Re: [hockhist] Bill Masterton Digest Number 1917--Rick Hampton
Thanks for the e-mail. The book is predominantly an oral history of the
club. I have interviewed over 100 people who either played, owned, worked
for or coached the Seals as well as a few fans. There are some great stories
coming out of these interviews and the book will say a lot about the Seals,
the NHL in the 60s and 70s and hockey in general. I have had a lot of fun
researching, interviewing and now writing it. There will also be a companion
website at www.sealshockey.com which hopefully (fingers crossed) will be up
in about a month (maybe less). The website will be more factual while the
book will be both statistical and a history of the club.
As for Rick Hampton, he was the Seals first #1 draft choice in quite a few
years and was viewed as the savior of the franchise in 1974-75. The club
touted him as the next Bobby Orr. His skills were undeniable but the Seals
rushed him into the NHL and then alternated him between defense and forward
which further hindered this development. Hampton was also one of the first
rookies on the Seals to command a huge contract before even playing an NHL
game which didn't exactly endear him to his teammates at the time. He did
have some very successful seasons with the Seals, particularly 1975-76 when
he broke the team record for points by a defenseman. His defensive skills
did leave something to be desired.
If you have any more questions about Rick, feel free to e-mail me off list.