Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Unidentified Hockey Photo: Gretzky vs Canucks

Here's a colourful photo from my pal at Vintage Sports Images in North Vancouver. The info that came with it was simply that it was Gretzky and Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy was Captain of the Canucks from 1979/80 through 1981/82. This photo has to be from 81/82 because the Oilers switched to white letters on their nameplate after having orange letters until 1980/81.

This being 1981/82 gives two possibilities as to who Vancouver #17 in the foreground is. Jerry Butler wore the number for 25 games this year as he split time between Vancouver and Dallas of the CHL. On March 9, 1982 the Canucks acquired Tony Currie along with Rick Heinz and Jim Nill from St. Louis for a 4th round pick. Both Butler and Currie are right shooters like the guy in this pic, but Edmonton had already visited Vancouver for the last time of the season six weeks prior to Currie being traded for. This means the #17 shown here can only be Jerry Butler.

Butler was obtained two years before along with Tiger Williams from Toronto for Rick Vaive and Bill Derlago and he would sign with Winnipeg to begin the 82/83 campaign. McCarthy would be usurped as captain of the Canucks the following season by Stan Smyl and was traded to Pittsburgh in 1984.

If The Great One appears a bit flustered in this photo, it is fully understandable. His performance in this match was below his usual standards, especially for the 81/82 season. Although unable to determine which exactly of the four games in Vancouver this pic is from, it's certain he wasn't his usual point producing self. In the first visit to the Pacific Coliseum that year on October 9, Gretzky was shutout in a 6-2 Canuck win. Next visit on December 5, the squads tied 3-3 with Wayner again not scoring a goal but picking up two helpers. On New Years Eve, the Canucks shut down a rampaging Gretzky who had the night before scored his 50th goal in his 39th game. After recording 15 goals and 25 points the previous 5 games, Gretzky produced nothing in a 3-1 loss.

The final time in Vancouver on January 22, the Oilers finally pulled out a 4-3 win with a goal and assist for Gretzky. Over the four games in Vancouver in 81/82, Edmonton went 1-2-1 and Gretzky had a pedestrian one goal and three assists. He produced points a rate of one per game, while in his other 76 games that season he average 2.74 points per game.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Unidentified Hockey Photo; Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings

Here's another fantastic hockey photo from vintagesportsimages.com. It came to me with no date but three of the guys labelled, Red Kelly, Ted Kennedy and Harry Lumley. These are all easily identified by most hockey history buffs, as is the second Maple Leaf in the photo as Sid Smith. A couple other things are quickly noticed, the referee in the background is clearly "King" Clancy and the game is taking place at Detroit's Olympia Stadium.

A few other details allow us to narrow this down to the exact game this was from. Firstly, Harry Lumley was Detroit's goalie through 1949/50 (when he helped Detroit win the Cup) until the arrival of Terry Sawchuk the following year. Red Kelly began with the WIngs in 47/48 and "Teeder" Kennedy was certainly active over these seasons. However, Sid Smith wearing a number ending in "4" definitely helps narrow down the timeframe here.

Smith had been with the Leafs for parts of the 46/47 and 47/48 campaigns but wore numbers 22 and 16 respectively in those stints. He started wearing #24 only in 1948/49 when he suited up for only one regular season game with Toronto. He did however play six of Toronto's nine playoff games as the Leafs won the Cup over...Detroit. So this photo is from either the 1949 Stanley Cup Final or the 49/50 season, Lumley's last with the Wings.

This is when "King" Clancy comes into the picture. Clancy retired from playing early into the 1936/37 season and coached the Montreal Maroons for part of 1937/38. Clancy then became an NHL referee until the end of 1948/49 season. Clancy's last stint as referee was working the 1949 Stanley Cup Final. This eliminates 49/50 as the year of the photo and nails it down as the '49 Finals with Smith wearing #24. The four games of the final round took place between April 8 and April 16, 1949, perhaps the exact date of this game can be determined. A little bit of google newspaper archive digging turned up the boxscores of each of the four Final games, including the referees listed.

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

There we have it, the ref for each game were; Bill Chadwick in Game 1, Clancy in Game 2, George Gravel in Game 3 and Chadwick again in Game 4. 

