This is Ted Harris marking (and scarring) his man, maybe 1971. The St. Louis player appears to be wearing #11, meaning that the actual victim in the photo is Gary Sabourin. Harris played in Minnesota 1970-73 and Sabourin wore #11 for the Blues the entire time.
One of the books I write after my first two best sellers (entitled “Oakland Seals at the Expansion Draft” and “Bill White Drifts A-Shore”) will be about the 1971 Minnesota North Stars. It’s basically the story of an expansion team that kept acquiring veterans from the Habs in exchange for draft picks until one day the two teams meet in the playoffs.
And the North Stars almost win the damn thing. Seriously. You could look it up. Jude Drouin, Danny Grant, Ted Harris, Gump Worsley and Bobby Rousseau all played well enough to push the eventual Cup champions to the brink of elimination.
In G6, late in the game and down by one goal, North Star center Ted Hampson breaks in on the defense, zips behind them and rips the puck past Ken Dryden as the game ends. Goal judge hits the light but it won’t go on. Hampson tied game 6 a split second after the end of regulation. Only the Habs get those breaks.
I’ve resisted the urge to begin talking about the 2009 Entry Draft because with the Oilers in lottery position it just makes me cranky to think about it. However, as we move along in the 2008-09 season the possibility exists that the Edmonton Oilers will:
- miss the playoffs
- retain the coaching staff
- retain the management group (with Tambellini inert)
- get another lottery pick
All the while spending near the cap. Amazing. Rob Schremp draws into the lineup tonight. It reminds me of the time the Bay City Rollers appeared live on the Howard Cosell show. It isn’t the Beatles and it isn’t Ed Sullivan but it is a spectacle.