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1968–69 St. Louis Blues · NHL
Division 1st West
Conference 1st West
1968–69 record 37-25-14
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)

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 seasonEdit

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. 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 standingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 76 37 25 14 204 157 88
Oakland Seals 76 29 36 11 219 251 69
Philadelphia Flyers 76 20 35 21 174 225 61
Los Angeles Kings 76 24 42 10 185 260 58
Pittsburgh Penguins 76 20 45 11 189 252 51
Minnesota North Stars 76 18 43 15 189 270 51
[2]

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 11, 19683–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 0–1–0
2WOctober 12, 19686–0 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 1–1–0
3LOctober 16, 19682–4 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 1–2–0
4WOctober 19, 19684–1 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 2–2–0
5LOctober 23, 19684–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 2–3–0
6WOctober 24, 19682–1 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 3–3–0
7LOctober 26, 19682–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 3–4–0
8WOctober 30, 19684–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 4–4–0
9LNovember 2, 19680–2 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 4–5–0
10TNovember 3, 19684–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 4–5–1
11WNovember 6, 19683–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 5–5–1
12WNovember 7, 19688–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 6–5–1
13LNovember 9, 19681–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 6–6–1
14TNovember 10, 19681–1 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 6–6–2
15WNovember 13, 19683–1 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 7–6–2
16TNovember 16, 19681–1 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 7–6–3
17TNovember 17, 19683–3 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 7–6–4
18WNovember 20, 19687–0 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 8–6–4
19WNovember 23, 19681–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 9–6–4
20TNovember 27, 19684–4 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 9–6–5
21WNovember 28, 19683–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 10–6–5
22WNovember 30, 19681–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 11–6–5
23TDecember 4, 19683–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 11–6–6
24TDecember 7, 19681–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 11–6–7
25TDecember 8, 19684–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 11–6–8
26LDecember 11, 19683–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 11–7–8
27LDecember 12, 19684–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 11–8–8
28LDecember 14, 19682–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 11–9–8
29WDecember 15, 19683–1 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 12–9–8
30WDecember 20, 19681–0 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 13–9–8
31TDecember 21, 19682–2 New York Rangers (1968–69) 13–9–9
32WDecember 25, 19682–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 14–9–9
33WDecember 26, 19683–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 15–9–9
34LDecember 28, 19682–6 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 15–10–9
35TJanuary 1, 19690–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 15–10–10
36WJanuary 3, 19693–1 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 16–10–10
37WJanuary 4, 19693–1 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 17–10–10
38WJanuary 7, 19695–0 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 18–10–10
39LJanuary 8, 19691–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 18–11–10
40WJanuary 11, 19696–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 19–11–10
41WJanuary 12, 19692–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 20–11–10
42WJanuary 15, 19694–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 21–11–10
43TJanuary 18, 19692–2 New York Rangers (1968–69) 21–11–11
44WJanuary 19, 19693–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 22–11–11
45LJanuary 23, 19692–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 22–12–11
46LJanuary 25, 19690–4 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 22–13–11
47WJanuary 26, 19693–1 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 23–13–11
48WJanuary 29, 19692–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 24–13–11
49LJanuary 30, 19693–4 New York Rangers (1968–69) 24–14–11
50WFebruary 1, 19692–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 25–14–11
51WFebruary 2, 19695–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 26–14–11
52LFebruary 4, 19692–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 26–15–11
53WFebruary 6, 19693–1 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 27–15–11
54LFebruary 8, 19690–2 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 27–16–11
55TFebruary 9, 19694–4 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 27–16–12
56WFebruary 12, 19692–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 28–16–12
57WFebruary 13, 19692–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 29–16–12
58WFebruary 15, 19694–1 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 30–16–12
59WFebruary 16, 19696–0 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 31–16–12
60WFebruary 19, 19693–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 32–16–12
61LFebruary 21, 19692–3 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 32–17–12
62WFebruary 22, 19693–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 33–17–12
63LFebruary 26, 19692–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 33–18–12
64LMarch 1, 19690–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 33–19–12
65LMarch 2, 19691–2 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 33–20–12
66LMarch 5, 19692–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 33–21–12
67WMarch 8, 19695–2 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 34–21–12
68TMarch 9, 19692–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 34–21–13
69LMarch 11, 19690–3 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 34–22–13
70WMarch 15, 19693–2 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 35–22–13
71LMarch 16, 19692–3 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 35–23–13
72TMarch 19, 19691–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 35–23–14
73LMarch 22, 19691–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 35–24–14
74LMarch 23, 19693–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 35–25–14
75WMarch 26, 19695–3 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 36–25–14
76WMarch 29, 19693–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 37–25–14
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates tie.

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

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. Louis1 Montreal 3
May 1 Montreal 4 St. Louis 0
May 4 Montreal 2 St. Louis 1

Montreal wins the series 4–0.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 76 35 47 82 43716
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 75 25 23 48 58303
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 68 21 21 42 12204
Henry, CamilleCamille Henry C 64 17 22 39 8701
Schock, RonRon Schock C 67 12 27 39 14403
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 72 12 26 38 22303
Ecclestone, TimTim Ecclestone LW 68 11 23 34 31104
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 72 14 19 33 81211
McCreary, BillBill McCreary LW 71 13 17 30 50314
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 61 4 26 30 120001
Picard, NoelNoel Picard D 67 5 19 24 131001
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 70 2 20 22 30100
Cameron, CraigCraig Cameron RW 72 11 5 16 40201
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 57 6 9 15 14110
Keenan, LarryLarry Keenan LW 46 5 9 14 6002
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 69 5 4 9 24001
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 67 1 6 7 50001
Plager, BobBob Plager D 32 0 7 7 43000
Gray, TerryTerry Gray RW 8 4 0 4 4201
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall G 41 0 2 2 20000
Stankiewicz, MyronMyron Stankiewicz LW 16 0 2 2 11000
Fortin, RayRay Fortin D 11 1 0 1 6000
Dennis, NormNorm Dennis C 2 0 0 0 2000
Edwards, GaryGary Edwards G 1 0 0 0 0000
Irons, RobbieRobbie Irons G 1 0 0 0 0000
Ouimet, TedTed Ouimet G 1 0 0 0 0000
Plager, BillBill Plager D 2 0 0 0 2000
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 37 0 0 0 2000
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

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 12 6 5 11 12102
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 12 7 3 10 20201
Keenan, LarryLarry Keenan LW 12 4 5 9 8102
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 12 3 4 7 20002
Henry, CamilleCamille Henry C 11 2 5 7 0100
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 12 3 3 6 2000
McCreary, BillBill McCreary LW 12 1 5 6 14101
Gray, TerryTerry Gray RW 11 3 2 5 8100
Picard, NoelNoel Picard D 12 1 4 5 30000
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 12 1 4 5 10000
Ecclestone, TimTim Ecclestone LW 12 2 2 4 20000
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 12 0 4 4 31000
Plager, BobBob Plager D 9 0 4 4 47000
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 12 2 1 3 10000
Schock, RonRon Schock C 12 1 2 3 6000
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 12 0 2 2 6000
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 10 0 1 1 0000
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 12 0 0 0 10000
Cameron, CraigCraig Cameron RW 2 0 0 0 0000
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall G 3 0 0 0 0000
Plager, BillBill Plager D 4 0 0 0 4000
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; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

1969Hall&PlanteWinVezina

Glenn Hall (left) & Jacques Plante are awarded the Vezina Trophy by Clarence Campbell.

Awards and RecordsEdit

RosterEdit

Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


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Draft PicksEdit

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

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College

Game AdsEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.162, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  3. 1968-69 St. Louis Blues Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 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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