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Ching Johnson

Ching Johnson (Hockey.  Born, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dec. 7, 1897; died, Silver Spring, MD, June 16, 1979.)  As the backbone of the defense that helped the New York Rangers win two Stanley Cups (1928 and 1933), Ivan Johnson ranks as one of the finest backliners in hockey annals.  Ching was anything but polite, however, leading the […]

Taffy Abel

Taffy Abel (Hockey.  Born, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, May 28, 1900; died, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Aug. 1, 1964.)  Reputed to be the first American-born player in the N.H.L. to learn the sport in the U.S., Clarence Abel was a beefy (225 pounds) defenseman on the original Rangers of 1926-27.  Abel appeared in 107 games for […]

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