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Norm Locking

Norm Locking was a strong offensive player, known for his strong shot. Over the years he became more of a complete threat, developing into a clever playmaker as well.

The Owen Sound, Ontario native first rose to prominence in the 1930 junior playoffs with his hometown Greys. Despite scoring nine times in four games, the Greys fell short to the Toronto Nationals in advancing in the Memorial Cup playoffs.

Locking spent the next three seasons apprenticing in the minor leagues. By his third pro season, 1933-34, he led the entire IHL in goal scoring with 24 goals in 41 games with the Cleveland Falcons.

That success helped Locking land with the Chicago Black Hawks for 48 games over the 1934-35 and 1935-36 seasons. He was used strictly as a depth player, spotting the regulars for fatigue and penalty breaks. Locking scored just two goals and six assists in his NHL career.

Locking would continue playing pro hockey at the AHL level until 1944. He was a consistent threat with the Syracuse Stars and then the Cleveland Barons.

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