Sport: Endangered Dynasty

The Montreal Canadiens, like the New York Yankees, spoil their fans rotten. In the last six years the hard-skating Canadiens have brought home five National Hockey League championships and five Stanley Cups. But last month, when the Canadiens hobbled into the 1961-62 season minus two top scorers and three of their ablest defensemen, the fans were dismayed. The dynasty seemed to be crumbling, and it was predicted that the long-dominant Canadiens would topple as low as fourth place in the six-team league.

Despite the predictions, the Canadiens last week were in a grim three-way battle for first place. Both the Toronto Maple...

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