Just a minimum of hockey news today as training camps hit the home stretch. Philadelphia Flyers finalized their start-of-season rosters, Minnesota North Stars suspended a veteran defenceman and the Ontario Hockey League raised the curtain on their Junior A season on two fronts.
Flyers Finalize Lineup
The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the roster the club will go with to start their first National Hockey League season.
An interesting feature of this Flyers team is the fact that five former Quebec Aces have made the club. The Flyers purchased the American Hockey League franchise last summer and with that came 16 professional players. The five Aces with the Flyers to start are forwards Ed Hoekstra, Bill Sutherland and Wayne Hicks, along with defencemen Jimmy Morrison and John Hanna. Hoekstra and Hanna signed their 1967-68 contracts yesterday.
Flyers general manager Bud Poile was most pleased with the addition of Hoekstra, who was not considered a factor when training camp opened.
“Hoekstra was the surprise of camp. I never thought he had a chance to make our club. Never considered him. But his line’s been the best.”
Hoekstra is an eight-year pro who played his junior hockey with St. Catharines. He had spent four full seasons with Quebec until last season when he ran into trouble with Aces coach Phil Watson. He left the team and was loaned California Seals of the WHL. He remained property of the Aces which enabled him to join the Flyers when they bought the team. He’s third in team scoring for the preseason.
Goaltending was another area where the original plan that Poile had in place didn’t materialize. As training camp opened, Poile declared that Bernie Parent would be the number one netminder, and that he would find a veteran to back up the 22-year-old and provide some mentoring. To that end, long-time pro Al Millar was acquired to fill that role.
However, as camp progressed, young Doug Favell, another goalie who is just 22, exceeded all expectations and won the number one job between the pipes. Parent didn’t play poorly and clearly earned the right to be on the team as well, so Millar was dispatched to Quebec. He’ll be waiting in the wings should either of the youngsters falter.
Here is the Philadelphia roster:
GOALIES: Bernie Parent and Doug Favell
DEFENCE: Ed Van Impe, Joe Watson, Jean Gauthier, John Miszuk, John Hanna and Jimmy Morrison.
CENTRE: Lou Angotti, Ed Hoekstra, Forbes Kennedy, Garry Peters.
LEFT WING: Brit Selby, Bill Sutherland, Don Blackburn
RIGHT WING: Wayne Hicks, Gary Dornhoefer, Pat Hannigan, Leon Rochefort.
Stars Suspend Goegan
Minnesota North Stars general manager Wren Blair doesn’t suffer malcontents easily. Veteran defenceman Peter Goegan learned that lesson yesterday when he was fined and suspended by the North Stars for refusing to sign his contract. Blair announced that Goegan will face fines of $50 per day and $500 for each game missed if he doesn’t sign his 1967-68 contract before next Wednesday’s first game in St. Louis.
Blair also announced that another veteran, forward Andre Pronovost, has been sent home after he refused to sign a contract. Neither Goegan nor Pronovost played in last night’s exhibition game loss to Pittsburgh at Kingston, Ont.
Blair was particularly upset with Goegan a 33-year-old veteran of 10 professional seasons, mostly in the Detroit organization.
“We’re hurting at defence right now with Bob Woytowich’s arm in a cast and Elmer Vasko in bed with the flu. Goegan knows that. He felt that he had a gun at my head but the suspension removes that gun.
“I made him the best offer I possibly could, the most money he’s ever made in professional hockey. But in fairness to the fellows who have signed, I couldn’t give Goegan what he wanted and sell the others down the river.”
Blair says that if Goegan signs before the season curtain-raiser, the fines and suspension will be scrubbed.
Pronovost’s situation is slightly different. He’s been in camp but his pedestrian effort had prompted Blair to send him to their Memphis farm team in the Central Professional Hockey League.
“I told Pronovost he made a bad deal when he returned his contract unsigned last summer. That contract was for a major league offer.
“The way Andre has played in camp, he’s heading for Memphis anyway, so if he signs, he do it for a minor league contract. Our organization is not paying major league salaries to minor league personnel.”
Pronovost has returned to his Three Rivers, Quebec home to ponder his future.
Penguins Keep Flying
If preseason results mean anything, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be the class of the NHL’s new expansion division. Last night the Pittsburghers took out the Minnesota North Stars by a 5-2 count in Kingston, Ontario. Pittsburgh’s preseason record is now 6-1-1.
Star of the game for the Penguins was goalkeeper Marv Edwards. The 32-year-old rookie made 38 saves, including 16 in a wild first period. He was solid throughout and displayed no shyness or nervousness facing NHL competition.
The St. Catharines, Ontario native spent the past three seasons with the Nashville Dixie Flyers of the Eastern Hockey League. He was the loop’s dominant netminder last season, leading the league with 51 wins and six shutouts as he led the Flyers to the league championship.
Coach Red Sullivan was very impressed with Edwards’ effort in the game and throughout training camp:
“I thought Edwards played a fantastic game. I thought he was lucky early in training camp but I’d be the first to admit I was wrong. The guy is a darn good goaltender.”
Sullivan was quick to point out that his high praise doesn’t mean that Edwards has earned a spot on the team, although he has signed a professional contract with the team. The Penguins still have four goaltenders in camp, with Les Binkley, Joe Daley and Hank Bassen all in the mix. Bassen appears to have the inside track on the number one job.
Pittsburgh scorers were Tom McCarthy, Dunc McCallum, Keith McCreary, Billy Dea and Ab McDonald. Ted Taylor and Wayne Connelly were the Minnesota marksmen.
The Stars were without four players upon whom they will count heavily this season. Goalies Cesare Maniago and Gary Bauman were given permission to travel to Minnesota to prepare for the season opener. Forward Dave Balon also went home with the goalies. Defenceman Elmer Vasko continues to be bedridden with the flu.
OHA Jr. A Season Underway
The Ontario Hockey Association Junior A Series got its regular season off to a flying start last night with games in Hamilton and Peterborough. The visiting Toronto Marlboros trounced the Red Wings 10-4 while St. Catharines Black Hawks went into Peterborough and downed the Petes 3-1.
At the dingy Hamilton Forum the Marlboros displayed a powerful, balanced attack with only Richie Bayes managing to score as many as two goals. The rest of the Toronto scoring was taken care of by Steve King, Tom Foxcroft, Gord Davies, Terry Caffery, Ivan Labre, Dave Roy, Carl Varga and John Wright.
Danny Lawson scored twice for Hamilton, with Tom Trevelyan and Cal Russell netting singles, Cam Newton handled the goaltending duties for the Marlies, with Gerry Gray and Paul Hoganson splitting the game for the Wings. Toronto outshot Hamilton 53-31.
In Peterborough, the story of that game was the strong work in goal by Peter McDuffe of the Black Hawks. McDuffe was brilliant, especially in the final frame when the Petes pressed for the tying goal.
Jerry Korab, Dennis Giannini and Maurice L’Abbe found the range for the Hawks. Bob Black was the only Pete to beat McDuffe.
- New York Rangers have sent left wing prospect Bobby Jones 22, to the American Hockey League Buffalo Bisons. Jones is a graduate of the Kitchener Rangers and was with Vancouver in the Western Hockey League last season.
- Rangers also expect to send defenceman Allan Hamilton to Buffalo, but he’s sidelined with an eye injury and isn’t expected to play until next week.
- Jim Coleman, columnist with the Toronto Telegram, made his predictions for the 1967-68 season yesterday. As per usual, Jim shouldn’t be taken too seriously as can be seen below: