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March 2, 1968

March 2, 1968

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Colorado College’s Don Gale Rated High By Coach Matchefts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Don Gale plays like a pro when the ice chips are down. “Potentially he’s the best goalie in the league. “ says Colorado College hockey coach John Matchefts, whose Tigers are 8-13 on the season and 3-10 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. “He has tremendous poise under pressure and is tops in deflecting shots.” A junior from Port Arthur, Ontario, Gale is the No. 1 Netmin-der for Colorado College, and gave his best displays of goaltending to date this season in games with mighty Michigan Tech North Dakota, and Denver. Back in November, he made 41 saves in a futile attempt to stave off the Fighting Sioux, who blanked the Tigers 7-0 and turned in a stellar performance when Colorado College dropped a 3-2 overtime title game to…

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Kings’ Kid Stars Rally To Pick Team Up Again After Mid-Season Slump

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The kids carried the Kings into first place in the first third of the first season of the expansion division. When the kids sagged under their heavy burdens, the Kings slumped severely. Now that the kids are coming back, the club is, too. Wayne Rutledge, Bill Flett and Ted Irvine were the key kids in the early going. Goalkeeper Rutledge was benched for awhile as Coach Red Kelly went with veteran Terry Sawchuk. Now the 25-year-old Rutledge has clearly re-established himself as the team’s No. 1 netminder and one of the outs-tanding young performers in the NHL. Rutledge is 6-1 and 210 pounds. He is uncommonly quick for a big man and technically very good for a young man. He has his bad games, but he has many more good…

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NHL Player Of The Week —IN THE WEST

Oakland Seals are beginning to make little noises in the NHL’s expansion division. In the second half of the season, they have been one of the most productive clubs and one of their top performers has been veteran Gerry Ehman. The 35-year-old Ehman, a pickup by the Seals after the regular season started, has been one of the club’s few surprises. He has scored 19 times and could go on to a 25-goal season. Ehman played a big role in the Seals’ three-point weekend as he scored the winning and insurance goals to down Pittsburgh and then came back with a single in Oakland’s 3-3 tie with Minnesota. Now the Seals’ second highest point man, Ehman has more than paid off for his acquisition from Rochester of the AHL earlier in the year. THE…

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Alleged Minor League ‘Softy’, St. Marseille Rough In NHL

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — What they used to say about Frank St. Marseille when he was skating around the bush league rinks of Ontario that he was a pretty good country-style hockey player but he would probably fade like a lily in a windstorm if he tried to make it in big time company. It develops that the “lily in the windstorm” has become somewhat of a tornado for the St. Louis Blues in their inspired efforts to establish a beachhead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Expansion league hockey has produced its share of oddities as it opened the door to opportunity for an additional 100 professional players, but not the least of these is the story of Frank St. Marseille. “The Saint", as some have come to refer to him at the age…