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Frontenacs 50th

March 25, 2013

Frontenacs logoToday’s installment in a daily series that recalls the story of the 1962-63 Kingston Frontenacs, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their Eastern Professional Hockey League championship season:

Fifty years ago today, Monday, March 25, 1963

In the four-year existence of the league, no club other than a chattel of the Montreal Canadiens has finished first in the EPHL but as the schedule enters its final week,the Frontenacs have a five-point cushion over Hull-Ottawa with three games remaining to play. Hull-Ottawa plays tomorrow and Wednesday in St. Louis but chances are the issue will be decided when the Canadiens visit Kingston Saturday night.

The first-place finisher gets a rest while the team that finishes second gets to play the Sudbury Wolves in a best-of-five series. The Whig-Standard reports that Saturday’s showdown with Hull-Ottawa at the Community Centre will start at 7 o’clock instead of the usual 8:15 to allow fans to get home in time to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs on television.

Hull-Ottawa may be licking its lips at the opportunity to gain ground on the league-leading Frontenacs in its games against the last-place Braves, but they also know they should beware of the Braves’ big weapon. Alain (Boom Boom) Caron has 53 goals in 50 games and he’s got his eye on the league record for goals in a season, 59, set by Kingston’s Orv Tessier three years ago.

Meanwhile, Kingston’s Harry Sinden is seven points away from breaking his own league record for points by a defenceman, which he set last year with 72. Frontenacs manager-coach Wren Blair had proclaimed Sinden had his best year last season. “He’s followed up with as good a year as he had last year,” Blair told Whig-Standard sports editor Doug McConnell.

At age 30 Sinden was invited to the Boston training camp in the fall but he was quickly sent back to Kingston. Blair believes the Bruins would have to take a longer look next year. “Looking around the minor leagues, I don’t see anybody as good and anybody as good in the major league wouldn’t be available.”

Alas, despite playing on a world championship Whitby Dunlops team and two splendid seasons in Kingston, Sinden would retire as a player in 1966 having never played a single game in the National Hockey League.

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