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How the St Louis Blues were built

I posted this same thread over on another forum. Thought I would post here as well for folks that don't go to both.

The 1967 NHL expansion draft occurred 45 years ago today June 6 1967.

Looking back on things it shows that record keeping might not have been the best in the NHL.

The article below states Seth Martin was signed prior to June 6th; everything else you find states he was signed on June 6th. Same with Bill McCreary. The article said he was purchased on June 6th. Other places say about a week later.

From The St Louis Post Dispatch June 7 1967

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The St Louis Blues went for experience in goal and muscle on defense here yesterday in the National Hockey League spectacular expansion draft and in the opinion of General Manager Lynn Patrick, got what they went after.
"I would not trade our roster for any other in our division," said Patrick and I'm not afraid of anyone in the old division. We'll be right up there at the top, I guarantee it.

Patrick sent a murmur of surprise through the Grand Ballroom of the Queen Elizabeth hotel when he announced that the 35 year old Glenn Hall of the Chicago Black Hawks was his first choice in the goaltender's draft.

Having drawn third choice among the expansion clubs, the Blues passed up such promising youngsters as Doug Favell, Joe Daley and Wayne Rutledge in favor of the veteran Hall, who threatened retirement last year and, who probably will demand a whopping salary to continue his hockey career in St Louis.
When St Louis" turn came around again, Patrick selected 21 year old Don Caley over proven veterans as Don Simmons, Eddie Johnston of the Boston Bruins and Hank Bassen of the Detroit Red Wings.
"We would have like to have had Bernie Parent from Boston, but when Los Angeles surprised everyone by drafting Terry Sawchuk first that mean that we were guaranteed either Hall or Parent. Had it come down to that choice, we certainly would have had to select Hall," explained Patrick.
However, Parent was grabbed by Philadelphia and St Louis followed by selecting Hall.
"As far as I'm concerned, Hall is the best goalie in hickey," said Patrick. "Now all we have to do is convince him that he should play."
"Hall and Seth Martin (the amateur goalie signed last Friday by the Blues) will complement each other well," explained Scotty Bowman., Patrick's chief assistant. "Neither one of them wants to play a full 74 game schedule, so we can split it down the middle for them.
"And Caley is an excellent prospect," said Bowman. "he has the same moves and style as Sawchuk."

The Blues selected defensemen in three of the first five rounds in the draft of skaters.
The picked Noel Picard and Al Arbour, both top minor leaguers with NHL experience, and Rod Seiling, who split last season between Baltimore of the AHL and the NY Rangers.
But Seiling was returned to the Rangers in a post draft trade that saw the Blues acquire defenseman Bob Plager, right winger Gary Sabourin and two unannounced amateurs.
"In Plager and Picard we have two of the toughest players in hockey." said Bowman. "Nobody will push us aorund."
"Actually we had Plager rated higher than Seiling." confided Patrick, but the Rangers approached us before the draft and offered us the deal if we'd protect Seiling for them.

Plager a 190 pounder who saw action with the Rangers in 1964-65 spent last season with Baltimore. In 1963-64 he played for St Paul in the CHL.

Arbour, who wears spectacles when playing, is one of the most underrated defensemen in hockey.
But the 34 year old rearguard announced his retirement at the conclusion of last season and it will be up to the Blues to talk him out of it.
"We have three question marks'" admitted Patrick. "Hall, Arbour and Bill (Red) Hay. But that was expected.
Hay 31 years old and an 8 year NHL veteran with Chicago, retired last year but was talked into reporting late by the Black Hawks. He was drafted ninth by the Blues.

The Blues, who had the last choice in the first round of the player draft, selected right winger Jim Roberts of Montreal first but quickly turned their attentions to defensemen before landing Ron Schock in the fifth round.

In the next three rounds the Blues took Terry Crisp with Oklahoma City in the CHL last season from Boston, veteran center Don McKenney from Detroit and right winger Wayne Rivers from Boston.
McKenney, 33 has scored more than 200 goals in a 12 year NHL career with Boston, New York, Toronto and Detroit. He had 26 goals and 36 assists for Pittsburgh last season.
Crisp finished seventh in the CHL scoring race last year with 31 Goal and 42 assists, while Rivers had 30 goals and 37 assists for Hershey in the AHL.
Patrick who concentrated on gaining a strong club up the middle for the first nine rounds chose Darryl Edestrand, a 21 year old defensemen from Victoria tenth and picked up scoring star Norm Beaudin from the Memphis Wings, eleventh.
Edestrand sat out most of last season with a broken wrist, while Beaudin topped the CHL in goals scored with 39 and finished fourth in the scoring race with 76 points.

Left winger Larry Keenan, 26 from Victoria was St Louis's next choice and the Blues followed it up by snagging veteran right winger Ron Stewart from Boston and 35 year old Fred Hucul, a defenseman, from Toronto.
After Hucul, the Blues went for speedy John Brennaman, 23 a left winger who was a favorite when he played a season and a half with the Braves. Last season he had 6 goals and 4 assists in 41 games with Toronto and 13 goals and 3 assists in 13 games with Rochester.
Gerry Melnyk, 32, a center who was voted by his St Louis teammates as the Braves MVP last season, was the Blues' sixteenth choice.

