1967 NHL Expansion Draft
|1967 NHL Expansion Draft|
|Date(s)||June 6, 1967|
|Expansion team(s)||California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues|
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.
As this ambitious expansion doubled the league's size from six to twelve teams, a large number of players were needed to fill the rosters of the new franchises. Almost all of the leading 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 clubs (the Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs) to the new teams. Each expansion team was to select twenty players from the established clubs: two goaltenders and eighteen forwards and defensemen. Thus, a total of 120 players were selected.
The existing clubs were allowed to exclude a goaltender and eleven other players from eligibility in the draft by naming them to "protected" lists. 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 were already playing professionally, and players sold to the minor league Western Hockey League and Central Professional Hockey League before June 1, 1966.
The draft began with the drawing of the draft order. Each of the new teams' 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. Montreal Canadiens general manager Sam Pollock helped Campbell draw up the rules for the draft. 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 rotate, such that the team that had picked first in the previous round would pick last in the following round while the other teams moved up to fill its place. Each expansion team had three minutes from the time of the previous selection to make its pick.
After each of the first, second, sixth and subsequent rounds in which any of the established teams lost a player, the team in question chose one undrafted player that it had left unprotected and moved him onto 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.
Boston: goaltender - Gerry Cheevers; skaters - John Bucyk, Ted Green, Ed Westfall, Tom Williams, John McKenzie, Don Awrey, Ken Hodge, Phil Esposito, Fred Stanfield, Eddie Shack and Gary Doak. Among notable players who were initially unprotected but later added to the list as fills were Dallas Smith, Wayne Cashman, Eddie Johnston, Jean Pronovost, Ron Murphy, Glen Sather and Bob Leiter.
Chicago: goaltender - Denis DeJordy; skaters - Bobby Hull, Dennis Hull, Doug Jarrett, Chico Maki, Gilles Marotte, Pit Martin, Stan Mikita, Doug Mohns, Pierre Pilote, Ken Wharram and Pat Stapleton. Among notable players who were initially unprotected but later added to the list as fills were Eric Nesterenko, Wayne Maki and Dave Dryden.
Detroit: goaltender - Roger Crozier; skaters - Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Norm Ullman, Gary Bergman, Paul Henderson, Bruce MacGregor, Ted Hampson, Dean Prentice, Bert Marshall, Doug Roberts and Bob McCord. Among notable players who were initially unprotected but later added to the list as fills were Nick Libett, Howie Young, Gary Jarrett, Floyd Smith and Jim Watson.
Montreal: goaltender - Lorne Worsley; skaters - Jean Beliveau, Yvan Cournoyer, J. C. Tremblay, Jacques Laperriere, Ted Harris, Terry Harper, John Ferguson, Ralph Backstrom, Henri Richard, Gilles Tremblay and Bobby Rousseau. Among notable players who were initially unprotected but later added to the list as fills were Rogie Vachon, Claude Larose, Dick Duff, Carol Vadnais, Serge Savard, Danny Grant, Jacques Lemaire and Andre Boudrias.
New York: goaltender - Ed Giacomin; skaters - Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert, Vic Hadfield, Phil Goyette, Arnie Brown, Bob Nevin, Jim Neilson, Harry Howell, Don Marshall, Orland Kurtenbach and Wayne Hillman. Among notable players who were initially unprotected but later added to the list as fills were Gilles Villemure, Red Berenson, Reggie Fleming, Gary Sabourin and Bob Plager.
Toronto: goaltender - Johnny Bower; skaters - Frank Mahovlich, Dave Keon, Tim Horton, Larry Hillman, Bob Pulford, Jim Pappin, Marcel Pronovost, Mike Walton, Ron Ellis, Pete Stemkowski and Brian Conacher. Among notable players who were initially unprotected but later added to the list as fills were Al Smith, George Armstrong, Allan Stanley, Duane Rupp, Murray Oliver, Bronco Horvath, Don Cherry and Red Kelly.
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 future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk, backbone of the great Detroit Red Wings teams of the 1950s and fresh off a Stanley Cup championship with the Maple Leafs. The first skater chosen was center Gord Labossiere of the Canadiens, also by the Kings, as the 13th selection.
Commentators compared the draft to a rummage sale, with the Original Six losing only unnecessary if not unwanted players. Some of the expansion teams bolstered their rosters before the Draft by purchasing minor league teams outright, thus gaining the rights to the players on their rosters, such as the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League by the Kings and the Quebec Aces of the AHL by the Flyers, while the North Stars purchased the rights to seven amateur members of the Canadian National Team from Toronto. A poll of minor league sportswriters and executives, following the draft, felt that Philadelphia had gotten the best of the selections and Los Angeles the worst, while the Boston Bruins were the hardest hit of existing clubs. Among the Bruins' players drafted were future Hall of Famer Bernie Parent and future All-Stars J. P. Parise, Poul Popiel, Wayne Connelly, Bill Goldsworthy, Gary Dornhoefer, Ron Schock and Wayne Rivers. It was considered that the Canadiens – reported to have made a number of backroom deals to avoid losing valued unprotected players – fared the best of the established clubs, keeping unprotected talent such as Claude Larose, Carol Vadnais, Serge Savard and Danny Grant.
