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California Golden Seals
California Golden Seals
Founded 1967
History California Seals
1967
Oakland Seals
1967 - 1970
California Golden Seals
1970 - 1976
Cleveland Barons
1976 - 1978
Home Arena Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
City Oakland, California
Colors Royal blue, kelly green and white (1967-1970)
Kelly green, California gold and snow white (1970-1974)
Pacific teal, gold and white (1974-1976)

The California Golden Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1967-76. Initially named California Seals, the team was renamed Oakland Seals part-way through the 1967-68 season, and then to California Golden Seals in 1970. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The 1967-68 NHL season was the 51st regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Oracle Arena also known by its former name of The Arena in Oakland is an indoor arena in Oakland, California, United States. ... Oakland redirects here. ... NHL redirects here. ...

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History

In 1966, the NHL announced that six expansion teams would be added as a new division for the 1967-68 season, officially because of a general desire to expand the league to new markets, but more importantly to squelch the Western Hockey League's threat to turn itself into a major league. The San Francisco Seals were one such team from the WHL, and after it was purchased by Barry van Gerbig and moved across the bay to a new arena in Oakland, the Seals joined the NHL. The Bay Area was not considered a particularly good hockey market, but the terms of a new television agreement with CBS called for two of the expansion teams to be located in California. The 1967-68 NHL season was the 51st regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Western Hockey League was a minor pro ice hockey league that operated from 1952 to 1974. ... For the professional baseball team see: San Francisco Seals (PCL). ... Oakland redirects here. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ...


Van Gerbig was a young millionaire who had played hockey for the 1960 U.S. Olympic team, Princeton University and, briefly, in the minor leagues. He was married to the daughter of Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Bing Crosby was his godfather. He had planned to have the team play out of a new arena in San Francisco, but the arena never came to fruition, and the Seals played out of the Oakland Arena, then called the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena. The franchise was named California Seals in an attempt to appeal to fans from San Francisco, and to address complaints from the other NHL teams that Oakland was not considered a major league city and would not be a draw for fans. The plan failed, however, and on November 6, 1967[1] , Van Gerbig announced that the team's name was being changed to Oakland Seals. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... The Oakland Arena is an indoor arena in Oakland, California, United States. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1967-68 NHL season was the 51st regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

Oakland Seals logo, 1967-1970.
Oakland Seals logo, 1967-1970.

The Seals were never successful at the gate, and because of the poor attendance Van Gerbig threatened to move the team elsewhere on numerous occasions if fans did not show up. First-year coach and general manager Bert Olmstead publicly advocated a move to Vancouver, but an offer from Labatt's brewery to purchase and relocate the team was rejected by the league, as was a proposal to move the team to Buffalo from the eventual owners of the Buffalo Sabres, who had been shut out of the 1967 expansion. This, as well as their dismal on-ice performance, led to major changes to both the Seals' front office as well as the on-ice product - only seven out of the 20 Seals players remained after the first season. The new-look Seals were somewhat more successful, making the playoffs for two years, although with sub .500 records. Those would be the only two years that the Seals franchise made the playoffs. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bert Olmstead ( September 4, 1926 in Sceptre, Saskatchewan was a Canadian professional ice hockey goalie who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... The Buffalo Sabres is the best professional ice hockey team around. ...


For the 1969-70 season the team was sold to a group called Trans National Communications, whose investors included Pat Summerall and dan besand. However, the group filed for bankruptcy and ownership reverted to Van Gerbig, who put the team up for sale. George Allen Pat Summerall (born May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Florida) is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and, briefly, ESPN. Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and FOXs NFL telecasts, and in...

California Golden Seals logo, 1970-1976.
California Golden Seals logo, 1970-1976.

