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April 6, 1968

April 6, 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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Hampson Top Point Maker With Seals

OAKLAND, Calif. - Ted Hampson has finally found a home. The unsung National Hockey League center — who kicked around with three big league teams and various minor league clubs since turning pro in 1956-57 has finally reached stardom. Hampson, who came to the Oakland Seals from Detroit Red Wings last fall in the deal for Kent Douglas, had his greatest NHL season ever, this campaign. He led the Seals in scoring with 17 goals and 37 assists for 54 points, and finished in a tie for fourth place with Red Berenson of St. Louis Blues in the Western Division scoring race. Leader Andy Bathgate of Pittsburgh Penguins finished with only five more points than Hampson. Ed Joyal of Los Angeles Kings was runner-up with 57 points, one more than Minnesota North Stars’ Wayne…

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Fort Wayne Edges Toledo For Lost Playoff Spot

Muskegon Rookie Ford Wins Scoring MUSKEGON, Mich.— Gary Ford of the Muskegon Mohawks, just voted “Rookie of the Year” in the International Hockey League, emerged as the league’s scoring champion for the season, beating out Dayton’s Don Westbrooke, who had been the front runner most of the season. According to unofficial figures, Ford finished with 115 points and Westbrooke with 110. The rookie center clinched the honor with a great finish scoring his sixth hat trick of the season in the final game against Port Huron. The three goals tied him for the lead in that department with the Flags’ Randy Prior, who scored one in the same game Each finished with 56, according to unofficial figures. It was the first time, at least for many years, that a rookie has won the IHL scoring…

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Hockey Ad Lib

Blair Blasts Stars Struggling through the stretch at then of this. first regular season of expansion the National Hockey League, the professional in the infant Western Divison were suffocating under pressures more severe than most of than ever had known before. Few of them ever had earned the sort of prestige and money that were at stake As Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Minnesota, St. Louis and Pittsburgh fought for a pennant or for playoff positions, the strain wore on them. On a Saturday night in Minnesota, the North Stars lost a lead and a game to the Kings in the last five minutes. Manager and coach Wren Blair blistered his players afterwards, while rival Red Kelly’s crew whooped and hollered in their nearby quarters. Only four nights later in Los Angeles, the Kings…

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Selby Scoffs L.A. Haircut Started Him Scoring Again

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - If the Flyers prove to be the surprise team of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, some credit will have to go to Brit Selby’s barber. That’s because, unlike Sampson of Biblical times whose strength was in his long growth of hair, Selby’s performance on the ice seems best just after he has gotten a short haircut. “Naw, that’s silly, there’s nothing to it,” smiled Brit, the Flyers talented forward who just turned 23 last week. “If the puck is going to hit the net, it’s going to do it no matter how long or short a guy wears his hair.” You’d never prove it by the way Selby found new life on offense just a few hours after getting a haircut in Los Angeles the other afternoon. Brit was in the throes…