The photo has to be from April 10, 1949, Game 2 won by Toronto 3-1 at the Detroit Olympia. All three Leaf goals were scored by the aforementioned Sid Smith, the third goal assisted by Ted Kennedy. Having Kennedy pictured in all alone on Lumley in this photo could very well make this a photo of Smith's hat-trick goal at 17:53 of the second period. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

35 Years Ago Today; Gretzky Erupts

35 years ago today, Wayne Gretzky erupted for the greatest stretch of scoring in his career. Going into a game against Minnesota on December 19, 1981, The Great One was comfortably in the lead in NHL scoring with a line of 35 goals, 48 assists, 83 points through 34 games. The hockey world was abuzz with the possibility of him scoring 50 goals in 50 games...or better. The scoring leaders at this point were as follows: (G-A-Pts)

Gretzky  35-48-83
PStastny 21-39-60
DTaylor  18-35-53
Dionne   23-29-52
BSmith   20-32-51
Savard    15-35-50
Bossy     23-26-49

Gretzky had a nice 23 point lead on second place Peter Stastny, that would be padded further during a 9-6 home victory over the North Stars. Gretzky notched 3 goals and 4 helpers to take him to 38 goals in 35 games. The following night, Calgary came to town and the Oilers lost 7-5, Gretzky scored only 2 goals and an assist.
On December 23, Edmonton hosted Vancouver and prevailed 6-1 on the strength of a goal and 3 helpers from Gretzky. He had now tallied 6 goals and 14 points over his previous three games. He was just warming up.
After the Christmas break, Oilers hosted the Kings and routed to a 10-3 victory. Gretzky potted 4 goals and an assist to take his goal total to a ridiculous 45 through 38 games. Now it was just a matter of time as to when he would break the mark for fastest 50 goals in a season. Even Wayne himself couldn't have guessed it would happen so soon.
On December 30, with Philadelphia in town and the Oilers won a hard-fought game 7-5. Gretz potted 5 goals and added an assist, the 50th goal into an empty net as Flyer Bill Barber dove headlong in vain. 50 goals in 39 games. Gretzky's outburst had produced an astonishing 15 goals, 10 assists and 25 points over a five game period. Think about that again.
The Oilers lost 3-1 in Vancouver the following night as Gretzky was finally shut down. When the New Year dawned, the NHL scoring leaders were as such:

Gretzky   50-58-108
PStastny  25-43-68
Dionne    26-38-64
DTaylor   22-42-64
Bossy      30-33-63
BSmith    22-36-58
Savard     17-41-58

The Kid's lead had ballooned to 40 points. While Gretzky was collecting 25 points in 5 games, Stastny had 8 in 4, Dionne 12 in 6, Taylor 11 in 6, Bossy 14 in 6, Smith 7 in 6 and Savard 8 in 7. Four of these guys were scoring at least two points per game, and all lost significant ground to Gretzky.

Of course, Gretzky ended up with 92 goals and 212 points in 1981/82 and a 65 point lead over second place Mike Bossy. He never again produced at such an amazing rate over the rest of his career.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Unidentified Hockey Photo; Canucks vs. Red Wings

Time to identify another old hockey photo for my pal at vintagesportsimages.com in North Vancouver. This one came to me as is, with no information whatsoever. Luckily this one is fairly easy to narrow down to a specific season. The Vancouver Canucks began play in the NHL in the 1970/71 season, this also was the last NHL season (for a while) of Gordie Howe. Gordie is seen in the middle of this melee, so the photo is from the 1970/71 campaign. The game was obviously in Detroit, what with the Wings logo on the ice at the right side of the photo.
Another way to help pinpoint an old Canuck photo is looking for the "V" on the sleeve stripe. Thanks to the great site nhluniforms.com we learn that Vancouver had this style of jersey for only their first two seasons of existence. Below is a closeup of one of the Canucks in the photo.
Using the sihrhockey.org database, it's easy to identify most of the players in the pic as follows;
Detroit #15 Rene Leclerc, #12 Tom Miller, #9 Gordie Howe, #11 Don Luce, #16 Ron Harris, #5 Serge Lajeunesse; Vancouver #9 Ed Hatoum, #15 Rosaire Paiement, #5 Darryl Sly, Helmeted Wayne Maki, #16 Ted Taylor, #12 Mike Corrigan, #3 Pat Quinn

This game was most likely from March 25, 1971 at Detroit Olympia as Detroit’s #12, Tom Miller was acquired from the Rangers on February 2nd of that year, this is the only #12 listed on Detroit's roster for the entire season. At that point in the year Detroit had only one more game hosting Vancouver, March 25. The Red Wings won this game 4-3.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Unidentified Hockey Photo; Eddie Jeremiah

A good friend of mine has just opened a vintage sports image shop here in North Vancouver, conveniently named Vintage Sports Images. He has literally thousands of original, never-seen photographic negatives from all sports. He prints them on canvas and they look so good, most of them appear to be paintings. Naturally, I am lending my expertise at identifying players and events in any photos of his that have missing pieces of info. 

