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1967–68 Oakland Seals · NHL
Division 6th West
1967–68 record 15–42–17
Goals for 153
Goals against 219
Captain Bobby Baun
Team Leaders
Goals Bill Hicke (21)
Assists Charlie Burns (26)
Points Gerry Ehman (44)
Penalties in minutes Tracy Pratt (90)
Wins Charlie Hodge (13)
Goals against average Charlie Hodge (2.86)
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- 1968–69

The 1967–68 Oakland Seals season was their first season in the NHL. The Seals finished last in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

It began auspiciously, with the firing General Manager Rudy Pilous before the expansion draft.[1] The Seals started their inaugural season with Hall of Famer Bert Olmstead as both coach and general manager, assisted by Gordie Fashoway.[1] The team began the season as the California Seals, but the name was changed to Oakland Seals only a month into the season.

Expansion Draft[edit | edit source]

See also: 1967 NHL Expansion Draft
# Player Drafted from
1. Charlie Hodge (G) Montreal Canadiens
2. Gary Smith (G) Toronto Maple Leafs
3. Bob Baun (D) Toronto Maple Leafs
4. Kent Douglas (D) Toronto Maple Leafs
5. Bill Hicke (RW) New York Rangers
6. Billy Harris (W) Detroit Red Wings
7. Larry Cahan (D) New York Rangers
8. Wally Boyer (W) Chicago Black Hawks
9. Joe Szura (W) Montreal Canadiens
10. Bob Lemieux (D) Montreal Canadiens
11. J. P. Parise (LW) Boston Bruins
12. Ron Harris (D/W) Boston Bruins
13. Terry Clancy (W) Toronto Maple Leafs
14. Tracy Pratt (D) Chicago Black Hawks
15. Aut Erickson (D) Toronto Maple Leafs
16. Ron Boehm (W) New York Rangers
17. Alain Caron (W) Chicago Black Hawks
18. Mike Laughton (W) Toronto Maple Leafs
19. Bryan Hextall (W) New York Rangers
20. Gary Kilpatrick (D) Chicago Black Hawks

Amateur Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 3. Ken Hicks Brandon
2 12. Garry Wood Fort Frances
3 18. Kevin Smith Halifax (Junior)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Bill Masterton being stretchered off, January 13, 1968.

On January 13, 1968, four minutes into a game against the Seals at the Met Center, North Stars center Bill Masterton was checked by Oakland's Larry Cahan and Ron Harris and fell backwards onto the ice head-first. The force of the back of his head hitting the ice damaged the pons and caused severe hemorrhaging, as blood gushed from his mouth and nose. Masterton was taken to hospital where he died two days later, becoming the only player ever to die as a result of an on-ice injury.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 74 31 32 11 173 179 73
Los Angeles Kings 74 31 33 10 200 224 72
St. Louis Blues 74 27 31 16 177 191 70
Minnesota North Stars 74 27 32 15 191 226 69
Pittsburgh Penguins 74 27 34 13 195 216 67
Oakland Seals 74 15 42 17 153 219 47

