1968–69 St. Louis Blues season

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1968–69 St. Louis Blues
West Division Champions
Division 1st West
1968–69 record 37-25-14
Team information
General Manager Scotty Bowman
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Al Arbour
Arena St. Louis Arena
Team leaders
Goals Red Berenson (35)
Assists Red Berenson (47)
Points Red Berenson (82)
Penalties in minutes Noel Picard (131)
Wins Glenn Hall (19)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.96)
<1967–68 1969–70>

The 1968–69 St. Louis Blues season was the second in the history of the franchise. The Blues won the NHL's West Division title for the first time in their history. In the playoffs, the Blues swept the Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings, winning both series four games to none, before losing the Stanley Cup Finals in four straight to the Montreal Canadiens for the second straight season.

Regular season[edit]

On November 7, 1968, Red Berenson scored six goals in a road game versus the Philadelphia Flyers. He became the first player to score a double hat trick on a road game.[1] Goaltenders Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante shared the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie tandem for that season, and set the Blues' record (broken in 2011-12) of 13 shutouts. For Hall, it was his third Vezina, while Plante, who had come out of retirement during the summer of 1968, took home his seventh. It was the second major award that an NHL expansion team has earned. Hall also earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL Playoffs MVP the previous season.

Final standings[edit]

West Division[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 St. Louis Blues 76 37 25 14 204 157 +47 88
2 Oakland Seals 76 29 36 11 219 251 -32 −32 69
3 Philadelphia Flyers 76 20 35 21 174 225 -51 −51 61
4 Los Angeles Kings 76 24 42 10 185 260 -75 −75 58
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 76 20 45 11 189 252 -63 −63 51
6 Minnesota North Stars 76 18 43 15 189 270 -81 −81 51


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 11, 1968 3–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 0–1–0
2 W October 12, 1968 6–0 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 1–1–0
3 L October 16, 1968 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 1–2–0
4 W October 19, 1968 4–1 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 2–2–0
5 L October 23, 1968 4–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 2–3–0
6 W October 24, 1968 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 3–3–0
7 L October 26, 1968 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 3–4–0
8 W October 30, 1968 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 4–4–0
9 L November 2, 1968 0–2 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 4–5–0
10 T November 3, 1968 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 4–5–1
11 W November 6, 1968 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 5–5–1
12 W November 7, 1968 8–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 6–5–1
13 L November 9, 1968 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 6–6–1
14 T November 10, 1968 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 6–6–2
15 W November 13, 1968 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 7–6–2
16 T November 16, 1968 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 7–6–3
17 T November 17, 1968 3–3 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 7–6–4
18 W November 20, 1968 7–0 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 8–6–4
19 W November 23, 1968 1–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 9–6–4
20 T November 27, 1968 4–4 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 9–6–5
21 W November 28, 1968 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 10–6–5
22 W November 30, 1968 1–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 11–6–5
23 T December 4, 1968 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 11–6–6
24 T December 7, 1968 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 11–6–7
25 T December 8, 1968 4–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 11–6–8
26 L December 11, 1968 3–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 11–7–8
27 L December 12, 1968 4–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 11–8–8
28 L December 14, 1968 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 11–9–8
29 W December 15, 1968 3–1 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 12–9–8
30 W December 20, 1968 1–0 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 13–9–8
31 T December 21, 1968 2–2 New York Rangers (1968–69) 13–9–9
32 W December 25, 1968 2–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 14–9–9
33 W December 26, 1968 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 15–9–9
34 L December 28, 1968 2–6 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 15–10–9
35 T January 1, 1969 0–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 15–10–10
36 W January 3, 1969 3–1 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 16–10–10
37 W January 4, 1969 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 17–10–10
38 W January 7, 1969 5–0 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 18–10–10
39 L January 8, 1969 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 18–11–10
40 W January 11, 1969 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 19–11–10
41 W January 12, 1969 2–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 20–11–10
42 W January 15, 1969 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 21–11–10
43 T January 18, 1969 2–2 New York Rangers (1968–69) 21–11–11
44 W January 19, 1969 3–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 22–11–11
45 L January 23, 1969 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 22–12–11
46 L January 25, 1969 0–4 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 22–13–11
47 W January 26, 1969 3–1 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 23–13–11
48 W January 29, 1969 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 24–13–11
49 L January 30, 1969 3–4 New York Rangers (1968–69) 24–14–11
50 W February 1, 1969 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 25–14–11
51 W February 2, 1969 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 26–14–11
52 L February 4, 1969 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 26–15–11
53 W February 6, 1969 3–1 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 27–15–11
54 L February 8, 1969 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 27–16–11
55 T February 9, 1969 4–4 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 27–16–12
56 W February 12, 1969 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 28–16–12
57 W February 13, 1969 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 29–16–12
58 W February 15, 1969 4–1 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 30–16–12
59 W February 16, 1969 6–0 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 31–16–12
60 W February 19, 1969 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 32–16–12
61 L February 21, 1969 2–3 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 32–17–12
62 W February 22, 1969 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 33–17–12
63 L February 26, 1969 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 33–18–12
64 L March 1, 1969 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 33–19–12
65 L March 2, 1969 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 33–20–12
66 L March 5, 1969 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 33–21–12
67 W March 8, 1969 5–2 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 34–21–12
68 T March 9, 1969 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 34–21–13
69 L March 11, 1969 0–3 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 34–22–13
70 W March 15, 1969 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 35–22–13
71 L March 16, 1969 2–3 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 35–23–13
72 T March 19, 1969 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 35–23–14
73 L March 22, 1969 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 35–24–14
74 L March 23, 1969 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 35–25–14
75 W March 26, 1969 5–3 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 36–25–14
76 W March 29, 1969 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 37–25–14
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates tie.