The first one I'm looking at is a really cool shot of what appears to be an old Boston Bruin from the 1930's. He has no other information on it than that. Firstly, a closer look shows a patch on the player's left shoulder that says "Cubs". The Boston Cubs did indeed play from 1930 to 1936 in the Canadian-American Hockey League. The CAHL was a minor league that begat the International-American Hockey League in 1936 and would become today's American Hockey League in 1940. A look at the Society for International Hockey Research player photo database quickly identifies the player. The photo shows Ed Jeremiah who played for the Boston Cubs 1931/32. The SIHR database has the photo below.
 I found the original, showing Jeremiah with Dartmouth College in 1928.
Jeremiah in the middle, Dartmouth 1928
Eddie Jeremiah did indeed play 15 games for the Boston Cubs in 1931/32 scoring a pair of goals as a defenceman. He had begun that season in the NHL with the New York Americans, playing 9 games before being dealt to Boston on February 1, 1932. He appeared in six games for the Bruins at the end of the campaign, not registering a point.
Coaching Dartmouth
Jeremiah spent the next three years in the CAHL and IHL but would never grace an NHL ice sheet  again. In 1935/36 he began his coaching career back with the Boston Olympics and guided them to a championship. Jeremiah became coach of his alma mater Dartmouth in 1936, a post he held until he retired in 1967. 
Eddie Jeremiah would pass away in the summer of 1967 at 61 years old. His lifetime record at Dartmouth  was 308-247-12. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1953/54 Victoria Cougars Program

14 cents
Recently, I picked up this beauty at a collectibles show. A 63 year-old game program from the old Western Hockey League. The game was at the Victoria Memorial Arena between the visiting Vancouver Canucks and the hometown Cougars on January 11, 1954. The Cougars featured up-and-coming 24 year-old Andy Hebenton who would score 21 goals this season, his fifth of top-level minor pro hockey. After an 80 point season for Victoria in 1954/55, Hebenton finally graduated to the New York Rangers and stayed in the NHL until 1964. 
On the other end of the scale, 35 year-old Billy Reay was in his first season as player/coach with Victoria after eight full years playing with the Montreal Canadiens. In 1957, Reay took over as Head Coach for Toronto Maple Leafs and in 1963 he began a 14 year stint as Head Coach in Chicago with the Black Hawks.
All-time great, Lester Patrick
70 year-old Lester Patrick was the President of the Cougars after having been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. Lester even coached one game for the Cougars on Jan. 25, 1952 before ascending to the president's chair for good.
Andy Hebenton, on his way up
Billy Reay, on his way down
The opposition goaltender on this evening was one, Lorne Worsley, who had yet to earn his famous nickname. After having played 50 games the previous year with the New York Rangers (where he went 13-29-8), Worsley was returned to the Western League and the Canucks. In 53/54 he would lead the circuit with 39 wins and a 2.40 goals against average. He was named WHL goalie of the year and won the Leader Cup as League MVP.
24 year-old, pre-Gump, Lorne Worsley
Another future Hall of Famer toiling for Vancouver in this match was defenceman Allan Stanley. He had played the five previous years with the Rangers in the NHL before being sent down in 53/54. Stanley would notch an impressive 36 points in 47 games this year and never returned to the minor leagues again.
Vancouver ended up first place in the WHL in 53/54 with 85 points in 70 games, Victoria was fifth with 65 points. The Cougars lost four games to one to the Calgary Stampeders in the first round while Vancouver lost to the same Stampeders by four games to two in the WHL Finals. 
Fantastic Back Cover

Friday, November 25, 2016

Leafs Rookies, Circa 1929/30

A quarter of the way through the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs have three of the top four scoring rookies in the NHL. The top five rookies in points are as follows: (G-A-Pts)

Patrick Laine, Winnipeg 12-6-18
Auston Matthews, Toronto 8-8-16
Mitch Marner, Toronto 7-9-16
William Nylander, Toronto 6-9-15
Zach Werenski, Columbus 5-10-15
The Leafs have their best rookie crop in at least a generation. In looking at the top three Toronto rookies on their own, it can arguably be said that they are the best Leafs crop of first-year players in over 85 years. Sure, Toronto has had some nice rookie groups enter the league at the same time through the years;

1985/86 Wendel Clark, Steve Thomas & Dan Hodgson
1982/83 Peter Ihnacak, Walt Poddubny, Dan Daoust
1979/80 Laurie Boschman, Rocky Saginiuk, Rick Vaive, Bill Derlago
1973/74 Borje Salming, Lanny McDonald, Ian Turnbull, Inge Hammarstrom
1955/56 Dick Duff, Billy Harris, Earl Balfour
1952/53 George Armstrong, Tim Horton, Ron Stewart, Eric Nesterenko, Leo Boivin
1946/47 Howie Meeker, Joe Klukay, Gus Mortson, Vic Lynn, Jimmy Thomson
1943/44 Ted Kennedy, Gus Bodnar, Jack Hamilton
1936/37 Syl Apps, Gordie Drillon, Jimmy Fowler

However, the greatest crop of Maple Leafs rookies in one season was in 1929/30 when three guys embarked on Hall of Fame careers and would become one of the greatest lines in history.
Charlie Conacher, Joe Primeau and Busher Jackson.
Truth be told, Matthews, Nylander and Marner are having better first seasons than the Hall of Famers did 87 years ago. This may sound like nonsense, but facts are facts. I'm not saying that the current Leaf super-rookies will all one day become enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but their first twenty games are substantially better than the legends of yester-year.

Matthews, Marner and Nylander have all played 20 games or about a quarter of this season. In 1929/30, the league played 44 games and below are the NHL rookie scoring leaders after the same amount of games in 1929/30. Statistics are from the Montreal Gazette of January 7, 1930. The League standings are shown first.
Rookie Leaders Jan.7, 1930

Ebbie Goodfellow, Detroit 10-6-16
Tom Cook, Chicago 4-10-14
Nick Wasnie, Montreal 8-5-13
James Jarvis, Pittsburgh 7-4-11
Charlie Conacher, Toronto 8-2-10
Joe Primeau, Toronto 2-7-9
Frank Ingram, Chicago 4-4-8
Busher Jackson, Toronto 4-2-6
Baldy Northcott, Mtl Maroons 4-0-4
George Massecar, NY Americans 3-1-4

this list also shows how fleeting and varied careers can be; the three Leafs and Ebbie Goodfellow all had Hall of Fame careers, Tom Cook, Nick Wasnie and Baldy Northcott had serviceable if not spectacular careers, James Jarvis, Frank Ingram and George Massecar (whom I honestly had never heard of before yesterday) all played just around 100 NHL games.

So, after the same amount of games in 1929/30, the Toronto future Hall of Famers sat 5th, 6th and 8th in rookie point scoring with some fairly un-impressive totals. Average goals per game back then was 5.91 compared to today's 5.40. If anything, the old-timers should have been slightly more productive than the current newbies. Of course the Leafs all got into gear over the second half of their first full seasons and the final rookie leaders were as follows;

Goodfellow 17-17-34
Cook 14-16-30
Conacher 20-9-29
Primeau 5-21-26
Wasnie 12-11-23
Jarvis 11-8-19
Jackson 12-6-18
Ingram 6-10-16
Northcott 10-1-11
Massecar 7-3-10

The Leafs finished 3rd, 4th and 7th in the rookie race with Conacher leading in goals and Primeau in assists. Of course there were only these ten rookies that played a significant amount of games in 1929/30. It will be highly impressive, if not un-precedented, if Matthews, Marner and Nylander can finish in the top-five in league rookie scoring with likely 70 plus rookies playing at least half their team's games. We shall see.

Monday, November 21, 2016

1988/89 Signed Maple Leafs Stick

Recently I picked up this stick at the Vancouver Flea Market for a fairly reasonable price. It's signed by members of the Maple Leafs 1988/89 squad. I wasn't necessarily in the market for a late-80's signed Leaf stick, but it was a price I couldn't pass up. It actually makes a nice foil for my signed Leafs 62/63 stick, a team that finished first place in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup. The 88/89 team, not so much.
Gary Leeman
Led by Eddie Olczyk's 90 points, Gary Leeman's 75 and Vinny Damphousse's 68 (who are all on this stick) the Buds finished with 62 points, only one ahead of last overall Quebec. Olczyk was in his second and best season with the Leafs. He would be traded to Winniped in 1990 for Mark Osborne, Dave Ellett and Paul Fenton. His 90 points in 88/89 ended up being his career high. This year proved to be Leeman's breakout season as the following season he would notch the second ever 50 goal campaign in franchise history with 51. Of course he'd be traded to Calgary a few years later in the trade that netted Toronto Doug Gilmour.
Daniel Marois
1988/89 was Daniel Marois' rookie season and he produced a respectable 31 goals and finished 6th in Calder voting.
Eddie Olczyk
Dave Reid
Checker extraordinaire, Dave Reid put up a plus/minus of +12 for Toronto in 88/89 over 77 games. Amazing on a team that scored the third least goals and gave up the fourth most.
Dan Daoust
Dan Daoust was n the midst of his second last NHL season and produced only 12 points in 68 games.
Brad Marsh
Steady Brad Marsh was the only Leaf defender to play more than 65 games in 88/89, playing in all 80. He also his ninth best scoring season with one goal (his tops was 3 in 84/85).
Allan Bester
Allan Bester had perhaps his best season in 88/89 going 17-20-3 for a team that was 18 games under .500 He also put up a 3.80 goals against average which put him 13th among NHL goalies who played at least 40 games.
Vincent Damphousse
Damphousse was in his third NHL season and would finally blossom the following year with 94 points.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Red Kelly and The Ultimate Maple Leaf Den

Yep, Me and "Red" Kelly
So, I met "Red" Kelly last week. 
Actually, I didn't JUST meet the hockey legend, I chatted with him for twenty minutes. This encounter didn't just take place on the street or in a restaurant, it happened in the museum-like basement of Ultimate Leaf Fan, Mike Wilson. 
As a member of the Society for International Hockey Research, I was lucky enough to attend the Meet and Greet event for their Annual meeting in Toronto last week. This was graciously held at the home of Mike Wilson, who told me he is not the self-proclaimed "Ultimate Leaf Fan" but was bestowed this moniker by none other than ESPN. Anyway, as a lifelong Leaf fan and collector myself, I was excited enough to gain entry to the Ultimate Leaf Den. Little did I know I would also meet one of the greatest living hockey players there as well. 
Mike Wilson 
Bathroom door with Original
Maple Leaf Gardens Signage
After I picked up my nametag and met a few hockey authors and the host himself, I descended into the Museum/Basement. Even the walls of the staircase were lined with mostly familiar vintage Leafs memorabilia, then I turned the corner at the bottom of the stairs and saw Leonard "Red" Kelly standing there chatting with author/historian Paul Patskou. I had met Paul earlier but had many online exchanges with him, and he said,"Hi Chris let me introduce you to Red Kelly."
Paul Patskou, Myself and "Red" Kelly
I shook his hand and said something like "An honour and a pleasure to meet you Mr. Kelly." Then, as the hockey historians we are, Paul and I proceeded to ask Mr. Kelly questions, but mainly listened to him for the next twenty minutes. Paul had met and worked with Kelly numerous times in the past but seemed just as excited as I was to chat with the legend. For his part, "Red" Kelly was as gracious as can be and his mind and voice are still sharp as a tack at 89 years-old. What follows is the best of what I could remember of our chat, some of the stories I had read before but it was still very cool hearing it from the man himself.

On the aftermath of the Richard Riot in 1955;
When we left Montreal, going to Detroit I said, “What happens if they throw a bomb at The Olympia and we have to forfeit the game? We might lose our streak, because we’d won seven in a row. (Detroit had actually won 8 straight going into the final game of the regular season, the forfeit they got in the riot game clinched them first place over Montreal.) So I told Adams this, he never said I told him, he says as if he did. But what they did was, they told them to put extra guys at the doors of The Olympia and that if you went in with a package they’d check you.” (The final game went off incident-free and Detroit won 6-0)

On Ted Lindsay being traded from Detroit to Chicago in the summer of  '57 after helping form the NHLPA union;
We all knew why Lindsay was traded to Chicago.

