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JAMES C. HENDY April 1 1941
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We Nominate

JAMES C. HENDY April 1 1941

We Nominate

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JAMES C. HENDY

A HARD-BITTEN veteran, whose youthful appearanee belies his fifteen years in professional hockey, has been unanimously selected by the managers of the seven National Hockey League teams as the outstanding player of the season in their annual poll for Maclean's Magazine All-Stars. You could send out scouts and search far and wide and we know that you could not find a man more deserving of the honors bestowed on him than the giant captain of the Boston Bruins, Aubrey Victor “Dit” Clapper.

Maclean's Hockey’s All-Stars 1940-41

As picked by team managers of the N.H.L.

FIRST TEAM Player Position Points* W. Broda, Toronto Goal 18 A. Clapper, Boston Defense 21 W. Stanowski, Toronto Defense 13 W. Cowley, Boston Centre 18 G. Drillon, Toronto R. Wing 16 D. Shriner, Toronto L. Wing 16

`Points are awarded on the following basis: Three for a first-team vote; two for a second-team vote; one for a third-team vote. Twenty. one points represents a periect score.

Each season in the closing weeks of the hockey campaign this writer asks the managers of the National League clubs to select a complete squad of players, plus a utility man and the outstanding rookie of the season. Their individual selections are seen only by the writer, and the votes are tabulated on a basis of three points for a first team vote, two for a second and one point in the case of the third forward line. The consensus of this poll is then taken and this gives you Maclean’s All-Stars. The highest possible point total under this system is twenty-one points.

This season only one man—Dit Clapper—found favor in the eyes of every manager. Out of the seven pilots, every one picked him as the top defenseman and he thus polled a total of twenty-one {joints, a perfect record that

has only been equalled five times in the past ten years.

But let us give you the fust team as the managers saw it over the season.

In goal they placed Walter “Turk” Broda of the Toronto Maple Leafs. On the defense with Clapper we find Walter Stanowski, also of the Maple Leafs. Our centre-ice man is Bill Cowley of the Boston Bruins and on the wings we have two more Leafs, Gordie Drillon and Dave Schriner.

Never in the past ten years has there been such a complete shake-up in the ranks of the All-Stars. Such hockey greats as Tiny Thompson, Eddie Shore. Charlie Conacher and Harvey Jackson and others who dominated the scene for years, have moved over, and a few who followed them have only been able to retain their posts on the first team for a season or two. In fact the only holdover from last season’s starting team is Clapper. Broda, Stanowski and Cowley are taking their places in hockey’s Hall of Fame for the first time, while Drillon and Schriner are playing return engagements after missing out last season.

Our second team has Frank Brimsek of Boston in the nets, with the reliable Earl Seibert of the Chicago Black Hawks and Jack Stewart of the Detroit Red W’ings as his defense. Syl Apps of Toronto, and Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart of Boston give us a second line which

would not only do lots of scoring but would do considerably more back-checking than the starting trio.

Every modern professional hockey club has its third line, and so that our team will as closely as possible resemble a club as it is ready for the ice, we, too, present a third set of forwards. At centre we have a tie between Milton Schmidt of the Boston Bruins and the equally capable Neil Colville of the New York Rangers. On the wings, two of Lester Patrick’s Blue Shirts, Bryan Hextall and Lyn Patrick, have been honored with berths, and the utility player for the team is Syd Howe, who for many years has turned in a consistently fine brand of major league hockey.

Last season the managers couldn’t get together on who was the outstanding rookie of the season, with the result that we had a tie. This year there wasn’t the slightest doubt in their minds as to the brightest prospect to come up during the 1940-41 campaign, and six of the seven leaders voted for John Quiltv of the Montreal Canadiens.

This season’s All-Stars is as powerful a group of players as any manager would w'ant to have under his leadership. It is distinctive because of the newcomers who have broken into the charmed circle. It is possible that such stars as Stanowski will remain on top for many years because this youngster is only approaching his peak.

Broda—Clapper

TN GAINING recognition after six years in

professional hockey, Turk Broda deserves a word of credit. Since joining the Maple Leafs Turk has found himself frequently under fire. Sports writers and fans have blamed the slumps into which the Leafs have fallen on the towheaded, chunky Brandon boy. But Turk is game. Conny Smythe, the brains of the Toronto club, has had much faith in him and has turned a deaf ear to the howling of those who were quick to point at Turk as the weak spot in the Leaf setup. Broda never once complained about the criticism to which he was subjected. He would just hunch over in his net and get set for the next onslaught, whether it was from his opponents on the ice, the fans or the press.

