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April 20, 1968

April 20, 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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FAN FORUM

Ousted Leafs Example Of Expansion Weakness Hockey News Editor: I am not a Toronto Maple Leaf fan. But I sympathize with their supporters when at season’s end the team finished out of the playoffs. Toronto, as the final standings for the 12 teams in the League will show, was fourth in wins, and in goals for and against was plus 33. Out of the 12 teams this record should surely be worth a playoff spot. They had the second best record in goaltending in either division. In the Western Division, not one team had more wins than defeats. I cannot recall at any time when a league champion or should I say Division winner, had more losses than wins. I am not against expansion. I am against the set-up in the divisions. Obviously Toronto is…

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Van Gerbig Denies Report Olmstead Out With Seals As Team’s Manager-Coach

OAKLAND. Calif.— When Bert Olmstead was doing the spadework for Montreal Canadiens as a left winger on a high-scoring forward line alongside Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion in the early fifties, he was known as a tenacious battler. And now that he is general manager of the Oakland Seals in the expansion division of the same league, Olmstead is still fighting tenaciously. Only this time he is battling rumors instead of opposing hockey players. The stories making the rounds say that Olmstead is on the way out as G.M. of the Seals. And everyone seems to think the rumors are gospel — everyone, that is, except Olmstead and Seals’ owner Barry van Gerbig. “It’s all news to me,” commented van Gerbig when told of a published report in the Oakland Tribune to the effect…

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Two Minute Hockey quiz

1—Toronto Leafs eliminated New York and Montreal last season on their way to the Stanley Cup. True □ False □ 2—Montreal Canadiens hold the record for most cup wins in succession — five. True □ False □ 3—Gordie Howe holds record for most appearances in Stanley Cup playoffs — 19 years. True □ False □ 4—The longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history lasted nearly six hours in 1936 between Detroit and Montreal Canadiens. True □ False □ 5—Terry Sawchuk has played the most playoff games of any goaltender in NHL history. True □ False □ 6—Gordie Howe holds record for most playoff goals scored in post-season games. True □ False □ 7—Montreal Canadiens lead Toronto 12-11 in winning Stanley Cup championships. True □ False □ 8—Frank Mahovlich led all playoff scorers in last year’s semi-final and final series. True □ False □ 9—Canadiens 11-0 playoff…

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Worsley’s Goaling Too Much For Bruins

— MONTREAL, Que The Canadiens eliminated Boston Bruins four straight, after having failed to do better than gain an even split during the regular schedule, and, suddenly, everyone is laying a game called Post Mortem. What turned the tide so completely In Canadiens’ favor? Who was the central figure in the victory? Were Habs really that superior, or did the Bruins simply fold up In the clutch? Some will say that the tide turned as early as the eighth minute of the first game, when John Ferguson outwhacked Ted Green in an “Enforcers” showdown at the Boston blueline. They compare it to Fergie’s memorable knockout over Eric Nesterenko in a Montreal-Chicago series a few seasons ago, But, while John’s decision over Green “didn’t hurt Canadiens,” as Toe Blake put it, it certainly didn’t…