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1969–70 St. Louis Blues · NHL
Division 1st West
1969–70 record 37–27–12
Goals for 224
Goals against 179
General Manager Scotty Bowman
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Al Arbour
Arena St. Louis Arena
Team leaders
Goals Red Berenson (33)
Assists Phil Goyette (49)
Points Phil Goyette (78)
Penalties in minutes Barclay Plager (128)
Wins Jacques Plante (18)
Goals against average Ernie Wakely (2.11)

The 1969–70 St. Louis Blues season involved finishing in first place in the West Division for the second consecutive season. The Blues were the only team in the West Division with a winning record as they finished 22 points ahead of the second place Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blues matched their previous season's total of 37 wins but finished with 86 points, two points shy of the previous season's points total. NHL legend Camille Henry played his final game with the St. Louis Blues. Henry got 3 points in 4 games.

From a goaltending standpoint, the franchise experienced many changes. Glenn Hall had retired at the end of the 1968–69 season but returned. Despite an appearance in the All-Star Game, Jacques Plante played his final season in St. Louis. He was sold by the Blues to the Toronto Maple Leafs for cash, May 18, 1970. Ernie Wakely was acquired from the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens and became the Blues starting goaltender for the following season.

In the playoffs, St. Louis defeated the Minnesota North Stars 4–2 and the Pittsburgh Penguins 4–2 to advance to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Final, where they were swept by the Boston Bruins. Phil Goyette became the first Lady Byng Trophy winner in franchise history as he led the team with 78 points.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Tommi Salmelainen was the first European drafted by an NHL franchise.[1]

Round Pick Player Nationality
2 19 Mike Lowe Flag of Canada.svg Canada
3 30 Bernie Gagnon Flag of Canada.svg Canada
4 42 Vic "Skeeter" Teal Flag of Canada.svg Canada
5 54 Brian Glenwright
6 66 Tommi Salmelainen Flag of Finland Finland
6 70 Dale Yutsyk
7 73 Bob Collyard
7 77 David Pulkkinen
8 80 Patrick Lange
9 82 John Converse

Regular seasonEdit

Glenn HallEdit

As he did with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1966, Hall retired from St. Louis at the end of the 1968–69 season.[2] He was talked into returning, usually with a promise of more money, but he didn't profess to enjoy his livelihood.[2] Although Hall stayed in St. Louis, he still got nauseous before each game as he did earlier in his career.

Ernie WakelyEdit

Ernie Wakely played 2 games from the Montreal Canadiens from 1962 to 1969. On June 27, 1969, Wakely got his big break when the Canadiens dealt the 28 year old to the St. Louis Blues for Norm Beaudin and Bobby Schmautz.[3] The 1969–70 season was a career season for Wakely. He appeared in 30 games for St. Louis, registering a 2.11 GAA and four shutouts.[3]

Wakely had to take over from the legendary Glenn Hall. Wakely made the most of his opportunity as he helped lead the Blues to the Stanley Cup finals. The Blues were defeated in four straight games by Bobby Orr's Boston Bruins.[3]

Final standingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 76 37 27 12 224 179 86
Pittsburgh Penguins 76 26 38 12 182 238 64
Minnesota North Stars 76 19 35 22 224 257 60
Oakland Seals 76 22 40 14 169 243 58
Philadelphia Flyers 76 17 35 24 197 225 58
Los Angeles Kings 76 14 52 150 168 290 38

