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August 1, 1964

August 1, 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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McKenzie Top Rodeo Star

CHICAGO. Ill. Hockey star Johnny McKenzie, who plays on the same line for the Chicago Black Hawks as Bobby Hull, is earning himself quite a reputation as a professional rodeo artist and is burning up the cowboy circuit in Western Canada. Despite the fact he weights only 170 pounds. 26-year-old Johnny has been a regular contestant in calf roping and bronc busting events throughout Alberta. His friends report Johnny’s main interest in this sport is to keep in top physical condition for hockey. Sponsors of the Canadian Championship Rodeo to be held at Maple Leaf Gardens November 22 to 27 indicate that McKenzie will not be one of the performers here as the 1964-65 NHL hockey schedule will be well underway by that time.…

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Ost, Muzz Patrick Set As Executives of Rovers

NEW YORK, N.Y.— The parent New York Rangers have announced the executive directorate to aid manager coach Steve Brklacich in the operation of the New York Rovers in their re-entry into the Eastern Hockey League this season. Irving Mitchell Felt and William M. Jennings, chairman and president, respectively, of the Rangers, announced that Edwin M. Ost, Jr., would be the Rover president; Muzz Patrick the vice president and general manager and Herb Elk, secretary and publicist. The Rovers will play 19 Sunday afternoons on Madison Square Garden ice and 10 nights during the season. The other games will be elsewhere in the area either in Rye, N.Y. or Jersey.…

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Solinger Retires, Hopes To Coach

LOS ANGELES. Calif.— Bob Solinger. forward and captain of the Los Angeles Blades the past two years, has announced his retirement from the game to seek a coaching position, it was announced by Blade General Manager Jack Geyer. Solinger, who gave his age as 35 against the record book’s 39, played 17 years of professional hockey, beginning with Cleveland of the American League in 1945 including years with Toronto and Detroit of the National League, Pittsburgh and Hershey in the American League and Edmonton and San Francisco in the Western League. Solinger’s decision was made public in a letter to the Blades’ management.…

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Top Leafs’ Performer, Bower Eyes New Season After Winning Award

Ageless wonder Johnny Bower is awaiting the 1964-65 hockey season with as much vigor as the one he completed as the Leafs’ most valuable player. The 39-plus Toronto netminder sent word to Toronto equipment man Tommy Nayler that he wanted three inches added to his goal pads for next season and to have everything in shape for him for training camp. Bower has become a legendary figure with the Leafs in their three straight cup victories and despite his advancing years, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down one iota. The veteran puck-stopper was awarded the J. P. Bickell memorial Trophy as the most valuable member of the Leafs during the 1963-64 campaign. It marks the second time Bower has captured the coveted trophy, a 14-karat gold prize with a value of $10,000.…