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Dec. 11, 1972

Ken Hodge scored three goals to lead the Bruins to an 8–4 pasting of the California Golden Seals. The win brought Boston to within two points of the first-place Canadiens in the Adams Division.

Anyone under the age of 60 can be excused for having no clue that the NHL actually had a team named the Golden Seals.

Charlie Finley’s hockey team played its home games about 30 yards away from the home of his baseball team. Alas, the Golden Seals never came within shouting distance of its neighbor’s success.

The Oakland A’s had just won their first of three straight World Series; the hockey team was in the process of winning 16 games, losing 46 and tying 16.

The Seals were one of the original six expansion teams the NHL created in 1967. They never enjoyed much success, on the ice or at the gate. Finley bought the team in 1970, and other than decking them out in green and gold uniforms, matching the A’s, and adding Golden to the name, Finley accomplished very little,

THe NHL took the Golden Seals off Finley’s hands in 1974, paying him $6.5 million. After moving the team to Cleveland, then merging the franchise with the Minnesota North Stars, the NHL put the moribund club out of its misery in 1978.

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