Before the 1970-71 NHL season, the Seals were bought by flamboyant Oakland Athletics owner Charlie O. Finley, who changed the team's name to the California Golden Seals (itself a last-minute change from the announced "Bay Area Seals"), and introduced marketing gimmicks intended to sell the team to the fans, among them changing the Seals' colors to green and gold and (briefly) having them wear white skates, to match the style of the A's. However, this was all for naught, as the Seals finished with the worst record in the NHL that year. Earlier in the year, the Seals had traded their pick in the first round of the 1971 draft to the Montreal Canadiens along with Francois Lacombe in return of Montreal's first round pick and a veteran Ernie Hicke. As a result of the Seals' dreadful season, the Canadiens had the top pick in the draft, and used it to select future Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur. This transaction now ranks as one of the most one-sided deals in NHL history. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The 1970-71 NHL season was the 54th season of the National Hockey League. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... Charles Oscar Finley (February 22, 1918 _ February 19, 1997), Major League Baseball owner, was the flamboyant owner of the Oakland Athletics. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Francois Lacombe (born February 2, 1948, in Lachine, Quebec, Canada) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. ... Ernie Hicke (born November 7, 1947 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward. ... Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ...


The team rebounded in 1971-72, but the arrival of the World Hockey Association wiped out most of those gains. Finley refused to match the WHA's offers, causing many of the team's young stars from the previous season to bolt. Tired of hockey, he tried to sell the team, but there were no takers. The NHL eventually took control of the team in February 1974. The league ran the team for two years until San Francisco hotel magnate Mel Swig bought the team in 1975 with the intent of moving the team to a proposed new arena in San Francisco. The team fell just short of the playoffs, and after a mayoral election, plans for the new arena were cancelled. Regular Season* October 16 The Toronto Maple Leafs Norm Ullman tallies his 1,000th point. ... WHA redirects here. ... The 1973-74 NHL season was the 57th season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1975-76 NHL season was the 59th season of the National Hockey League. ...


After nine money-losing seasons and continued low attendance, minority owners George and Gordon Gund persuaded Swig to move the team to their hometown of Cleveland in June, 1976 where they were renamed the Barons. After two more years of losses, the Gunds (by this time majority owners) were permitted to merge the Barons with the financially struggling Minnesota North Stars. The merged team continued as the Minnesota North Stars under the Gunds' ownership, but assumed the Barons' place in the Adams Division. Gordon Gund was formely the principal owner of the NBA franchise the Cleveland Cavaliers, a co-owner of the San Jose Sharks NHL team, and remains the CEO of Gund Investment Corporation. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ...


The current NHL team in the Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks, has an historical connection to the Seals. Years after the Barons-North Stars merger, the Gunds wanted to bring hockey back to the Bay Area, and asked the NHL for permission to move the North Stars there in the late 1980s, but were refused by the league. Meanwhile, a group led by former Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin was pushing the NHL to bring a team to San Jose, where a new arena was being built. Eventually, a compromise was struck whereby the Gunds would sell their share of the North Stars to Baldwin's group, with the Gunds receiving an expansion team in the Bay Area to begin play in the 1991-92 NHL season.[2] In return, the North Stars would be allowed to participate as an equal partner in an expansion draft with the new franchise. On May 5, 1990, the Gunds officially sold their share of the North Stars to Baldwin and were awarded a new team in the Bay Area that would eventually become the Sharks. Bay Area redirects here. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ... Bay Area redirects here. ... The Hartford Whalers (known as the New England Whalers as a World Hockey Association (WHA) franchise from 1972-79), was a National Hockey League (NHL) team that played from 1979-97. ... Howard Baldwin is an American entrepreneur and film producer. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


Dennis Maruk was the last Seals player active in the NHL, retiring as a member of the Minnesota North Stars in 1989. Charlie Simmer was still active with the IHL's San Diego Gulls until 1992. Dennis John Maruk (born November 17, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian National Hockey League player. ... The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Charlie Simmer (born March 20, 1954, in Terrace Bay, Ontario) was an Ice Hockey forward in the National Hockey League from the 1974-75 season to the 1987-88 season. ... The International Hockey League (IHL) was a professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada from 1945 to 2001. ... WHL San Diego Gulls logo IHL San Diego Gulls logo WCHL/ECHL San Diego Gulls logo The San Diego Gulls were a minor league ice hockey team that played in the Pacific Division of the ECHL, and played its home games at the IPayOne Center (aka San Diego Sports Arena). ...


Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season Team Name GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1967-68² Oakland Seals 74 15 42 17 47 153 219 787 6th in West Out of Playoffs
1968-69 Oakland Seals 76 29 36 11 69 219 251 811 2nd in West Lost in Quarterfinal (LA)
1969-70 Oakland Seals 76 22 40 14 58 169 243 845 4th in West Lost in Quarterfinal (PIT)
1970-71 California Golden Seals 78 20 53 5 45 199 320 937 7th in West Out of Playoffs
1971-72 California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 60 216 288 1007 6th in West Out of Playoffs
1972-73 California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 48 213 323 840 8th in West Out of Playoffs
1973-74 California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 36 195 342 651 8th in West Out of Playoffs
1974-75 California Golden Seals 80 19 48 13 51 212 316 1101 4th in Adams Out of Playoffs
1975-76 California Golden Seals 80 27 42 11 65 250 278 1058 4th in Adams Out of Playoffs

² named California Seals from October 11 to November 6, 1967 The 1967-68 NHL season was the 51st regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1968-69 NHL season was the 52nd season of the National Hockey League. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1969-70 NHL season was the 53rd season of the National Hockey League. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The 1970-71 NHL season was the 54th season of the National Hockey League. ... Regular Season* October 16 The Toronto Maple Leafs Norm Ullman tallies his 1,000th point. ... The 1972-73 NHL season was the 56th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1973-74 NHL season was the 57th season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1974-75 NHL season was the 58th season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1975-76 NHL season was the 59th season of the National Hockey League. ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


All-Time Win-Loss Record: 182-401-115


Notable players

Ted George Hampson (Born Dec 11, 1936 in Togo, Saskatchewan) was a National Hockey League center during the 1960s and 70s. ... Bill Hicke (March 31, 1938-July 18, 2005) was a professional Hockey player. ... Joey Johnston (born March 3, 1949 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a retired a Canadian ice hockey forward. ... Reginald Joseph Leach (born 23 April 1950 in Riverton, Manitoba, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey right winger who played in the NHL between 1970 and 1983. ... Al MacAdam (Born March 16, 1952 in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada) is a retired professional hockey player who played for 4 NHL teams over a twelve-year career. ... Dennis John Maruk (born November 17, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian National Hockey League player. ... Walt McKechnie (Born: June 19, 1947 in London, Ontario, Canada-) is a retired Canadian professional hockey centre. ... Gilles Meloche (Born July 12, 1950 in Montreal, Quebec), was a goaltender who played in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Blackhawks, California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons, Minnesota North Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins. ... Paul Shmyr (January 28, 1946 in - Cudworth, Saskatchewan, Canada - September 2, 2004 in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) was a World Hockey Association and National Hockey League defenseman. ... Gary Smith may refer to: Gary Smith (singer with Emencity) Gary Smith (sportswriter) Gary Smith (record producer) Gary Smith (guitarist) Gary Smith (footballer), Scottish footballer Gary Smith (Kittian footballer), footballer from St. ... Carol Marcel Vadnais (born September 25, 1945 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman who played seventeen seasons in the National Hockey League from 1966-67 until 1982-83. ...

Hall of Famers

Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... Henry Vernon (Harry) Howell was a Canadian Professional Hockey player. ... Craig Patrick (born May 20, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American hockey player, coach and general manager, the son of Hall of Famer Lynn Patrick and the grandson of Lester Patrick. ... Bill Torrey was a General Mangager and executive in the National Hockey League. ...

Team captains

Bobby Baun Bobby Baun was born on the 9th of September, 1936 in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada) He was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League from 1956-57 to 1972-73. ... Ted George Hampson (Born Dec 11, 1936 in Togo, Saskatchewan) was a National Hockey League center during the 1960s and 70s. ... Carol Marcel Vadnais (born September 25, 1945 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman who played seventeen seasons in the National Hockey League from 1966-67 until 1982-83. ... Bert Leroy Marshall (born: Kamloops, British Columbia, November 22, 1943) was a defenceman in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings; Oakland, California Seals; New York Rangers and New York Islanders. ... Joey Johnston (born March 3, 1949 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a retired a Canadian ice hockey forward. ... James Anthony Neilson (Born: November 28, 1940, Big River, Saskatchewan) was a National Hockey League defenceman for the New York Rangers, California Golden Seals and Cleveland Barons and completed his career in the World Hockey Association. ... Bob Stewart (Born - November 10, 1950 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada) is a retired Canadian Professional Hockey defenceman who played 9 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins, California Golden Seals, California Seals, Cleveland Barons, St. ...