Patrick filled his 17th and 18th positions with Gary Veneruzzo, 23, a left winger from Tulsa and Max Mestinsek. 23 a right winger from Memphis.
Veteran left winger Bill McCreary, 32, from Houston, was added to the roster in a straight cash deal at the completion of the draft.

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Notice the name of the person who it would be mailed to the Attention of.



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Here is a team picture. Obviously taken after the start of the season and trades were made.

I had to crop it so it would fit better since it is 8.5 x 11. Hopefully it looks half way decent.



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This is the version of the jersey Lynn Patrick and Sid Saloman III wore when it was announced the Blues were awarded a franchise.



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It's time to bring those jerseys back. Keep the current logo though.

Edit: The originals, not the announcement jersey.

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I agree on the jersey's lots of cool stuff thanks for sharing

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1st Round Goalie Draft
Glenn Hall – Chicago
The Blues’ number one draft choice Glenn Hall ranks with the world’s greatest athletes, no matter what the sport. Certainly in his trade Glenn is among the all-time standout goaltenders.
Beginning with being honored as the Calder Cup winner (rookie of year) with Detroit in 1955-56. Hall has constantly filled the NHL record book. His most startling achievement….30,120 consecutive minutes of grueling hockey comprised of 552 games, coming to an end Nov 7 1962.
An All Star selection an unbelievable ten times, “Mr. Goalie” has twice won the Vezina trophy, given to the NHL net minder with the top goals against average. Sharing this honor last season with teammate Denis DeJordy, Hall led the Chicago Blackhawks to their first league championship in the 40-year history of the club.
Beginning his 13th year in the NHL, Glenn Hall holds an amazing 2.5 goals against average in regular season play. The former Hawks “Iron man” has now seen action in more than 810 big league games.
For a man who has been plagued with stomach sickness prior to each game. . . .the Blues’ Glenn Hall holds down a record unparalled in the net.

Blues Notes:
First St Louis Blues shutout in Playoff history Apr 4 1968 vs Philadelphia Flyers
Set St Louis Blues Playoff record minutes (1,111:01) 1968
First player from Western Division to be named 1st team All Star NHL 1968-69
Suffered leg injury Playoff opener Apr 2 1969 Playoffs vs Philadelphia
John E Wray award from St Louis Baseball Writers for achievements in sport other than baseball 1969
NHL West Player of week ending Jan 12 1969; Feb 16 1969
Signed 2 year contract St Louis Blues Nov 1969 $115,000
Ejected from game Nov 13 1968 vs NY Rangers in his first game wearing a mask
Set St Louis Blues season record Shutouts ( 8 ) 1968-69
First NHL Goalie to be 1st team All Star with 3 different teams
St Louis Goaltenders Club MVP 1967-68
Set NHL playoff season record minutes (1,111) 1968
1968-69 salary $48,000
Set St Louis Blues Career record Shutouts (16)
Reported 1 week late to 1967-68 Training camp to attend to farm duties Sept 1967
Signed contract with the St Louis Blues Sept 1967 for $50,000
Conn Smythe Trophy 1967-68 St Louis Blues
1st team All Star 1968-69 St Louis Blues
Led NHL shutouts ( 8 ) 1968-69 St Louis Blues
Co Outstanding Player West Division 1968-69 THN
St Louis Blues debut Oct 18 1967 vs Phialdelphia Flyers; first Win Nov 1 1967 vs Boston Bruins



2nd Round Goalie Draft
Don Caley – Detroit
The Blues made a real steal when they drafted young baby-faced Don Caley from Pittsburgh & the Detroit Red Wings organization.
Don, appearing in 20 games with the Hornets in his first pro year, joined the club after being the MVP on his Weyburn Red Wings of Saskatchewan Junior League. He was also voted to the league’s All-star team.
Patterning his play after his idol, Terry Sawchuk, Caley uses a similar type catching mitt as well as a special stick patented by the NHL great.
A stand up type goaler, young Caley also came up with a gimmick of his own. Don attaches a thick wad of tape to his hockey stick to serve as a warning device so that he won’t crouch to low.
Blues Notes:
Started first game Kansas City Blues CHL history Oct 15 1967 vs Oklahoma City (Lost 7-2)
St Louis Blues debut Dec 30 1967 vs Toronto Maple Leafs (30 minutes); his only appearance in the NHL
Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with Wayne Rivers for Camille Henry, Bill Plager and Robbie Irons, June 13, 1968

