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February 4, 1948

February 4, 1948

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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Players Scorn News Stories On Red Squad

PROVIDENCE— Believe it or not, some of the junior members of the Providence Reds do not like to read in the newspapers how good they are as a hockey club. They do not object to headlines and stories extolling individual players or specific feats of derringdo. What gets them uneasy is a paragraph like this: “The Reds are a lead-pipe cinch to finish first in the Eastern Division of the American Hockey League. If they should slump to.500, winning only half of the 21 games they have to play, they still would be a good bet for the top spot. With the Reds doing no better than breaking even, the New Haven Ramblers would have to win 16 out of 20 games to squeeze past them, the Hershey Bears 17 out of…

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

LOS ANGELES— The Seattle Ironmen, kingpins of the Northern Division of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, became the first club to assure themselves of a playoff berth in the post-sason playdowns, when they defeated the hapless Portland Eagles, 5-4, Jan. 28. in Seattle. It was the 10th consecutive win for Seattle over Portland this season. The Eagres have yet to defeat the Ironmen in 1947-48. Four of the five teams in each of the two divisions—North and South—will be in the playoffs. It was wjn No. 30 (most in the league) for Seattle. The Eddie Dartnell-coached club now has 62 points, which gives them league leadership in this department. Meanwhile, Portland, cellar tenants, have only 19 points, fewest number in the 10-club circuit. The Jimmy Ward-mentored sextet, league leaders last Season, have won only…

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FOOTLOOSE WITH FITKIN

TORONTO—The Detroit Red Wings were in our fair city for a duel with the Leafs and Tommy Ivan, the genial leader of the league leaders, was wondering where he could hide until game time. “I know too many people in this city,” Tommy sighed. “I’m going crazy with ticket requests. On top of that we’ve got so many players on our team who were either born or played most of their amateur hockey with Toronto teams. And everyone of them wants tickets.” Jolly Jawn Adams, hands cluttered up with the Detroit team’s allottment, came by, boomed a greeting. We looked at him in amazement. It was the coldest day of the year in Toronto—the thermometer having busted a gusset at 8 below—yet Mr. Adam’s forehead was dotted with diminutive beads of perspiration. We…

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WESTERN CANADA SENIOR

HOW THE RACE GOES STANDING ON THUKS. A.M., JAN 29 Last Week’s Games January 22—Saskatoon 3, Calgary 2. January 23—Edmonton 9, Regina 2. January 24—Regina 5, Lethbridge 2; Edmonton 2, Calgary 0. January 26—Calgary 3, Regina 1. January 27—Saskatoon 2, Edmonton 1. January 28—Lethbridge 8, Calgary 5. CALGARY— Calgary’s believed to be invincible Stampeders are no longer in first place in the Western Canada Hockey League and the way Edmonton Flyers and Regina Capitals are going it looks like Stampeders may never make it back up this season. The five-team circuit has developed into one of the closest circuits in Canada and it looks like Edmonton is the club to beat-Frank Currie’s Flyers have plenty of drive and all scoring lines pack plenty of punch. Upsets have featured play the past few weeks. Edmonton beats Calgary, Calgary defeats Regina and the…