Dit Clapper, who is not only a “hockey player’s hockey player,” but is also a great favorite with the fans of both sexes, first gained recognition as a forward. He starred around Toronto for several years and after a particularly fine season in 192526 with Parkdale Canoe Club, Eddie Powers, who is one of the best judges of talent in the game recommended him to Art Ross who signed him for the Boston Tigers of the old CanadianAmerican League. It didn’t take Dit very long to convince everyone that he was a major leaguer, and for ten years he patrolled right wing for the Bruins. In 1929-30—the season that saw the Bruins win thirty-eight out of forty-four scheduled games—Clapper was a member of the famous “Dynamite Trio,” along with Cooney Weiland and Dutch Gainor. Dit bagged forty goals that season to stamp himself one of the greatest point-scorers in the game.

He was first selected for a position on Maclean's All-Starsin 1934-35, when he made the first team at right wing. He continued to star at this position until three years ago when Art Ross decided to put him on the defense, a position he had played in his amateur days. Last season Clapper had a particularly good year and he was chosen, along with Art Coulter and Ebby Good fellow, for the first team on Macleans All-Stars. This year he proves that he really can perform on the back line, by being the only unanimous choice on the team.

Stanowski—Cowley

IT WAS in the spring of 1938 that a speedy, wraithlike youngster flashed across the Canadian hockey scene in the Memorial Cup finals played in Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, between the Oshawa Generals and the St. Boniface Seals. Those who saw him were lavish in their praise and stated that unless he met with an accident, he was destined to become one of hockey’s greatest stars. Those who staked their reputations on the ability of a junior have not been disappointed, because today Walter Stanowski is one of the most valuable pieces of hockey property in the world. Not yet twenty-two, Stanowski has years of play ahead of him. He is the type of player the game needs because his colorful rushes make him a tremendous magnet at the box office. Stanowski also attends to his chores on the back line and any attacker who plans on going through or around him has a task on his hands.

The game’s outstanding playmaker. Bill Cowley of the Bruins, is one of the finest pivots to come to the fore in a long time. Bill thinks only in terms of making plays for his wingmen, and fortunate indeed are the players who have the popular Boston centre placing his accurate passes on the blades of their sticks.

Cowley broke into hockey with the St. Louis Eagles in the middle of the 193435 campaign after starting the season with the Halifax Wolverines. At the time the Eagles were members of the National League, although there were those who had their doubts whether the club belonged in the league. But there was never any doubt about Cowley, because even with the hapless Eagles he showed promise of developing into a brilliant player.

Drillon—Schriner

C^\N HIS wings in the All-Stars Cowley V--' has two of hockey’s greatest opportunists in Gordie Drillon and Dave Schriner. Both of these players are death on goal tenders once they are within firing range. Drillon has been on Maclean's first team twice before, while Schriner was on the first team in 1935-36. There are few players in hockey who have been as hard to cover as the smooth-working Schriner. Many times his “check” will think he has him covered only to find that Dave has got away and in the matter of a splitsecond has made the red light flicker. Drillon is much the same type of player and one of the most prolific scorers of the past decade.

Frankie Brimsek, the sensational Boston net minder, is on the second team for the second consecutive year. There are many who claim that Brimsek has never been properly tested and that if he served on a club like the Americans he would not be as highly rated. But there have been numerous times when the U. S.-born youngster has been subjected to a terrific bombarding and he has never been found wanting. Like his predecessor in the Boston cage, Tiny Thompson, he has a remarkable pair of hands and he gets as many shots with his hands as he kicks out.

Earl Seibert, the backbone of the Chicago Black Hawk defense, is one of the permanent fixtures on Maclean's team. For the past six seasons Earl has been on the second team. No other player now in the game has been as consistent. Year in and out Seibert turns in the same dependable game. He is a tower of strength on the defense and one of the best of the rushing type of defensemen.

Jack Adams, Detroit Red Wings manager, has a pair of young men named Jack Stewart and Jimmy Orlando on his club who form as tough a defense combination as the National League has seen in many years. Getting past them is somewhat like trying to get through a buzz saw, because if one misses you the other is certainly going to get you down, even if it is necessary to toss you to the ice. But Adams says they get results, and some of the other managers must agree, because Jack Stewart is teamed up with Seibert on the defense of the second team and he deserves the honor on his season’s play.