Head Coaches

Bert Olmstead ( September 4, 1926 in Sceptre, Saskatchewan was a Canadian professional ice hockey goalie who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. ... Fredrick Austin Fred Glover (Born January 5, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario - Died August 16, 2001) was a former NHL player and Head coach. ... Vic John Stasiuk (born May 23, 1929 in Lethbridge, Alberta) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and a former NHL head coach. ... Garry Young (born July 10, 1939) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in the VFL. A key position forward, Young topped Hawthorns goalkicking in 1959 and 1960 and was a premiership player in 1961. ... Fredrick Austin Fred Glover (Born January 5, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario - Died August 16, 2001) was a former NHL player and Head coach. ... Marshall Johnston (Born June 6, 1941 in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada) was a Canadian Professional Hockey Right Winger who played 7 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Minnesota North Stars and California Golden Seals and who coached for 5 seasons in the National Hockey League for the California... William Edward McCreary (b. ... Jack Tex Evans (born April 21, 1928 in Garnant, Wales, UK - died November 10, 1996) was a Welsh Professional Hockey Defenceman who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, and who coached for eight seasons in the National Hockey League for...

General Managers

The general manager in the sense contemplated in this article is the executive of a professional sports team responsible primarily for acquiring the rights to player personnel, negotiation of their contracts and reassignment or dismissal of players no longer desired on the team. ... Bert Olmstead ( September 4, 1926 in Sceptre, Saskatchewan was a Canadian professional ice hockey goalie who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. ... Bill Torrey was a General Mangager and executive in the National Hockey League. ... Fredrick Austin Fred Glover (Born January 5, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario - Died August 16, 2001) was a former NHL player and Head coach. ... Garry Young (born July 10, 1939) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in the VFL. A key position forward, Young topped Hawthorns goalkicking in 1959 and 1960 and was a premiership player in 1961. ... Fredrick Austin Fred Glover (Born January 5, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario - Died August 16, 2001) was a former NHL player and Head coach. ... Garry Young (born July 10, 1939) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in the VFL. A key position forward, Young topped Hawthorns goalkicking in 1959 and 1960 and was a premiership player in 1961. ... William Edward McCreary (b. ...

First round draft picks

The 1967 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1968 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1969 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1970 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Chris Oddleifson (born September 7, 1950 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 524 NHL games for the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks. ... The 1971 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1972 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... 1973 DRAFT HISTORY The 11th NHL Amateur Draft was the first to be held on a separate day from other league activities on May 15th, 1973 at Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec so it would not overshadow the rest of the league meetings. ... The 1974 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the NHL office in Montreal, Quebec. ... Rick Hampton (born July 14, 1956 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman. ... The 1975 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the NHL office in Montreal, Quebec. ... Ralph Klassen (born September 15, 1955 in Muenster, Saskatchewan) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 497 games in the National Hockey League. ...

See also

This is a list of players who have played at least one game for the Oakland Seals, California Golden Seals, California Seals, and Cleveland Barons of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups Current players List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... The National Hockey League added six new franchises for the 1967-68 NHL season, doubling the size of the league. ...

References

  1. ^ Minneapolis Tribune November 7 1967 page 24 from an AP story
  2. ^ Cameron, Steve (1994). Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks. Taylor Publishing Co., 29-38. 

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California Golden Seals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (727 words)
The California Golden Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1967-76.
The San Francisco Seals were one such team from the WHL, and after it was purchased by Barry van Gerbig and moved across the bay to a new arena in Oakland, the Seals joined the NHL.
The franchise was named California Seals in an attempt to appeal to fans from San Francisco, and to address complaints from the other NHL teams that Oakland was not a considered a major league city and would not be a draw for fans.
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