And of course two weeks earlier, Imlach made the infamous Taro Tsujimoto draft selection. Paul Wieland, one of the Sabres staff members who was with Imlach that day, later claimed in a book that Imlach's sole reason for doing it was to irritate Clarence Campbell.
Another unique Imlach draft strategy was in 1965 when he tried to protect Gerry Cheevers as a forward for the League's Intra-League Draft (he used the two goalie spots on Bower and Sawchuk).
This McKechnie story is probably another example of Imlach just trying to upset Campbell. I don't know if it was his idea of a joke, or if he sincerely disliked the president.
The mother of all Imlach antics at the drafts was easily the '71 Intra-League Draft. There was no rule that a team couldn't draft one of its own unprotected players, so Imlach drafted Reggie Fleming over and over again in order to pick up a few extra players.
Interesting. I had no idea Imlach had been pulling stuff like that at the Drafts. That dealeo with Reggie Fleming? 9X's he Waived & then Re-Claimed the guy? Incredible, and I dont know that Clarence Campbell was noted for a real strong sense of indulgence for that sort of thing much less find humour in it.