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1970–71 California Golden Seals · NHL
Division 7th West
1970–71 record 20-53-5
Goals for 199
Goals against 320
General Manager Frank Selke Jr./Bill Torrey/Fred Glover
Coach Fred Glover
Captain Ted Hampson/Carol Vadnais
Arena Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
Team leaders
Goals Ernie Hicke (22)
Assists Dennis Hextall (31)
Points Dennis Hextall (52)
Penalties in minutes Dennis Hextall (217)
Wins Gary Smith (19)
Goals against average Gary Smith (3.86)

The 1970–71 California Golden Seals season was the Seals' fourth in the NHL, but their first as the Golden Seals. Oakland Athletics owner Charlie O. Finley bought the team[1] in the offseason for approximately $4,500,000. He announced that the name of the team was being changed to Bay Area Seals, but two games into the season changed it again to California Golden Seals, in an attempt to draw fans from across the state of California, in particular from nearby San Francisco. Along with the name change came new green and gold colours, and a new logo and uniforms.

Several other changes occurred in the Seals' front office after Finley bought the team. Unhappy, General Manager Frank Selke Jr. quit in October 1970. His replacement, Bill Torrey, lasted only a month before resigning himself. Coach Fred Glover took over the responsibilities of General Manager after Torrey's departure in November.

Amidst the shake-up of the Seals from a business point of view the on-ice performance of the team suffered greatly. The team won only 20 games, and had but 45 points, last in the NHL. It was the worst season in their history up to that point in time.

Captain Ted Hampson was traded to the Minnesota North Stars late in the season, and was replaced by Carol Vadnais.

OffseasonEdit

Amateur draftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 10. Chris Oddleifson Flag of Canada.svg Canada Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
2 19. Pete Laframboise Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OHA)
3 33. Randy Rota Flag of Canada.svg Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
4 47. Ted McAneeley Flag of Canada.svg Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
5 61. Ray Gibbs Flag of Canada.svg Canada Charlottetown (Senior)
6 75. Doug Moyes Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)
7 88. Terry Murray Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OHA)
8 100. Alan Henry Flag of Canada.svg Canada University of North Dakota (NCAA)

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 49 20 9 277 184 107
St. Louis Blues 78 34 25 19 223 208 87
Philadelphia Flyers 78 28 33 17 207 225 73
Minnesota North Stars 78 28 34 16 191 223 72
Los Angeles Kings 78 25 40 13 239 303 63
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 21 37 20 221 240 62
California Golden Seals 78 20 53 5 199 320 45
[2]

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 10, 19703–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 0–1–0
2LOctober 11, 19701–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 0–2–0
3LOctober 16, 19701–5 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 0–3–0
4LOctober 17, 19701–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 0–4–0
5LOctober 20, 19701–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 0–5–0
6TOctober 21, 19702–2 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 0–5–1
7LOctober 23, 19701–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 0–6–1
8TOctober 25, 19702–2 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 0–6–2
9LOctober 28, 19702–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 0–7–2
10WOctober 30, 19706–1 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 1–7–2
11WNovember 4, 19703–1 New York Rangers (1970–71) 2–7–2
12WNovember 6, 19708–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 3–7–2
13WNovember 11, 19702–0 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 4–7–2
14LNovember 13, 19702–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 4–8–2
15LNovember 14, 19701–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 4–9–2
16WNovember 15, 19702–1 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 5–9–2
17LNovember 17, 19701–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 5–10–2
18LNovember 19, 19702–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 5–11–2
19LNovember 21, 19703–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 5–12–2
20LNovember 22, 19700–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 5–13–2
21LNovember 25, 19701–3 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 5–14–2
22LNovember 27, 19702–3 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 5–15–2
23WNovember 29, 19702–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 6–15–2
24LDecember 2, 19702–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 6–16–2
25LDecember 4, 19700–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 6–17–2
26WDecember 9, 19706–1 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 7–17–2
27LDecember 11, 19701–2 New York Rangers (1970–71) 7–18–2
28LDecember 12, 19702–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 7–19–2
29WDecember 16, 19704–2 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 8–19–2
30WDecember 18, 19701–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 9–19–2
31WDecember 20, 19707–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 10–19–2
32WDecember 22, 19705–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 11–19–2
33LDecember 26, 19703–9 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 11–20–2
34LDecember 29, 19702–3 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 11–21–2
35LDecember 30, 19701–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 11–22–2
36LJanuary 2, 19713–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 11–23–2
37LJanuary 3, 19712–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 11–24–2
38WJanuary 6, 19716–3 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 12–24–2
39LJanuary 9, 19713–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 12–25–2
40LJanuary 10, 19714–7 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 12–26–2
41LJanuary 12, 19712–8 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 12–27–2
42TJanuary 13, 19711–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 12–27–3
43WJanuary 15, 19713–1 New York Rangers (1970–71) 13–27–3
44LJanuary 17, 19711–3 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 13–28–3
45LJanuary 20, 19712–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 13–29–3
46WJanuary 22, 19715–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 14–29–3
47LJanuary 24, 19713–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 14–30–3
48WJanuary 27, 19716–2 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 15–30–3
49LJanuary 29, 19712–4 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 15–31–3
50LJanuary 31, 19711–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 15–32–3
51LFebruary 3, 19711–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 15–33–3
52LFebruary 5, 19712–3 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 15–34–3
53LFebruary 7, 19712–5 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 15–35–3
54WFebruary 10, 19715–1 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 16–35–3
55LFebruary 12, 19710–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 16–36–3
56LFebruary 13, 19712–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 16–37–3
57LFebruary 16, 19711–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 16–38–3
58LFebruary 17, 19712–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 16–39–3
59LFebruary 19, 19710–5 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 16–40–3
60WFebruary 20, 19715–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 17–40–3
61LFebruary 24, 19712–5 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 17–41–3
62LFebruary 26, 19711–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 17–42–3
63LFebruary 28, 19713–8 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 17–43–3
64LMarch 3, 19711–8 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 17–44–3
65LMarch 4, 19710–7 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 17–45–3
66TMarch 6, 19714–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 17–45–4
67TMarch 7, 19713–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 17–45–5
68LMarch 10, 19711–8 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 17–46–5
69LMarch 14, 19715–8 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 17–47–5
70WMarch 17, 19715–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 18–47–5
71LMarch 19, 19712–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 18–48–5
72WMarch 21, 19715–2 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 19–48–5
73LMarch 24, 19710–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 19–49–5
74LMarch 26, 19715–8 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 19–50–5
75LMarch 28, 19715–11 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 19–51–5
76WMarch 31, 19714–1 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 20–51–5
77LApril 2, 19712–7 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 20–52–5
78LApril 3, 19714–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 20–53–5

