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December 14, 1968

December 14, 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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North Stars Hit Bleak Slump As Blair Puzzled By Slide

TWIN CITIES, Minn.— Pretend for a minute that you’re the North Star’s correspondent tor Hockey News and at this writing the Minnesota national Hockey League entry ahs: 1—Gone seven games without victory. 2—Been shut out three times during this span. 3—Scored 14 goals while allowing the opposition 25. 4—Managed only a trio of 3-3 ties while suffering 2-0, 4-3, 6-0 and 4-0 setbacks. 5—Seen rivals fire 280 shots on goal for an even 40 per game average while getting only 206 itself, a 29.5 mark. What, pray tell, can be written in a pleasant vein? Well, let’s see. Cesare Maniago was in goal for all but that 6-0 setback against the Black Hawks in Chicago, so that means he yielded only 19 goals in the other six games. Nothing to brag about, you say? We disagree, considering the fact that…

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Junior Expansion Outlook Bright

HALIFAX. N.S. — The rapid emergence of Moncton Beavers and Charlottetown Islanders as solid Maritime Junior “A” Hockey League contenders has prompted other Atlantic area centres to look more enthusiastically to league expansion in 1969-70. Before the present season began, certain skeptics were convinced that neither Islanders nor Beavers could assemble teams capable of challenging the three year superiority of Halifax Canadiens. But they reckoned without considering the savvy Al Goguen acquired in Moncton when he signed Turk Broda to coach the Beavers. And they certainley underestimated the organizational qualities of Boyd White, Ron MacDonald, “Hawk” Larter, Jackie Hynes et al in Charlott-etown. Not only have the Islanders and Beavers caught up to Canadiens in a relatively short time, there is suspicion in some circle that they’ve passed the defending Maritime champions. Beavers…

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Seals Get Ahead At Expense Of NHL’s Established Clubs But They Can’t Beat New Teams

OAKLAND, Calif.— It’s too bad the Oakland Seals can’t substitute Montreal and Chicago for St. Louis and Pittsburgh on their annual national Hockey League schedule they’d make the playoffs for sure. Every time the Seals have had a chance to get ahead in the West Division standings, they’ve come up against the Blues or the Penguins and come away second best. The same was true last year and it cost the Seals one of the worst seasons ever by a NHL team. So far in five games against the two clubs (3 against Pittsburgh) the Seals have only one point and have singlehandedly kept the Penguins from dropping off the end of the standings. While Seal coach Fred Glover is willing to concede that there’s a pretty solid club in St. Louis, he doesn’t feel…

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Rangers Hopes’ Crushed As Gilbert Breaks Ankle

Misfortune has struck New York Rangers in their bid to take over first place in the NHL’s Eastern Division. Just when the Rangers appeared to be ready to pull away from their Eastern rivals following a 4-2 victory over Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, disaster hit in the form of a broken ankle to right wing ace Rod Gilbert. Gilbert, who stands 10th in the NHL’s individual scoring race with nine goals and 18 assists, was injured during the Rangers’ 5-2 loss in Toronto Dec. 7. Besides the fractured left ankle, he suffered torn ligaments and is expected to be out of the lineup from four to six weeks. Coupled with the crippling injury to Gilbert was the team’s sudden inability to keep the puck out of their own cage. The Ranger defense, a…