1968–69 Oakland Seals season

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1968–69 Oakland Seals
Division 2nd West
1968–69 record 29–36–11
Goals for 219
Goals against 251
Team information
General Manager Frank Selke, Jr.
Coach Fred Glover
Captain Ted Hampson
Arena Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
Team leaders
Goals Norm Ferguson (34)
Assists Ted Hampson (49)
Points Ted Hampson (75)
Penalties in minutes Carol Vadnais (151)
Wins Gary Smith (21)
Goals against average Gary Smith (2.96)

The 1968–69 Oakland Seals season was the Seals' second season in the NHL. For the first time in their short history they qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs after finishing second in the West Division (albeit with 7 more losses than wins). They were upset in the playoffs, losing their quarter-finals series to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games.

Offseason[edit]

Amateur draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
2 13. Doug Smith (C)  Canada Winnipeg Jets (WCJHL)
3 20. Jim Trewin (D)  Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCJHL)

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

West Division[1]
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 69
3 Philadelphia Flyers 76 20 35 21 174 225 −51 61
4 Los Angeles Kings 76 24 42 10 185 260 −75 58
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 76 20 45 11 189 252 −63 51
6 Minnesota North Stars 76 18 43 15 189 270 −81 51


Schedule and results[edit]

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

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Ted Hampson 10 76 26 49 75 6 7 3 4 7 2
Bill Hicke 9 67 25 36 61 68 7 0 3 3 4
Norm Ferguson 17 76 34 20 54 31 7 1 4 5 7
Gary Jarrett 12 63 22 23 45 22 7 2 1 3 4
Gerry Ehman 8 70 21 24 45 12 7 2 2 4 0
Mike Laughton 15 53 20 23 43 22 7 3 2 5 0
Carol Vadnais 5 76 15 27 42 151 7 1 4 5 10
Brian Perry 20 61 10 21 31 10 6 1 1 2 4
Earl Ingarfield 7 26 8 15 23 8 7 4 6 10 2
Joe Szura 18 70 9 12 21 20 7 2 3 5 2
Doug Roberts 2 76 1 19 20 79 7 0 1 1 34
Bob Dillabough 21 48 7 12 19 4 7 3 0 3 0
Bert Marshall 19 68 3 15 18 81 7 0 7 7 20
Francois Lacombe 4 72 2 16 18 50 3 1 0 1 0
George Swarbrick 14 50 3 13 16 75
Gene Ubriaco 16 26 4 7 11 14 7 2 0 2 2
Dick Mattiussi 6 24 1 9 10 16 7 0 1 1 6
Gerry Odrowski 11 74 5 1 6 24 7 0 1 1 2
Bryan Watson 6 50 2 3 5 97
Billy Harris 7 19 0 4 4 2
John Brenneman 16 21 1 2 3 6 7 0 0 0 0
Gary Smith 30 54 0 2 2 7 7 0 0 0 0
Len Ronson 15 5 0 0 0 0
Charlie Hodge 1 14 0 0 0 0
Chris Worthy 25 14 0 0 0 0

†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Seals. Stats reflect time with the Seals only. ‡Traded mid-season

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals sgainst; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Gary Smith 30 54 2993 21 24 7 148 4 2.96 7 420 3 4 23 0 3.29
Charlie Hodge 1 14 781 4 6 1 48 0 3.69
Chris Worthy 25 14 786 4 6 3 54 0 4.12

Transactions[edit]

The Seals were involved in the following transactions during the 1968–69 season:

Trades[edit]

May 14, 1968 To Oakland Seals
cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Terry Clancy
May 21, 1968 To Oakland Seals
Norm Ferguson
Stan Fuller
Francois Lacombe
Michel Jacques
To Montreal Canadiens
Wally Boyer
Alain Caron
rights to Lyle Bradley
May 27, 1968 To Oakland Seals
Gary Jarrett
Doug Roberts
Chris Worthy
Howie Young
To Detroit Red Wings
Bobby Baun
Ron Harris
June 6, 1968 To Oakland Seals
Bryan Watson
cash
To Montreal Canadiens
1st round pick in 1972 (Michel Larocque)
August, 1968 To Oakland Seals
Len Ronson
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
September 13, 1968 To Oakland Seals
cash
To New York Rangers
Ron Boehm
November, 1968 To Oakland Seals
cash
To San Diego Gulls (WHL)
Len Ronson
November 29, 1968 To Oakland Seals
Bob Dillabough
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Billy Harris
January 30, 1969 To Oakland Seals
Earl Ingarfield
Dick Mattiussi
Gene Ubriaco
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tracy Pratt
George Swarbrick
Bryan Watson

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Brian Perry Providence Reds (AHL) Inter-league Draft (1968–06–06)
Carol Vadnais Montreal Canadiens Intra-league Draft (1968–06–12)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Charlie Burns Pittsburgh Penguins Intra-league Draft (1968–06–12)
Larry Cahan Montreal Canadiens Intra-league Draft (1968–06–12)
Howie Young Chicago Black Hawks Waivers (1968–10–02)
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Roster[edit]

1968–1969 Oakland Seals Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Playoffs[edit]

The Seals made it into the playoffs and went against Los Angeles in the Quarter-finals in a best of seven series and lost in 7 games, or 3–4.

References[edit]