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Round 1
Jimmy Roberts - Montreal
Brought up in hockey through the Canadiens’ chain. Jim Roberts is being reunited with his ex-boss, the Blues’ Scotty Bowman. Roberts played for Bowman in 19558-59-60 in Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League’s A series.
The 27 year old Port Hope product joined Montreal in the 1963-64 season. Noted for his defensive ability, Jim received a small amount of ice time with the Habs. Even though he appeared in most games, only his ability to kill penalties was utilized to the fullest.
Roberts is rated as a versatile player who can go upfront or skate on defense. Besides his help when a man short, given the chance, Blues’ officials believe he could be more productive scoring wise.
A sincere, hardworking, dedicated athlete, Robert’s 218 game regular season NHL experience capped by his 34 playoff game appearances will prove valuable to the BLUES.
Blues Notes:
Interim Head Coach St Louis Blues Dec 19 1996-Jan 6 1997
NHL All Star Game 1969 & 1970
Asst Captain St Louis Blues 1967-68
1,000th game Mar 25 1978 St Louis vs Chicago
Worked at Savings & Loan in St Louis during offseason
Scored St Louis Blues first Playoff Goal in team history Apr 4 1968 vs Philadelphia Flyers
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 14 1967 vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Named Associate Coach St Louis Blues Jul 17 1996
First St Louis Blues player to record 3 Assists in a game Jan 31 1968 vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Co winner St Louis Goaltenders Club MVP 1970-71
Co winner St Louis Goaltenders Club 110% award 1969-70
Named Captain St Louis Blues May 1970
Asst Coach St Louis Blues
110% award St Louis Blues 1968-69


Round 2
Noel Picard – Montreal
Jean Noel Picard is the younger half of the BLUES brother act. But Noel can be a one-man show – all by himself.
Picard is an explosive hockey player who just doesn’t check – he jolts. His fierce play has earned him the “policeman” title. He protects his end of the rink with the tenacity of a bulldog.
In only five years as a pro, Noel has picked up quite a reputation. Harry Sinden now coach of the Boston Bruins, ran smack into a Picard righthand after a name-calling incident during the 1963-64 action in the CPHL. Result: fractured jaw. That same year, Picard’s first pro year, the Knights captured the Jack Adams trophy.
Two seasons ago Noel played in games wearing a girdle device to support a ruptured back. As soon as the contest was over, he’d report back to the hospital. A hard-nosed athlete who works as rough in practice as in a game. Noel has improved his skating; possesses a hard shot from the point.
Blues Notes:
Served as PR Director St Louis Blues
Scored first NHL Goal on 29th birthday Dec 25 1967 vs Minnesota (1-0 game)
Asst Captain St Louis Blues 1967-68
Ran hockey school in St Louis early 1970's
Led St Louis Blues Playoffs PIMs (65) 1969-70
2 Assists 1968-69 NHL All Star Game
Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from St. Louis, November 25, 1972


Round 3
Al Arbour – Toronto
Al Arbour is a man who has been pegged by the majority of NHL goalies as the best defenseman in hockey.
One of the few players to wear glasses, the bespectacled Arbour is a veteran of 395 NHL games in a 15 year pro career.
A master at blocking shots, Arbour’s gift of choking off the opposition has earned his three AHL first team All-star berths in as many years and twice a runner up and once a winner in the voting for the Eddie Shore plaque as the American League’s Outstanding Defenseman.
Al’s shifty maneuvers while carrying the puck deep in his own end of the rink, his blocking of shots and effective tying up of opposing forwards has made him a favorite with fans.
Arbour hardly knows what it is like to be on a losing club-he’s been in the playoffs in every one of his 15 years as a pro.
Blues Notes:
Missed 1970 NHL All Star game due to injury St Louis Blues
Served as Head Coach of St. Louis from Oct 10, 1970 to Feb 5, 1971.
First St Louis Blues Goal Nov 1 1967 vs Boston Bruins
Asst GM St Louis Blues
Voted top pairing best defensive defenseman Toronto Star NHL Coaches Poll 1970-71
Honorary Captain 39th All Star Game Feb 9 1988 St Louis
1st team All Star West Division TSN 1968-69
1st team All Star West Division TSN 1969-70
2nd team All Star West Division TSN 1967-68
Asst GM St Louis Blues
Arrested after brawl in Philadelphia when a fight broke out after the 2nd period Jan 7 1972; charges later dropped

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Round 4
Rod Seiling – NY Rangers
Blues Notes:
Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis for Gary Sabourin, Bob Plager, Gord Kannegiesser and Tim Ecclestone, June 6, 1967
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, September 9, 1976
Regular Defensive partner of Bob Gassoff 1976-77 season


Round 5
Ron Schock – Boston
Until the advent of Bobby Orr, Ron Schock had been hailed as the brightest prospect to be graduated from the Bruin’s farm system.
The Blues’ GM, Lynn Patrick then guiding Boston, shelled out the sports then biggest bonus when he signed the crew cut blonde center from Terrace Bay, Ontario to a contract.
Just when Ron was beginning to make good his amateur promise, he was victimized by a rare succession of injuries. A series of knocks created thigh bruises which led to a calcium deposit – making Schock a hobble-legged skater.
In 1965, Ron was sent to San Francisco to work off his injury. Playing regularly aided his progress, and although it took time, he did make strides, appearing in 43 games.
Last year Ron was on the ice for Boston in 66 games. Although still not reaching his suspected stardom, Ron added 30 points to aid the Beantowners’ efforts.
A dedicated and hardworking center and at only 23, Schock could reach his heights under Patrick’s tutorage as a member of the Blues.
Blues Notes:
First St Louis Blues Goal Nov 4 1967 vs Detroit Red Wings
Scored OT Playoff Goal May 3 1968 St Louis Blues vs Minnesota North Stars
Broken knuckle Mar 1967 missed remainder of season St Louis Blues
Traded to Pittsburgh by St. Louis with Craig Cameron and St. Louis' 2nd round choice (Brian McKenzie) for Lou Angotti and Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Gene Carr) in 1971 Amateur Draft, June 6, 1969