On his broken ankle late in the 58/59 season with Detroit;
After I broke my leg, they put me in a cast.  The team lost three games in a row there and they took my cast off and asked me if I think I could give it a go. I played the rest of the season with a broken leg and couldn’t turn properly to the one side. I remember Hull coming down on me and I would let him have the one side I could turn to, that way I could defend against him.

On training camp back in the day;
I would always have to stay home and finish working my farm when training camp started. I usually reported two weeks late and was still in far better shape than anyone else. Others were trying to lose weight, I had to put ON weight.

Kelly's Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Ring 
On his trade from Detroit to Toronto;
I had no idea I was being traded, but wanted nothing to do with the Rangers. I got a call from Clarence Campbell after I refused to go (to New York) and retired. He said Adams is going to suspend you, if he does you’re out of hockey; playing, coaching, refereeing, anything. I said I thought about it all night, I’m not changing my mind. I told Les Patrick of the Rangers that I was retiring that it had nothing to do with the Rangers. (within a few days Jack Adams worked out a trade to Toronto, Kelly agreed to that one) The first time Detroit came to Toronto after the trade, I found it strange playing against my old teammates of twelve and  a half years and was perhaps a bit easy on them. Then Howe followed me into the corner with his stick like this (hooking up around the chest) and his elbow up as usual, and said, “How’s your wife?”, because Gordie of course had introduced us years earlier.  He wasn’t letting up a bit, and I never did on those guys ever again. (Toronto won that game 7-1) 

On his change of positions from Defence to Centre;
Imlach told me when I came over, “If we’re going to win the Cup we have to beat Beliveau. I need you to shut him down.”

On equipment and skates back in the day;
Today’s players are no faster than we were. A few of the players were measured once as skating 30 mph. (I asked him then, 'Can you imagine if you wore the skates they have nowadays and how much better you’d have been?' and he replied) I don’t think it would have made a difference, our skates were just fine. Although in Detroit once I remember turning in the corner and losing an edge and falling. I showed them to our trainer afterwards and he looked quickly at them and said nothing was wrong. When I was traded to Toronto, I showed them to Tommy Naylor and he measured the steel and said one edge was higher than the other, that’s why I was losing my edge.

On his coaching career and why he retired as a player;
When I started coaching (with expansion Los Angeles), they wanted to sign me to play for another four years. They also said though, if I wasn’t cutting it on the ice after a few years they’d put me to work other ways, like selling tickets or something. I said “Hang-it!” and no thanks to the playing part of the offer.
Throughout our chat, Kelly stood there sipping on his Diet Coke as others came and went. And yes, I did let others have a chance to talk with him, I couldn't forget I still had the amazing Leaf museum to explore. Incidentally, I noticed there were a few things in the collection of the Ultimate Leaf Fan that I had in my own collection and I wasn't sure if Mike had them. I asked him if he had a Dave Keon Skate Sharpener still in the box, or a 1930 Game program from the Mutual Street Arena. He thought for a little while and answered 'no'. Perhaps I'll start calling my own den in North Vancouver the Ultimate Leaf Den, West.

Leafs Locker Room Door
Gardens Ushers Cardigan

Monday, October 31, 2016

1970s NHL Media Guides

I recently picked up a bunch of 1970s NHL media guides at the flea market, lots of great covers. The first one is the second year of the Washington Capitals showing goaltender #30, John Adams which is a strange choice seeing as he played only eight games for the inaugural Caps. He went 0-7 and posted a 6.90 GAA.
The next two are Bruins guides showing many of the team's all-time greats. The 76/77 guide shows some wacky charicatures of Don Cherry, Jean Ratelle and Brad Park.
The 76/77 New York Islanders guide combines some blurry, fast-paced action as  well as a dejected looking Denis Potvin.
The Sabres 74/75 guide pictures Rick Martin sporting some simply fantastic 70s sideburns.
72/73 North Stars guide looks like a version of the Odd Couple featuring Cesar Maniago and Gump Worsley. Bill Goldsworthy is the cover boy of the 74/75 media guide.
Speaking of wacky charicatures, the 76/77 Los Angeles Kings guide shows Butch Goring being hoisted upon the shoulders of Dave Hutchison and what appears to be a strange looking, facially contorted teammate. 
The last one shows Goring once again attempting to check the great Bobby Orr.
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