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 11, 19697–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 1–0–0
2WOctober 15, 19694–1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 2–0–0
3WOctober 18, 19694–2 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 3–0–0
4LOctober 19, 19692–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 3–1–0
5TOctober 22, 19693–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 3–1–1
6LOctober 25, 19692–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 3–2–1
7TOctober 26, 19690–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 3–2–2
8TOctober 30, 19692–2 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 3–2–3
9WNovember 1, 19698–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 4–2–3
10LNovember 2, 19694–6 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 4–3–3
11TNovember 5, 19694–4 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 4–3–4
12WNovember 6, 19695–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 5–3–4
13LNovember 8, 19692–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 5–4–4
14WNovember 13, 19694–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 6–4–4
15LNovember 15, 19692–3 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 6–5–4
16LNovember 16, 19692–4 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 6–6–4
17WNovember 19, 19694–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 7–6–4
18WNovember 20, 19693–1 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 8–6–4
19LNovember 22, 19690–5 New York Rangers (1969–70) 8–7–4
20WNovember 26, 19694–1 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 9–7–4
21WNovember 29, 19693–1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 10–7–4
22LNovember 30, 19691–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 10–8–4
23WDecember 3, 19693–1 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 11–8–4
24LDecember 6, 19691–5 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 11–9–4
25WDecember 7, 19694–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 12–9–4
26TDecember 10, 19693–3 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 12–9–5
27WDecember 13, 19698–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 13–9–5
28WDecember 16, 19696–4 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 14–9–5
29TDecember 18, 19693–3 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 14–9–6
30WDecember 20, 19693–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 15–9–6
31LDecember 21, 19690–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 15–10–6
32WDecember 23, 19695–3 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 16–10–6
33WDecember 26, 19693–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 17–10–6
34LDecember 27, 19691–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 17–11–6
35WDecember 30, 19695–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 18–11–6
36WJanuary 3, 19706–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 19–11–6
37TJanuary 7, 19702–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 19–11–7
38LJanuary 10, 19702–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 19–12–7
39LJanuary 14, 19702–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 19–13–7
40WJanuary 15, 19702–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 20–13–7
41WJanuary 17, 19703–1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 21–13–7
42WJanuary 22, 19704–3 New York Rangers (1969–70) 22–13–7
43LJanuary 24, 19702–5 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 22–14–7
44LJanuary 25, 19700–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 22–15–7
45WJanuary 28, 19706–1 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 23–15–7
46WJanuary 29, 19703–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 24–15–7
47LJanuary 31, 19701–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 24–16–7
48LFebruary 4, 19700–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 24–17–7
49LFebruary 6, 19701–2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 24–18–7
50LFebruary 8, 19701–7 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 24–19–7
51LFebruary 11, 19702–3 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 24–20–7
52LFebruary 12, 19702–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 24–21–7
53WFebruary 14, 19702–1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 25–21–7
54TFebruary 15, 19703–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 25–21–8
55WFebruary 18, 19705–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 26–21–8
56WFebruary 20, 19703–1 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 27–21–8
57WFebruary 21, 19704–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 28–21–8
58LFebruary 25, 19701–2 @ New York Rangers (1969–70) 28–22–8
59WFebruary 28, 19703–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 29–22–8
60LMarch 1, 19701–3 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 29–23–8
61WMarch 4, 19703–1 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 30–23–8
62WMarch 6, 19703–1 New York Rangers (1969–70) 31–23–8
63TMarch 7, 19702–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 31–23–9
64WMarch 11, 19709–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 32–23–9
65WMarch 12, 19704–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 33–23–9
66LMarch 14, 19702–6 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 33–24–9
67TMarch 17, 19705–5 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 33–24–10
68WMarch 19, 19703–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 34–24–10
69LMarch 21, 19700–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 34–25–10
70LMarch 22, 19700–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 34–26–10
71WMarch 24, 19704–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 35–26–10
72LMarch 27, 19702–3 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 35–27–10
73TMarch 29, 19705–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 35–27–11
74TApril 1, 19702–2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 35–27–12
75WApril 2, 19701–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 36–27–12
76WApril 4, 19703–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 37–27–12

PlayoffsEdit

West Division Semi-FinalsEdit

In the West Division playoffs, the St.Louis Blues ousted the Minnesota North Stars in six games. The Blues won the first two games at the St. Louis Arena. Game three at the Metropolitan Sports Center featured Gump Worsley's sharp goaltending and Bill Goldsworthy scoring two goals in a 4–2 win for the North Stars. Cesare Maniago played in goal for Minnesota in game four and picked up a 4–0 shutout, tying the series. Game five at St. Louis Arena was tied 3–3 when St Louis scored three goals in the third period by Red Berenson, Terry Gray and Jim Roberts and the Blues won 6–3. In game six, Ab McDonald scored two goals as the Blues eliminated the North Stars by a score of 4–2.

