A very quiet day and night for the hockey world yesterday, so just a few quick hits to report this morning. Only one Hallowe’en night game, and it’s a late one with the New York Rangers visiting the Los Angeles Kings out in Long Beach, California.
Here are today’s NHL Standings:
And here are the NHL scoring leaders:
- California Seals announced the recall of forward Alain (Boom Boom) Caron from the American Hockey League Buffalo Bisons. Caron had eight goals and two assists in six games with the Bisons.
- Minnesota North Stars general manager-coach Wren Blair has returned from a scouting trip through the AHL. Blair says the North Stars need more offense and he’s looking at the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Americans.
- The Columbia Broadcasting System says it will broadcast 14 National Hockey League regular season games this year. The first broadcast will feature the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Los Angeles Kings on December 30. That is the night that the Kings’ new arena, The Forum is slated to open in Inglewood, California. Stanley Cup playoff games will also be broadcast.
- California Seals owner Barry Van Gerbig is a former goaltender who played two games for the Eastern Hockey League Charlotte Checkers in 1961-62. Joe Crozier was the coach of that team. Prior to that, he played three seasons for Princeton University.
- Roy Edwards of the Fort Worth Wings of the Central Professional Hockey League is dominating that loop’s goaltending statistics. Edwards has a goals-against average of 0.50 for six games.
- Philadelphia Flyers are the NHL’s most penalized team. They have accrued 149 minutes in penalties. Defenceman Ed Van Impe is the league leader in individual penalty minutes with 31.
- Boston Bruins coach Harry Sinden credits defencemen Dallas Smith and Don Awrey with being key factors in the Bruins much-improved play this season.
- Frank Mahovlich missed a Toronto practice for the second straight day. It’s being reported he has a back ailment.
- Defenceman Dick Mattiussi of Pittsburgh Penguins is out of the lineup with a back injury.
- St. Louis Blues are experiencing parking issues at The Arena, and it may be causing fans to stay away. To alleviate the problem, the Blues are running a shuttle service from a nearby Opera lot for a fare of ten cents. Now they must educate the fans.
- Steve Atkinson of the Niagara Falls Flyers continues to lead the Ontario Hockey Association scoring race with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. Team mate Tom Webster is second with nine goals and nine assists for 18 points.
- Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist Frank Dolson says that games in Philadelphia seems boring because there are so few fans in the seats. He says the games themselves are of comparative quality to games in the Eastern Division arenas, but don’t seem as exciting because there isn’t much fan noise in the buildings.
- A leading columnist in the other Philadelphia paper, the Daily News also writes about the Flyers today. Sports Editor Ben Callaway says that the Flyers franchise will eventually be successful, but that it will take time.