With no National Hockey League games on which to report, the big news today is a three-for-one trade between the Detroit Red Wings and Oakland Seals. Also, the NHL announced the roster for next Tuesday’s All-star game in Toronto, We also have a smattering of Junior A and American Hockey League action in Quick Hits.
Wings Grab Douglas From Seals
The Detroit Red Wings, who have plummeted to the bottom of the Eastern Division standings, have gotten together with their last-place counterparts in the Western Division, the Okaland Seals for a four-player trade.
The Red Wings, who have been desperate for help on the blue line all season, have acquired defenceman Kent Douglas from the Seals. Douglas didn’t come cheaply, though. In exchange, the Wings will send three players to the Seals: young defenceman Bert Marshall, veteran centre Ted Hampson and minor league winger John Brenneman.
Douglas played in 40 games for the Seals this season, scoring four times and adding 11 assists. He also has 80 minutes in penalties, third in the NHL. The Seals had drafted Douglas last summer from the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he had played for the past five years
It has been an up and down season for Douglas, who has landed in coach Bert Olmstead’s dog house on a couple of occasions. Olmstead felt Douglas was overweight and out of shape.
Marshall was likely the key player for the Seals. He’s only 24 and considered an excellent defensive prospect. He won’t add much offence, having only a goal and five assists this season.
Hampson, who at 31 is the same age as Douglas, solves an immediate problem for the Seals. He’s a centre who has scored nine goals and 27 assists this season. The entire Oakland team has scored only 16 goals in 13 December games.
Brenneman, 24, came to the Red Wings in a trade with the St. Louis Blues just before the start of the season. He had a pair of assists in nine games with the Red Wings before being sent to Fort Worth of the Central Professional Hockey League. He will report directly to the Seals.
Red Wings coach Baz Bastien was very pleased to finally get some blue line help:
“We’re happy with the deal. I feel good because we need an experienced hand back there. We wanted him and had to give up something to get him.”
The exchange was finally agreed upon yesterday after a month of talks between the two clubs. Douglas is expected to join the Red Wings tonight in time for their game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Hampson and Marshall were informed of the deal late last night and will catch a flight out of Toronto early this morning. They should arrive at Oakland in plenty of time for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
All-Star Roster Announced
The National Hockey League has announced the roster for the team that will face the Toronto Maple Leafs next Tuesday night at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The team will be made up of last season’s first and second all-stars, along with 10 players added by coach Toe Blake.
The First-team All-stars from last season include Goalie Ed Giacomin (NY), defencemen Harry Howell (NY) and Pierre Pilote (CHI). Forwards were Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Ken Wharram, all of Chicago.
Second Team members were Goalie Glenn Hall, now of the St. Louis Blues, defencemen Bobby Orr (BOS) and Tim Horton (TOR) and forwards Gordie Howe and Norm Ullman of the Red Wings, and Don Marshall of the Rangers.
The 10 players added will ensure that each NHL team has a participant in the game. Blake added three players from Montreal: rearguards J.C. Tremblay and Jacques Laperriere and centre Jean Beliveau.
Other players added are forwards John Bucyk (BOS), Dave Balon (MIN), Ken Schinkel (PIT), Leon Rochefort (PHI), Eddie Joyal (LA), goalie Terry Sawchuk (LA) and defenceman Bob Baun (OAK).
- The Eastern version of the Canadian national team thumped the Russian nationals 8-2 last night in an exhibition game at Ottawa. The Eastern squad was bolstered by five players from the Winnipeg-based western version. Gary Dineen led the Canadian attack with a pair of goals. Over 10,000 were at the game at the new Ottawa Civic Centre.
- For the first time in many years, Toronto hockey fans won’t be able to see their Maple Leafs play on a Saturday night. The Leafs are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Saturday afternoon contest at Maple Leaf Gardens. The game will be telecast on the CBS television network in the United States but the network affiliate in Buffalo, New York won’t pick up the feed. Hockey Night in Canada has deemed the cost to carry the game, $35,000, to be too steep and the game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will be the only game broadcast in Canada.
- Los Angeles Kings have called up forward Doug Robinson and defenceman Brent Hughes from their American Hockey League farm team at Springfield. They will replace forward Terry Gray and rearguard Jacques Lemieux, both out with injuries.
- Dickie Moore of the St, Louis Blues has returned home to Montreal to decide if he wants to continue playing in the NHL for the Blues. It will be entirely a business decision for Moore, who is in Montreal attending to issues with his equipment rental company. He says it may be necessary for him to take over the business full time.
- Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Ed Van Impe has been fitted with a special mask similar to those worn by goalkeepers to protect his fractured cheekbone. He hopes the facial protection will enable him to suit up for the Flyers Sunday evening in Oakland.
- Overlooked in the fine play of Flyers netminders Doug Favell and Bernie Parent this season is the fact that the two have compiled a total of 42 penalty minutes in only 37 games.
- NHL president Clarence Campbell says he doubts there will be any games between Russian teams and the NHL until Moscow joins the NHL. He foresees an eventual European Division for the league within a few years. At the very least, he feels that the league could place expansion teams in Moscow and Prague.
- In Ontario Hockey Association Junior A play last night, Brian Murphy ripped a 75-foot slap shot between the legs of Niagara Falls goalie Dave Tataryn to give the London Nationals a 5-4 win over the Flyers at Treasure Island Gardens in London. Also scoring for London were Allie Sutherland, George Graham, Sam Gellard and Bob Pate. Niagara Falls goal-getters were Tom Webster, Paul Haggarty, Doug Brindley and Don Tannahill.
- Baltimore Clippers downed the Quebec Aces 3-1 in the only AHL game played last night. Clippers won on goals by Sandy McGregor, Billy Lecaine and Tom McCarthy in the final minute and 45 seconds of the game. Keith Wright had scored earlier for the Aces.
- Rochester Americans defenceman Don Cherry recently reached a total of 1,000 penalty minutes for his AHL Career. He is the fifth player in league history to reach that total.