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October 19, 1963

October 19, 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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Blake Enthused By Has’ Play In Opener, Newcomers Ferguson, Balloon Draw Praise

MONTREAL, Que.— Though his has had to settle for a draw in the first game of the new season, Coach Toe Blake had praise for the spirit of his charges in the league opener at Boston. “First of all, Toe Blake I thought it was one of the best opening games the NHL has seen in quite a while", said Blake, commenting on the start of the new campaign. “And, I was pleased with the spirit our team showed in coming from behind whenever we were down in the score. I was especially pleased with the work of some of our newcomers, who were really hustling for us". Blake singled out rookie John Ferguson and ex-Ranger Dave Balloon for special praise in the rugged curtain raiser with the Bruins. Ferguson, playing his first…

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Johnston Attempting to Prove Critics Wrong

BOSTON, Mass. Eddie Johnston is making a determined effort to give a Mark Twain finish to pre-season opinions of his goalkeeping potential. Johnston, a 27-year-old native of Montreal, is getting his first full opportunity to prove his ability as the goalkeeper for the Bruins. On the basis of pre-season comments by experts in several National Hockey League ports of call, Johnston is wasting his time. But Ed hasn’t been willing to accept a decision so rendered. The personable Johnston is striving to answer his critics as did twain; on reading is port of his death. Replied the famed author, in effect, “The report of my death is grossly exaggerated.” Said Johnston grimly, “This is my first chance to start a season for an NHL team, and 1 don’t intend to miss out on it. I don’t…

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Hawks Expect Newcomer McKenzie To Add Right Wing Scoring Punch

CHICAGO, Ill — The Chicago Black Hawks opened the 1963-64 National Hockey League season with four new players. There are i John McKenzie, Murray Hall, Howie Young and Dennis DeJordy. McKenzie, who had previous shots at the NHL with Chicago and Detroit Red Wings, earned the right wing spot on the Bill Hay-Bobby Hull line. McKenzie showed plenty of hustle in training camp and good goal-scoring ability. Right wing was woefully weak in Chicago’s offense last year. Only Ken Wharram, who hit the 20-goal mark, showed any affectivness from that side. Murray Balfour, off to a slow start and shuffled around, netted the puck only 10 times last season and veteran Eric Nesterenko, who concentrated on defensive chores, had only 12 goals. “We figure to pick up some scoring on right wing this year,” says…

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John Ferguson… …Montreal Canadiens

When John Ferguson came to National Hockey League training camp this season for a tryout with the Canadiens, there were some skeptics who said he wouldn’t make the grade. After one NHL game, Ferguson has happily proved them wrong. The rugged left winger, who scored 38 goals in 72 games for the Cleveland Barons last season and was named allstar, made an auspicious debut in the big time this past week. Ferguson clicked for two goals and an assist in his NHL debut against Boston and his performance prompted Coach Toe Blake to reply, “he certainly showed us what we had hoped he would. It was a good start,” said Blake. The hard-nosed winger also acquired two penalties and served notice on the rest of the NHL that no one is going to chase…