Search for your favorite player or team

© The Hockey News. All rights reserved. Any and all material on this website cannot be used, reproduced, or distributed without prior written permission from Roustan Media Ltd. For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


December 21, 1963

December 21, 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.

IN THIS ISSUE

Big Moose Cut Weight For Top Performance

CHICAGO,111._ Big Elmer (Moose) Vasko lost some 10 pounds of his bigness in training camp this fall and it’s helping the Chicago Black Hawk veteran have another outstanding season on defense. “He’s the best defensive defenseman in the National Hockey League this season,” says his coach, Billy Reay. “I don’t know of any defenseman in the league I’d trade him for.” Reay cites five major reasons for his high regard for Vasko: • Steady performance. “He’s probably the most consistent per-former among NHL defensement and hardly ever gets caught out of position/’ says Reay. • A big man with experience, he makes good moves. • Blocking shots effectively. “His timing is important and his size and experience at doing this help save our goalie a lot of stops,” says Reay. • Size Vasko is one of the…

IN THIS ISSUE

NHL Levies $5,000 In Fines To Curb Brawling

MONTREAL, Que.— The National Hockey League — in one of its most drastic moves — has levied a total of $5,000 in fines in a determined effort to stamp out player brawling that is leaving a stig-ma on league games. The announcement of the whopping fines was made by NHL President Clarence Campbell who said that the league would stop for good fighting and brawling of the nature that punctuated the Chicago-Toronto game of Dec. 7 before a nationwide television audience. Campbell said he hoped the fines would serve as a deterrent for both coaches and players in the future. “We will not tolerate this sort of thing again. If pur warning is not heeded, then more drastic measures can be employed,” he said. Big losers in the Toronto Maple Leafs Gardens’ fisticuffs, called…

IN THIS ISSUE

Pro Player Movements

Following are the latest player movements in pro hockey: NATIONAL LEAGUE TORONTO — Eddie Litzenberger, centre, optioned to Rochester of AHL. Defenseman Larry Hillman recalled from Rochester. DETROIT — Pit Martin, centre, called up from Pittsburgh of AHL. John Miszuk, defenseman, also elevated from Pittsburgh. Ron Harris, defenseman, called up from Cincinnati of CPHL. Brian Smith, winger, recalled from Pittsburgh. AMERICAN LEAGUE ROCHESTER — Eddie Litzenberger, centre, optioned by Toronto of NHL. Larry Hillman, defenseman, returned to Toronto. BALTIMORE — Al Langlois, defenseman, sent back to New York. Gilles Boisvert, goaler, recalled from St. Paul of CPHL. CENTRAL PRO LEAGUE MINNEAPOLIS — Al Willis, defenseman, released. Red Ouimet, forward, also released. ST. PAUL — Gilles Boisvert, goaler, sent to Baltimore of AHL. Tracy Pratt, defenseman, signed to pro contract after amateur try out. CINCINNATI — Bob Champoux, goaler, returned from…

IN THIS ISSUE

Heavy Injury List Allowing Abel Long Look At Wings’ Prize ‘Kids’

DETRITT, Mich — If anything good can be said about the Red Wings’ plight this season it is that manager-coach ; Sid Abel has been able to take a look at the club’s ; youngsters. Two have impressed him particularly — center Pit Martin, just turned 20, and goalie Roger Crozier 21 the young man Sid Abel planned to insert, in the Detroit net in place of Terry Sawchuk. Abel, said he would likely alternate the two the rest. of the season. Martin was called up from Pittsburgh in the midst of a tidal wave of injuries and promptly brought praise from Toronto’s King Clancy. “It looks like you have something there, Clancy told Abel after Martin set up Detroit’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs. Martin took over as center…