Round 6
Terry Crisp – Boston
Hustle is the best word to use in describing the 5’8’’, 177 lb center, Terry Crisp.
Completing his fourth year as a pro, Terry spark-plugged a top Oklahoma City CPHL unit last season, racking up 31 goals and 42 assists. His 73 points put him among the league’s top ten point getters.
A hardworking forward, Terry is a scrapper from one end of the rink to the other. He makes up for and deficiencies by sheer determination.
Noted as a good checker, Crisp turned pro in 1963 after a fine season with the Niagara Falls Flyers Junior A club. A fiery competitor, Crisp is a leader off the ice as well as in action – a big asset for the youngster in his first full NHL season with the Blues.
Blues Notes:
Scored 1st Goal in St Louis Blues history (exhibition game) Sep 23 1967 vs Rochester AHL
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 14 1967 vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Led St Louis Blues Shorthanded Goals (6) 1971-72
Claimed by NY Islanders from St. Louis in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972

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Round 7
Don McKenney – Detroit
Only nine men have ever scored 300 or more goals in their NHL career. Don McKenney has recorded 228.
Don who broke in with the Boston organization with Hershey in 1953, is beginning his 15th year as a pro, twelve of which he played in the NHL. He has appeared with Boston, New York, Toronto and Detroit and proved he could score with each club.
While with Boston during the 1959-60 season, Don was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. The season before he set his scoring high by driving in 32 goals for the Bruins.
Last year, with the Champion Pittsburgh Hornets, Don still showed he had the ability to find the cords, putting in 26 scores.
McKenney brings to the Blues plenty of NHL savvy. His ability to skate and handle the stick, to ring up the big points will weigh heavy in the success of the Blues.
Blues Notes:
Underwent knee surgery to remove cartilage from injury suffered in pre season Oct 1967 St Louis Blues
First St Louis Blues Goal Dec 6 1967 vs LA Kings


Round 8
Wayne Rivers – Boston
Wayne Rivers has played with Hershey in the AHL all six of his pro years. He has played 80 NHL games with Boston and 2 with Detroit.
Last year he exploded for his second straight over 30 goal season in the AHL. His 67 point total was good enough to earn him a spot on the league’s All Star team.
Teamed with Gene Ubriaco and Gil Gilbert, Rivers was part of one of the Bear’s highest scoring lines in their history. Last year the trio teamed for an outstanding 231 combined points totals.
Wayne Rivers is a smart, hustling winger who isn’t afraid to go in the corners. He can shoot, skate and make the big play. He has showed all these qualities with the ‘might mites’ in Hershey and now will be given a permanent shot at the NHL.
Blues Notes:
Hat trick Jan 14 1968 Kansas City Blues vs Tulsa
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 11 1967 vs Minnesota North Stars
Hat trick CHL Playoffs Apr 10 1968 Kansas City Blues vs Fort Worth
Led Kansas City Blues Goals (25) 1967-68
Led Kansas City Blues Playoffs Goals (6) 1967-68
2nd team CHL All Star 1967-68 Kansas City Blues
Tied CPHL Playoff lead Goals (6) 1967-68 Kansas City Blues
Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with Don Caley for Camille Henry, Bill Plager and Robbie Irons, June 13, 1968


Round 9
Bill Hay – Chicago
Blues Notes:
Never signed contract or played with St Louis Blues. He was retired when the Blues selected him in expansion draft.
Claimed by Chicago (Providence-AHL) from St. Louis in Reverse Draft June 13 1968

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Darryl Edestrand – Toronto
There are going to be many new names heard from in the NHL’s 1967 expansion season….Darryl Edestrand has the potential to be one of them.
Last year an injury suffered in a freak accident during the seventh game of the American Hockey League season with Rochester slowed down the progress of young Edestarnd. Darryl was beginning only his 24th game as a pro.
At 21, the 5’11”, 175 lb rear guard, joins the Blues after a promising amateur career. Edestrand was an all star selection in both Jr B and Jr A categories with teams in London, Ontario. He was twice selected as his league’s top defenseman as well as ranking as its highest backline scorer.
Darryl turned pro carrying a “tough guy” image having once been suspended for fighting. Although he doesn’t look for trouble, Edestarnd won’t turn his back when it comes his way as his abbreviated AHL career has shown.
Blues Notes:
Traded to Philadelphia by St. Louis with Gerry Melynk for Lou Angotti and Ian Campbell, Jun 11, 1968.
Played only 12 games for the Blues. No points in those 12 games.


