Sunday, September 14, 2014

Toledo Blades (1967-68, IHL)

1967-68 Regular Season--Opponent Unknown
     The Toledo Blades were the third professional hockey club to play in Toledo, Ohio. They were members of the International Hockey League from 1963-70, when they were renamed Toledo Hornets. They played their home games at the Toledo Sports Arena, a 5,230-seat arena.
     The Blades were coming off their second Turner Cup victory in 1966-67, having defeated Fort Wayne in the Finals. The 1967-68 Blades slipped to fifth place in the IHL that year, with a 29-29-14 record. While Muskegon ran away with the regular season title, the battle for the second-fourth playoff seeds was hotly contested, as only six points separated second place Dayton and fifth place Toledo.
     Coach Terry Slater's squad scored only 261 goals, second-fewest in the league. Stan Maxwell led the charge on offense, with 34 goals and 78 points. Richard Balon led the Blades in goals with 41. Five other players scored at least 20, including two players with over 30 goals.
     The Blades allowed the second-most goals in the IHL that season, with 307 pucks getting past Toledo netminders. The Blades used five different goaltenders that season. Toledo legend Glenn Ramsay played the lions-share of games in '67-68, making it into 53 games. Jim Helkie played in 11 games, the second-most on the team. Lyle Carter, Barry Olson and Hal Murphy appeared in a few games each.
     The Blades narrowly missed the playoffs in 1967-68, finishing just a point behind fourth place Fort Wayne. Muskegon captured the Turner Cup, defeating Dayton.
     Sharp program that's still in excellent condition for it's age. There are a lot of in-game action pictures in this program. All of them are pictures of a Blades-Flags game at McMorran Arena. Nice cover picture of Glenn Ramsay making a kick save in the Blades net! This program has 34 pages, all black-and-white. Ads include McDonald's, Econo-Car of Toledo and WOHO 1470 AM.

Sources:
International Hockey League Statistics: 1967-68 (from hockeydb.com)

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