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December 28, 1963

December 28, 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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Barons Keep Rolling With Stand-In Goaler

CLEVELAND, Ohio In retrospect, the ill wind that blew trouble in the direction of the Cleveland Barons on December 3 in Baltimore, when goalie Les Binkley sustained a back injury, was not without its compensating favors. It proved, for one thing, that lightning does strike twice in the same place. The Barons have no more than an academic interest in weather phenomena, but when the lightning takes the guise of an amateur netminder from Woodstocks, Ontario, the Barons are very much interested. They can remember when troubles befell Binkley two years ago and a young amateur netminder from Woodstock. Al Cullen, was rushed into the breech. Cullen posted five straight victories, three via the shutout route, to help the Barons to an eight-game winning streak. After incurring his injury this month, Binkley played three games for the…

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Denver ‘Padding’ Lead For Heavy Road Play

DENVER, Colo. — There have been scattered efforts in the past to discredit Rudy Pilous as a coach, but, whatever their basis, there is no present justification for such references. The Denver Invaders, in fact, represent a coaching masterpiece. There isn’t a star in the ranks; there isn’t a real standout even, yet the Invaders continue to burn up the Western League, and virtually have cinched a playoff berth at this early date. The Pilous-coached Coloradoans at last count had fashioned an 18-8-2 record, and had opened up a seven-point lead on the other five WHL teams It matters little that they have the worst of the schedule later on - - only 11 games at home after Christmas - - they are padding so well now that they will have an excellent cushion for the…

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Maki Wins Raves As Centre

CHICAGO. Illinois — “He’s a good, honest hockey player. He’s got more confidence this year,” says linemate Eric Nesterenko. “He’s been playing well all s e a s o n. Working bard. He probably was our best skater out there tonight,” says Coach Billy Reay. “I’ve always liked his guts and he knows what to do with the puck around the net. Remember, he’s playing out of his normal position,” says general manager Tommy Ivan. The man they are talking of is Chico Maki, center on Chicago Black Hawks’ third line, says: “I’m beginning to feel at heme as a center. I played right wing all my life until last year when I came up with Chicago. It takes a while to adjust but I like the position now. It gives you a chance…

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DeFelice Holding Indian Sign Over Ducks With Seventh Win; Meserve Completes 500th Game

—CLINTON, N.Y. It would be difficult to find any hockey player who would rather play on an enemy rink than on his home ice, but Norm DeFelice, goalie of the Clinton Comets, has to hesitate before he can answer that question about Eastern Hockey League warfare. The hesitancy stems from the fact that the veteran netminder has enjoyed unparallelled success on the rink of the Long Island Ducks. It’s gotten so that the Ducks dread the coming of Clinton to their home ice. DeFelice currently sports a seven - game undefeated string over Long Island on the Ducks’ own rink. His latest conquest was a 2-0 whitewashing of the New’ Yorkers and it has the Ducks infuriated. They can’t, understand DeFelice’s good fortune against them and even DeFelice is at a loss to…