1967 NHL Expansion Draft: Wikis

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The 1967 NHL Expansion Draft was held on June 6, 1967, in the ballroom of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The draft took place to fill the rosters of the league's six expansion teams for the 1967–68 season: the California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues.

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Rules

As this ambitious expansion was doubling the league's size from six to twelve teams, a large number of players were needed to fill the rosters of the new franchises. Most professional hockey players in North America were already under contract with the six existing franchises, therefore the draft was established to equitably distribute players from the Original Six (the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs) to the new teams. Each new team was to select twenty players from the established clubs: two goaltenders and eighteen forwards and defencemen. Thus a total of 120 players were selected in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft.

The Original Six were allowed to exclude a goaltender and ten other players from eligibility in the draft by naming them to "protected lists". These players were typically the best players on each team, which prevented the new teams from picking established stars and other veteran players. Also excluded from the draft were Junior players, players who were young enough to play Junior (born on or after June 1, 1946) but who played professional hockey in the NHL, American, Western or Central Professional Hockey Leagues, and players who were sold to WHL and CPHL teams before June 1, 1966.

The draft would begin with the drawing of the draft order. Each of the new team's names was placed on a paper ballot enclosed in a capsule, which was drawn from the bowl of the Stanley Cup by NHL President Clarence Campbell. This draft order was used in the first round to draft goaltenders. The order was then reversed in the second round, which was again specifically for goaltenders. The third round retained the second round's order and in every subsequent round the draft order would change, such that the team which had picked first in the previous round would pick last in the following round and the other teams moved up to fill it's place.

After each of the first and second rounds the Original Six teams would chose one of the players it had left unprotected and place him on to their protected lists, filling out their rosters again. After the third, fourth and fifth rounds the old clubs would not be allowed to protect a player. After the sixth and all subsequent rounds the teams would continue to fill their protected lists. Players who had played professionally for the first time in the 1966–67 season were ineligible from being picked until their respective team had filled their protected list with at least two goaltenders and eighteen other players.

Draft results

The draft began with the picking of the draft order. The Kings picked first, with the North Stars, Flyers, Penguins, Seals and Blues following in that order.

With the first pick in the draft the Kings chose goaltender Terry Sawchuk, fresh off a Stanley Cup championship with the Maple Leafs.

The draft resulted in a major upheaval of the rosters of the Original Six franchises, however a large number of the players lost were up to that point career minor-leaguers and older players nearing retirement. Commentators of the time compared the draft to a "rummage sale", with the Original Six losing only unnecessary if not unwanted players.

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California Seals selections

Round # Player Position Drafted from
1 Charlie Hodge Goaltender Montreal Canadiens
2 Gary Smith Goaltender Toronto Maple Leafs
3 Bob Baun Defense Toronto Maple Leafs
4 Kent Douglas Defense Toronto Maple Leafs
5 Bill Hicke Right Wing New York Rangers
6 Billy Harris Winger Detroit Red Wings
7 Larry Cahan Defense New York Rangers
8 Wally Boyer Winger Chicago Black Hawks
9 Joe Szura Winger Montreal Canadiens
10 Bob Lemieux Defense Montreal Canadiens
11 J. P. Parise Left Wing Boston Bruins
12 Ron Harris Defense / Winger Boston Bruins
13 Terry Clancy Winger Toronto Maple Leafs
14 Tracy Pratt Defense Chicago Black Hawks
15 Aut Erickson Defense Toronto Maple Leafs
16 Ron Boehm Winger New York Rangers
17 Alain Caron Winger Chicago Black Hawks
18 Mike Laughton Winger Toronto Maple Leafs
19 Bryan Hextall Winger New York Rangers
20 Gary Kilpatrick Defense Chicago Black Hawks
Reference: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1967x.html

Los Angeles Kings selections

Round # Player Position Drafted from
1 Terry Sawchuk Goaltender Toronto Maple Leafs
2 Wayne Rutledge Goaltender New York Rangers
3 Gord Labossiere Center Montreal Canadiens
4 Bob Wall Defense Detroit Red Wings
5 Ed Joyal Center Toronto Maple Leafs
6 Real Lemieux Winger Detroit Red Wings
7 Poul Popiel Defense Boston Bruins
8 Terry Gray Rignt Wing Detroit Red Wings
9 Bryan Campbell Center New York Rangers
10 Ted Irvine Left Wing Boston Bruins
11 Howard Hughes Right Wing Montreal Canadiens
12 Bill Inglis Center Montreal Canadiens
13 Doug Robinson Left Wing New York Rangers
14 Mike Corrigan Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
15 Jacques Lemieux Left Wing Montreal Canadiens
16 Lowell MacDonald Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
17 Ken Block Defense New York Rangers
18 Bill Flett Right Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
19 Brent Hughes Defense Detroit Red Wings
20 Marc Dufour Right Wing New York Rangers
Reference: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1967x.html