One controversy arose from the retirement of Toronto star Red Kelly, who was expected to become the Kings' coach. As he was still under contract with the Maple Leafs, they had the rights to his services, but Leafs' general manager Punch Imlach insisted that the Kings use one of their picks to select him, and when this did not materialize, Imlach added Kelly to the Leafs' protected list, forcing the Kings to trade their 15th pick, Ken Block, for Kelly.
Bill Flett and Poul Popiel were the last players selected in the Draft to be active in the NHL, both playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980 season, while Parent, playing in 551 NHL games (not counting his season in the World Hockey Association) had the longest career of any goaltender selected. Popiel was the last player chosen to be active in professional hockey, playing for the Muskegon Mohawks of the International Hockey League in 1982.
By contrast, Don Caley, the 2nd pick of St. Louis, played only a single game for the Blues, the only game of his NHL career. Career Black Hawk Bill Hay, the 11th pick of the Blues, retired before the Draft; nineteen other skaters played 20 or fewer NHL games after the Draft.
|NHL All-Star and NHL All-Star Team|
|Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame|
|Round||#||Player||Position||Drafted by||Selected from|
|1||1||Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk||Goaltender||Los Angeles Kings||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1||2||Parent, BernieBernie Parent||Goaltender||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Bruins|
|1||3||Hall, GlennGlenn Hall||Goaltender||St. Louis Blues||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1||4||Maniago, CesareCesare Maniago||Goaltender||Minnesota North Stars||New York Rangers|
|1||5||Daley, JoeJoe Daley||Goaltender||Pittsburgh Penguins||Detroit Red Wings|
|1||6||Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge||Goaltender||California Seals||Montreal Canadiens|
|2||7||Rutledge, WayneWayne Rutledge||Goaltender||Los Angeles Kings||New York Rangers|
|2||8||Bauman, GarryGarry Bauman||Goaltender||Minnesota North Stars||Montreal Canadiens|
|2||9||Favell, DougDoug Favell||Goaltender||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Bruins|
|2||10||Edwards, RoyRoy Edwards||Goaltender||Pittsburgh Penguins||Chicago Black Hawks|
|2||11||Smith, GaryGary Smith||Goaltender||California Seals||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|2||12||Caley, DonDon Caley||Goaltender||St. Louis Blues||Detroit Red Wings|
|3||13||Labossiere, GordGord Labossiere||Centre||Los Angeles Kings||Montreal Canadiens|
|3||14||Balon, DaveDave Balon||Left wing||Minnesota North Stars||Montreal Canadiens|
|3||15||Roberts, JimJim Roberts||Defence||St. Louis Blues||Montreal Canadiens|
|3||16||Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe||Defence||Philadelphia Flyers||Chicago Black Hawks|
|3||17||Ingarfield, EarlEarl Ingarfield||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins||New York Rangers|
|3||18||Baun, BobBob Baun||Defence||California Seals||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|4||19||Wall, BobBob Wall||Defence||Los Angeles Kings||Detroit Red Wings|
|4||20||Cullen, RayRay Cullen||Centre||Minnesota North Stars||Detroit Red Wings|
|4||21||Watson, JoeJoe Watson||Defence||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Bruins|
|4||22||MacNeil, AlAl MacNeil||Defence||Pittsburgh Penguins||New York Rangers|
|4||23||Douglas, KentKent Douglas||Defence||California Seals||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|4||24||Picard, NoelNoel Picard||Defence||St. Louis Blues||Montreal Canadiens|
|5||25||Joyal, EddieEddie Joyal||Centre||Los Angeles Kings||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|5||26||Woytowich, BobBob Woytowich||Defence||Minnesota North Stars||Boston Bruins|
|5||27||Selby, BritBrit Selby||Left wing||Philadelphia Flyers||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|5||28||Jeffrey, LarryLarry Jeffrey||Left wing||Pittsburgh Penguins||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|5||29||Hicke, BillBill Hicke||Right wing||California Seals||New York Rangers|
|5||30||Arbour, AlAl Arbour||Defence||St. Louis Blues||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|6||31||Lemieux, RealReal Lemieux||Right wing||Los Angeles Kings||Detroit Red Wings|
|6||32||Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot||Defence||Minnesota North Stars||Montreal Canadiens|
|6||33||Angotti, LouLou Angotti||Right wing||Philadelphia Flyers||Chicago Black Hawks|
|6||34||McDonald, AbAb McDonald||Left wing||Pittsburgh Penguins||Detroit Red Wings|
|6||35||Harris, BillyBilly Harris||Centre||California Seals||Detroit Red Wings|
|6||36||Seiling, RodRod Seiling||Defence||St. Louis Blues||New York Rangers|
|7||37||Popiel, PoulPoul Popiel||Defence||Los Angeles Kings||Boston Bruins|
|7||38||Connelly, WayneWayne Connelly||Right wing||Minnesota North Stars||Boston Bruins|
|7||39||Rochefort, LeonLeon Rochefort||Forward||Philadelphia Flyers||Montreal Canadiens|
|7||40||Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin||Defence||Pittsburgh Penguins||Detroit Red Wings|
|7||41||Cahan, LarryLarry Cahan||Defence||California Seals||New York Rangers|
|7||42||Schock, RonRon Schock||Centre||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins|
|8||43||Gray, TerryTerry Gray||Right wing||Los Angeles Kings||Detroit Red Wings|
|8||44||Taylor, TedTed Taylor||Left wing||Minnesota North Stars||Detroit Red Wings|
|8||45||Blackburn, DonDon Blackburn||Left wing||Philadelphia Flyers||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|8||46||Price, NoelNoel Price||Defence||Pittsburgh Penguins||Montreal Canadiens|
|8||47||Boyer, WallyWally Boyer||Centre||California Seals||Chicago Black Hawks|
|8||48||Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp||Centre||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins|
|9||49||Campbell, BryanBryan Campbell||Centre||Los Angeles Kings||New York Rangers|
|9||50||Goegan, PetePete Goegan||Defence||Minnesota North Stars||Detroit Red Wings|
|9||51||Miszuk, JohnJohn Miszuk||Defence||Philadelphia Flyers||Chicago Black Hawks|
|9||52||McCreary, KeithKeith McCreary||Left wing||Pittsburgh Penguins||Montreal Canadiens|
|9||53||Szura, JoeJoe Szura||Centre||California Seals||Montreal Canadiens|
|9||54||McKenney, DonDon McKenney||Centre||St. Louis Blues||Detroit Red Wings|
|10||55||Irvine, TedTed Irvine||Left wing||Los Angeles Kings||Boston Bruins|
|10||56||Lunde, LenLen Lunde||Left wing||Minnesota North Stars||Chicago Black Hawks|
|10||57||Peters, GarryGarry Peters||Centre||Philadelphia Flyers||Montreal Canadiens|
|10||58||Schinkel, KenKen Schinkel||Right wing||Pittsburgh Penguins||New York Rangers|
|10||59||Lemieux, BobBob Lemieux||Defence||California Seals||Montreal Canadiens|
|10||60||Rivers, WayneWayne Rivers||Right wing||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins|
|11||61||Hughes, HowieHowie Hughes||Right wing||Los Angeles Kings||Montreal Canadiens|
|11||62||Goldsworthy, BillBill Goldsworthy||Right wing||Minnesota North Stars||Boston Bruins|
|11||63||Cherry, DickDick Cherry||Defence||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Bruins|
|11||64||Dillabough, BobBob Dillabough||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins||Boston Bruins|
|11||65||Parise, J. P.J. P. Parise||Left wing||California Seals||Boston Bruins|
|11||66||Hay, BillBill Hay||Centre||St. Louis Blues||Chicago Black Hawks|
|12||67||Inglis, BillBill Inglis||Centre||Los Angeles Kings||Montreal Canadiens|
|12||68||Pronovost, AndreAndre Pronovost||Left wing||Minnesota North Stars||Detroit Red Wings|
|12||69||Gauthier, JeanJean Gauthier||Defence||Philadelphia Flyers||Montreal Canadiens|
|12||70||Stratton, ArtArt Stratton||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins||Chicago Black Hawks|
|12||71||Harris, RonRon Harris||Defence||California Seals||Boston Bruins|
|12||72||Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand||Defence||St. Louis Blues||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|13||73||Robinson, DougDoug Robinson||Left wing||Los Angeles Kings||New York Rangers|
|13||74||Vasko, ElmerElmer Vasko||Defence||Minnesota North Stars||Chicago Black Hawks|
|13||75||Johnson, JimJim Johnson||Centre||Philadelphia Flyers||New York Rangers|
|13||76||Fonteyne, ValVal Fonteyne||Left wing||Pittsburgh Penguins||Detroit Red Wings|
|13||77||Clancy, TerryTerry Clancy||Right wing||California Seals||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|13||78||Beaudin, NormNorm Beaudin||Right wing||St. Louis Blues||Detroit Red Wings|
|14||79||Corrigan, MikeMike Corrigan||Left wing||Los Angeles Kings||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|14||80||Hall, MurrayMurray Hall||Right wing||Minnesota North Stars||Chicago Black Hawks|
