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February 2, 1963

February 2, 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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Worsley, Bassen Put Netminders In NHL Spotlight

NEW YORK, N.Y — It isn’t very often the netminding fraternity in the National Hockey League gets a chance to push the game’s big name stars out of the headlines, but this past week two doughty puck stoppers turned the trick. Hank Bassen, the roaming fill-in goalkeeper the Detroit Red Wings elevated from Pittsburgh of the AHL to replace the injured Terry Sawchuk, pulled off one of the rarest feats a goaler can perform — he helped set up a game-winning goal. The burly Detroit goalie cleared the puck through the Boston defense in his own end of the rink to send the Wings’ brilliant Gordie Howe streaking down the ice to score the payoff goal Jan. 27 as Detroit edged Boston 5-3. Sharing the spotlight with Bassen was little Lorne (Gump) Worsley of…

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Bears’ Blueline Crew Hottest Scoring Rearguards In League

HERSHEY, Pa.— Look to the Hershey’s Bears six-man defensive corps as one of the key reasons for the club vaulting to the top of American Hockey League’s Eastern Division at the season’s halfway point. Between the six blueliners they have combined for 15 goals and 63 assists for a whopping 78 points as the team reached the 38 game standard. Three of goals were game winners. There isn’t a defensive corps in the nine-team circuit than can match the offensive output of the Bears’ sextet. The individual scoring of the defense follows: Marc Reaume, 4-17-21; Larry Zeidel, 4-16-20; Howie Yanosik, 4-12-16; Barry Ashbee, 0-10-10; Dale Rolfe, 1-5-6, and Mike Mahoney, 2-3-5. And the crop of skaters pulled only 223 minutes in penalties, a shade over three minors a game. There’s good reason for the picket line…

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Harvey Registers 500th Point In NHL, Plays 1000th Game As Major Leaguer

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Doug Harvey may not be winning any popularity contests around the Garden with the fans, but he’s still putting his revered hockey name in the record books. The veteran defenseman recently racked up his 500th scoring point of his 17-year big league career and completed his 1,000th NHL game. He is the second rearguard in the NHL to complete such a performance this year. Bill Gadsby of Detroit turned the trick earlier this season.…

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Bruins To Reward Schmidt With New Contract

BOSTON, Mass.— Milt Schmidt can collect a reward for his outstanding job as relief coach of the Bruins this season. Schmidt will be offered a contract to coach the Bruins again next season. The Hockey Hall of Famer is presently coaching the Bruins under a three-year contract which expires in April. He had completed only one year of his present contract when he was succeeded as coach of the Bruins by Phil Watson in the spring of 1961. Schmidt served as assistant manager and supervisor of minor league personnel for the Bruins last season and for the first 14 games of this season. Then Watson, starting the second year of a three-year contract of his own, was dismissed as coach. Schmidt was persuaded to resume his old job by Lynn Patrick, Bruins’ manager. In return for his…