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April 27, 1968

April 27, 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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Portland-Seattle Final Set For Patrick Cup

SEATTLE, Wash.— Defending Lester Patrick Cup champions of the Western Hockey League, of course, are the Seattle Totems. Yet on the eve of this season’s playoffs, there were doubts in some quarters that the Totems would even get past the Phoenix Roadrunners into the finals to defend their Cup. President Al Leader of the WHL grins and admits he honestly thought Phoenix would win. Managing Director Harry Glickman of the Portland Buckaroos was quoted in a newspaper as saying he thought the Roadrunners, at the very least, would give the Totems fits. Most players, however, did not go along with this thinking. “Look, Phoenix is tough,” said one Portland forward. “And Phoenix has some goal scorers. But you’ve got to remember who’s playing goal for Seattle.” The name is Donald Charles Head from the “big T” —…

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Bowman Got Blues Rolling After Take Over

ST-LOUIS, Mo. — When Scotty Bowman was kicking around the Montreal Canadians’ organization he was considered good coaching material even then. The Canadiens decided to put him to the acid test two years ago with their top junior farm club and Scotty responded with a contender. From that day on Bowman was on his way and today he has reached another milestone in his young professional career by being selected as the National Hockey League’s coach of the year by THE HOCKEY NEWS for his tremendous job with the St. Louis Blues of the expansion division. Bowman, the 33-year-old coach of the Blues (he’s the youngest of the 12 NHL coaches) lifted St. Louis from the doldrums of the league into a contending position and an ultimate playoff berth. The big chance for Bowman came…

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Rangers Lose 4th In Row As Chicago Takes Series

CHICAGO, Ill. — Chicago Black Hawks climaxed one of the team’s best playoff drives in recent years by defeating New York Rangers 4-1 to win the B series best-of seven quarterfinal Stanley Cup playoff four games to two. The Hawks, down 2-0 in the series, rallied for four straight victories to eliminate the Rangers and move on to meet Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-seven semi-final. Bobby Hull, Chicago’s Golden Jet who is better known for his goal-scoring ability rather than playmaking, made two brilliant plays to set up two Chicago goals in the game. Hull made a great centering play that clicked with Chico Maki scoring in the second period that snapped a 1-1 tie and put the Hawks ahead for good. Hull then set up Pit Martin early in the third period and…

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Babiuk’s Goaling, Clinton Fire Power Unbeatable Combination For New Champs

CLINTON, N.Y.— If there were any doubters below the Mason Dixon line who questioned the strength of the Clinton Comets in Eastern Hockey League play, they certainly have all been convinced of the strength of the new champions of the circuit. For Pat Kelly’s Clinton team displayed tremendous finesse and all-around strength in whipping the Charlotte Checkers, Southern Division playoff champions, in four straight contests to capture the over-all league title. The series was really one-sided as the Comets were pressed in only one game, the finale which they took by a 4-3 count. Earlier they won 5-1 and 6-1 at home and then opened a two game sweep at Charlotte with a 3-1 verdict prior to the clincher. Goalie Ed Baniuk thus had a wonderful series as he limited Charlotte to six goals…