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March 30, 1968

March 30, 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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WHL Crowds Still Climbing As Two Games Attract 26,313

SEATTLE, WASH.— On the evening of March 16, two games were scheduled in the Western Hockey League. In San Diego, the turnout was 13,243 to watch the Gulls battle the Phoenix Roadrunners. In Seattle, the Totems’ largest crowd of the year — 13,700 — swarmed the Coliseum to watch another brawling battle against the Portland Buckaroos. At least 2,000 fans were turned away, too, in Seattle. One night — two games — total turnout of 26,313. Not bad for a “minor” league,’eh? The Totems also snapped a jinx. Previously, they had lost before their six largest home crowds of all time. No, they didn’t beat Portland. But they came from behind to pull out a 2-2 tie. San Diego continues its race for a new Western League attendance record. The Gulls’ first 32 home games drew 294,085…

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NHL Governors Decide Seals Won’t Be Moved This Season

OAKLAND, Calif. — Don’t write the Oakland Seals off just yet say the governors of the National Hockey League. In all due respect to the prospering city of Vancouver and its wealthy backers for an NHL franchise, the overlords have decided against any shift by the troubled Oakland team now and for that matter, at all. The governors said Vancouver would be a prime location for future expansion of the NHL, and with its newly constructed rink and enriched backing, there appeared little doubt the Western Canada city would be overlooked again when the league decides to add more teams—possibly by 1969-70. NHL President Clarence Campbell said no application to move the Oakland franchise had been received from present owner Barry Van Gerbig and secondly, the NHL board of directors felt that it didn’t…

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Binkley’s Sparkling Play Makes Sully Smile

Penguins’ Future Looks Bright Says Coach PITTSBURGH. Pa.- It has been a frustrating, if not completely disappointing season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. But even Coach Red Sullivan has found reason to look towards the future. “It’s hard to look for anything bright, particularly when you’re as low as we have been,” Sullivan said as the Penguins initial season in the National Hockey League drew towards a climax. ’Yet, I have been surprised by several players. “The guy who really played better than I thought he would was (Les) Binkley. I knew he was good but the way he played this year was sensational. If i had more hockey players like him i wouldn’t be worrying about making the (Stanley Cup) Playoffs.” Binkley, a near-sighted 31 year old NHL freshman, undoubtedly is one of the finest major…

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NHL Player Of The Week — IN THE WEST

Goalkeeping is considered almost sixty percent of a winning hockey team. Without it, you can’t get ahead. It’s a pretty safe bet the Minnesota North Stars wouldn’t be assured of a playoff berth in the NHL’s expansion division withoutthe heroics of Cesare Maniago. The elongated Minnesota netminder came up with another fine performance this past week to help the North Stars nail down a playoff spot. He posted his sixth shutout of the season—tops for the new Western division—and played a big role in two tie games as Minnesota culminated an unbeaten week to dash Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes. Maniago’s goals-against record isn’t too impressive but the North Stars are an offensive-minded hockey club and the goalie is often left like a sitting duck. But Maniago has managed to hold his own and his…