Round 11
Norm Beaudin – Detroit
A six year pro, Norm Beaudin is a young man who is beginning to make his mark.
Norm’s greatest ability is scoring and last year, score, he did. His 39 goals for Memphis was the best in the CPHL. To this total Beaudin added 37 assists - a big reason why the Wings climbed out of the league’s basement to make last season’s Central League playoffs.
A 25 year old winger, who has constantly been able to put the puck in the net, Norm turned pro with Hull-Ottawa in 1962 after being voted the MVO of his Regina Pats Junior club.
A top point getter, a clever man with the stick, this Western Canadian will be getting his first NHL ice time with the Blues.
Blues Notes:
Loaned to Buffalo (AHL) by St. Louis for the 1968-69 season for cash, Sep 1968.
Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by St. Louis with Norm Dennis for cash, May 13, 1969.
Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers (Buffalo-AHL) with Camille Henry for cash, Jun 27, 1969.
Traded to Montreal by St. Louis with Bobby Schmautz for Ernie Wakely, Jun 27, 1969.
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 28 1967 vs Montreal Canadiens
Hat trick CHL Playoffs Apr 6 1968 Kansas City Blues vs Memphis



Round 12
Larry Keenan – Toronto
Injuries have plagued Larry Keenan’s 6 year pro career.
Last season Larry fractured his foot coming off the boards and played in only 17 games with Victoria in the Western Hockey league.
This was par for the course for the young man from North Bay. At the beginning of 65-66, he was forced to undergo a knee operation and missed training camp and a berth on the Toronto club. Joining the Victoria Leafs he was well on his way but again became sideline with a broken wrist. Larry returned to the ice for the playoffs and sparkled as Victoria clinched the League championship.
Larry is now sound and ready for a good season with the Blues. His healthy 64-65 efforts proved he could score as he banged in 35 goals. As a 35 goal pivot who can play either wing and kill penalties to boot, Keenan will receive plenty of consideration from the Blues this campaign.
Blues Notes:
Traded to Buffalo by St. Louis with Jean-Guy Talbot for Bob Baun, Nov 4, 1970.
Scored winning Goal to put St Louis Blues in Stanley Cup finals Apr 30 1970 vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Was ready to retire before being selected by St Louis Blues 1967 expansion draft
Set St Louis Blues career Playoff record Game Winning Goals (6)
Tied St Louis Blues Playoffs Goals (7) 1969-70
Scored 2 Goals in 3rd period vs Minnesota North Stars Mar 30 1968 to clinch playoff spot; Blues won game 3-2
Scored series winning goal (Game 6) vs Pittsburgh Penguins Apr 30 1970 to put Blues in Stanley Cup final
Scored OT Playoff Goal Apr 10 1968 St Louis Blues vs Philadelphia Flyers
Scored first Goal in St Louis Blues franchise history Oct 11 1967 vs Minnesota North Stars

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Ron Stewart – Boston
Ron Stewart has been called upon to do just about everything there is to do on the ice. The 34 year old, 15 year NHL veteran skated the wing, killed penalties, played on the power play and took a few turns on defense while with Boston.
Ron given the time is a proven scorer, having racked up 220 goals in his big league career, spent mostly with Toronto. Although the Blues will likely keep Stewart at defense, his big league versatility and scoring punch, makes him an important man on the team’s first NHL squad.
The 6’ 195 lb native Calgary athlete has been plagued by injuries during his early days. He has twice had his jaw broken and has fractured an ankle, a cheek bone and several ribs.
Noted for his quick wit and good sense of humor, Ron is a valuable man in easing dressing room tension. Stewart spent the past summer teaching kid’s hockey at the Tam O’Shanter camp.
Blues Notes:
Asst Captain St Louis Blues 1967-68
Recorded St Louis Blues first multi Goal game Nov 1 1967 vs Boston Bruins
Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with Ron Attwell for Red Berenson and Barclay Plager, November 29, 1967


Round 14
Fred Hucul – Toronto
Cool heads, smart experienced hockey players are an asset to any club and essential to the success of the newer teams. Thus, Fred Hucul is a prize possession of the St Louis Blues.
Fred Hucul is a born leader on and off the ice. He has the ability to know when to hit and is an above average stick handler.
Hucul is a veteran, having played in all the professional hockey leagues spanning a 17 year pro career. For five years he captained a Calgary club in the Western Hockey League that swept to two league titles. During this time he was a consistent choice to the league’s All Star team.
Fred is coming off a back operation this summer, but skating 8 hours per day along the working his ranch has put the 35 year old backliner is top shape.
Blues Notes:
Named playing-coach of Kansas City (CHL), Jun 5, 1968
GM Kansas City Blues
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 18 1967 vs Philadelphia Flyers
Fired as Kansas City Blues GM Jan 1971



