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April 18, 1964

April 18, 1964

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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‘Cinderella’ Barons Gain Playoff Finals Against Aces By Ousting Hershey Bears

CLEVELAND, O. — The Cleveland Barons — a team that was good enough to finish only third in the American Hockey League this season — I has become the ‘Cinderella’ team of the Calder Cup playoffs. The Barons completed their second straight playoff sweep when they defeated the Hershey Bears in three games to reach the cup finals against the Quebec Aces. Previously, the Barons had swept the Rochester Americans onto the sidelines in straight games in their best-of-three quarter-finals. Then they toppled Hershey in a similar fashion in a best-of-five semi-final series to extend their Calder Cup playoff streak to five games without a Ioss. The Aces, first-place finishers in the Eastern Division, made the finals for the first time by eliminating Pittsburgh Hornets 4-1 in games in their best-of-seven semi-finals. The Barons…

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Fielder Selected MVP Winner For Fifth Time

SEATTLE, Wash. The Leader Cup, named after the President of the Western Hockey League, George A. Leader, and emblematic of the most valuable player award in the the 1963-64 season, has been won by Seattle centerman Guyle Fielder. The 1963-64 season marks the fifth time that Fielder has won the WHL’s top player award. Only two other players in League history have won more than once. Walter “Babe” Pratt was the first recipient of the award after the league turned professional in the 195849 season. He won in 1949 and again in 1950 while playing with the New Westminster Royals. Vancouver’s Phil Maloney won the award in 1956 and was the winner for the second time last season. Fielder more than doubled their accomplishments, however, as he was named MVP in 1957,…

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Denver Players Dominate First Team Gaining Four League All-Star Berths

DENVER, Colo. The players of the six teams in the Western Hockey League voted fellow-players representing only three teams to the six positions of the first All-Star team. The league-leading Denver Invaders dominated the first team selections, nailing down four of the six positions. One player from each of Los Angeles and Seattle rounded out the first team. Goalkeeper Al Millar and the defense combination of brothers Fred and Sandy Hucul, all of the Denver Invaders were named to the first team in their respective positions along with teammate Lou Jankowski, who was the players choice for left wing. Seattle’s Guyle Fielder was named to the center position while rugged Leo LaBine, of the Los Angeles Blades, gained the honors at right wing. There were no unanimous choices in the balloting this season.…

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PASSING THE PUCK

• TORONTO — NEVER before can we remember a referee being panned so much during Stay way Cup playoffs as Frank Udvari is this year … Both Sid Abel and Punch Imlach have stated many times that they think he is far from being an adequate official … Abel was fined $500 last week for sounding off against Udvari and now Imlach describes him as the worst referee in the league” … NHL owners decided to use four referees in the Cup finals as opposed to two referees which has been the practice in recent years. Vern Buffey, John Ashley and Art Skov will all work games this year … Whether this change was brought about as a result of Udvari’s criticism in the semi-finals or not has not been…