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

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
Dennis Hextall 22 78 21 31 52 217 - - - - -
Ernie Hicke 20 78 22 25 47 62 - - - - -
Gary Croteau 18 74 15 28 43 12 - - - - -
Gerry Ehman 8 78 18 18 36 16 - - - - -
Bill Hicke 9 74 18 17 35 41 - - - - -
Gary Jarrett 12 75 15 19 34 40 - - - - -
Ron Stackhouse 21 78 8 24 32 73 - - - - -
Norm Ferguson 17 54 14 17 31 9 - - - - -
Ted Hampson 10 60 10 20 30 14 - - - - -
Carol Vadnais 5 42 10 16 26 91 - - - - -
Don O'Donoghue 11 43 11 9 20 10 - - - - -
Tom Williams 18 7 10 17 8 - - - - -
Doug Roberts 2 78 4 13 17 94 - - - - -
Tony Featherstone 16 67 8 8 16 44 - - - - -
Joe Hardy 40 4 10 14 31 - - - - -
Wayne Muloin 4 66 0 14 14 32 - - - - -
Earl Ingarfield 49 5 8 13 4 - - - - -
Dick Mattiussi 6 67 3 8 11 38 - - - - -
Harry Howell 28 0 9 9 14 - - - - -
Bert Marshall 19 32 2 6 8 48 - - - - -
Dick Redmond 11 2 4 6 12 - - - - -
Paul Andrea 9 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Mike Laughton 15 25 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Gary Smith 1 71 0 1 1 6 - - - - -
Bob Sneddon 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Chris Worthy 30 11 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Hilliard Graves 23 14 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bob Boughner 24 16 0 0 0 9 - - - - -

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

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; TOI= Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; 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 1 71 3975 19 48 4 256 2 3.86 - - - - - - -.--
Chris Worthy 30 11 480 1 3 1 39 0 4.87 - - - - - - -.--
Bob Sneddon 5 225 0 2 0 21 0 5.60 - - - - - - -.--

TransactionsEdit

The Seals were involved in the following transactions during the 1970–71 season:

TradesEdit

May 22, 1970 To Oakland Seals
Dennis Hextall
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
May 22, 1970 To Oakland Seals
Ernie Hicke
1st round pick in 1970 (Chris Oddleifson)
To Montreal Canadiens
Francois Lacombe
1st round pick in 1971 (Guy Lafleur)
October, 1970 To California Golden Seals
cash
To Phoenix Roadrunners (WHL)
Gerry Odrowski
February 5, 1971 To California Golden Seals
cash
To Los Angeles Kings
Harry Howell
March 7, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Dick Redmond
Tom Williams
To Minnesota North Stars
Ted Hampson
Wayne Muloin

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Bob Sneddon Los Angeles Kings Reverse Draft (1970–06)
Gary Croteau Detroit Red Wings Intra-league Draft (1970–06–09)
Paul Andrea Vancouver Canucks Intra-league Draft (1970–06–09)
Hilliard Graves Charlottetown Islanders (PEI Jr.) free agency (1970–10)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Bob Dillabough Vancouver Canucks Expansion Draft (1970–06–10)
Charlie Hodge Vancouver Canucks Expansion Draft (1970–06–10)
Howie Menard Buffalo Sabres Expansion Draft (1970–06–10)
Brian Perry Buffalo Sabres Expansion Draft (1970–06–10)
Paul Andrea Buffalo Sabres waivers (1970–11–04)


Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.201, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). in Dave McCarthy et al: THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League, 150. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  3. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 188, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.


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