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May 3, 1969

May 3, 1969

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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NHL Ployer Of The Week — IN THE EAST

The Montreal Canadiens crashed the Stanley Cup finals for the 20th year last week and the man who put them there was big Jean Beliveau. The six-foot-three captain of the Canadiens broke up the sixth and deciding game of the Eastern finals against the Boston Bruins by scoring in the second overtime period to give Montreal a 2-1 decision and the best-of-seven series 4-2 in games. For Beliveau it was the first overtime goal of his brilliant 16-year NHL career and it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time than in the sixth game at Boston. The Bruins had battled the Canadiens on even terms for four and a half periods of playoff hockey before Beliveau connected with the payoff goal—his fifth of the 1969 playdowns and the 73rd of his career. Beliveau…

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PARENT, LACROIX ONLY ‘UNTOUCHABLES’ WITH PHILLY

“you like 7up 7up likes you” “you like 7up 7up likes you” PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — If you’re wondering who the untouchables are on the Flyers’ hockey team, you probably can count them cn one hand and have a few fingers remaining. Only Bernie Parent and Andre Lacroix appear to be the players the Flyers would refuse to let go in a trade, no matter how attractive an offer is made for them. Parent, 24, is their fine young goalie who just recently was named the second best goaltender in the game today (by NHL coaches who placed Jacques Plante first). Lacroix, who’ll turn 24 in June, was the club’s top scorer in both goals (24) and points (56) this past season. After Parent and Lacroix, though, it appears that everyone else could be had if the…

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Powerful Junior Habs Eye Memorial Cup

MONTREAL, Que. For the first time in the history a team based in the province of Quebec has won the Ontario Hockey Association junior A championship. Montreal Canadiens, after placing first during the regular schedule, breezed through three playoff rounds without a defeat to win the title which had eluded them since they were granted entry into the Ontario junior A league in the 1961-62 season. It was only the fourth time in the past 11 years that the pennant-winners have also won the playoff championship. During the 54 game schedule the Canadiens won 37, lost 11 and tied six, finishing six points ahead of second place St. Catharines Black Hawks. They won three and tied two games with Hamilton Red Wings in the quarter-finals, swept four straight over Peterborough in the semi-finals then won…

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Grant Wins Calder To Crack East Monopoly; Bruins’ Esposito Captures Hart MVP Award

MONTREAL, Que. — It has been only two years since expansion came to the National Hockey League but already the new division is making its presence felt in the annual awards voting. Danny Grant, the prolific scoring left winger who went from Montreal Canadiens to the Minnesota North Stars, cracked the Eastern Division monopoly wide open by being named the winner of this year’s Calder Trophy as the rookie-of-the-year in the NHL. Grant was one of four players to receive awards for individual achievements this season but the only one from the Western division. The other three winners were from Eastern clubs. Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins, who set a record of 126 points and won the Art Ross Trophy as league scoring champion, hauled away the Hart Troply as the most valuable…