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Claude Ruel became the eleventh rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup. Montreal goaltender Rogie Vachon limited St. Louis to three goals in four games and his first career playoff shutout.

Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 27 St. Louis 1 Montreal 3
April 29 St. Louis 1 Montreal 3
May 1 Montreal 4 St. Louis 0
May 4 Montreal 2 St. Louis 1

Montreal wins the series 4–0.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 76 35 47 82 43 7 1 6
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 75 25 23 48 58 3 0 3
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 68 21 21 42 12 2 0 4
Henry, CamilleCamille Henry C 64 17 22 39 8 7 0 1
Schock, RonRon Schock C 67 12 27 39 14 4 0 3
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 72 12 26 38 22 3 0 3
Ecclestone, TimTim Ecclestone LW 68 11 23 34 31 1 0 4
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 72 14 19 33 81 2 1 1
McCreary, BillBill McCreary LW 71 13 17 30 50 3 1 4
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 61 4 26 30 120 0 0 1
Picard, NoelNoel Picard D 67 5 19 24 131 0 0 1
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 70 2 20 22 30 1 0 0
Cameron, CraigCraig Cameron RW 72 11 5 16 40 2 0 1
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 57 6 9 15 14 1 1 0
Keenan, LarryLarry Keenan LW 46 5 9 14 6 0 0 2
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 69 5 4 9 24 0 0 1
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 67 1 6 7 50 0 0 1
Plager, BobBob Plager D 32 0 7 7 43 0 0 0
Gray, TerryTerry Gray RW 8 4 0 4 4 2 0 1
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall G 41 0 2 2 20 0 0 0
Stankiewicz, MyronMyron Stankiewicz LW 16 0 2 2 11 0 0 0
Fortin, RayRay Fortin D 11 1 0 1 6 0 0 0
Dennis, NormNorm Dennis C 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Edwards, GaryGary Edwards G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Irons, RobbieRobbie Irons G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ouimet, TedTed Ouimet G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plager, BillBill Plager D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 37 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 2354 41 19 12 8 85 2.17 8
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 2139 37 18 12 6 70 1.96 5
Edwards, GaryGary Edwards 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Irons, RobbieRobbie Irons 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Ouimet, TedTed Ouimet 60 1 0 1 0 2 2.00 0
Team: 4560 76 37 25 14 157 2.07 13

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 12 6 5 11 12 1 0 2
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 12 7 3 10 20 2 0 1
Keenan, LarryLarry Keenan LW 12 4 5 9 8 1 0 2
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 12 3 4 7 20 0 0 2
Henry, CamilleCamille Henry C 11 2 5 7 0 1 0 0
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 12 3 3 6 2 0 0 0
McCreary, BillBill McCreary LW 12 1 5 6 14 1 0 1
Gray, TerryTerry Gray RW 11 3 2 5 8 1 0 0
Picard, NoelNoel Picard D 12 1 4 5 30 0 0 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 12 1 4 5 10 0 0 0
Ecclestone, TimTim Ecclestone LW 12 2 2 4 20 0 0 0
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 12 0 4 4 31 0 0 0
Plager, BobBob Plager D 9 0 4 4 47 0 0 0
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 12 2 1 3 10 0 0 0
Schock, RonRon Schock C 12 1 2 3 6 0 0 0
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 12 0 2 2 6 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 12 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Cameron, CraigCraig Cameron RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plager, BillBill Plager D 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 589 10 8 2 14 1.43 3
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 131 3 0 2 5 2.29 0
Team: 720 12 8 4 19 1.58 3

[3]

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and Records[edit]

  • Red Berenson, Most Goals in One Road Game (6), Achieved on November 7, 1968 vs. Philadelphia[4]

Roster[edit]

1968–1969 St. Louis Blues Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Draft Picks[edit]

St. Louis's picks at the 1968 NHL Entry Draft.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  2. ^ "1968–1969 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  3. ^ "1968-69 St. Louis Blues Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  4. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.179, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

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