West Division FinalsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 3 Boston 6 St. Louis 1
May 5 Boston 6 St. Louis 2
May 7 St. Louis 1 Boston 4
May 10 St. Louis3 Boston 4 OT

For the third consecutive year, the Blues were swept in the Stanley Cup finals. This time, they faced the Boston Bruins, who, with stars like Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, were more than a match for them. The first three games were not close. The Blues managed to force overtime in game 4, but Orr scored the most famous goal in NHL history to end the series.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 72 29 49 78 161305
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 67 33 39 72 381608
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 74 16 43 59 18301
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 64 25 30 55 81104
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 72 28 14 42 611105
Ecclestone, TimTim Ecclestone LW 65 16 21 37 59502
Keenan, LarryLarry Keenan LW 56 10 23 33 8300
McCreary, BillBill McCreary LW 73 15 17 32 16211
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 75 6 26 32 128111
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 76 13 17 30 51124
Anderson, RonRon Anderson RW 59 9 9 18 36000
Boudrias, AndreAndre Boudrias LW 50 3 14 17 20102
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 75 2 15 17 40010
Plager, BobBob Plager D 64 3 11 14 113000
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 26 5 6 11 2001
Gray, TerryTerry Gray RW 28 2 5 7 17002
Fortin, RayRay Fortin D 57 1 4 5 19000
Picard, NoelNoel Picard D 39 1 4 5 88100
Plager, BillBill Plager D 24 1 4 5 30000
Dennis, NormNorm Dennis C 5 3 0 3 5000
Maki, WayneWayne Maki LW 16 2 1 3 4001
Henry, CamilleCamille Henry C 4 1 2 3 0100
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 68 0 3 3 85000
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 32 0 2 2 0000
Buchanan, RonRon Buchanan C 2 0 0 0 0000
Edwards, GaryGary Edwards G 1 0 0 0 0000
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall G 18 0 0 0 0000
Jirik, JaroslavJaroslav Jirik LW 3 0 0 0 0000
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely G 30 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 1839 32 18 9 5 67 2.19 5
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely 1651 30 12 9 4 58 2.11 4
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 1010 18 7 8 3 49 2.91 1
Edwards, GaryGary Edwards 60 1 0 1 0 4 4.00 0
Team: 4560 76 37 27 12 178 2.34 10

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 16 5 10 15 13300
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 16 3 11 14 6102
Keenan, LarryLarry Keenan LW 16 7 6 13 0402
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 15 6 7 13 4301
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 16 7 5 12 8311
McCreary, BillBill McCreary LW 15 1 7 8 0000
Ecclestone, TimTim Ecclestone LW 16 3 4 7 48110
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 16 1 6 7 16000
Boudrias, AndreAndre Boudrias LW 14 2 4 6 4100
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 16 5 0 5 10001
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 16 2 3 5 2100
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 16 2 3 5 29000
Gray, TerryTerry Gray RW 16 2 1 3 4101
Plager, BobBob Plager D 16 0 3 3 46000
Picard, NoelNoel Picard D 16 0 2 2 65000
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 13 0 2 2 20000
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 14 0 1 1 16000
Anderson, RonRon Anderson RW 1 0 0 0 2000
Dennis, NormNorm Dennis C 2 0 0 0 2000
Fortin, RayRay Fortin D 3 0 0 0 6000
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall G 7 0 0 0 0000
Plager, BillBill Plager D 3 0 0 0 0000
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 6 0 0 0 2000
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely G 4 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 421 7 4 3 21 2.99 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 324 6 4 1 8 1.48 1
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely 216 4 0 4 17 4.72 0
Team: 961 16 8 8 46 2.87 1

[4]

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;

Awards and recordsEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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