Round 15
John Brenneman – Toronto
Fast as lightning-a crowd pleaser with great potential, John Brenneman is no stranger to St Louis hockey fans.
In his first full pro year, John played with the St Louis Braves in the 1963-64 season. Then only 20 years old, the speedy rookie tallied 28 goals, 47 assists in a terrific 75 point year.
In 1964-65, Brenneman was given a shot with the parent Blackhawks, but before the year was up, he went to the Rangers with Doug Robinson and Wayne Hillman in exchange for 4 New Yorkers.
Now only 24, John has appeared in over 90 NHL contests seeing action last year with the Stanley Cup champs, Toronto Maple Leafs.
Popular as a Brave, John will be given an opportunity once more, this time with the Blues on Arena ice….the scene of his best season to date.
Blues Notes:
Never played for St Louis Blues
Traded to Detroit by St. Louis for Craig Cameron, Larry Hornung and Don Giesebrecht, October 9, 1967

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Gerry Melnyk – Chicago
Last year Gerald Melnyk was voted by his teammates as the St Louis Braves’ MVP. He earned the distinction by coming up with 71 points-his second highest total in a 14 year pro career.
The only Brave to return to St Louis in the expansion draft, Melnyk has appeared in 176 games in the NHL. Jerry played 2 years with the Red Wings, before being traded to Chicago in June, 1961. With Chicago he played on the same line with Bill Hay-another pick of the Blues.
Melnyk is rated an excellent passer and a good defensive forward. He is a smart player, works methodically, strives for perfection and makes few mistakes on the ice.
Popular with local fans, Jerry is anxious to return to St Louis in a big league uniform.
Blues Notes:
Forced to retire due to heart condition Oct 1968; suffered heart attack during training camp St Louis Blues
1 of 4 players to play for both St Louis Blues & St Louis Braves
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 21 1967 vs LA Kings
First St Louis Blues player to record 2 Assists in a game Oct 21 1967 vs LA Kings
Team MVP St Louis Braves CHL 1966-67
Led St Louis Blues Assists (35) 1967-68
2nd team All Star CPHL 1966-67 St Louis Braves
Deceased June 14 2001


Round 17
Gary Veneruzzo - Detroit
The year 1966-67 was Gary Veneruzzo’s most productive season. In his third pro year, the Blues 17th round choice tallied 24 Goals in a split season between Tulsa of the CPHL and Victoria in the Western league.
Prior to this, Gary’s efforts had netted him just 30 goals in two pro seasons. His playing exclusively at left wing has been attributed as to the reason for his improving point totals.
Gary was an impressive player in junior hockey. Playing for his home team-the Fort William Canadiens, he was selected to an all-star berth four straight years with one year having him picked as the league’s MVP. That year he walked off with scoring honors.
Just 24 years of age, Gary possesses the talent that could come to for and make him a big league left winger.
Blues Notes:
Set Kansas City Blues season record Assists (51) 1967-68
First KC Blues Goal Oct 18 1967 vs Tulsa
Hat trick Dec 18 1968 Kansas City Blues vs Oklahoma City CHL
First St Louis Blues Goal Feb 25 1968 vs LA Kings
1st team All Star CHL 1968-69 Kansas City Blues
Captain Kansas City Blues CHL 1968-69 & 1969-70
Set Kansas City Blues season record Goals (38) Points (78) 1968-69


Round 18
Max Mestinsek – New York
Blues Notes:
Never played for St Louis Blues

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Ray Fortin
Raymond Fortin is labeled as an excellent prospect. The stocky built backliner did a yeoman like job last season as his native Drummondville club swept the Allen Cup finals. Fortin was team Captain.
Blues Notes:
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, June, 1967.
Traded to Los Angeles by St. Louis for Bob Wall, May 11, 1970
Suffered broken hand Jan 5 1969 Kansas City Blues vs Memphis CHL
St Louis Blues first Goal Jan 3 1969 vs Oakland Seals
2nd team CHL All Star Kansas City Blues 1968-69


Seth Martin
Seth steps into the pro ranks after being labeled the world’s greatest amateur goalie. Representing Canada in world cup competition. Seth was named as the tourney’s outstanding goalie four of the past five years.
Blues Notes:
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, June 6, 1967
Claimed by Buffalo (AHL) from St. Louis in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1968
Traded to St. Louis by Buffalo (AHL) for cash, June 27, 1968
Had his mask cracked and suffered deep cut under left eye when struck by a Larry Keenan shot in practice during 1967-68 season
Started first game in St Louis Blues History Oct 11 1967 vs Minnesota North Stars (2-2 tie)
Recorded first Win in St Louis Blues History Oct 14 1967 vs Pittsburgh Penguins


Roger Picard
Roger Picard moves into the pro ranks to join his brother Noel, with the Blues. Big and strong, “Pic”, led his Sherbrooke Senior squad in scoring and was a member of last year’s Allan Cup winners. Picard has been a PSHL All Star selection six straight years.
Blues Notes:
First St Louis Blues Goal Nov 4 1967 vs Detroit Red Wings
First St Louis Blues player to receive a major penalty Oct 18 1967