Syl Apps, Toronto’s dynamic centre, is the keyman on the second line. Anything we might say about Apps would be superfluous because there isn’t a better known or more popular player in Canada than the black-haired ace. In many ways he is the best centre player the game has seen in years. Apps is not only a playmaker but he is a finisher and is just as adept at finishing off a play set up by a mate as he is in finding an opening and feeding a perfect pass to a wing.

In Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart, his wings on our mythical second team, he has a pair of kids who would be right on hand to grab any passes which might come their way, and they would not have to be shown the way to get the rubber into the net once they had it on the blade of their stick and were in the vicinity of the goal.

This second line would back-check their opponents to a standstill in addition to making life miserable for them on the attack.

Our third line is equally strong. We had a tie for the centre-ice post with Milt Schmidt and Neil Colville, two fine players, dividing the honors. We aren’t going to try to decide which is the best; we’ll leave that to you, because no matter which one you choose you will be right. It just happens that at the present time we have four or five of the best centres the game has seen in many years performing at the same time.

Bryan Hextall, last season’s first-team right wing, plays this position on the third line this year. Hextall is a left-handed right wing, a type of player for which Manager Lester Patrick is famous. Patrick believes that any capable player can perform on either wing and he doesn’t pay much attention which side the boys are playing on, just so long as they can play. Hextall is particularly dangerous around the nets and his goal average is always much higher than his assists. He is exceptionally hard-hitting for a forward and it would not be surprising if a few years from now we find him back on the defense.

The Perennial Patricks

Y\ 7TIEN all-star teams are mentioned * * you will invariably find a Patrick. Years ago Frank and Lester were considered first when all-time all-star teams were being selected. Now it is Lynn Patrick, son of Lester, who is receiving All-Star recognition. Lynn, unlike most professionals, learned to skate the hard way—on an indoor rink at public sessions. It is almost impossible to make even a good amateur club with this type of training, and when you consider that for the five years before his eighteenth birthday he was not on skates at all, his success is all the more remarkable. He has been used at centre up until this season when Manager Patrick and Coach Frank Boucher switched him over to the wing, and it has been in this position that he has really found himself. A big, rangy player, he should improve over this year’s showing and it is still possible that before he is

through he will carve a niche for himself in hockey’s Hall of Fame.

Montreal Canadiens electrified the hockey world during the past season when they came up with a flock of youngsters who proceeded to skate their opponents dizzy. One of the most brilliant, and the one who caught the eyes of the managers, is young John Quilty, son of Silver Quilty, famous Ottawa athlete of another day. From the opening game this youngster showed that he had the stuff of which great centre-ice performers are made, and it is not unlikely that in another year he will be challenging the top pivot men of hockey.

Sid Howe, a veteran with eleven years service in the National League although not yet thirty years old, was selected as utility man by the managers. Sid can perform creditably in any position and has been among the leading scorers all season.

By and large the 1940-41 All-Stars measure up to those of previous years in every respect and we wish to thank the National Hockey League managers for their co-operation in making the team possible through their votes.

The complete team and those receiving honorable mention follow.

National Hockey League AllFirst Team

Player and Team

Points* Position

W. Broda, Toronto.......... 18 Goal

A. Clapper, Boston.......... 21 Defense

W. Stanowski, Toronto...... 13 Defense

W. Cowley, Boston......... 18 Centre

G. Drillon, Toronto......... 16 R. Wing

D. Schriner, Toronto........ 16 L. Wing

Stars 1940-41

Second Team

Player and Team Points

F. Brimsek, Boston....... 13

E. Seibert, Chicago....... 11

J. Stewart, Detroit....... 5

S. Apps, Toronto......... 15

R. Bauer, Boston.. ...... 14

W. Dumart, Boston...... 14

Third line: M Schmidt, Boston, and N. Colville. Rangers (4) tie, centre; B. Ilextall, Rangers (11) right wing; L. Patrick, Rangers (5) left wing. Utility: S. Howe (3 votes); Outstanding rookie: J. Quilty, Montreal (6 votes).

*Three points for each first-team vote, two for a second and one for the third line.

Honorable Mention

Goal Tenders: J. Mowers. Detroit.

Defensemen: J. Orlando, Detroit; J. Crawford, Boston; A. Coulter, Rangers; W. Field, Americans; E. Goodfellow, Detroit; E. Heller, Rangers; P. Egan. Americans. Centres: P. Watson. Rangers.

Right Wings: M. Colville, Rangers.

Left Wings: S. Howe, Detroit; R. Conacher, Boston, H. Blake, Canadiens; G. Allen, Chicago.