Veteran defenseman Marcel Pronovost of Detroit has been around hockey’s teeming big time for nearly a decade now and the rugged rearguard admits that he was more than a little concerned by the fact the Red Wings missed the playoffs last season for the first time in years. It was mainly because he was being blamed. The “goat horns” hung high over Pronovost when he fell below his usual starry NHL form and the Wings with him last season. But the 32-year-old battle-scarred Red Wing didn’t let it stand in his way this season when he reported to training camp. Next week in the HOCKEY NEWS Detroit correspondent Jack Berry discloses in a profile on Pronovost how Marcel was determined to gain retribution this season to the point he’s being touted for…

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Player of the week

Andy Bathgate was the toast of the National Hockey League this past week setting a modern day consecutive game scoring record and winding up with the $500 prize as the first half leader in the individual NHL scoring race. It was probably the biggest week of Bathgate’s illustrious hockey career and it is with great pleasure that Player’s salutes the 31-year-old right winger of the New York Rangers as player-of-the-week. Bathgate rattled five goals during the past seven days to establish a record of counting at least once in each of 10 straight games. It eclipsed the old modern mark held jointly by Maurice Richard, Bernard Geoffrion and Bobby Hull. Pro hockey fans around the NHL circuit strained at every game as they pulled for the handsome New Yorker to make the grade.…

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Bathgate Rises To New NHL Heights

MONTREAL, Que.— Andy Bathgate, who has had many thrills during his brilliant 10-year big league hockey career, isn’t likely to forget the seven days from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6. It was probably the most profitable and exciting week for Bathgate since he first ventured into the National Hockey League back in 1952-53. There was drama with Bathgate’s every move. NHL fans everywhere watched as Andy first grabbed the halfway scoring leadership away from Toronto’s vaunted “Big M”, Frank Mahovlich. Bathgate ended the 35-game first-half of the schedule with 39 points to pocket $500 in the Ross Trophy race. Mahovlich finished second with 36 and earned $250. But there was more to come for Bathgate and his great moment happened the night of Jan. 5 when he drilled a pair of goals at Mont…