Any Seals fan will tell you that game footage of their favourite team is extremely rare, and very few full games still exist, mainly because of the fact not many Seals games were actually broadcast on television. Those that were broadcast, however, like a great deal of footage from the 1960s and 1970s, were either discarded or taped over by networks instead of preserved. Luckily, thanks to the miracle of YouTube, the footage that remains is accessible to everyone. Here are just a few links to some great Seals’ video and audio clips.
Steve’s interview with Mark Paul of Overtime Hockey Talk, December 7, 2017. You can listen to the mp3 of the 52 minute interview below.
Steve’s Interview with Sports Byline USA, October 30, 2017. You can listen to the mp3 of the 12 minute interview below.
What can I say, the Seals are finally starting to catch on fifty years after their first NHL game! Tim Hanlon interviews me about my book, The California Golden Seals: a Tale of White Skates, Red Ink, and One of the NHL’s Most Outlandish Teams, which is actually the third interview related to the Seals that he has done for his podcast. You can check out the others below.
Tim Hanlon talks to Krazy George about how he became sports’ most famous cheerleader, how he created the wave, as well as his book, Still Krazy After All These Cheers, available on Amazon.
Host Tim Hanlon talks to Mark about his Seals documentary and the legacy of the franchise in professional hockey.
Here is some footage shot by Mark Greczmiel during Seals Throwback Night on January 7, 2017.
Some very neat radio broadcasts here from the Seals Western League days courtesy of Booster Club member and former Seals employee Len Shapiro. First, there are 15 minutes of broadcast time from the overtime period of game seven of the 1963 Lester Patrick Cup final, which the Seals won. Then there are 40 minutes from the sixth game of the 1964 final against Los Angeles, which the Seals also won to capture their second championship. Finally, a bit of an oddball game: a very wild February 16, 1966 contest between the Seals and… Quebec Aces? Yup, and you can 105 minutes of that broadcast.
A mid-1980s clip goes over the nine-year history of the NHL Seals. There’s also a little audio treat in the clip for all you Star Wars fans out there!
Chicago’s Keith Magunson and the Seals’ Carol Vadnais drop the gloves several times during a game in Oakland.
The first period of the Seals-Toronto contest. It features stars such as Ted Hampson, Gary Smith, Carol Vadnais, Norm Ullman, Tim Horton, and many others.
The Seals begin the third period down by three. Can they come back to win it? On a side note, if you’ve ever wanted to see one of goaltender Gary Smith’s patented rushes up the ice, keep your eyes peeled around the seven minute mark of the period as he makes a break for the Toronto net.
Some great 8mm home movies of the Seals taking on the L.A. Kings.
Mark Greczmiel shot some footage of the Seals as they took on the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, and Boston Bruins.
A mash-up of Seals clips that includes footage of the 1975-76 Seals, a nasty game of cat-and-mouse from 1969 between Carol Vadnais and Chicago’s Keith Magnuson, and the infamous 1972 game in which the Seals blew a 6-1 lead to Boston.
This clip was recorded in Edmonton back in February 1986, a full ten years after the Seals moved to Cleveland. It was produced by Mark Greczmiel, who is currently making a documentary on the Seals. In this clip, the Boosters took a road trip together to the Alberta capital to watch Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers. At the time, it was unusual for any booster club to exist with no team to support, but today it is downright incredible that the Booster Club still exists some forty years after the Seals’ demise.