Doug Harvey
Doug Harvey is undoubtedly one of the all time great hockey players in NHL history. Around the hot stove circuit, he has been claimed the greatest defenseman to ever lace on a pair of skates. His record will vouch for his reputation.
A standout with the Montreal Canadiens, Harvey has been the recipient of the Norris trophy an amazing seven times. Given to the outstanding NHL defenseman, the trophy has been shared by just four other backliners since its inception in 1953. Doug’s outstanding play was also responsible for his being named to the NHL All Star team eleven straight years…the final honor coming to him while player coach with the Rangers.
With the Blues Doug will be player-coach of the club’s CPHL Farm Club in Kansas City. His first and only attempt at a dual role had him guiding the NY Rangers into the playoffs, the last time, up until the past season the team had accomplished that feat.
Blues Notes:
Asst Coach St Louis Blues 1968-69
Named Head Coach Kansas City Blues CHL Jun 29 1967
Deceased Dec 26 1989
Suffered head injury (fractured skull) Mar 31 1969 in car accident and missed 1969 Playoffs

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Bob Plager
Bob Plager is a combination of Rocky Marciano and Dick the Bruiser on skates. The “unclaimed heavyweight champ” of the rearguards comes to play…and fight. His background of fireworks is paralleled only by his penalty minutes, normally among the tops in his league.
Battling Bob’s most notorious moment came in December of 1965 with the Minnesota Rangers vs the Oklahoma City club. After decking the Blazer’s Joe Watson, Mr Plager continued to fend of Glenn Sather with a jolting right. Not satisfied with his punch, Bob then proceeded to pick up a row of chairs and toss them ten feet…connecting dead center with Sather.
On one occasion Bob flattened a NY spectator , on another, he tried to throttle a goal judge. He’s muscle and a fighter.
Yet, Bob Plager---reputation and all, is more than just a tough guy. Out of the sin bin---he’s a good hockey player. And needless to say, well-respected.
Blues Notes:
Received indefinite suspension from shoving Andy Van Hellemond in pre season game Sep 29 1973 vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Played on same line with brothers Barclay & Billy Mar 1 1969 vs Montreal. First time since trio of brothers appeared on ice at same time since late 1940's
Named Player/Coach Salt Lake CHL Feb 1978
Proposed to his wife in the ice at St Louis arena when he gave her a puck holding a diamond ring in a slit cut by one of the trainers
Set St Louis Blues season record Defenseman Assists (31) 1972-73
Voted best body checker Toronto Star NHL Coaches Poll 1970-71
Asst Captain St Louis Blues
Received 'Best Groomed" award from International Association of Barbers, Beauticians & Allied Industries Apr 1970
Assisted on Bill Plagers first NHL Goal Feb 1970
Honorary Captain for 39th All Star game Feb 9 1988 St Louis
Named St Louis Blues Head Coach May 1 1992; resigned Oct 29 1992
Named St Louis Blues VP/Director Player Development Sept 7 1989
Head Coach Salt Lake CHL
Set St Louis Blues career Playoff records Games (74) Pims (195)
First St Louis Blues player to receive a misconduct penalty Feb 7 1968
Set St Louis Blues season record Assists defenseman (31) 1973-74
Set St Louis Blues Career record for seasons (11)
1990-91 Turner Cup Champion (IHL) Peoria (Coach)
Had restaurant called "Plagers" in the mid 70's in St. Louis
Won Coach of Year (Commissioners Trophy) IHL 1990-91 Peoria Rivermen
Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Gary Sabourin, Tim Ecclestone and Gord Kannegiesser for Rod Seiling, June 6, 1967


Gary Sabourin
Last season with Omaha, the 5’ 11”, 180 pound forward, Gary Sabourin had his most productive season. In his fourth pro year, Gary matched his age in goals, banging in 23, added 25 assists for a respectable 48 point total.
Acquired by the Blues from the Rangers in a post draft deal that saw Rod Seiling returned to New York, Gary is hoping that his swashbuckling style will give him his first big league ice time.
Gary, normally a quick to smile individual, is quick with the temper on the ice which has led to an excess of 100 penalty minutes the last two season.
Sabourin is a digger, goes for the puck and plays “you or him” hockey – but that’s aggressiveness that will pay dividends for the youngster and shatter enemy defenses.
Blues Notes:
First St Louis Blues player to score 2 Goals in game Dec 13 1967 vs Oakland Seals
Scored first Goal in Kansas City Blues history Oct 15 1967 vs Oklahoma City (lost 7-2)
First St Louis Blues Goal Dec 13 1967 vs Oakland Seals
NHL Player of week Western Conference week ending Jan 17 1971
NHL Player of week Western Conference week ending Jan 4 1970
Fractured leg Mar 5 1971 vs Toronto Maple Leafs when he slammed into goalpost
Scored 2 Goals in 16 seconds Mar 11 1970 vs Minnesota North Stars
Led St Louis Blues Playoffs Points (11); tied Assists (5) 1968-69
Scored OT Playoff Goal Apr 27 1968 St Louis Blues vs Minnesota North Stars
Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Bob Plager, Gord Kannegiesser and Tim Ecclestone for Rod Seiling, June 6, 1967
Traded to Toronto by St. Louis for Eddie Johnston, May 27, 1974
Hat trick Mar 11 1970 vs Minnesota North Stars


