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March 3, 1948

March 3, 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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Surprise Teams Upset Favorites Maritime Loops

HALIFAX, N.S.— Jackie Keating’s Saint John Beavers are still on the rampage. Their closing drive lifted them out of the Maritime Senior (Big Four) Hockey League cellar and into a solid third position. Then they met the second-place Truro Bearcats in one section of the semi-final playoffs and astounded Maritime hockey fans by winning in straight games, 5-2, 6-5 and 7-2. In the second game they trailed 1-5 at the end of two periods but came up with five big goals in the third while holding Truro scoreless. That wasn’t the only major upset of the season. At the same time the Glace Bay Miners were being ousted from the Cape Breton League playoff semi-finals by the lightly regarded North Sydney Victorias, coached by Gordie Drillon. And Halifax Crescents and Moncton Hawks…

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Goalie’s Job Is Toughest Says Rocket Coach Kilrea

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.— Don’t think that fellow you see standing in front of the nets has a soft job of it just because he is packed with pads, has a stick to defend himself and doesn’t have to move more than five feet at any time during a game. He’s the goalie, and if there is any tougher job in hockey than being a goalie (other than being a coach) Wally Kilrea, head-man of the Rockets would like to know it. The handsome, affable, soft spoken boss often played goal when he was a boy—”just to see what it was like”, he says. “Once I was old enough to know better, I then became a centre.” Last Defender The goaltender is the last line of defence. If he is not a daring, agile, sharpwitted lad the…

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United States Hockey Loop Figures Show Visitors Are Up On Home Clubs

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. While it may be true in basketball and in most sports that the home team has a terrific advantage over the visiting team, this does not hold true in the United States Hockey League this season where the visiting teams have won fair share of the games. Including scheduled games of Sunday, February 22, the home teams came out on the long end of the score in 112 games. The visitors were victors in 78 and 21 ended in a deadlock out of 211 games played to date. Actually 26 games went into overtime but the deadlock was broken in five games and in four of the five the visiting team was the winner. In any sport the home team as a rule has a decided advantage. First of all, and…

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Mackell Aims For Rookie Prize

PITTSBURGH, Pa.:— Hockey officials and writers have been singing the praises of Cleveland’s brilliant young newcomer Bob Solinger as the best rookie in the American Hockey Deague this season. But they seem to be overlooking one little fellow who has been just as good as the Baron beauty. He is the crew-cutted mite of Pittsburgh Hornets, Fleming Mackell. Not only is Mackell ahead of Solinger in the scoring race but he is the leading Hornet scorer and all hi his freshman year. Mackell is fresh out of the junior ranks and last year he was the star of St. Michael’s College Majors, rated as one of the strongest junior hockey aggregations to ever cop the Memorial Cup. Mackell was nothing short of a sensation last season with St. Mike’s. He set a new…