Minnesota North Stars selections

Round # Player Position Drafted from
1 Cesare Maniago Goaltender New York Rangers
2 Garry Bauman Goaltender Montreal Canadiens
3 Dave Balon Left Wing Montreal Canadiens
4 Ray Cullen Center Detroit Red Wings
5 Bob Woytowich Defense Boston Bruins
6 Jean-Guy Talbot Defense Montreal Canadiens
7 Wayne Connelly Right Wing Boston Bruins
8 Ted Taylor Left Wing Detroit Red Wings
9 Pete Goegan Defense Detroit Red Wings
10 Len Lunde Center Chicago Black Hawks
11 Bill Goldsworthy Right Wing Boston Bruins
12 Andre Pronovost Left Wing Detroit Red Wings
13 Elmer Vasko Defense Chicago Black Hawks
14 Murray Hall Winger Chicago Black Hawks
15 Bryan Watson Defense / Winger Detroit Red Wings
16 Bill Collins Center New York Rangers
17 Sandy Fitzpatrick Center New York Rangers
18 Parker MacDonald Center Detroit Red Wings
19 Billy Taylor Center Chicago Black Hawks
20 Dave Richardson Left Wing Chicago Black Hawks
Reference: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1967x.html

Philadelphia Flyers selections

Round # Player Position Drafted from
1 Bernie Parent Goaltender Boston Bruins
2 Doug Favell Goaltender Boston Bruins
3 Ed Van Impe Defense Chicago Black Hawks
4 John Miszuk Defense Chicago Black Hawks
5 Joe Watson Defense Boston Bruins
6 Dick Cherry Defense Boston Bruins
7 Jean Gauthier Defense Montreal Canadiens
8 Terry Ball Defense New York Rangers
9 Brit Selby Winger Toronto Maple Leafs
10 Lou Angotti Center Chicago Black Hawks
11 Leon Rochefort Winger Montreal Canadiens
12 Don Blackburn Winger Toronto Maple Leafs
13 Gary Dornhoefer Winger Boston Bruins
14 Forbes Kennedy Winger Boston Bruins
15 Pat Hannigan Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
16 Dwight Carruthers Winger Detroit Red Wings
17 Bob Courcy Winger Montreal Canadiens
18 Keith Wright Left Wing Boston Bruins
19 Garry Peters Center Montreal Canadiens
20 Jim Johnson Center New York Rangers
Reference: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1967x.html

Pittsburgh Penguins selections

Round # Player Position Drafted from
1 Joe Daley Goaltender Detroit Red Wings
2 Roy Edwards Goaltender Chicago Black Hawks
3 Earl Ingarfield Center New York Rangers
4 Al MacNeil Defense New York Rangers
5 Larry Jeffrey Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
6 Ab McDonald Left Wing Detroit Red Wings
7 Leo Boivin Defense Detroit Red Wings
8 Noel Price Defense Montreal Canadiens
9 Keith McCreary Right Wing Montreal Canadiens
10 Ken Schinkel Right Wing New York Rangers
11 Bob Dillabough Center Boston Bruins
12 Art Stratton Center Chicago Black Hawks
13 Val Fonteyne Left Wing Detroit Red Wings
14 Jeannot Gilbert Center Boston Bruins
15 Tom McCarthy Left Wing Montreal Canadiens
16 Billy Dea Left Wing Chicago Black Hawks
17 Bob Rivard Center Montreal Canadiens
18 Mel Pearson Left Wing Chicago Black Hawks
19 Andy Bathgate Right Wing Detroit Red Wings
20 Les Hunt Defense New York Rangers
Reference: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1967x.html

St. Louis Blues selections

Round # Player Position Drafted from
1 Glenn Hall Goaltender Chicago Black Hawks
2 Don Caley Goaltender Detroit Red Wings
3 Jim Roberts Defense / Winger Montreal Canadiens
4 Noel Picard Defense Montreal Canadiens
5 Al Arbour Defense Toronto Maple Leafs
6 Rod Seiling Defense New York Rangers
7 Ron Schock Center Boston Bruins
8 Terry Crisp Center Boston Bruins
9 Don McKenney Center Detroit Red Wings
10 Wayne Rivers Right Wing Boston Bruins
11 Bill Hay Center Chicago Black Hawks
12 Darryl Edestrand Defense Toronto Maple Leafs
13 Norm Beaudin Right Wing Detroit Red Wings
14 Larry Keenan Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
15 Ron Stewart Center Boston Bruins
16 Fred Hucul Defense Toronto Maple Leafs
17 John Brenneman Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
18 Gerry Melnyk Center Chicago Black Hawks
19 Gary Veneruzzo Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
20 Max Mestinsek Right Wing New York Rangers
Reference: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1967x.html

See also

References

  • Cauz, Louis (June 3, 1967). "Few treasure's for newcomers at hockey's rummage sale". The Globe and Mail (Toronto): p. 27.  

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