Tim Ecclestone
Tim Ecclestone has the potential to be a superstar in the NHL. Just turning 20, the youngster was second high point man on a Kitchner team that last season finished on top of the OHA, Jrs. Tim was acquired by the Blues from the NY Rangers organization.
Blues Notes:
Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Gary Sabourin, Bob Plager and Gord Kannegiesser for Rod Seiling, Jun 6, 1967.
Traded to Detroit by St. Louis with Red Berenson for Garry Unger and Wayne Connelly, February6, 1971.
First St Louis Blues Goal Dec 17 1967 vs NY Rangers
NHL Player of week West division ending Dec 13 1970
Voted St Louis Blues most improved player 1969-70


Gord Kannegeisser
Gordon Kannegeisser, last season moved out of the Jrs and into the International League where he sparkled at defense for the Des Moines Oak Leafs. A good blue liner, young Gordon found the scoring mark as well, as he finished second team pointmaker in the club's playoff efforts.
Blues Notes:
First St Louis Blues Point Nov 18 1967 vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Only Blues & NHL Point)


Ron Attwell
Ron Atwell’s strength and stamina have been the key to his success. Big for a center ice man “Toby” tips the scales at 205 pounds on his 6’ 3” frame.
A smooth working forward who knows his job on the ice and does it well, Ron was acquired by the Blues from the Cleveland Barons of the AHL in a post-draft maneuver.
A member of Cleveland’s squad six out of his past seven hockey season’s., Attwell was one of the Baron’s top playmakers. His alert thinking on the ice was especially noted in the 1961-62 AHL season when his 55 assists sparkled an 83 point career high.
Usually a mild mannered type of player, Attwell lets it be known that he has two good fists when opposition players take advantage of his good nature.
Blues Notes:
Traded to St. Louis by Montreal with Claude Cardin and Phil Obensdorf for cash, Jun 7, 1967.
Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with Ron Stewart for Red Berenson and Barclay Plager, Nov 29, 1967.
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 25 1967 vs Minnesota North Stars


Claude Cardin
Blues Notes
Traded to St. Louis by Montreal with Ron Attwell and Phil Obensdorf for cash, Jun 7, 1967
Played one game for St Louis Blues; only NHL game


Pat Quinn
Young Pat Quinn is a high spirited competitor who enjoys shaking up on-coming forwards.
A solid 6’3”, 210 pounder, Quinn has little trouble in finding his pleasure. At 24, he is a three-year pro with good potential.
The only “Q” in the pro book, Pat spent last season between Seattle and Houston in the Montreal organization. Originally property of the Redwings, Pat captained the Memphis squad in the 65-66 season.
With Tulsa the year before, Quinn a rugged checker had trouble holding down penalty minutes and soared to 202 in the bin. Last year he concentrated hard on his skating and managed to lower his penalty time to almost half, aiding Seattle in the playoffs.
Blues Notes:
Never played for St Louis Blues
Traded to St. Louis by Montreal for cash, June 8, 1967
Rights traded to Toronto by St. Louis to complete transaction that sent Dickie Moore to St. Louis, March 25, 1968


Bill McCreary
A competent worker, a potential leader, a good skater – all of these credentials came to the Blues when Bill McCreary was acquired from the Montreal organization.
Bill, a smart hockey player proved last year that at 32 he could skate with the younger boys as he drove home 22 goals in the Central League, once more keeping his 12 year pro average of 22 tallies intact.
His potential leadership tag was borne out when two seasons ago he found himself the youngest coach in pro hockey, ramrodding the CPHL Houston Appolos.
Bill has worn three different uniforms in the NHL having skated for NY, Detroit and Montreal. Ending with the Canadiens organization, the Houston sparkplug found it tough to crack the battle wise Habs’ outfit and has spent the past 4 season in dual roles with their CPHL club.
The past four years have been real educational to blonde Bill. Always in great shape, Mr McCreary is counting on his new experiences to aid him in his quest of a full season in the big time.
Blues Notes:
Suffered head injury Mar 18 1971 St Louis Blues vs Buffalo Sabres; wore helmet for rest of season
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 14 1967 vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Named GM/Head Coach Denver Spurs WHL May 7 1971
Led St Louis Blues Shorthanded Goals (4) 1967-68
Scored OT Playoff Goal Apr 29 1968 St Louis Blues vs Minnesota North Stars
Director of Computer scouting St Louis Blues 1972-73
Led St Louis Blues Shorthanded Goals (3) 1970-71
Led St Louis Blues Shorthanded Goals (4) 1967-68
Head Coach Denver Spurs (WHL) 1971-72 (10 games)

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On the eve of the St Louis Blues first game in history I thought I would bump this thread from the dead.

Fitting that Larry Keenan scored the first Goal. He led the team in Goals (5) & Points (7) during the pre-season. Of course you see who received the first Penalty in Blues history; none other than Bob Plager. Picard was in the first fight but not the one most people would think in Noel. It was his brother Roger.

Seth Martin got the start in goal. Glenn Hall had an infected hand and was out for a couple of weeks.

Oct 11 1967:

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great post

wow, thank you, that was a great read

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No idea how I missed this thread for so long! Thanks for posting, I'll be sure to read this later this evening.

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