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1967 5–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 1–0–0
2 W October 14, 1967 6–0 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 2–0–0
3 T October 18, 1967 2–2 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 2–0–1
4 L October 21, 1967 1–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 2–1–1
5 L October 22, 1967 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 2–2–1
6 L October 25, 1967 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 2–3–1
7 L October 26, 1967 2–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 2–4–1
8 L October 28, 1967 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 2–5–1
9 T October 29, 1967 2–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 2–5–2
10 L November 1, 1967 0–2 New York Rangers (1967–68) 2–6–2
11 L November 4, 1967 0–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 2–7–2
12 T November 5, 1967 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 2–7–3
13 L November 7, 1967 4–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 2–8–3
14 L November 8, 1967 1–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 2–9–3
15 L November 11, 1967 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 2–10–3
16 L November 12, 1967 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 2–11–3
17 W November 15, 1967 4–1 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 3–11–3
18 T November 16, 1967 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 3–11–4
19 W November 18, 1967 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 4–11–4
20 L November 22, 1967 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 4–12–4
21 T November 25, 1967 2–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 4–12–5
22 L November 29, 1967 1–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 4–13–5
23 W November 30, 1967 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 5–13–5
24 L December 2, 1967 0–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 5–14–5
25 W December 6, 1967 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 6–14–5
26 L December 9, 1967 0–1 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 6–15–5
27 L December 13, 1967 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 6–16–5
28 W December 15, 1967 4–1 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 7–16–5
29 L December 16, 1967 0–1 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 7–17–5
30 L December 19, 1967 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 7–18–5
31 L December 20, 1967 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 7–19–5
32 L December 23, 1967 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 7–20–5
33 L December 25, 1967 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 7–21–5
34 T December 27, 1967 0–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 7–21–6
35 L December 30, 1967 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 7–22–6
36 L December 31, 1967 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 7–23–6
37 L January 3, 1968 0–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 7–24–6
38 L January 4, 1968 3–9 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 7–25–6
39 T January 6, 1968 5–5 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 7–25–7
40 W January 7, 1968 6–0 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 8–25–7
41 T January 10, 1968 2–2 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 8–25–8
42 T January 13, 1968 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 8–25–9
43 L January 14, 1968 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 8–26–9
44 T January 17, 1968 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 8–26–10
45 L January 20, 1968 0–3 New York Rangers (1967–68) 8–27–10
46 W January 21, 1968 3–0 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 9–27–10
47 W January 24, 1968 4–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 10–27–10
48 L January 27, 1968 1–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 10–28–10
49 L January 28, 1968 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 10–29–10
50 T February 1, 1968 3–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 10–29–11
51 L February 3, 1968 1–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 10–30–11
52 L February 4, 1968 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 10–31–11
53 L February 7, 1968 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 10–32–11
54 L February 10, 1968 2–5 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 10–33–11
55 W February 11, 1968 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1967–68) 11–33–11
56 W February 14, 1968 4–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 12–33–11
57 W February 17, 1968 3–1 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 13–33–11
58 L February 21, 1968 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 13–34–11
59 W February 24, 1968 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 14–34–11
60 T February 25, 1968 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 14–34–12
61 W February 28, 1968 6–3 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 15–34–12
62 T March 2, 1968 6–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 15–34–13
63 T March 3, 1968 1–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 15–34–14
64 L March 6, 1968 0–2 Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 15–35–14
65 L March 7, 1968 2–9 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 15–36–14
66 L March 9, 1968 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 15–37–14
67 L March 10, 1968 0–1 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 15–38–14
68 L March 13, 1968 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 15–39–14
69 T March 15, 1968 1–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 15–39–15
70 L March 17, 1968 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 15–40–15
71 L March 20, 1968 1–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 15–41–15
72 T March 23, 1968 3–3 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 15–41–16
73 L March 27, 1968 4–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 15–42–16
74 T March 30, 1968 2–2 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 15–42–17

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Seals did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Gerry Ehman 8 73 19 25 44 20 - - - - -
Bill Hicke 9 52 21 19 40 32 - - - - -
Charlie Burns 20 73 9 26 35 20 - - - - -
Wally Boyer 6 74 13 20 33 44 - - - - -
Billy Harris 7 62 12 17 29 2 - - - - -
Ted Hampson 34 8 19 27 4 - - - - -
Larry Cahan 5 74 9 15 24 80 - - - - -
Alain Caron 12 58 9 13 22 18 - - - - -
Larry Popein 47 5 14 19 12 - - - - -
George Swarbrick 14 49 13 5 18 62 - - - - -
John Brenneman 31 10 8 18 14 - - - - -
Kent Douglas 19 40 4 11 15 80 - - - - -
Aut Erickson 4 65 4 11 15 46 - - - - -
Bob Baun 21 67 3 10 13 81 - - - - -
Gerry Odrowski 10 42 4 6 10 10 - - - - -
Ron Harris 15 54 4 6 10 60 - - - - -
Mike Laughton 22 35 2 6 8 38 - - - - -
Tracy Pratt 34 0 5 5 90 - - - - -
Joe Szura 18 20 1 3 4 10 - - - - -
Bert Marshall 20 0 4 4 18 - - - - -
Ron Boehm 11 16 2 1 3 10 - - - - -
Tom Thurlby 20 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Bob Lemieux 2 19 0 1 1 12 - - - - -
Gary Smith 30 21 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Jean Cusson 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Terry Clancy 7 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Charlie Hodge 1 58 0 0 0 4 - - - - -

[2] Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Seals. Stats reflect time with the Seals only. Traded mid-season

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Charlie Hodge 1 58 3311 13 29 3 158 3 2.86 - - - - - - -
Gary Smith 30 21 1129 2 13 4 60 1 3.19 - - - - - - -

[2]

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Seals did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Seals were involved in the following transactions during the 1967–68 season:

October 3, 1967 To California Seals
Gerry Ehman
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Bryan Hextall Jr.
J. P. Parise
December, 1967 To Oakland Seals
Larry Popein
To New York Rangers
cash
January 9, 1968 To Oakland Seals
John Brenneman
Ted Hampson
Bert Marshall
To Detroit Red Wings
Kent Douglas
Additions
Player Former team Via
Jean Cusson Canadian national team Free agency
Subtractions
Player New team Via

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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