|14||81||Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer||Right wing||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Bruins|
|14||82||Gilbert, JeannotJeannot Gilbert||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins||Boston Bruins|
|14||83||Pratt, TracyTracy Pratt||Defence||California Seals||Chicago Black Hawks|
|14||84||Keenan, LarryLarry Keenan||Left wing||St. Louis Blues||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|15||85||Lemieux, JacquesJacques Lemieux||Defence||Los Angeles Kings||Montreal Canadiens|
|15||86||Watson, BryanBryan Watson||Defence||Minnesota North Stars||Detroit Red Wings|
|15||87||Kennedy, ForbesForbes Kennedy||Centre||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Bruins|
|15||88||McCarthy, TomTom McCarthy||Left wing||Pittsburgh Penguins||Montreal Canadiens|
|15||89||Erickson, AutAut Erickson||Defence||California Seals||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|15||90||Stewart, RonRon Stewart||Centre||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins|
|16||91||MacDonald, LowellLowell MacDonald||Right wing||Los Angeles Kings||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|16||92||Collins, BillBill Collins||Centre||Minnesota North Stars||New York Rangers|
|16||93||Hannigan, PatPat Hannigan||Left wing||Philadelphia Flyers||Chicago Black Hawks|
|16||94||Dea, BillyBilly Dea||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins||Chicago Black Hawks|
|16||95||Boehm, RonRon Boehm||Left wing||California Seals||New York Rangers|
|16||96||Hucul, FredFred Hucul||Defence||St. Louis Blues||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|17||97||Block, KenKen Block||Defence||Los Angeles Kings||New York Rangers|
|17||98||Fitzpatrick, SandySandy Fitzpatrick||Centre||Minnesota North Stars||New York Rangers|
|17||99||Carruthers, DwightDwight Carruthers||Defence||Philadelphia Flyers||Detroit Red Wings|
|17||100||Rivard, BobbyBobby Rivard||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins||Montreal Canadiens|
|17||101||Caron, AlainAlain Caron||Right wing||California Seals||Chicago Black Hawks|
|17||102||Brenneman, JohnJohn Brenneman||Left wing||St. Louis Blues||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|18||103||Flett, BillBill Flett||Right wing||Los Angeles Kings||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|18||104||MacDonald, ParkerParker MacDonald||Left wing||Minnesota North Stars||Detroit Red Wings|
|18||105||Courcy, BobBob Courcy||Centre||Philadelphia Flyers||Montreal Canadiens|
|18||106||Pearson, MelMel Pearson||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins||Chicago Black Hawks|
|18||107||Laughton, MikeMike Laughton||Centre||California Seals||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|18||108||Melnyk, GerryGerry Melnyk||Centre||St. Louis Blues||Chicago Black Hawks|
|19||109||Hughes, BrentBrent Hughes||Defence||Los Angeles Kings||Detroit Red Wings|
|19||110||Taylor, BillyBilly Taylor||Centre||Minnesota North Stars||Chicago Black Hawks|
|19||111||Wright, KeithKeith Wright||Right wing||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Bruins|
|19||112||Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate||Centre||Pittsburgh Penguins||Detroit Red Wings|
|19||113||Hextall, BryanBryan Hextall||Forward||California Seals||New York Rangers|
|19||114||Veneruzzo, GaryGary Veneruzzo||Left wing||St. Louis Blues||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|20||115||Dufour, MarcMarc Dufour||Right wing||Los Angeles Kings||New York Rangers|
|20||116||Richardson, DaveDave Richardson||Left wing||Minnesota North Stars||Chicago Black Hawks|
|20||117||Ball, TerryTerry Ball||Defence||Philadelphia Flyers||New York Rangers|
|20||118||Hunt, LesLes Hunt||Defence||Pittsburgh Penguins||New York Rangers|
|20||119||Kilpatrick, GaryGary Kilpatrick||Defence||California Seals||Chicago Black Hawks|
|20||120||Mestinsek, MaxMax Mestinsek||Right wing||St. Louis Blues||New York Rangers|
- McFarlane (1969), p. 139
- The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p. 189, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
- McFarlane (1969), p. 140
- Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, June 7, 1967, p. 27.
- McFarlane (1969), p. 141.
- Cauz, Louis (June 3, 1967). "Few treasure's for newcomers at hockey's rummage sale". Globe and Mail. Toronto. p. 27.
- McFarlane, Brian (1969). 50 Years Of Hockey. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Greywood Publishing Limited.