Tuesday, October 30, 2012

1965/66 Victoria Maple Leafs, Team Photos

I picked up these vintage photos recently. They're glossy, about 5"x7" and most of them are autographed by the old Western Hockey League Victoria Maple Leafs. The team-issued pics are from the 1965/66 season when they finished in 2nd place with 84 points in 72 games. Victoria went on to win the WHL's President Cup over the Portland Buckaroos.
Victoria was the middle team in the Maple Leafs farm-system along with the Tulsa Oilers and the Rochester Americans.
Steve Witiuk had played 33 games for Chicago Blackhawks in 51/52 and totalled 1228 games and 950 points in his WHL career. Sandy Hucul was one of the all-time great minor league defencemen notching 502 points in 1256 WHL games.

 Defenceman, Claude Labrosse totalled 988 games in the minors. Larry Keenan had played two games with Toronto in 61/62 and would be selected in the expansion draft by St.Louis in 1967.

 Bill Shvetz's minor league career totalled 1095 games, 497 points and 2123 penalty minutes. John Sleaver had played 13 games with Chicago in the mid 1950's and had 63 points in 65/66 with Victoria.
 Gord Redahl potted 23 goals for Victoria in 65/66 and was a veteran of 18 games with Boston in 1958/59. Dick Lamoureux would play 1055 WHL games scoring 215 goals and 533 points.
 Mike Labadie was another of the "cup-of-coffee" NHL vets, playing 3 games with the Rangers in 52/53. He totalled 1080 games and 874 points in the high minors. Bob Barlow led Victoria with 43 goals in 65/66 and his minor league career totalled 1388 games, 552 goals and 1164 points. He would go on to score 16 goals for the Minnesota North Stars in 1969/70.
Aut Erickson was a regular defender with Boston in the late '50's and would go on to play one playoff game during the Stanley Cup championship run in Toronto in 1967.

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